Fall Cleaning: Bedrooms, Bathrooms, and Closets!

I hope you have been enjoying your newly clean kitchen. Although, if it’s anything like my house, the day it gets cleaned is the day it gets dirty again. Sigh. Now it’s time to tackle the bedrooms, closets and bathrooms. Not only is this particular segment about cleaning these areas, but it’s also about getting things ready for the frigid winter months ahead.

As with any room, start at the top and work your way down to the bottom, going from left to right.

In the Bedrooms…

  • Vacuum (or use a broom) the cobwebs.
  • Clean light fixtures the same way you did in thekitchen.
  • With a damp cloth, wipe down ceiling fans.
  • Wipe molding.
  • Wipe down smoke detectors and put it fresh batteries.
  • Spot clean walls.
  • Clean blinds, drapes and windows just as you did in the kitchen. Double check for streaks.
  • Wipe down doors, door frames and hardware.
  • Use a damp cloth to wipe light switch plates.
  • Dust and wipe down any decorative items, art and books.
  • Recycle any old magazines, newspapers, used Sudoku and crossword puzzle books.
  • Dust and polish any wood furniture. Try the polish recipe I have at the bottom of this post. Make sure you also polish your headboards – a tough job for those of us with intricate designs!
  • Dust any electronic equipment and corresponding remotes with a damp cloth.
  • Reorganize and wipe down each cabinet, drawer, shelf and accompanying hardware.
  • Spot clean upholstered furniture.
  • Launder all the bedding: Pillows, mattress pads, decorative pillows, blankets, sheets, comforters, duvet covers, bed skirts. Store any summer bedding and take down the heavier winter ones. You might also want to make sure that the extra blankets are readily available for guests. If these have been stored for a while, check to see if they need to be laundered and/or aired out.
  • While the bedding is being cleaned, vacuum the mattresses and box springs. Wipe down all bed frames. When the mattress is off the bed, it’s a good time to vacuum underneath the bed (and look for any missing socks or other items that make their way under the bed). Rotate and flip mattresses to even out the wear.
  • Just like you did in the kitchen, remove the grates from your vents and soak them in the sink for a while. Clean, dry and put them back on.
  • Wipe baseboards.
  • Even if you are scheduling them to be steam cleaned, vacuum area rugs on both sides. That means turn them over. It’s also a good idea to take them outside and air them out a bit.
  • Vacuum, sweep, mop, and/or polish/wax floors. Don’t worry about moving any heavy furniture if you already did this in the spring. Once a year is plenty.

In the Closets (Bedroom, Linen and Seasonal Closets)…

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