Kem's Kandy for the Weekends ~Seasonal Cleaning~

For every season, in the Elliott House, there is "spring" cleaning.  I like to tackle things by quarters, instead of saving it all up for Spring.  Besides, since the weather is nice, wouldn't it be easier to get things done around the house (inside and outside) before the holidays?  So for this first installment, we are going to tackle the outside of the house!  Let the Autumn Cleaning Begin!


  • Wash your windows inside and outside.The summer can be just as harsh on windows as the winter. Don’t wait until spring to give your whole house a brighter outlook by washing your windows.
  • Before you store your patio furniture and children’s outdoor toys, wash them off and cover them in plastic or old bed sheets.
  • Check the caulk, seals and weather stripping around all windows and doors and repair as needed. Wipe down window wells and ledges. Hose and wipe down exterior doors.
  • Drain and store garden hoses. If you have an in-ground sprinkler system, have it professionally blown out and winterized.
  • Check gutters and downspouts and clear out debris, to avoid ice dams.
  • Clean out your garage and hose out all the summer dirt and grime. 
  • If there are any areas on outside trim, deck, etc to paint use this time to paint it and freshen up the exterior of your house.
  • Seed lawn and cover with peat moss to ensure new growth.  Don't forget to water daily!
  • If the weather has already turned cooler, and you  know you won't be using your air conditioner, purchase a cover and place on unit after it is cleaned.  
  • Plant fall annual flowers.  Mums are a great choice to add color to your exterior and, depending on the weather, can last up until November.
Inside the House
  • Have your fireplace and chimney inspected, cleaned and ready for winter use.
  • Change your furnace filters for cleaner air and a more efficient heating system.
  • Fall is a good time to replace batteries in your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and other home safety devices.
  • Get your beds ready for a cozy winter. Fall is also a good time to do twice-annual mattress turns. Flip your mattress this fall and next spring, turn it end-to-end. Launder or dry clean all bedding you don’t do every week, such as mattress pads, pillows, blankets, bed skirts and bedspreads.
  • Schedule a professional carpet cleaning or rent a carpet cleaner and do it yourself.
  • Clean out your kitchen cupboards and pantry, paying particular attention to baking supplies, pans and equipment that you’ll need for holiday baking.
  • Pull your refrigerator, clothes washer and dryer out from the wall and clean behind them (and retrieve any long lost socks!). Brush dust off of refrigerator coils and use a narrow vacuum hose attachment to clean inside the lint catcher of your dryer.
That last thing I like to do is purchase new fall scented candles.  My favorites are from Yankee Candle Company.  Autumn Wreath and Pumpkin Spice. 

Stay Sweet,


  1. Thanks for the tips and I like the photo!

  2. I just got a coupon for Yankee Candle.. im so spending money on fall scents :P

    Great photo

  3. How did you get a coupon? I could only be so lucky!