Most of us want to avoid illness this fall and winter.  One way is to thoroughly and properly clean your home before flu season arrives.  Fall cleaning will also help you not stress as much when your Thanksgiving company comes!  Some people insist that cleaning everything in their homes during a short period of time is an excellent motivation to keep their homes clean.  

I have learned to appreciate planning ahead.  If you are like I am here are five ways you can prepare for fall cleaning now.  

1. Make a list of what you want to clean. 

The easiest way would be to list all the rooms in your home, your garage, and your yard.  Underneath each room or section or your home, list all that you want to accomplish.  Be sure to include windows, baseboards, curtains and other windows coverings. 

Include items to clean as well as items to launder.  You’ll want fresh, clean blankets and quilts for the winter.  Do your coats and sweaters need to be washed?  

Are you cleaning by yourself or with some help?  Divide tasks among all the workers.  

Making a list ahead of time will give you time to add to it, if you need to.  You will be less likely to forget to clean something.  

2.  Declutter your home. 

When the floors in your home have furntiture and very few other things on them, they are easier to clean.  The same goes for dressers, desks, and all horitzonal surfaces of your home.  

A closet will be easier to clean when you do not have 20 items of clothing you never have worn and do not plan to wear again!  Read more about the benefits of decluttering here.  

Fall cleaning will be more efficient and less overwhelming when you declutter first.  

My recommendation is, if you have not yet done so, to begin to declutter right away.  

3.  Schedule time to fall clean.

Without a definite time for fall cleaning, your list of tasks to do will be just a list of good intentions.  

Do you work better in the morning or evening?  Would you rather accomplish everything in a weekend or take four separate weekends to accomplish all your tasks?  

Once you have chosen your dates and times to fall clean, put those on the calendar as you would very important appointments.  

4.  Plan to finish your fall cleaning before November. 

If you are like me, you will need to plan to finish by the middle of October to give yourself room just in case.  

If your entire house is sparkling clean by the end of October, your stress levels regarding Thanksgiving will greatly diminish.  You won’t be washing curtains frantically or wondering if the guest room is clean enough a week before Thanksgiving!

5.  Detox your cleaners.  

At the time of the writing of this article, we have recently had a shortage of cleaners in stores.  Did you know that most of the cleaners in stores are first, very expensive (you are paying quite a bit for the bottle), and also very toxic.  Yes, this fact applies to cleaners labeled “natural.” 

You do not need bleach or other harsh cleaners with ammonia to clean your home.  To learn about just a few side effects of your cleaners, go here.  To learn about fabric softners, go here.  I have been cleaning my home–and laundry–with just one cleaner since 2013.  

Since you are cleaning to help avoid illness, it’s vital to use cleaners that will not make your family ill.  

If you are highly motivated in taking better care of your health so that you are able to fall clean this year, just fill out this short questionnaire, and I will reply to you in 24 hours with a personalized recdommendation.  

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