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!).
Here is my Fall Nesting to-do list for this year:
- Clean under the refrigerator and stove.
- Clean and reorganize the cupboard under the sink.
- Deep-clean the refrigerator.
- 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.)
- 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!)
- Spot clean the carpet.
- Sort the girls’ toys, books and art supplies.
- 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!)
- Sort, purge, and organize the rest of the bedroom closet.
- 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!