I love watching the seasons change. Many people laugh at me but I always notice the smallest changes. For instance, right now it’s the end of August and it’s getting dark earlier, the light is getting softer, if you look closely you will see some of the leaves already changing. I don’t think I could ever get tired of watching the seasons change.
This may be strange but I also look forward to my seasonal cleaning. That’s not to say there aren’t tasks I’m not looking forward to, like cleaning the oven or defrosting my deep freezer. But once all of the tasks are done I will feel very accomplished. That’s also when I will allow myself to decorate for the upcoming season. I love decorating so that’s a good way to motivate myself.
Another way I keep myself motivated is by listening to books on Audible. If you don’t have an Audible account yet you can get two free books with a free trial. Listening to music is something I often do while doing some seasonal cleaning as well. Keeping your mind busy can really help make the time go a lot faster.
So what should you be cleaning when the seasons change? It will depend somewhat on your home and what part of the world you live in but this list is a good place to start.
Seasonal Cleaning List
- Turn mattresses.
- Clean your mattresses and vacuum the box springs.
- Wash or air pillows.
- Clean lampshades, globes, and dust lightbulbs. This is a great time to put a couple of drops of essential oils on your light bulbs to make your house smell great.
- Clean the oven. Or you can just wait until it start smoking to clean it, let’s be honest we’ve all done it.
- Wash windows, storm windows, and screens. This is a good time to check your screens for holes and patch them.
- Put away out-of-season clothes and pull out seasonally appropriate clothing.
- Vacuum books. If you have a Dyson vacuum I recommend their dusting attachment for this, it works really well and is gentle.
- Wash window treatments. Be sure to clean curtain rods and such as well.
- Organize pantry. This is a great time to donate food that is still good but you know you won’t eat. And be sure to check all dates and get rid of expired food.
- Replace baking soda in fridge and freezer. Try replacing these with my citrus fridge deodorizer, it’s even better than just baking soda.
- Take everything out of the fridge and freezer and clean them thoroughly.
- If needed, defrost freezer.
- Clean baseboards.
- If you have any essential oil diffusers this is a great time to give them a good cleaning.
When you do these kinds of deep cleanings you are sure to find lots of things you’ve forgotten about. Many of the items you find you don’t really need anymore so keep a donation box handy.
I’d love to hear if you have other things on your seasonal cleaning list. Leave me a comment below. Also be sure to join the Homemaking for Everyone Facebook group to connect with other homemakers and get lots of great homemaking tips.