The fall as always felt like the beginning of the year for me, way more than January.
It’s when I want to plan the rest of the year.
September is often a busy month for a lot of us with all the back to school/work stuff.
So I’ve kept this monthly checklist pretty minimal, so you can accomplish all of it without taxing your already full schedule.
September Housekeeping Checklist
1. Limit Allergens
Make sure you take care of your heating system and limit dust and potential allergens by changing the filter regularly.
If you’re not responsible for that task; vacuum and/or wipe your heaters.
It’s also a good idea to flip and vacuum your mattress. Most vacuums come with a special attachment design for this task.
Depending on where you live, you could also refresh your linens by switching lighter sheets for heavier ones and adding throws.
Drinking tap water should be a given (in most places), if only to reduce all those plastic bottles (reducing is better than recycling). That doesn’t mean you like the taste of your tap water though. Water filters help a lot with that, but they do need to be replaced regularly.
Put the stove on self-clean (if you’re so lucky) or clean your stove and get the exhaust filters soaking in a mixture of boiling hot water and a degreaser like dish soap or OxyClean for about 10-30 minutes. You might need to scrub a little depending on how dirty the filters are.
Once the stove is done self-cleaning, let cool and wipe down any residue with a yet cloth.
Take 10 minutes to do a quick wipe down in your pantry. This will help reduce the dust (yep it goes there too).
3. Water Cleaning Tools
To keep your washer, dryer and dishwasher working well, clean and check filters and vents. Disinfect washers with baking soda and a cup of white vinegar.
Clean clogged faucets and showerheads with white vinegar. You can check here for simple instructions.
If you use a portable humidifier, follow the owner’s manual to clean regularly.
Weed your plant beds, check for pests and treat accordingly … there is still a lot of beautiful things happening in your garden.
BONUS – Self Care
- Cozy up your home.
- Try a new hobby.
- Celebrate the fall equinox with a trip to the Farmers’ Market.
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.
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