Take the overwhelm out of fall cleaning with this free ultimate fall cleaning checklist. Perfect for getting into the holiday spirit this season!

Pumpkin spiced lattes, cozy nights in and pumpkin patches are just some of the cute things that spring to mind when it comes to fall.

But, there’s something we often forget about until it’s too late (or until we have unannounced guests); cleaning.

We’ve all heard of a spring clean, but a fall clean can be just as rewarding when it comes to decluttering, cleaning and general home organization.

If you don’t know where to start, and are feeling completely overwhelmed with the idea of a fall clean, don’t worry, we’ve put together an ultimate checklist of 83 things to clean, declutter and organize so you don’t forget a thing!

Let’s get started!

WHAT IS FALL CLEANING?

Similar to spring cleaning, fall cleaning consists of a deep clean, tackling all of the seasonal tasks we don’t usually get round to doing in our weekly or daily cleaning routine.

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Plus, it’s a super quick way to redecorate our homes for the magical, cozy season. We’re so ready for pumpkins, gorgeous throws and tri color quilts.

HOW DO I START A FALL CLEAN?

With this simple, but easy to follow checklist of course! This checklist is just for your inspiration, so don’t feel the need to do everything on this list. We recognise you’re busy (and only want to complete so much housework in a short timeframe…)

ULTIMATE FALL CLEANING CHECKLIST – 80+ THINGS TO DO

We’ve broken this checklist down by each room, so you can split your housework up by room if you wish.

Make sure to grab your free (no email required) Printable Fall Cleaning Checklist before you leave too! It’s at the bottom of this post.

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KITCHEN

  • Do a Pantry Audit

Remove cans and boxes from the shelves, dust and clean out the cupboards, throw away expired food, and donate any still in date food you don’t want anymore.

  • Clean Drains

Sprinkling a bit of baking soda down the drains can relieve some of that nasty smell.

  • Declutter Countertops

Do a quick check; have I used it recently? Will I use it again? Would I miss it if I threw it away?

  • Shampoo Rugs

The average carpet can hide 1lb of dirt even after vacuuming! Yes, really. To keep that freshness, you’ll want to shampoo and deep clean your rugs and carpets every season.

  • Clean Fridge & Freezer

If you’re feeling like a whole re-organization is needed (and just can’t seem to pack stuff in anymore), take a look at our IKEA hacks post, where we feature a cute and simple hack to tidy up your fridge.

  • Wipe Down Cabinets

Simple cleaning product and anti bac wipe should do the trick. If you have tough stains, try a dash of white vinegar (depending on your surface type).

  • Clean Out Garbage Cans & Take Out Trash

To clean the actual can, you’ll want to use some baking soda and vinegar together to remove stubborn dirt and grime. Throw in some activated charcoal after cleaning to help absorb any smells moving forward.

  • Wipe Down Tiles
  • Clean Inside Oven & Stove Top
  • Start a Fall Themed Stove Top Potpourri!

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LIVING ROOM

  • Vacuum Under Furniture
  • Clean & Wash Pillows/Furniture
  • Wash Curtains
  • Deep Clean & Shampoo Rugs
  • Wipe Down Glass Tops
  • Dust Tops, Tables & Surfaces
  • Vacuum Upholstered Furniture
  • Rub Out Coffee/Tea Mug Stains on Tables
  • Condition Leather Furniture

Apply leather conditioner or protection cream to a microfibre cloth and massage into the leather. Make sure the conditioner is recommended for your furniture type. You can usually find this information on the owner’s manual or even online with the manufacturer.

  • Antibac Remotes and Well Used Handheld Devices
  • Get Rid of Paper Clutter & Magazines

Not sure how to get rid of paper clutter? Try our simple 5 part paper organization system to keep paper clutter gone for good! Works in any area of the home.

  • Decorate & Swap Out Themed Décor!

BASEMENT, LAUNDRY & UTILITY ROOMS

  • Declutter & Donate Used Items
  • Get Rid of Expired/Not Used Detergents/Soaps
  • Check Smoke Detectors & Carbon Monoxide Testers
  • Clean Under Washers and Dryers
  • Clean Inside Washing Machines & Dryers
  • Remove Lint & Fluff Build Up in Machines
  • Sort Through Laundry Hampers & Toss Rogue Socks etc
  • Have HVAC System Checked

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BEDROOMS

  • Flip Mattresses
  • Clean Throws, Blankets & Pillows
  • Wash Curtains
  • Change Duvets from Summer to Winter Tog
  • Declutter Tops & Surfaces
  • Swap Out Summer Clothes for Winter Gear
  • Vacuum Under Furniture
  • Shampoo Rugs & Carpets
  • Dust Knickknacks & Items
  • Wash Mattress Covers

BATHROOM

  • Remove Grout & Grime from Tiles
  • Wash Shower Curtain
  • Disinfect Trash Can & Remove Trash
  • Change Toothbrush or Change Bristle Top
  • Clean Drains
  • Declutter & Remove Beauty Products
  • Wipe Down Cabinets
  • Shampoo & Wash Rugs
  • Sort through Medication Cabinet
  • Disinfect Toothbrush Holder & Other Containers

ODD FALL CLEANING JOBS AROUND THE HOUSE

  • Wipe Down Skirting Boards
  • Disinfect Door Knobs, Buttons & Switches
  • Clean & Dust Blinds
  • Wash Curtains
  • Dust Ceiling Fans
  • Dust Lampshades
  • Lint Roll Animal Hair (If you have pets)
  • Organize Linen Cupboard
  • Remove Cobwebs from Corners
  • Declutter Office or Unnecessary Paperwork
  • Wash Light Fixtures
  • Replace Burnt Out Lightbulbs
  • Organize Closet
  • Remove Shoes from Hallway/Clean Shoes
  • Check Fire Extinguishers
  • Check Flashlight Batteries
  • Clean Air Vents & Ducts

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OUTDOOR SPACES

  • Wipe Down Benches & Patio Furniture
  • Clean Gutters
  • Rake Grass Areas & Bundle Leaves
  • Wipe Down Windows
  • Powerwash Patio
  • Weed out Flower Beds
  • Cover/Put Away Patio Furniture
  • Drain & Store Hoses

CAR/VEHICLE

  • Vacuum Seats & Covers
  • Remove Trash
  • Declutter & Organize Glove Box
  • Condition Leather Seats (if applicable)
  • Wax Outside Panels of Car
  • Do Basic Safety Check i.e. Seatbelts, Brake Fluid, Wiper Fluid, Brake Lights & Indicators
  • Put Ice Scraper in Trunk
  • Pack Medical First Aid Kit

FREE FALL CLEANING CHECKLIST PRINTABLE

Want a handy fall cleaning checklist with all of these action points? Use this pre-made fall cleaning checklist to get your home ready for this holiday season. It’s free. Just click on this link to open the PDF checklist, and it will open in a new tab.

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You can bookmark this post (or pin it on Pinterest) for your reference.

We hope this ultimate fall cleaning post has helped you to transform your home into an organized and clean place this season! Enjoy this holiday season.