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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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Fall is a great time to tackle some specific cleaning tasks to prepare your home for the upcoming season. You might be wondering what in the world this has to do with frugality. Well, regular maintenance of the things in our home makes them last longer and keeps us from having to replace them! It also prevents expensive repair bills for issues that are preventable with a seasonal check-in. Here’s what I think are the top fall cleaning tasks to do in preparation for cooler weather, along with a free printable to keep track of what you’ve already done

Fall Cleaning Tasks (with free printable!)

Deep Clean Carpets

Vacuum and deep clean carpets to remove summer dirt and dust, especially before you start spending more time indoors.

Dust and Clean Vents

Wipe down and vacuum heating vents to ensure efficient heat distribution during the colder months.

Wash Windows and Curtains

Clean windows and curtains to let in more natural light during the shorter days.

Clean and Store Summer Items

Wash and store summer outdoor furniture, cushions, and other items you won’t be using during the fall and winter.

Clean and Organize the Garage

Prepare the garage for winter by cleaning and organizing, making room for seasonal items like snow shovels and winter sports equipment.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Clear leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and potential water damage.

Switch Out Bedding

Replace lightweight summer bedding with warmer options like flannel sheets and heavier blankets.

Clean and Store Garden Tools

Clean and properly store garden tools, including hoses and sprinklers, to prevent damage from freezing temperatures.

Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Test and replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re working properly.

Clean Fireplace and Chimney

If you have a fireplace, clean out ashes, check for any obstructions, and consider scheduling a professional chimney sweep.

Clean Light Fixtures

Dust and clean light fixtures to maximize light output and reduce allergens.

Wipe Down Baseboards and Walls

Give baseboards and walls a thorough wipe down to remove dust and dirt that may have accumulated over the summer.

Clean and Rotate Mattresses

Vacuum and rotate mattresses to even out wear and improve comfort.

Clean Refrigerator and Freezer

Empty and clean the refrigerator and freezer, getting rid of expired items and wiping down shelves and drawers.

Clean Oven and Stove

Deep clean the oven and stovetop to remove spills and residue, especially before holiday cooking.

Organize Seasonal Wardrobe

Put away summer clothes and bring out fall and winter clothing. Donate or store items you won’t be using.

Dust and Clean Decorations

Clean and dust any summer decorations before putting them up.

Clean and Store Patio Furniture

Clean and store patio furniture to protect it from harsh winter weather.

Clean Ceiling Fans

Dust and clean ceiling fans before rotating the direction for heating during colder weather.

Test Heating System

Before the weather gets chilly, test your heating system to ensure it’s working properly.

Download the printable checklist now!

Taking care of your house is a frugal way to prevent future costs. Here is a list of fall cleaning tasks with a free printable to keep track!