We’ve all heard of the term “spring cleaning” where we put some time aside and dedicate it to sprucing up our homes, getting rid of things we don’t need, and generally giving our homes and yards a deep cleaning in preparation for warm outdoor weather. While that’s common, not many people appreciate the value of Fall cleaning as much as they should. It’s the perfect time to cut down on things that are cluttering our homes, just in time to make the house nice for holiday visitors.

To get started with your Fall cleaning project, look in your linen closets. You might expect to find several sets of matching bedsheets, as well as a small pile of ragtag sheets that are either stained, torn, or don’t go with anything. If you haven’t used these sheets at any time in recent memory, it’s time to get rid of them. Throw them out, make rags out of them, or if they’re in especially good condition, donate them to your local charity.

Speaking of mismatched items, go through that basket of mismatched socks and make a last-ditch effort to pair a few of them. If you can’t find the match for these lonely socks by now, the pair is gone and there’s no use in keeping a single sock. Discard all of your mismatched socks after you’ve finished Fall cleaning.

Take a look at your bathroom cabinets. Many of us have a habit of keeping “almost” empty bottles of lotions, soaps, shampoos, and other items that we really aren’t ever going to use again. If there isn’t enough product in the bottle to use reasonably, throw it away. It’s taking up space that you don’t need to dedicate.

Finally, go into your kitchen and check out your collection of Tupperware. You might notice that you’ve accumulated either a whole lot of containers with no matching lid, or a whole lot of lids with no matching container. Where the matches went, no one knows, but what we do know is that these pieces can’t possibly be of use to store food as they are. Get rid of the Tupperware pieces that don’t work.

Fall cleaning might seem like a hassle now, but once your home has gone through a deep cleaning, you’re going to feel a lot better about the idea of having guests over. Fall cleaning is an accomplishment that can only really be appreciated once it’s been finished. For more ideas on Fall cleaning projects, check out this article at Southern Living.

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