Spring into Spring Cleaning!

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Spring has officially sprung! You know what that means; time for spring cleaning! Don’t worry. With this checklist and simple tips, you will have the house looking great and feeling fresh. If you like, break the list down to one room per cleaning day or, prioritize which rooms need the most attention. Consider using this list again in the fall to ease up on the collection of dust and grime.

Made easy: Spring Cleaning Checklist printable

LIVING ROOM

  • Dust lampshades. Easy Tip: Try using a lint roller to remove the dust with ease.
  • Vacuum couches/chairs. Spot clean any stains.
  • Remove any pillows/blankets/curtains and wash in the laundry.
  • Clean windows and windowsills. Easy Tip: Use newspaper to clean windows. No streaks! Spray window cleaner on and wipe off with the newspaper.
  • Dust shelves, décor and electronics. Easy Tip: Remove dust from television screens and computer monitors with a coffee filter.
  • Wipe down walls/baseboards.
  • Recycle books/movies you no longer watch. Easy Tip: Check out “Pay It Forward” groups online.
  • Vacuum/Clean floors. Easy Tip: Use a seam ripper to clean that dreaded roller brush on your vacuum.

KITCHEN

  • Clean under fridge and stove.
  • Remove items from cabinets/cupboards. Clean inside of cabinets/cupboards and replace items making sure to discard of expired products. Wipe down outside of cabinets/cupboards. Easy Tip: For extra messy items that you may want to keep inside the cupboard, consider using coasters to put them on. You can easily replace as needed.
  • Sharpen knives.
  • Clean cutting boards. Easy Tip: Keep a spray bottle filled with white vinegar nearby and use it regularly to neutralize odors on the board.
  • Wipe down appliances. Easy Tip: For an efficient cleaning solution, combine ½ cup dish soap, 3 Tbs. ammonia and ½ gallon of warm water.
  • Clean oven.
  • Clean fridge. Easy Tip: Line your vegetable drawer with newspaper to absorb odors.
  • Clean microwave. Easy Tip: Place a half of a lemon in a microwave safe bowl and cover with water. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. This will soften the hard foods stuck to your walls while providing a fresh scent.
  • Wipe down counters and backsplash. Easy Tip: Use a rod underneath your kitchen sink to hang your cleaning products from and free up space.
  • Dust light fixtures. Easy Tip: Secure a cloth onto the end of a broom with a rubber band and use to dust those high places you can’t reach.
  • Wash walls.
  • Wash windows and windowsills. Clean curtains and blinds. Easy Tip: Clean blinds by vacuuming them with the attachment hose. Clean side to side and work downward.
  • Clean sink. Easy Tip: Streaks on your stainless steel? Use a rag with a little olive oil on it to regain that shine.
  • Sweep and mop floors.

BATHROOMS

  • Empty drawers/cabinets. Dispose of expired products. Clean cabinets and replace products.
  • Wipe down cabinets/drawers/shelves.
  • Dust light fixtures.
  • Scrub tub/shower. Easy Tip: Use a lemon to get rid of water stains. Simply cut the lemon in half and scrub the surface with the lemon halves to remove hard water stains. Use an electronic toothbrush as a grout scrubber.
  • Clean toilet, inside and out.
  • Clean all glass including mirrors/windows/windowsills and window coverings.
  • Wash walls.
  • Clean sink and drain. Easy Tip: Use baking soda to unclog your drains. Pour ½ cup soda in drain. Follow with ½ cup vinegar. Cover with cloth and wait 5 minutes. Flush with hot water.
  • Sweep and mop floors.

LAUNDRY ROOM

  • Wipe down cabinets/shelves and re-organize to dispose or recycle what you don’t use.
  • Wipe down washer and dryer.
  • Clean washer. Easy Tip: To clean washer- Start your machine on the hot cycle and add 4 cups of white vinegar to the hot water. Allow to agitate a few minutes and then open the lid to stop the machine. Let sit for 1 hour and then close lid to finish the cycle.
  • Clean lint trap from dryer with soap and water. Allow to dry and return.
  • Clean sink and drain.
  • Wash Walls
  • Sweep and mop/clean floors.

STAIRWELLS

  • Dust light fixtures.
  • Spot clean walls.
  • Wipe down handrails.
  • Sweep/vacuum stairs. Easy Tip: When vacuuming, start at the top of the stairs and work your way down paying special attention to the corners.

ENTRYWAY

  • Sweep porches and walkways.
  • Wipe down doors/clean glass.
  • Replace welcome mat with a new one.
  • Wipe down walls.
  • Clean coat closet- donate unneeded items or those outgrown.
  • Sweep and mop floors.

BEDROOMS

  • Clean and spot check all furniture.
  • Clean out dressers. Wash drawers and return items being sure to donate what is no longer wanted.
  • Clean in the closet. Wipe down shelving. Go through clothes. Easy Tip: Use the hanger trick for your next cleaning. When you wear something, turn the hanger around when you replace it in the closet. The next time you clean, the clothes on hangers that aren’t turned (those clothes that weren’t worn) you can consider donating.
  • Clean under bed.
  • Dust light fixtures.
  • Launder all bedding/pillows/curtains.
  • Wash down walls/décor/baseboards. Easy Tip: Easily remove dust from candles with a pair of pantyhose. To remove crayon/smudges from painted surfaces, try using baking soda sprinkled on a wet sponge.
  • Clean/vacuum floor. Easy Tip: Scatter baking soda on carpet to absorb odors. After a few hours, vacuum up.
  • In kids’ rooms- Clean Toys. Easy Tip: Wash stuffed animals in the washing machine. For hard toys- Use white vinegar in a spray bottle with some lemon peel and a sprig of rosemary as a non-toxic cleaner.