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Spring isn’t the only time for cleaning and sprucing up your home.

You’ve no doubt heard of Spring Cleaning.

As much as you dread it, when it’s finally done your house is fresh, clean, and rid of the musty, dusty, closed-up winter.

Now, introduce yourself to Fall Cleaning. Like its spring counterpart, it readies you and your home for a new season. But this time you’re ready for warm winter nights, cozy evenings around the fireplace and winter holiday decorations. Fall officially begins September 21st and some transition into the Autumn mindset after Labor Day, Monday September 6th.

Fall is an ideal time to spruce up your home. With kids going back to school and starting a new year, look at autumn as a fresh start for you and your house, too.

Some once-a-year cleaning projects should be done more often. Windows build up a lot of dirt and grime during the summer. Washing windows inside and out in the spring and in the fall will brighten up your house.

A fall cleaning will make your weekly cleaning easier, as well as your spring cleaning next year.

Use these guidelines to clean and prepare your house for autumn /winter. Then sit back with a cup of cocoa and enjoy the season.


* Wash your windows inside and especially outside.  The summer can be just as harsh on windows as the winter. Don’t wait until spring to give your whole house a brighter outlook by washing your windows.

* Before you store your patio furniture and children’s outdoor toys, wash them off and cover them in plastic or old bed sheets.

* Check the caulk, seals and weather stripping around all windows and doors and repair as needed. Wipe down window wells and ledges. Hose and wipe down exterior doors.

* Drain and store garden hoses. If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, have it professionally blown out and winterized.

* Check gutters and downspouts and clear out debris, to avoid ice dams.

* Clean out your garage and hose out all the summer dirt and grime.

Inside the House

* Have your fireplace and chimney inspected, cleaned and ready for winter use.

* Change your furnace filters for cleaner air and a more efficient heating system.

* Fall is a good time to replace batteries in your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and other home safety devices.

* Get your beds ready for a cozy winter. Fall is also a good time to do twice-annual mattress turns. Flip your mattress this fall and next spring, turn it end-to-end. Launder or dry clean all bedding you don’t do every week, such as mattress pads, pillows, blankets, bed skirts and bedspreads.

* Schedule a professional carpet cleaning or rent a carpet cleaner and do it yourself.

* Clean out your kitchen cupboards and pantry, paying particular attention to baking supplies, pans and equipment that you’ll need for holiday baking.

* Pull your refrigerator, clothes washer and dryer out from the wall and clean behind them (and retrieve any long lost socks!). Brush dust off of refrigerator coils and use a narrow vacuum hose attachment to clean inside the lint catcher of your dryer.

Prepare your body’s  internal summer clean up plan to detoxify and cleanse for Autumn 2010.    If planning a retreat seems like a good idea to refresh and revive yourself, check out Autumn Equinox Weekend Getaway in California.

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