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 the kitchen.
  • 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)…

  • Get rid of cob webs, clean light fixtures, doors/frames/hardware, light switches, walls, molding, and baseboards.
  • Wipe down any shelves and reorganize everything.  Oftentimes this means refolding.
  • Vacuum, sweep, and/or mop floors.
  • Get rid of any old and raggedy hangers, and reorganize your clothes in a way that suits you (some people organize by color, others by outfits, while others by type of clothing item).
  • If you haven’t done so already, get rid of your summer clothes and take down all of your winter ones.  Inspect your winter jackets, gloves, hats to make sure they don’t need replacing or mending.  Store those in your seasonal closets.
  • Get rid of any junk and make room for storing presents.
  • Check shoes and belts for wear and tear.  Polish, repair or get rid of any shoes needing attention.
  • Refold your linens, checking each as you go along to make sure they don’t need replacing.

In the Bathrooms…

  • As in the bedrooms, clean the following: cobwebs, molding, light fixtures, walls, doors, windows, window treatments, art, decorative items, light switch plates, grates, and baseboards.
  • Launder any towels (including decorative ones) and rugs.
  • Wipe down and organize shelves, drawers, and cabinets.  Throw out and/or replace any old or empty items. This is also a good time to go through your makeup and replace anything that is old (especially things like mascara and eyeliner).
  • Wash trash cans in the bathtub.
  • Caulk the tubs and sinks, as needed.
  • Clean the countertops, backsplash, tubs, sinks, toilets, and hardware as usual, paying special attention to grout lines (if especially grimy, use a cotton swab).  And make sure to check drains for hair!  Yuck!
  • Eco-friendly tips: I love using my Green Clean Chic essential oils (there’s a giveaway, hint-hint) with a vinegar and water spray.  If you have any tougher spots and surfaces (including scum and mineral deposits), use undiluted white vinegar and let it sit for 30 minutes to overnight to loosen the stubborn spots.  To up the cleaning power even more, you can even warm the solution or add baking soda to make a thick paste.  Baking soda is a mild abrasive, so it’s perfect for showers and tubs.  Mix it with vinegar, and it starts to fizz for an added punch.  Again, let it sit and then scrub away.  For toilet bowls, empty out the majority of the water by dumping out a big bucket of water into the bowl.  Then use undiluted vinegar and a toilet scrub to clean.   If particularly stained, add baking soda and let it sit overnight without use (don’t let anyone flush it).  If you end up doing this with all of your toilets, you may want to do one per night, so that you have at least one of them to use while another is “out of service.”
  • Deodorize and clean drains.  Pour about half a cup of baking soda into each drain.  Follow it with a half cup of undiluted vinegar and let it sit for at least 10 minutes.  Flush down the solution using hot water.
  • Recycle the old and reorganize any reading material.
  • Sweep or vacuum, mop, and polish/wax floors.

Wood Polish Recipe

  1. Add 2 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon juice in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Spray a small amount on to a rag or cloth, and wipe wood furniture.
  4. Polish dry by using a dry cloth.
Photo Credits 1, 2 and 3

Comments

  1. 1

    Wow, Valerie! Did you make this list all by yourself? It’s so thorough. I guess I’ll have to start my Fall Cleaning step by step. Thanks for the great post!

  2. 2

    Thanks, and yes. Cleaning is abut the only thing I’m good at! :)

  3. 3

    I am really glad to glance at this weblog posts which contains plenty of useful information, thanks for providing such information.

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