Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Cleaning Checklist

One area of my life that I feel totally in control of is our home. Maybe it's because we went from a larger home to a smaller one but in the last 6 months or so, I've really been able to stay on top of keeping our home clean and in order. Except for the bathroom. My dislike for cleaning that room runs so deep that James has taken over bathroom duties. Because Fall is our busiest time of year, I feel like I need to prepare for our busy season by really purging our house of the clutter. Similar to Spring cleaning, Fall Cleaning allows you to rid yourself of items that you don't/want need. It gives you a chance to enter the holiday season with a clean slate so to speak. Here is my suggestions on how to keep your home in order during Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.


First up on my cleaning list is to tackle Connor's room, playroom and all. the. toys. I find that if I start here, I feel quiet accomplished because as we know, kids have so much stuff! I recently went through Connor's clothing, pulling his summer stuff and any 2T items that weren't going to make it through the next growth spurt and I consigned them. I was able to make enough from consigning his old clothes to purchase a handful of much needed winter items. Moving on to his playroom and his toy box in the living room takes a bit of patience but tossing happy meal toys and random parts and pieces to toys and donating ones that he has outgrown makes more room for gifts he will receive for his birthday and Christmas.

If you are like me or any other American family closets and drawers can suddenly be running over with junk, outdated clothing and this and that. By cleaning out our hall and linen closest, I discovered Connor needed a new winter coat and that we had close to 20 pillowcases we would never need. I donated the pillowcases and made room in the linen closest for our winter blankets. Our entertainment center has 6 drawers that have become the perfect spot to hide away items and over the Summer they were filled with just about everything. When I cleaned them out, I found my favorite lipgloss shoved in the corner of a drawer along with Lego pieces Connor has been missing. James couldn't find his glasses case and we found it under a stack of junk mail.

To piggy back off closets now is the perfect time to go through your clothing and donate/sale items that you won't be wearing. My closet is pretty small so I have to keep only pieces I will wear, getting rid of items that are going to just take up space in the closet. Now that we are back in Ohio, I'm going to need to invest in heavy winter clothing items so I plan to consign some pieces and hit up the sales this Fall to score a few new sweaters and jeans for the chilly Ohio Winter that is coming our way. This is a good time to clean dressers too so that you aren't hanging out to items that aren't being worn.

When decorating for Fall, I realized that I had 4 wreaths. We have just one door that needs a wreath. A couple girlfriends took my extras along with a few other decorations that I wouldn't be using. I think purging of your decorations is a great way to see what you have and what you need. I use the word need loosely but you get what I mean. While Target or Hobby Lobby may have some really cute things for the Fall, do you really need them? By separating my decor into to piles, keep and give, I was able to condense from 3 containers to 2. I plan to do the same this Christmas when I decorated. While it's nice to have a lot to choose from, if you never put them on display what's the use in having them?

I've learned that I'm a big fan of "less is more". It may be because we don't have a ton of space for things or maybe it's the OCD in me that doesn't like things piling up, going unused. Either way, I love kicking off Fall with an entire week of cleaning. I assigned a project a day and once that's accomplished, I'll move on to something else the following day.

So many people Spring clean but have you ever thought about creating a Fall Cleaning Checklist for your home? Give it a try and see if the holidays are a bit more enjoyable now that your house is in order. I know we spend a lot more time indoors since the weather can be pretty chilly in Ohio this time of year so it's nice to be home and have our house cleaned and tidy. What other ways can you suggest to get your home holiday ready?

Keri - Living In This Season  ~ Christina - Waltzing In Beauty
Lauren - Simply Free Becky - BYBMG
Jess and Katie - Sweet Little Ones ~ Whitney - Polka Dotty Place
Laura - Life Is Beautiful ~ Elizabeth - All Kinds Of Things
Sarah - Abiding In Grace ~ Stephanie - Wife Mommy Me


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