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Switch up your spring cleaning checklist and get ready for cooler temps and gorgeous falling leaves with these tips on how to really get your home, both inside & outside, autumn ready!

Wash all windows.
On a cloudy day so that you can see all the streaks, use glass cleaner, or one squirt of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle filled with water, and wipe down with a microfiber cloth.

Vacuum dusty canvas, cotton, and treated fabric blinds.
Use a low setting with a brush attachment & wipe vinyl shades down with a dampened microfiber cloth.

Two-step window treatments.
Take out the metal weights first since they can rust. Dust or vacuum the valance and frame, then vacuum from top to bottom using the upholstery attachment for drapes, and the brush attachment for blinds. Or submerge blinds or shades in a few inches of cool water and two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid. Always check labels for instructions on window treatment cleanings as some materials require certain care.

Clean the walls.
Dust, wash, rinse, and dry painted or wood-paneled walls.

Clean ceiling-mounted light fixtures.

Vacuum and spot-clean upholstered furniture and cushions.

Wipe down the kitchen cupboards.
Empty, wash, replace liners, declutter, and reorganize.

Dust off the refrigerator condenser coil.
Use vacuum’s brush attachment and gently vacuum it.

Depp clean carpets.

Take care of your wooden floors.
Have scratched or dull wood floors professionally scuff-sanded and recoated, or completely refinished.

Don’t forget about your computer.
Dust the CPU, clean and wipe down the keyboard, and dust off the monitor with a microfiber cloth.

Declutter and reorganize closets.

Replace the furnace filter.

Sweep the chimneys.
Have the fireplace and stove flues and chimneys professionally inspected and swept.

Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows.

Check and clean the gutters and downspouts.

Clean & store your patio furniture.

Drain and store garden hoses.

Check the exterior paint.

Original: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/fall-cleaning-checklist-00000000000928/