Typical Housekeeping duties to be done during the Autumn Months

Autumn is a season when households often need specific attention due to falling leaves, cooler weather, and preparation for the upcoming winter. Here's a list of typical housekeeping duties to be done in Autumn.

Indoor Housekeeping:

  • Deep Cleaning: Conduct a thorough cleaning of the entire house, including dusting, vacuuming, and washing floors.
  • Windows: Clean windows inside and out to allow maximum sunlight during the shorter days.
  • Wardrobe Management: Rotate seasonal clothing. Pack away summer clothes and bring out warmer ones.
  • Furniture: Clean and polish wooden furniture. Consider applying wax or oil to protect the wood during the dry months.
  • Carpets and Rugs: Deep clean carpets and rugs. Consider professional cleaning for deeply embedded dirt.
  • Heating System: Service your heating system or furnace. Clean or replace filters for optimal performance.
  • Fireplace: If you have a fireplace, clean the chimney and stock up on firewood.
  • Air Quality: Consider using a humidifier to maintain indoor humidity levels, as autumn air can be dry.
  • Appliances: Clean and inspect kitchen appliances. Check the dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer for any issues.
  • Home Decor: Consider autumn-themed decor elements like candles, wreaths, or cozy blankets.

Outdoor Housekeeping:

  • Gutters and Downspouts: Clean gutters and downspouts from leaves and debris to ensure proper drainage.
  • Roof: Inspect the roof for damaged or loose shingles. Repair any issues before winter.
  • Yard Cleanup: Rake leaves, prune bushes, and trim trees. Clear dead plants and prepare the garden for winter.
  • Outdoor Furniture: Clean and store outdoor furniture. If applicable, cover furniture and grill to protect them from the elements.
  • Patio and Deck: Power wash and seal the patio or deck to protect it from winter moisture.
  • Driveway and Walkways: Fill cracks in the driveway and seal it to prevent further damage from freezing temperatures.
  • Outdoor Plumbing: Turn off and drain outdoor water faucets and irrigation systems to prevent freezing and bursting.
  • Tools: Clean, sharpen, and store gardening tools properly for future use.
  • Pest Control: Seal cracks and gaps in your home's exterior to keep out pests seeking warmth.
  • Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essentials in case of power outages or other emergencies.

Remember, these tasks might vary depending on your location and specific needs, but this list provides a general guideline for autumn housekeeping duties.

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