It’s darker earlier, the leaves are changing, and pumpkin spice has taken over our lives (whether you’re into it or not). Fall has finally arrived – and I’m sure we can all agree it’s the beginning of the home-y season. But before you transition into spending more time indoors, get your house or apartment¬†super ready for spending more time in (and for hosting friends and family, if that’s your thing) with this ultimate cleaning checklist.

In the Kitchen

  • Clean the inside of your dishwasher
  • Deep clean your microwave (inside and out)
  • Clean the inside of your oven
  • Throw out all expired food in your refrigerator and cabinets
  • Clean the inside of your cabinets and drawers
  • Vacuum and mop the floors (don’t forget under the fridge!)
  • Wipe down the walls and baseboards
  • Wash and disinfect all the garbage cans

In the Bathroom(s)

  • Clean all the grout (flooring, bathtub, toilet, etc.)
  • Clean the inside of any cabinets
  • Wash and/or replace your shower curtain and liner
  • Clean and polish any wood or metal
  • Bleach the toilet and bathtub
  • Wipe down the walls and baseboards
  • Wash and disinfect all the garbage cans

In the Bedroom(s)

  • Vacuum the mattress and flip
  • Put cold weather linens on the bed
  • Wash your comforter and pillows

In other Living Areas

  • Vacuum all upholstered furniture
  • Vacuum floors and under furniture
  • Dust bookshelves and artwork
  • Wipe down artificial plants
  • Wash curtains or have them cleaned
  • Remove and rinse window screens
  • Wash your windows, window sills, and all the window groves

Bonus Items

  • Change your HVAC air filter
  • Replace fire alarm batteries
  • Dust ceiling fans and set them to turn up so air circulates upwards
  • Clean out your rain gutters