Delicious autumn has arrived in the mountains and the aspens are beginning to shimmer with yellow. The first chill in the air always inspires me to begin what I call Fall Nesting—a house cleaning and tidying up, nearly equal to spring cleaning. I like to settle in for fall and winter in a clean, cozy home (though with two small children, it never stays nearly as tidy as I would like!).

Cinderella, Wolf, and Blue Moon (Australian Jarrahdale).

Here is my Fall Nesting to-do list for this year:

  1. Clean under the refrigerator and stove.
  2. Clean and reorganize the cupboard under the sink.
  3. Deep-clean the refrigerator.
  4. Reorganize my pantry cupboard and evaluate what I would like to have on hand for snowbound days. (This doesn’t take long as my pantry is little more than one cubic foot.)
  5. Clean all of the windows and sills. (This is always my most dreaded cleaning job, as my home’s ninety-five-year-old windows are quite crumbly and splintery, but I always feel better about my life once it’s done!)
  6. Spot clean the carpet.
  7. Sort the girls’ toys, books and art supplies.
  8. Sort the girls’ clothes and put summer clothes away in the attic. Evaluate what clothing items they need for fall and winter. (I find that storing away my daughters’ off-season clothing helps with tidying so much, as the four of us share one standard closet and both of my girls love to take their clothes out of the closet!)
  9. Sort, purge, and organize the rest of the bedroom closet.
  10. Purchase a couple of new boxes of tea and daydream about handmade teacups and open shelving.

I’m about halfway through my list and I can’t wait until it’s all done!

What about you? Do you have any Fall Nesting habits or traditions? I would love to hear in the comments below!

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Laurie Twibell

Way to go, Heather! I’m planning to make another “I’m a Minimalist, Hear Me Roar” pass through the house this fall. I’m hoping that my college student will need some cash badly enough that she’ll do the deep cleaning after finals so we’ll be ship-shape for Christmas.

My miscellaneous projects for fall include backing up my photo albums, a sugar detox, learning to use Katie’s DSLR camera in preparation for our 25th anniversary trip to Europe in April (yes, it’s been that long since you were a flower girl!) and making quilt squares to help out my sister-in-law with a big project. Along with my new volunteering opportunities and a bit of elementary school substitute teaching, I will stay busy!


totally agree with you on the windows and window sill situation! Must do that as well. Plus I’m going to keep cleaning sorting and packing. Ah photo albums…I’ve been joking for years that I was waiting to get snowed in (this was when living in California and Florida), You have a better chance of that happening than I do! I’m still wanting to do one for Josh and Kate! here’s hoping you get to yours sooner than I have. But the most important part is enjoying your children not documenting them, and you are really good at doing the important part.


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