Cleaning Countdown To Fall: Week 2

Are you following along with my one day a week tasks to get our home ready for fall? How’d you do last week? Are the cobwebs all outside now where they belong? Or if you have some inside are they at least from a bit of early Halloween decorating?

I’ll confess: I didn’t get to all my tasks last week. Most of them are done but I still need to clean off the top of the fridge. Going to get to that scary task this week! (Preferably on a day I don’t work as I think it’s going to be a messy job).

However, I did treat myself to a new fall scent! How can you have fall without an actual apple smell wafting through the house? Braved the mall and went in Bath & Body Works. And came out with a beautiful fall candle (and a few other things and uh, a much lighter wallet. G asked if that store was my kryptonite. Yes, I believe it just might be. However, it’s a great smelling weakness.)

Couldn’t wait to set it out so yesterday, on the last day of August, I went ahead and lit my apple weather candle. Oh, I wish you could smell this one through the screen.

Okay, enough chitchat. Let’s move on to our tasks for this week.

Week 2: At Eye Level And Above!

MONDAY: I shared this task on my Happy Homemaker Monday yesterday. However, I didn’t get to it so will be doing it today along with my Tuesday task. Clean all the doors! Dust off the frames and wipe down the front and back of each door in your house. Probably should wipe the door handles off as well.

TUESDAY: Look up for forgotten flat surfaces. Technically, the top of the fridge could count here. However, I have other flat surfaces covered in clutter and dust I see every day but chose to ignore. Pick one (or more) of those surfaces (Please tell me we all have these?) and clear and clean.

WEDNESDAY: I usually do this task around Labor Day for some weird reason so let’s just do it today. Time to clean out the inside of the fridge. Remove any “science experiments” and check for expired, moldy foods. Now, wipe down the shelves. If you feel ambitious and want to reorganize, I suggest this guide for food placement storage. Add in the freezer if you have extra time. And don’t forget to wipe down the outside of the appliance when you finish.

THURSDAY: Kitchen cabinet day! Wipe down the front and insides of all kitchen cabinets at your eye level of above. Since it’s eye-level and above week, you can ignore the bottom ones for now.

FRIDAY: Last serious task of the week. Clean and straighten inside the kitchen cabinets! I actually did this way back in January but can see a few places needing touch up and maybe labels to help my husband. He keeps mixing up my baking supply area with BBQ spices. Small thing but it’s bugging me.

Bonus Task Time

Since we ended the week mostly in the kitchen, I think it’s treat time! Either make a fall treat to freeze for later (I won’t tell if you eat it the same day), treat yourself to one at home or somewhere out, or pick out a new fall recipe to try when the season arrives.

My  plan is to make some oatmeal butterscotch cookie dough for the freezer.  I’ll probably do half with chocolate chips. Look for the recipe coming soon.

Perhaps, I’ll also make one of J’s favorites for a dinner dessert, this apple chip cake my mom used to make.

What’s your favorite fall treat?

Again on the timing thing with me, I prefer oatmeal/apple type treats in the early fall giving way to all the pumpkin goodness as mid-October arrives. That’s not to say I won’t have a pumpkin spice latte sometime sooner.


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