Spring Cleaning Checklists

Posted on March 16, 2016
Young woman spring cleaning in the kitchen

If the thought of spring cleaning your whole house gives you anxiety, don’t worry you aren’t alone. The idea that you have to scrub, wipe and sanitize every inch of your home can be seriously overwhelming, but it becomes less stressful when you have a plan of attack. The spring cleaning checklists below will help you know what you need to do room by room so that you can get through spring cleaning with less stress.

Entryway/Foyer

This is the first space you see every time you come home, so keeping it clean and clear of clutter is important. When your entryway is clean and clutter-free, you walk into the house calm instead of being instantly stressed at the sight of chaos. Your spring cleaning checklist should include:

  • Wash/wipe down walls and trim

  • Wash bench/table/other furnishings

  • Wash doors/knobs/switch plates

  • Empty coat closet. Wash walls and floor. Store out of season items or donate if they no longer fit. Replace with appropriate clothing for the season.

  • Clean/sweep floors.

  • Clean or replace mat.

  • Reseal grout lines, if applicable

Living Room

Chances are you and your family spend a lot of time in this room, hence the name living room. Because you spend so much of your time here, you want it to be a welcoming, relaxing place. When doing spring cleaning in your living room, be sure to:

  • Vacuum/spot clean sofas/chairs/loveseats/ottomans

  • Launder blankets/throw pillows

  • Dust shelves/furniture/lamps and lampshades and remove ceiling fan blades to dust, if applicable

  • Clean television screen and carefully dust other electronics

  • Organize electrical wires and tuck out of sight

  • Sort through DVD/music/magazine/book collections and donate or toss items you no longer want/use

  • Wash plastic children’s toys with soap and water. Launder plush toys and donate or toss any toys that are no longer played with.

  • Wash/wipe down walls and trim

  • Wash doors/knobs/switch plates

  • Vacuum or wash floor and dust any vent coverings

  • Wash windows/windowsill and launder window hangings

Bedrooms

Bedrooms are meant to be calming and soothing, and it’s impossible for this to be the case if your bedroom is jam packed with clutter. When spring cleaning:

  • Dust furniture

  • Wash/wipe down walls and trim

  • Wash doors/knobs/switch plates

  • Clean out, sort and reorganize all dresser drawers and closets. Donate or toss items that no longer fit, have holes or that you don’t wear anymore.

  • Clean or vacuum floor, move bed to clean and vacuum the floor underneath

  • Flip your mattress and sprinkle it with baking soda mixed with lavender essential oil. Let sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum to freshen your mattress.

  • Launder bedding/pillows/window coverings

  • Wash windows/window sill and mirrors

Kitchen

Make your kitchen a joyful, happy place and keep it clean by:

  • Clean out refrigerator/freezer

  • Degrease surfaces/kitchen appliances

  • Wash/sanitize/disinfect cutting boards/refrigerator and freezer shelves/countertops and other surfaces

  • Clean under fridge and vacuum refrigerator coils

  • Wash/wipe down walls and trim/backsplash/doors/knobs/switch plates

  • Clean microwave/stove/sink and shine faucet. Clear crumbs from the toaster and wipe down.

  • Clean and organize pantry and remove any food items that have expired

  • Wash window/windowsill

  • Dust light fixtures/remove ceiling fan blades and dust

Bathrooms

A bathroom is a place full of germs, so you want to be sure that you give it a thorough cleaning. Get it sparkling during spring cleaning by:

  • Empty all cabinets/vanity/shelves and clean interior. Check all products and medicines for expiration dates and get rid of anything that has expired. Clean exterior of cabinets/vanity.

  • Scrub the tub and wax if necessary

  • Clean toilet inside and out. Remove toilet seat and clean thoroughly around the seat bolts

  • Clean sink/drain and shine faucet

  • Wash/wipe down walls and trim/doors/knobs/switch plates

  • Clean floors

  • Dust light fixtures

  • Clean mirror/frame and any other decorative items

Without a doubt spring cleaning is a massive undertaking, but you will feel so good once you’ve finished it. Use these checklists so you know where to start and what you need to do in each room of your home.

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