Don’t forget to check out part 1 of our blog that focuses on inside fall cleaning tips. Part 3 focuses on fall cleaning tips for your mind and soul.

Outside Fall Cleaning Tips


Clean gutter and downspouts.


Rake leaves weekly, dispose of via city or county regulations or mulch to use for the soil around plants and shrubs.


Build a composter to collect leaves, garden, and food waste. As it decomposed, it becomes a great soil conditioner to use in the spring.


Clean planting areas. Remove and discard annuals. Cut back spent perennial steps up to the ground. Rake up twigs, broken stems, and discard.

Wrap plants that aren’t winter hardy. After cold weather sets in, shape and trim trees and shrubbery as needed.


Plant winter hardy bulbs like tulips and daffodils. Tamp down soil with leaves.


Mow grass as needed. Fertilize as appropriate for your climate.


Drain sprinkler system and hoses. Remove hoses from spigots and store coiled and flat (hanging causes weak spots.)

More Outside Fall Cleaning Tips

Caulk gaps or cracks in homes exterior.


Close or install storm windows.


Clean and store any patio, pool and outside furniture.


Winterize lawn mower by draining gas, sharpening blade and changing oil. Prepare for storage by draining fuelt tank or add fuel protectant. Clean dirt and debris.


Test operate snowblower. Check to make sure you have shovels on hand as well as an emergency kit in cars.


Stock up on plant-friendly ice melt or salt.


Inside Fall Cleaning Tips


Spring Clothes: anything that needs to go dry cleaners & stored.


Clean dryer vent.

Schedule fall furnace inspection and chimney cleaning before cold weather sets in. (I suggested chimney cleaning in spring, so if you didn’t do it, make sure you do now.) If your furnace has a pilot light, check to see if it is in working order. If you use firewood, order it now. Make sure you know what kind of firewood is okay to burn. This was something my husband and I learned a few years ago.


Change air filters, On oil-burning furnaces change inline fuel filter.


Stock up on furnace filters.


Clean dehumidifiers before storing them. Make sure working properly before storing it.

More Inside Fall Cleaning Tips

Check batteries smoke detectors, carbon monoxide. Do with changing of time. Get a fire extinguisher for the kitchen if you don’t have one.


Check caulking around windows and seals around doors.


Now is the time to get any help you need reserved and on the calendar—throwing a party and need caterer, bartenders, Santa Clause. Don’t wait until the last minute.


What fall cleaning tips will you do for outside? What do you need to clean on the inside? What’s your favorite tip?

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