It’s October and I’m going back to basics with my housekeeping checklist!
I like this season! Although it’s colder here in the northern hemisphere, we often get beautiful bright sunny days, where nature puts on a show with an explosion of colours.
October is definitely pumpkin O’clock and everything apple and cinnamon, where little and big ghouls prepare their costumes for Trick-or-treating.
Fall is a particular time to be grateful, not only during Thanksgiving (in October in Canada), but for all the plenty we just enjoyed during summer. Time to collect, gather and prepare for winter.
October is a big month when it comes to housekeeping tasks. After all, we are getting ready for the semi-hibernation of the colder months ahead. Make it easy going with my Monthly Housekeeping Checklist and plan to complete a few each week.
October Housekeeping Checklist
Nothing invites sleep more than a freshly clean bed.
Most washers these days are big enough for your pillows and duvet or comforter (Yes! those need washing too). Leaving them outside in the sun to dry will also help freshen them up.
Get this one started and jump on No 2.
One of my favourite task in the fall is to flip my closet from summer to fall/winter. I love the coziness of all the scarves, sweaters and blankets. If you’ve never done a closet flip, may I suggest you read this post for tips and tricks.
Don’t forget to declutter and donate or trash any garment that doesn’t fit, is too old or you don’t wear anymore.
Maybe you live somewhere where all seasons tires are the norm, but here in Canada, winter tires are best! Especially if you like winter sports and need to drive a few hours to the mountains once in a while or don’t want to get stuck during a snowstorm. Get your tires changed.
Might as well get an oil change, while you’re at it and clean your car.
If you have an older car and a trusted mechanic, having a seasonal inspection is not a bad idea either.
4. Health and Safety
Having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is essential. Make sure you change batteries and test your devices.
Disinfecting handles, light switches and doorknobs a few times a year is always a good prevention tactic for flu and cold season. While you’re at it, give your remotes and electronics a go.
Depending on your vacuum cleaner, you may also want to clean its filter. Check the user manual for all the details.
Pick a sunny weekend, ask the family to help and:
- Inspect the roof – plan repairs if necessary
- Drain gutters
- Clear flowerbeds
- Rake leaves
- Fertilize and patch your grass
- Add plants (bulbs)
- Store hose, garden tools and summer decorations
- Clean and store mower and outdoor furniture
- Take out the shovels, check your snowblower and buy winter supplies
- Clean windows (inside) and curtains
- Check window seals
- Clean fireplace and switch on pilot light or light a fire and relax
BONUS – Self Care
- Pull a blanket and read a book.
- Bake pumpkin spice everything.
- Watch your favourite scary movie.
- Wrap yourself in a beloved scarf and go for a nature walk.
These are just ideas, you should increase or diminish the frequency for each task according to your household habits. Also, please make sure you always check your user manuals for instructions before you tackle any electronics or appliances.
Check the Rest of the Monthly Maintenance Checklist.
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