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Spring doesn’t have to be the one time of the year where you get all the crucial deep cleaning done each year. In fact, doing it in the Fall—or even quarterly—is a great way to keep things manageable and put together year-round. And we’ve got the ultimate fall cleaning checklist that goes room-by-room to get you started along with a few tips to help you further.

Don’t forget to check out our Fall Decluttering Tips, Tricks, and Checklists too!


1. Kitchen


Having a good fall cleaning schedule when it comes to the main areas of your home can help make cleaning it and keeping it clean after the fact much more manageable. And the kitchen is likely the most crucial area to stay consistent with to keep it in tip-top shape and easy to maintain.

  • Declutter countertop and other exterior surfaces
  • Declutter drawers, shelves, and cabinets
  • Clean backsplash
  • Clean points of contact
  • Polish appliances (exterior)
  • Clean the exterior of appliances
  • Clean inside the refrigerator(s)
  • Clean inside the freezer(s)
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Clean stovetop
  • Clean oven
  • Clean toaster
  • Clean behind and underneath refrigerator
  • Clean behind and underneath stove/oven
  • Clean underneath and/or behind the microwave
  • Clean the bottom of built-in units if it’s not a countertop microwave
  • Lightly and carefully clean switches and outlets (turn the power off, if necessary)
  • Clean windows and other glass surfaces
  • Clean exterior of cabinetry
  • Clean inside cabinet, drawers, and shelves (optional)
  • Tidy inside cabinets, drawers, shelves
  • Clean any lighting fixtures
  • Clean vents and filters
  • Clean knickknacks and décor items
  • Clean rugs and any towels left sitting out
  • Clean baseboards and underneath lower cabinets
  • Dust top of cabinets
  • Clean and mop floors
  • Cleaning dining room table and chairs
  • Clean barstools and any counter-bar surfaces
  • Restock any essential kitchen or kitchen-cleaning items

Curious as to how you can get your kitchen clean and tidy for the holidays or just in general? Then check out some of the posts below next (new tab).

  • Make it entertaining: Believe it or not, cleaning doesn’t have to suck, and you can make the entire process less so by adding something you enjoy to it. This might include listening to audiobooks, podcasts, your favorite tunes, chatting with family or friends in person or on the phone, or videos that are good to listen to instead of having to watch.
  • Break it up: If a project or chore seems overwhelming just thinking about it, then try breaking it into bite-sized pieces and spreading it out throughout the day, week, or month. One example would be cleaning a few kitchen drawers in a day rather than tackling it all at once.
  • Hire or ask for help: If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or even resentful about cleaning or doing a deep fall or spring cleaning, consider hiring or asking others within your household for help when possible. Just be sure to be polite, even if you think they should be helping. Say thank you when they do it, have realistic expectations, try to put a positive spin on it, and do your best to make it feel like a team effort. Sometimes it even helps to give them a list and let them pick what they want to do.
  • Try to incorporate your chores into a morning or evening routine: Sometimes, it helps to do a bit of cleaning at the beginning and/or start of the day, and doing so can even boost your mood and productivity. For instance, you could spend 10 minutes tackling those kitchen drawers mentioned previously, or maybe wiping down the counters and vacuuming the floor before and as you wait for your morning coffee to brew. And while you’re at it, you could even listen to an audiobook as you do so.
  • Set a timer if you feel super unmotivated or procrastinating: Setting a short 5, 10, 15, 20, or even 25-minute timer is a great way to get yourself accomplishing things on your fall cleaning chores list while helping it to feel less overwhelming or tedious. Just make sure to have an idea for what you’ll be doing, how you’ll be doing it, and in what order before you get started. You can even use a music and/or video playlist or audiobook with the timer set instead of an actually phone or kitchen timer.
  • Try to work in an order that’s efficient: Moving in an order that will help you to avoid extra steps can be a huge motivation and time-saver. As an example, if you plan to dust and vacuum, it’s usually good to dust before you vacuum to avoid having to do things twice. Still, things don’t always have to go room-by-room if it’s not going to mean more work for you later. If you feel like cleaning the kitchen backsplash and then moving on to another room instead of doing all the kitchen stuff first, feel free. You’re at least getting it done.
  • Reward yourself: Whether it’s for a single chore, several chores in a day, finishing cleaning a room, or finishing the entire house, acknowledge it, give yourself a good pat on the back, take note of how you feel about the end result, and reward yourself. A reward might mean binging on a few Netflix shows or reading your book with a sheet mask, or it might mean an evening of gaming. Enjoy the hard-won moment and not feeling the weight of those chores hanging over your head while you chill out.
  • Stack Related Chores: Stacking chores that are related to one another is an excellent way to multitask and save on time and effort later. You can even stack chores with activities you like doing. Good examples of this might include:
    • Dusting and vacuuming.
    • Emptying fridge the night before Trash Day or Grocery Day.
    • Quickly wiping out said trashcan before you put that trashbag in.
    • Using that leftover and relatively clean paper towel that’s been spritzed with cleaner on your bathroom counter after cleaning your kitchen counter.
    • Folding clothes and Netflix-ing.
    • Clean the sink before going to bed.
    • Vacuum the main areas of the house while listening to an audiobook, podcast, or music as your coffee or tea brews.


In this post, we provided an easy-to-read fall cleaning checklist of chores that go room-by-room. We also added links to other articles that offer tips, how-to guides, and other information to help you out further. And we included interactive to-do checklists for each room or area for you to use if you choose to.

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Final Thoughts

As mentioned in our Tip section, feel free to move at your own pace and in an order that works for you. The beauty of having a “loose” checklist such as these Fall cleaning chores is that it helps you track what needs to be done. At the same time, you can still work around your schedule instead of feeling like you have to work around the cleaning.

Just make sure to stay consistent with your efforts, even if it’s doing a little bit in the morning and then at night or tackling specific chores for that particular day. It’s also helpful to give yourself a good headstart, rather than waiting until the last minute. And ask for help from other household members if you feel you need it; just be courteous about it.

We hope you found the Fall cleaning chores checklist and guide helpful, but if you want to find out more information, please feel free to check out some of the posts listed down below or ones that are listed throughout this article up above.

Final Tip: At the end of the day, remember why you’re doing this. You’re doing all the cleaning ahead of time for yourself and maybe for your loved ones too.

You’re doing it so that your household, life, and the holiday season will run more smoothly and feel all the more relaxing. You’ll feel a lot less overwhelmed by all the holiday cheer and occasional madness with a clean home that looks, feels, and functions great.

You’ve got this.

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The checkout our Fall Decluttering Tips, Tricks, and Checklists next so you can kick-off your holiday season like the boss you are. That’s right…

Happy cleaning and holiday season!

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