The Ultimate Fall Cleaning Checklist

Fall cleaning is a time for thorough cleaning and preparation for the winter. It is crucial that you have an in-depth cleaning at this time of the year in order to eliminate any lingering dust and pollen from summer, and prepare your home for long winter naps and more time indoors. Here is the ultimate fall cleaning checklist, which includes both the obvious and the overlooked:

Start at the top – General

  • Clean and organize the attic while checking for any roof leaks
  • Vacuum ceiling fans
  • Dust chandeliers and ceiling light fixtures
  • Clean draperies, blinds, and window coverings as instructed by the manufacturer
  • Clean behind and under large appliances – dryer, washer, fridge, etc
  • Clean behind and under furniture and other hard-to-reach places
  • Dust all electronic devices, including the computer, printer, TV, home theatre, etc
  • Replace all air filters to conserve energy
  • Remove upholstery cushions to vacuum underneath
  • Sweep out the fireplace, vacuum it, and schedule an inspection by a professional


  • Dust furniture, light fixtures, and shelves
  • Launder pillows, bedding, mattress pads
  • Flip the mattress
  • De-clutter closets and clean under the beds and baseboards
  • Rearrange seasonal clothing in the closet
  • Steam clean rugs and carpets
  • Change the batteries in smoke detectors


  • Defrost and clear out the freezer
  • Clean and sanitize drains and sinks
  • Clean the cabinets and shelves
  • Clean inside, behind, and under appliances, such as the oven and fridge
  • Sweep and wash floors


  • Clean and sanitize drains, sinks, tubs, showers and toilets
  • Clean and polish fixtures
  • Clean glass and mirrors
  • Clean tile surfaces
  • Clean bathmats
  • Restock hand towels and toilet paper
  • Inspect grout
  • Dispose of expired medications
  • Wash floors

Utility room/basement/laundry room

  • Drain and refill hot water heater
  • Clean inside and behind the washer and the dryer
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Clean and clear drain and laundry sink
  • Change air conditioner filter
  • Dispose of old cleaning chemicals and unused items
  • Dust for cobwebs on the baseboard and ceiling
  • Sweep and clean the floor


  • Sweep and wash the floor
  • Tune up the snow blower
  • Clean and repair snow shovels
  • Get enough ice melt


  • Drain the hoses and store them
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts
  • Clean out and mulch the garden
  • Clean and cover outdoor furniture
  • Rake leaves and remove yard debris
  • Wash window exteriors
  • Clean and cover the barbecue

Finally, remember to update your family emergency kit with the necessary medications and other items, and get a disposal bin rental to get rid of household trash.

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