Fall is here and there is pumpkin spice flavors everywhere. Is October your favorite month? October is a very busy month in my household. I focus on cleaning in preparation for closing the house up tight for the winter and on preparing for the busy holiday season. I wouldn’t be able to face October and all the tasks I need to accomplish without my October To Do Checklist. It’s a free printable you can use, too.
You can print your own free copy of the October To Do Checklist. There’s space for you to customize the checklist with your own unique tasks. You may also be interested in the rest of the monthly To Do Checklists.
October To Do Checklist
As the first month of the quarter, October is the perfect time to toss out old toothbrushes and mascara. These are items that should be replaced at least every three months.
Since the house will be closed up tight during cold winter months, I want to take the time to clean away summer pollen and dust. I take a couple of days to do a deep fall cleaning:
- Clean ceiling fan blades
- Clean mini blinds and curtains
- Clean baseboards
- Clean all bedding
- Quilts, comforters, and duvets
- Dust Ruffles
- Mattress Pads
- Decorative Pillows
Take a few minutes to go through all spices and baking supplies. Look for expired items. If you’re not sure how hold it is, throw it out. Declutter these items. Add items that need to be replenished to your shopping list. Use my simple tip for organizing spices to track expiration dates on all kitchen items.
This is a great time to declutter your kitchen since you’ll be using it a lot the next two months with holiday meals and baking. You can tackle these kitchen decluttering tasks by devoting just 10 minutes for each task:
- Coffee mugs
- Top Shelf in the pantry
- Kitchen Utensils
- Junk Drawer
- Plastic Cups and Glasses
- Kitchen Appliances
- Plastic Containers and Lids
Don’t forget to take advantage of the seasonal sale deals. In October you can find sales on:
- Remaining back-to-school supplies and clothing
- After Halloween candy – I use after Halloween candy to make some of my favorite recipes and crafts
- After Halloween decorations
- Cookware – just in time for holiday cooking
- And much more listed on the checklist
October is a busy month, but not as busy as the next two months will be. I take advantage of this month to do as much as I can to prepare for the joyful chaos that is the holiday season. Using my October To Do Checklist makes it easy to get everything I need to done so that I can focus on enjoying Halloween and the upcoming holidays.
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I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.