Why Cleanup for Fall?
Have you been pondering the question is fall cleaning a thing? The phrase “spring cleaning” gets used more often than “fall cleaning,” but fall is the perfect time for not only sweaters and seasonal drinks, but also to get cleaning when you think about it.
You’ll be spending a lot of time indoors as the weather changes, so it makes sense to get your home ready for the changing seasons. Here are some valuable time-saving tips for your fall cleanup, including how to tackle your fall garden cleanup.
How to Prepare Your Home for Fall
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Fall Household Cleaning Tips
Fall cleaning is just as crucial as cleaning in the spring. Following these household cleaning tips will help you get ready for the coming months, including getting a jump start on getting your home ready for the holidays.
1. Clean Out the Closet: Switch Seasons and Declutter
The beginning of fall is the perfect time to start putting away clothes that are more summer items and bring out your fall and winter pieces.
First, go through your drawers and closet to find all the wardrobe items that you won’t wear during the coming season and set those aside.
Second, organize your winter sweaters, dresses, tops, bottoms and other clothes.
Last, it’s a good idea to go through and do an inventory to see if there’s anything from your summer pile that you never wore and get rid of it before it makes it into your closet for yet another season.
👚 Pro tip: Keep a handful of your summer items with your fall/winter clothing. There may be a few warm days before the cold weather fully takes hold that you’ll want to use them for layering. For more closet decluttering tips that help you get it done right the first time, check out this blog.
2. Do a Pantry Audit and Fill It with Fall Foods
Not only do you change up what you wear during the fall time, but you also typically change up what you eat and drink. The beginning of fall is a great time to do a pantry cleanout.
You’ll want to go through everything and check for expiration dates and damage. Anything that’s not still good should be tossed.
As you’re going through everything, start a “fall stock-up checklist” of everything that you need to replace. Don’t forget to add your favorite flavors of the season like soup, hot chocolate, chili fixings, and pumpkin spice everything to your shopping list.
3. Change Smoke Detectors Batteries and Test
The changing seasons are also an excellent time for you to do maintenance around the home. Unfortunately, your smoke detectors can often get overlooked when you’re doing everything else to get ready for the falling leaves and cooler temperatures.
It’s recommended that you have smoke detectors on every level of your home, and you should also think about having carbon monoxide detectors as well. There are some smoke detectors that are also carbon monoxide detectors so save a buck by seeing if yours are dual detectors.
Put fresh batteries into your smoke detector and give it a test to ensure that they are ready to work. Some smoke detectors have batteries that don’t need to be replaced, and when the built-in battery dies, it’s time to replace the whole smoke detector.
Even if you can’t change the batteries, take this opportunity to test the unit by pressing the test button.
4. Flip the Mattress
Paying some extra attention to your mattress is a wonderful idea. Not only will your back thank you for it, but your upper respiratory system will as well.
You probably change your sheets often, but how often do you vacuum the surface of your mattress? The fall is the perfect time to give it a little extra TLC since your windows will be staying closed during much of the colder weather. Since you can’t throw your mattress into the washing machine and probably wouldn’t want to even if you could, you can clean it using an attachment on your vacuum.
If you use a waterproof mattress protector that works to keep dust, dust mites, and other materials out of your mattress, use the beginning of the seasons as a reminder it’s time to take it off and wash it.
Then, you’ll want to flip your mattress. Some mattresses can’t be reversed due to the way they were constructed.
However, if you’ve noticed that your mattress is no longer providing the support you need, and you wake up feeling like you aged several years overnight, it’s probably time to skip flipping the mattress and just get a new one. You can even save yourself the work by calling a professional to quickly remove your unwanted mattress for proper solutions like recycling.
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5. Change Air Filters and Cleanout Air Ducts
Since it’s almost time to turn on your furnace if you haven’t already, it’s a good idea to get your air filters changed and get your ducts cleaned. Your indoor air quality will be improved, and your home will be cleaner when all of that dust gets removed.
Changing your air filter and cleaning your ducts may mean that you want to look into having an HVAC service handle for you, especially since they have specialized tools to manage the job, particularly when it comes to getting your ducts cleaned.
In addition, when you have these maintenance services done, they will do more than just clean your ducts and change the filter. They also check over your furnace, lubricate any parts that need it, replace anything that has been worn down over time, and advise you if there are any potential problems with your system that need to be addressed.
It can be better to handle that before the weather turns for the worse than have it break down when you need it the most.
6. Cleanup the Yard and Garden
One area that you might neglect is your yard and garden as the weather turns to fall and things begin to die off. It’s an excellent time to walk around your home to determine what you need to get your landscaping and garden ready for the cold months.
Pulling up dead perennials that won’t be coming back, pruning, trimming, and other yard maintenance will help to make your landscape look better during this time.
It’s also an excellent time to go through your landscaping tools. Anything that’s broken that no longer does a great job should be thrown out. Anything that’s gotten dull over the season should be sharpened and prepared for next year.
You’ll also want to ensure that you properly store your items after they’ve been sharpened to prevent them from rusting when they are not in use.
Don’t worry about how you’ll get rid of any of your gardening tools or organic matter that you’re pulling from your bed. You don’t have to cram it all into your garbage can or hope that it’s good to go. Instead, you can call on LoadUp to remove both the unwanted junk, garbage, and organic matter that needs to go.
Garden tools and items you might assess during your fall cleanup
Consider Hiring Fall Cleanup Services
You may find that it’s too much to get your home clean and then worry about dealing with the junk and debris you’re left with after you are done. It’s always great to clear the clutter and get a fresh start, but sometimes, you just don’t have the time to handle all of the things on your fall cleanup checklist.
That’s where you may want to check out fall cleanup services. You can have a service come in and help out.
Book Junk and Debris Removal Online
Even if you don’t want someone in your home to clean because who can declutter your unwanted junk better than you, but it can be helpful to count on junk removal and disposal service.
Don’t stress out about filling up your garbage cans, figuring out when your city’s bulk pickup is along with the rules, and then have to lug everything out to the curb to hope it all gets picked up. That’s where LoadUp can help.
Fast and friendly professionals give you a chance at making your fall cleanup hassle-free from start to finish. You never have to guess how much LoadUp’s fall cleanup prices are when you book online as we provide you with an upfront and transparent quote about how much your debris disposal will cost and you don’t have to worry about wasting time getting an estimate.
Schedule your pickup when it works best for you, and our crews will LoadUp from anywhere in your home or property. So if you’re done sorting and really want to kick back and enjoy the season, then trust LaodUp’s quick fall cleanup solutions to get yourself to the finish line faster.
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