Autumn Cleaning – How to Clean Your Home for Fall

It's starting to cool off. Don't let it get too cold before doing some deep cleaning. Cleaning isn't just for spring, do some Autumn Cleaning! Check out these How to Clean Your Home for Fall Tips ~ Tipsaholic.com #autumn #fall #cleaning

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You’ve heard of spring cleaning. You’ve probably done some spring cleaning yourself. But a once-a-year purge and clean just isn’t quite enough to keep most homes really shining. So this year, why not treat your home to a little fall season TLC before the cold weather sets in and the holidays sneak up on you? Bring out the buckets, brooms, and sponges – it’s time for some Autumn Cleaning!

 

 1. Clear out the summer stuff

Toys, clothes, sports gear, lawn chairs, etc. can be packed away. It’s a big task, but storing these items over the winter while they’re not needed means they’ll still be in good shape when it comes time to use them again next summer. Use airtight, sturdy containers whenever possible to avoid dust, insects, and mice.

 2. Clean your upholstery, rugs, and carpets

Do this early in the fall and preferably on a warm day so that windows can be left open to circulate more air as things dry. Hire a service or rent or buy a machine that can do the job properly. Treat stubborn stains by hand first.

 

3. Start prepping your heating system

It may still be too early in the year to turn up the heat, but when that first cold morning strikes, you’ll be glad you thought ahead. Filters need to be changed and ducts may need cleaning. Start maintenance on small heating units and schedule a chimney cleaning.

 

4. Organize the garage

You’ll probably be storing a lot more inside the garage during the winter. Lawn mowers, bicycles, tools, and more do best when kept out of the rain, snow, and extreme temperatures. Make a space for everything and make sure you can quickly and easily reach the things you might still need to use over the winter.

 

5. Wash your exterior windows

Chances are they’ve been collecting cobwebs and hard water all summer. Take the time to clean them now, while temperatures are still reasonable, so that you don’t have to worry about them while trying to hang the Christmas lights in a few months!

 

6. Pressure wash your siding and porch

Before you give your windows a good wash, consider pressure washing (or at least spraying down) the exterior of your home to get rid of dirt, cobwebs, and insects.

 

7. Bring out the warm bedding

The nights are going to get cold in a hurry. Put the flannel sheets on now and fold heavier blankets at the bottom of the bed in case they are needed.

 

8. Consider switching out your curtains

Trading your lightweight curtains for a heavy set of drapes can help to insulate your home. You might also switch window screens for storm windows while you’re at it.

 

9. Check outdoor lightbulbs

You probably won’t want to be changing bulbs in freezing temperatures, so do it now! Rid your light fixtures of insects and grime at the same time.

 

10. Vacuum everything

We’re talking the corners of rooms, windowsills and tracks, baseboards, underneath furniture, inside the couch cushions, air vents, under the refrigerator, and more. Summer (and its bug population) can be tough on these areas of the home. And if you have pets – the odds are you’ll be cleaning up quite a bit of hair that was being shed during the warm months.

 

11. Clean out your pantry

The foods you enjoyed in the spring and summer will soon give way to soups and holiday goodies. Use up your summer staples and take inventory of your other basics so you have a better idea of what you’ll need to add to your stock.

 

12. Do a home safety check

Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check fire extinguishers, look for mold, and do some maintenance on your plumbing. Some areas of the home may need to be better insulated to keep pipes from freezing. Make sure there are no plumbing leaks, especially outside.

 

13. Take care of outdoor maintenance

Which outside chores will be more challenging in cold weather? Cleaning garbage cans, clearing rain gutters, and treating grills and outdoor furniture are all things that can be a bit more pleasant if done while the weather is still mild.

 

14. One last purge

Even if you had the chance to clear out some clutter and hold a yard sale earlier in the year, do one last clean sweep of your home as you put away summer clothing and sort linens. Take one more load to your local donation center and store or toss whatever else you won’t need for the next few months.

 

15. Everything else

Clean your indoor light fixtures, flip mattresses, reorganize closets after filling them with cold-weather clothing, clean blinds, wash walls, wipe down door knobs and switchplates, and dust chandeliers and ceiling fans. These are great things to do quarterly and the start of fall is a serves as a good reminder that it’s time to take care of them again!

 

If you need a few more cleaning tips to get started, try these Cleaning Tips from Organization Pros.

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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30+ Simple (and frugal!) DIY Fall Decorating Projects

 30+ Simple (and Frugal!) DIY Fall Decorating Projects ~ Tipsaholic.com #fall #autumn #diy #decorating

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The internet is swirling with brilliant ideas for your home during the fall season. Every blog is brimming with inspiration and you’re probably pinning like mad! But how many of those ideas will you really use this year? You’re busy, and the time you have for crafting and creating is probably very limited. So how about this: rather than trying to tackle big projects that require time and money you may not have, take a few of these fabulous but simple DIY fall decorating projects and take pride in a homemade home this autumn!

1. Easy glitter pumpkins

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A quick spray of glue and some glitter are all it takes to give these faux pumpkins a makeover. Look at your local dollar store or Target for the pumpkins, or order some online.

 

2. Patterned bean pumpkin

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This little project can be as complex or simple as you choose. Start with a few basic shapes and begin gluing, then add variations in color and make your pattern more elaborate if you like.

 

3. 5 minute fall garland

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Fast and frugal, this leaf garland is sure to dress up any space! Use a sewing machine to string the leaves together to make it your fastest fall decoration project.

 

4. State decal pumpkin

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Show a little state pride on your porch this fall with this fun decaled pumpkin idea. If you’ve got the time, go one step further and add a house number pumpkin to the mix.

 

5. Pumpkin shaped berry wreath

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This pumpkin wreath looks a lot more complex than it is! Follow the easy layout for the berry stems and hang your pumpkin for all to see.

 

6. Burlap tin can candle holders

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Save a few soup cans to make this great wallet-friendly decoration. Use high-texture fabrics like burlap to wrap the cans and nestle your favorite candles (apple or pumpkin scents, perhaps?) inside.

 

7. Pumpkin topiary

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Use wooden skewers to hold pumpkins and gourds of different sizes together to create this fun outdoor decoration.

 

8. Leaf monogram

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A monogram on the front door makes home just a little more homey for fall visitors. Make this one even easier by skipping the moss frame and simply hanging the monogram with a pretty ribbon.

 

9. Scrap wood pumpkins

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Do you have a bit of scrap wood lying around from a previous project? Recycle it by making a set of these colorful pumpkins. Tap a nail into the top of each board and wrap it with jute twine for a rustic touch.

 

10. Fall leaf vase

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Dress up your plain-Jane vases by wrapping them with leaves! Fresh flowers placed neatly inside make a perfect table centerpiece or mantle decoration.

 

11. Hanging leaves

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Use fishing line and a simple hot gluing technique to create these clever hanging leaves. Hang them from ceilings, doorways, light fixtures, and anywhere you want to create a “falling leaves” look.

 

12. Leaf decorated candles

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A little bit of decoupage goes a long way in this autumn décor project. Gather leaves of similar shapes and sizes from the area around your home in order to form basic patterns.

 

13. Easy “Fall” blocks

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Stain a set of four wood blocks (pick your favorite size!) and paint each with a letter from the word “fall.” Or, if you’ve got a few minutes more, the word “autumn!”

 

14. Sharpie pumpkins

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Spray paint a set of lack-luster dollar store pumpkins and go crazy with a Sharpie! Take inspiration from a few of these designs or create your own, and maybe even let the kids get involved.

 

15. Hanging pinecone door décor

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Pinecones abound this time of year and gathering a few for a DIY decoration couldn’t be easier! Choose your favorite color of ribbon to make this hanging door décor.

 

16. Indian corn candle holder

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Indian corn is a fall décor favorite that lasts for years. Use a few ears in this fun candle holder project and light up your autumn dining table.

 

17. Mason jar leaf luminary

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If you’ve searched for fall décor ideas before, you may have seen this leaf luminary. But did you know how simple it is to make? Dry some leaves from the front yard and Mod Podge them straight onto a mason jar. It’s that easy.

 

18. Autumn framed printed burlap

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Use the free printable from Domestically Speaking and follow her video tutorial for printing on burlap. You’ll have this craft done in a snap!

 

19. Simple gourd garland

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Check craft stores in your area for faux gourds or grab some here to get started with this fabulous gourd garland. Jute twine or maybe even a bit of ribbon will string them up.

 

20. Free fall frameable subway art

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It really doesn’t get any easier than this! Print this subway art on sturdy paper, pop it in a frame, and voila! Five minute décor.

 

21. Leaf ornaments

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Turn a few of those leaves in your yard into ornaments by adhering them to cardstock and tying ribbons to the tops. You can also collect (and perhaps spray paint?) some branches to place in vases and hang your ornaments.

 

22. Fall twig wreath

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Tie a few bunches of twigs together to form the wreath base in this project, then use a few squares of burlap and some paint to create the cute mini-bunting for a focal point.

 

23. Leaf wall art

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A DIY decoration for the true nature-lover, this wall is created simply by gluing leaves to cardstock and adorning whatever wall in your home needs a little love.

 

24. Paper bag luminaries

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Paper bags are easy to come by, and with a quick spritz of paint over top of some personalized leaf patterns you can turn them into these pretty luminaries.

 

25. “Fall” mason jar vases

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These plain jars become fabulous fall vases with a little paint. To make this craft even easier, try spray painting the jars after applying the letters.

 

26. Leaf placemat pillows

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These simple pillows are a fantastic project even if you’re not confident in your sewing skills! Just pick apart a few inches of the seam on a set of leaf placemats, stuff them, and sew them back up. Instant autumn throw pillows!

 

27. Painted twine pumpkins

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There seems to be no end to the crafts you can try with foam pumpkins! This version uses jute to dress up the stem and create fun, defined lines.

 

28. Twig coasters

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Twigs are another natural (and free!) craft material that can give your home that fall feeling. Cut some gathered twigs down to size and tie them together to make these clever coasters that are both decorative and useful.

 

29. Easy faux hydrangea wreath

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Hydrangeas can be a beautiful fall flower, but if you haven’t exactly used your green thumb this year, a bunch of faux hydrangeas will do! Select a few in some autumn colors and make this pretty wreath to adorn a front door, window, or mirror.

 

30. Mason jar leaf “chandelier”

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Colorful fallen leaves are everywhere and using them to make a few fabulous decorations just makes sense. This mason jar chandelier becomes quite the conversation piece with the use of rope and leaves.

 

31. Simple Indian corn wreath

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This Indian corn “sunburst” wreath will look great among your other autumn décor, whether inside or out. Look for the mini-sized corn at dollar stores, craft stores, or even local farmers’ markets. You can also buy some here .

 

32. Acorn mirror

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Send the kids out to gather acorn tops and give an old mirror some autumn flair. Use a mirror with a narrower frame if you don’t have time for multiple acorn layers.

 

33. Leaf and book page banner

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An old book and some more of those wonderful fallen leaves are a perfect match when it comes to this easy, beautiful autumn banner.

 

34. Twig candle holder

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Another great twig project, these naturally rustic candle holders would look fabulous on a mantel, porch steps, or as part of a decorative tablescape.

 

Looking for more autumn décor inspiration? Take a look at these 25 Best Fall Tablescapes at Remodelaholic!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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