We’re all familiar with Spring cleaning – you know, that time of the year when the majority of homeowners declare war on dirt and germs and do a major household clean, sparing no microbe they encounter? Well, Autumn blitz is like that, only it’s much more beneficial for your health and the overall state of the entire home. As we all know, Spring cleaning usually took place when the warmer days arrived, and many homeowners would do an annual clean-up, and then wait until next year to pull out the big guns. Turns out, Autumn cleaning may be even more important – closed windows and less vacuuming means more pollutants in the air, and with Winter just around the corner, fall seems to be the perfect time to tackle all the dirt and grime. With that in mind, here are some of the best Autumn blitz tips to help you prep your home for the fall season.
Sort through all of your things
Although animals such as squirrels are nuts about hoarding for winter, for an Autumn cleaning blitz, you’re expected to do the exact opposite. Although a new batch of logs for the winter is a necessity, there is no need to keep all the things that you don’t even use or wear. However, if you need some wood for the winter, consider buying the best log splitter. All these things do is take up precious storage space that could be used for storing other things, so be sure to declutter and make some room in your cupboards, drawers, and cabinets. Autumn is also the perfect time for some wardrobe editing, so stock your clothes and shoes and see whether you need to buy something or you’re all set for harsher weather. Whether you decide to throw, sell, or gift your used or unused clothing, it will surely free up some valuable space.
Deep-clean the entire house
After decluttering your home, the next step would be to scour your entire house and cover every area – from top to bottom. That means giving your floors a good scrub, tackling all the cobwebs and giving our ovens, fridges, and microwaves a thorough clean, both inside and out. Heavy and bulky cupboards, wardrobes, and cabinets often get disregarded during the clean which is why it would be best to move them away from the walls and clean all the dirt and dust that has accumulated behind them. Your fireplace will also need some TLC, and your chimney will need to be swept beforehand to ensure you welcome the first cold night prepared.
Clear the air!
Now you’re almost halfway through your Autumn cleaning blitz, but all the remaining dust particles and toxic chemicals from the cleaning products may still be lingering in the air, so be sure to open up your windows opened to let some fresh air in. Once the cold weather finally strikes, it’s good to have a quality air purifier at hand – look for the ones that ensure enough coverage for the area where you’d want the air to be purified. These things are pretty lightweight, so they can easily be moved around, and some models will even signalize when the filter needs to be checked. And the best part – you can order them online, so you can save some time and money. Now, that should give you a fresh perspective!
Wash or dry-clean all the textiles
Because pollutants and dust particles tend to accumulate in textiles and fabrics, you need to make sure you get them all out during your Autumn blitz. The usual hotbeds for specks and particles – duvets, mattresses, carpets, cushions, curtains, couches, and any soft furnishings – they all need to be cleaned thoroughly, either by taking them to the dry-cleaner or washing them on your own. Shampoo and vacuum your carpets and rugs, or have them cleaned professionally to ensure there are no dust mites, pet hair, moths, or any other parasites left in there.
Prepare your home for the change of season
After the cleaning is done and your house looks more organized than ever before, it is time to make some small décor updates. Swap out your cushions and throws and take a cue from nature when it comes to the color palette. Go with festive pillow covers in burgundy, caramel, and burnt orange to create a cozy and rustic vibe. Autumnal-themed pillows and bedding will transform your living space, while a new set of thick curtains will provide additional insulation. Finally, complete your autumnal makeover by treating your walls to a fresh coat of paint and voila – you’re done!
Even though Autumn blitz is essential, that’s not to say you should forget about Spring cleaning. Rather, you should implement both into your annual cleaning routine if you really want to keep your home spick and span and germ-free!