Fall Cleaning + Decluttering

With each new season, I always enjoy taking the time to clean out my home and freshen things up a bit. I know everyone usually associates seasonal cleaning with spring, but personally, I think spring and fall both offer the perfect opportunity to clean out, purge, and organize your space. There's just something about the shift in weather and atmosphere that really inspires me to shift my space along with it. The trees are shedding their leaves, so why not shed some of the stuff that's been piling up for months?

I love lighting an autumnal candle and cracking open the windows while I clean, allowing crisp air to refresh and spread throughout my space. You can even wash the windows and window sills while you're at it. I know a lot of people think fall cleaning and spring cleaning are different - spring cleaning being only scrubbing the surfaces down and all that jazz, and fall cleaning only being decluttering - but I beg to differ. I think it's better to do both twice a year, that way you're keeping up with it. So with that said, scrub the floors, windows, and shelves. Turn it into a party. Don't leave it all just for spring. It's also a great time to go through your kitchen cupboards, checking expiration dates and wiping down the refrigerator and cupboard shelves. I have certain recipes I especially love making in the fall, so I'll usually create a list of any ingredients I don't already have so I know I'm fully stocked up for the season.

Fall is also a great time to go through and declutter. Yes. We all love decluttering here on this blog. If I have any full-on summery clothes I didn't even touch over the year, I'll usually set those aside for the donation pile. Same goes for shoes, accessories, and so on. And don't forget about makeup and other beauty products! I think people often forget about it, but if you've had it for over a year, you're better off safe than sorry by eliminating it from our bathroom cabinet. While you're cleaning out your shoes, pull all of your  fall shoes to the front and give them a wash-down so they're ready for the season. Lint roll any dark sweaters or coats so they're ready to go as well. Swap out your floral summery air freshener scents for spicy autumnal scents. Dust off your book shelves and pull some of your autumn favorites to the front (Cue Harry Potter). As the days grow shorter and colder, you may find yourself snuggled up on the couch with a book in hand. Fall cleaning is definitely not something to dread. Whether you dedicate an entire weekend to it, or take it piece by piece and day by day, look at it as an exciting transition into the *best season of all.*

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