Home Maintenance & Deep Cleaning Checklist for Fall Free PDF download for print or electronic
Halloween is over, so it’s time to get rid of those cobwebs you’d saved all year for decoration! There’s a lot to take care of before the holidays, so get started now with this handy home maintenance and deep cleaning checklist printable!
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I published my Home Maintenance & Cleaning Checklist for Spring in April 2015, but never got around to the fall version that year. And I will admit, I didn’t get around to doing much of the cleaning either. Where does the time go??? Anyway, I’ve been away from my blog for a while doing other things, but I’m back and what better way to get back into it than putting together a massive checklist of all the things I should be doing instead of blogging! 😀
I can say that I’ve actually tackled some of the things on this list already. And luckily we are having a very warm fall (we haven’t even gotten a frost/freeze yet so my garden is still going and so are the mosquitoes). So there is still time to get some of these outside tasks done before the cold weather sets in.
I’ve also been trying to get some of the inside tasks done too. One project has been a very deep cleaning of my kitchen. When you clean your tile floors, you mop with a Swiffer Wet Jet or a traditional mop, right? Do you think your floors are getting clean? Think again. The mop glides over the tile surface, but doesn’t get into the recessed grout (especially the Wet Jet). In fact, it pushes the dirty water right into those grooves and leaves it there! Do you even know what color that grout is supposed to be? Next time you wash your floor and think it is sparkling clean, get an old toothbrush and some clean water, and just wet the toothbrush and start scrubbing the grout. Be prepared to be grossed out! I was shocked at how dirty it was when I thought I had done such a thorough cleaning! But the thought of cleaning the entire floor with a toothbrush was overwhelming (although I did think about adding that as an option for punishment for my daughter…).
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Another project I’ve focused on is organizing my laundry area. Oh, how I wish I had a separate laundry room, but my laundry area is in the unfinished part of the basement crammed in with the plumbing and the heating equipment. Not a lot of room. So a couple of months ago I made myself a laundry station. I was tired of the tiny laundry sorters you find in the stores. I don’t have a large family, but we can certainly generate a lot of laundry! So I put together a PVC pipe frame that holds 3 very large sorter bins (I had planned 4 or 5, but ran out of fabric), and is tall so I can hang things to dry on hangers from it, or just throw them over the bar like a towel rack. I haven’t completely finished it. I would like to add a hinged top, so I have a surface to set down baskets, sort or pretreat, etc. I just haven’t decided on the material to use for it yet. Once it is done, I’ll try to post some pics and maybe some instructions.
As with the spring version, I made the checklist all fancy shmancy. It’s a PDF you can print, but there’s more! It’s an actual form, so you can use the electronic form to check off items as you go. And there’s a special button you can click to get more generic room pages too, again, for online use or printing. And I left blanks (with the checkboxes) for things you may want to add. Cool, huh?
As with the spring version, this checklist is MASSIVE. Don’t expect to get it all done in a day, or weekend, or even a week. You may put off some of the things for months. But there are some things that just need to be on your radar, because they have to get done someday.
Here’s a link to the PDF for download. As usual, this is for your personal use only. You may share, but do not upload. Instead, share the link to this post, please.
NOTE: Some people have had trouble viewing the PDF using the PDF viewer in their browser. Chrome seems to be the worst. If what you see doesn’t look like the samples above, RIGHT CLICK on the link above and do “Save link as…” or “Save target as…” or similar (depends on browser) to save the file to your computer and then open it with Adobe Reader.
UPDATE August 25, 2017: Well, blame the hackers… Adobe has added more security “features” to the latest version of Reader that make it difficult to save your edits to the form. It keeps prompting you to save the file to a new location or filename every time you save! You can of course do this, but what a pain! The only other option is to disable the security. I’ve uploaded a new version of the PDF to include instructions for how to do this. This is not a great solution and I will continue to research if there are other ways to fix this.
Try it out and let me know what you think!
Great checklist! I thought it was very thorough and covered areas that I normally would have forgotten. Garage Door Repair (http://www.garagedoorrepair.com/) also made a great checklist for some additional maintenance things to check that can save you a lot of money on your monthly electricity bill.You can look at the checklist here:
good morning, my name is ashley and I’ve been looking for the perfect cleaning checklist and this one is definitely it, along with the fall one! but I can’t get either of them to print, is there any chance you can e mail them to me!?
Hi Ashley. Thanks for the feedback!
I’m sorry you are having trouble printing. Can I ask what exactly you are doing? Are you clicking the image or text link? Does the PDF pop up in a separate browser tab/window? What happens when you try to print? Which browser and OS are you using?
Another option would be to right-click the link and choose “Save link as…” (or “Save target as…” depending on your browser) which allows you to save the PDF directly to your computer. Then you can open it using Adobe Reader to view/print (not the browser plugin, which can be flaky).
If you are still having trouble, feel free to send me an email (email@example.com).
How can you save the progress in the pdf file if you do not print it out? Or can you even do that? lol I am kind of new to Pdf files and all they can and cannot do. When I save it to my pc it saves as the original but when I check mark anything and try to save it so I can have the progress checked as I go, the thing saves back to the original. But I love this check list and it has all the thing I wanted on it and a few I did not even think about. So thank you!
Hi L – thanks for the feedback! To answer your question, it depends on the version of Adobe Reader you are using. It used to be as simple as opening the PDF in Reader, making your changes, and then saving it. But I just tried this with Reader DC version and they’ve added all sorts of security stuff! So now if you try to Save, it prompts as if you are doing SaveAs (or sometimes prompts with a different error that file is either read-only or someone else is editing it). You have to turn off the security, or go through hoops to allow this document (yuck!). I’ve updated the PDF instructions to include what you need to do. I hope this helps!
While testing, I also discovered that some of the checkboxes were adding stars instead of checkmarks, so I fixed those too!
So please download the new version and see if my instructions for the newer Reader version help. If not, let me know and I’ll see if there are any other options.
Wow. Thank you for this! You are awesome!
Thank you so much! Let me know as you use it if you find anything missing.
Love your spring and fall checklists! Any plans to create winter and summer checklists?
Thanks, Wendy! I can’t even complete the Fall one before Spring! Hah! I hadn’t really thought about winter and summer versions, but I won’t say never… But I might come out with regular daily/weekly/monthly ones, and it could make sense for those to be seasonal. Sign up for the mailing list or follow my Facebook page to stay informed!
Was able to get the PDF to save to my desktop and will be using it this week/weekend to get my house ready for winter! Thank you so much for a comprehensive list!
Great article. We’ll be sharing with our garage door clients to help them get a jump on the season!
Your list is so comprehensive! Seriously the most complete list I’ve seen so far. I can’t wait to get started! We just had professional carpet and upholstery cleaners refresh our main living spaces and our house feels so much better. Thanks for sharing this list!