Fall can be one of the busier times of year, between school starting back up, kids’ extracurriculars, and holiday planning. Create the much-needed time to cozy up with loved ones while the days get shorter by cleaning your space and clearing your mind.
While everyone’s getting used to new schedules, fall is a great time to review your family’s cleaning schedules — from tidying knick knacks and clothing to deep cleaning those spaces you try to forget about. Here are some tips for fall cleaning.
Take a load off (literally) by going through your summer clothing and items that you’re storing away for the season. Donate, gift, or sell what you don’t need — this will create space for your warmer items and upcoming holiday gifts, and having less clutter makes it so much easier to clean and organize. If you skip this part and decide to deal with the extra clutter later, you may create a domino effect that creates more anxiety and feeling stifled and overwhelmed.
Download our DIY Closet Guide for tips on donating, creating zones, and how to make the most of your space.
Create a cleaning schedule
Make a checklist of simple daily tasks that everyone can participate in. Help your home get into a healthy rhythm that is easy to maintain and everyone knows the expectations.
Create a clear schedule for each day of the week. For instance, Sundays can be days that you deep clean the kitchen and bathrooms to start fresh for the work week and school week. During the week, schedule maintenance tasks like loading the dishwasher, wiping down counters, or putting toys away to keep things organized.
Delegate some tasks to other family members so that chores are shared. If you are like me and have a specific and particular way of doing things, ask your partner to take on some easier tasks (I know some of you are rolling your eyes and saying “yeah, right”! Kids can also help with certain tasks after their homework is done.
For more related tips, check out our blog post on how to Share Chores with the Family.
Make it easier on yourself
Using good products and tools will really make a difference with how quickly things can get done, while creating less stress on your body and mind.
Here are some of the best tools I use when doing deeper cleanings for myself and my clients:
Keep your gloves, small tools, and even your phone right on hand with this apron.
Easily scrub your tile or stone surfaces with this long handled scrubber brush.
Get to those high places (and your baseboards) with this amazing dusting kit.
Attach this wall duster to your extension poll (or use by hand) for a thorough wipe down.
Branch Basics cleaning products are the best and most versatile product I have ever used. If you are in need of cleaning supplies, I have a Branch Basics discount code for you for $10 off!