Ah, it’s that time of year again… The cool air nips the back of my neck, a parade of color crunches under my feet and all I want to do is stay inside and clean.
Wait a minute? What?
Ok, not really. What I truly want to do is spend the day outside, enjoying nature and taking in the lovely weather before it gets too cold to step out the door.
While I am a big proponent of spending plenty of time outdoors during this season, I have to admit that I think Fall cleaning is very important. Maybe even more so than Spring cleaning. And here’s why…
Four Reasons to Deep Clean in Autumn
1, Clean up before you close up. Most dirt is tracked in during the Spring and Summer months. If you don’t give your house a good scrub before it gets too cold, you will be shut in with all the dust and grime for the entire Winter.
2. Prepare your home for the holiday season. If you host holiday parties or big family get-togethers, why not save your self some time later by doing a lot of the cleaning now? You will be less stressed and better able to enjoy being a hostess.
3. Protect your home. Autumn is also a great time to check smoke alarms and other safety equipment you have in your home to make sure everything is working properly. Your life may depend on it! Also, this is a good opportunity to make sure your house doesn’t become a home for bugs, mice and other critters for the Winter months.
4. Stay efficient. Routine repair and/or replacement of weather stripping, air filters and other energy-saving items is vital to keeping your utility bills down during the cold days ahead. Not to mention proper upkeep on many of these things will be a benefit to your health as well.
Are you convinced yet? I encourage you to set aside a day (or several days) to deep clean your house during this Autumn season.
If you don’t know what cleaning tasks to perform to get your home sparkling, Real Simple has a handy online checklist you can use.
If deep cleaning sounds daunting to you, perhaps you would benefit from a step-by-step guide at a slower pace to get your fall cleaning done. Check out 31 Days to a Clean by Sarah Mae for a month of daily tasks. (You can also get a Kindle version now.)
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