Are you feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to be done to get your home ready for spring? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Spring cleaning is a tradition for many, but it can feel daunting to know where to start. This comprehensive room-by-room spring cleaning checklist will take the guesswork out of spring cleaning and help you get your home ready for the warmer months ahead. Plus, we’ve included a free printable guide to make the process even easier! Happy cleaning!
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Is Spring Cleaning Necessary?
So who needs to do spring cleaning? The answer is everyone! Spring cleaning isn’t just for people who have a lot of stuff. It’s for people who want to start the season off right by getting rid of the dirt, dust, and cobwebs that have built up over the winter.
Even if you are a normally tidy person, transitioning your winter gear to summer gear, and completing home maintenance during the spring time can help ensure that you take care of some of the yearly home maintenance tasks that can get forgotten.
What is included in a spring cleaning?
Spring cleaning often includes 3 basic steps:
1 – Disinfection and decluttering
This is the part of spring that we often think of. The fresh smell of lemon on squeaky clean interior. Open windows and fresh air, out with the old in with the new. This part of spring cleaning includes dusting, clearing cobwebs, wiping down areas that are usually left unattended, and letting go of the winter hibernation for the fresh clean of spring and summer.
2 – Season turnover
You won’t be needing your boots and coat for at least a few months, so packing those items away and bringing out your spring and summer apparel is also a part of spring cleaning.
This could also mean making room for the new season’s clothing by clearing space out of your closet.
3 – Home and garden maintenance
Some home tasks are only done once or twice a year, such as gutter cleaning, and winter debris removal from the yard. Adding these things to your spring cleaning checklist ensures that these tasks don’t get overlooked for years.
What supplies do I need to deep clean a house?
To be honest, for a basic spring cleaning, you don’t need a ton of supplies. If you are combining the spring clean with decluttering and incorporating minimalist techniques then you may want to add some items for your organization.
Pantry, kitchen, and closet organization product are the most common that can be helpful in organizing your spring cleaned spaces. Additionally you could consider having the following spring cleaning supplies:
Disinfecting spring cleaning supplies
Whether you have a favorite green item or lean towards more commercial cleansers, having this on hand is key to a successful spring cleaning experience.
I personally like to make my own with simple household ingredients:
- 1/4 spray bottle of cleaning vinegar
- fill the rest of the way with water
- add a few drops of lemon essential oil (or fresh lemon juice)
Additionally you may want to have:
- mop, brooms
- steam cleaner for carpet
Decluttering storage supplies
In your spring cleaning you may consider decluttering and organizing as well. For this you may need:
- stackable storage bins
- shelving units
- I personally like to peruse Bed Bath and Beyond and the Container store for fun organization tools
Room-by-room Spring Cleaning Guide
Now’s the fun! Here are quick lists of tasks to complete room by room. You can grab a printable copy of this spring cleaning checklist here.
General spring cleaning checklist
Regardless of the room you are in, here is a quick list of tasks that can be done in each room.
- Clean walls from top to bottom
- Wipe down ceiling fans, lights, and wall fixtures
- Remove pictures from wall to wipe down and clean behind
- Wash window treatments
- Wipe down baseboards
- Vacuum and steam clean carpets
- Sweep and mop floors
- Polish furniture
- Declutter storage spaces
Kitchen spring cleaning tasks
- Wash and disinfect trash can
- Clean out cabinets
- Remove items from countertops
- Clean oven
- Clean small appliances
- Remove all items from fridge and wipe down
- Check & replace fire extinguisher
- Sharpen knives
- Discard chipped or cracked dishes
Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
- Wipe and dust blinds, fixtures, baseboards
- Scrub rim of the toilet
- Clean mirrors
- Organize surfaces
- Stock up toiletries
- Wipe out trash cans
- Take down inside shower linerand wash or replace
- Clean bathtub, sink, toilet
- Replace towels
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Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
- Dust lights and ceiling fixtures
- Wipe and dust doors and baseboards
- Clean windows, frames and trims
- Vacuum Mattress
- Clean all bedding
- Shake and clean pillows
- Pack away winter gear
- Declutter spring/summer clothes
- Dust furniture
- Organize and declutter surfaces
Livingroom Spring Cleaning Tasks
- Dust and wipe lamps, ceiling fans, fixtures
- Wipe down doors, trims, and baseboards and windows
- Vacuum and steam clean
- Clean and polish wood floors
- Dust furniture
- Declutter tables and surfaces
- Vacuum couch, wash couch cover
- Wash blankets
- Dust Electronics
Home Office Spring Cleaning Checklist
- Dust computer, monitor and printer
- Check on printer supplies
- Organize filing cabinet
- Dust and clean book shelves
- Clean light fixtures
- Organize desk space
- Clean out drawers
- Recycle or shred old papers
Toy room Spring Cleaning List
- Move furniture and sweep/vacuum
- Wipe down plastic toys
- Declutter and donate outgrown toys
- Spot clean and steam clean rugs
- Vacuum couches
- Wipe down wall fixtures
- Wipe down and dust baseboards, doors, and windows
Laundry room Checklist
- Pull out washer and dryer and deep clean behind them
- Check exhaust vent from dryer outside
- Wipe down ceiling and walls
- Run a cleaning cycle through washer
- Wipe down outside of appliances
- Sweep and mop floor
- Inspect hoses
Outdoor space cleaning checklist
- Wash and disinfect trashcan
- Remove winter debris from gardens and walkways
- Clean and organize garden shed
- Sharpen or replace garden tools
- Check for mice or other animal nests
- Check garden hoses for leaks
- Clean up flower and vegetable beds
- Perform spring lawn maintenance
Does your home need a spring cleaning jumpstart?
Ready to spring clean, but not sure where to start? Grab our FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist bundle and get everything you need to clear the clutter and reset your home!
What can I do maintain a tidy home?
One of the ways that I have been able to maintain the cleanliness of my home is to create simple cleaning routines.
For my my family, that looks like functional cleaning, which is cleaning to maintain functional tidy (not perfection). With a functional clean home, you can:
-Enjoy your evenings and weekends
-Have people over without feeling overwhelmed
-Feel confident that your home is safe for your family
To create a functional cleaning routine for your home, you will want to make sure that the whole family understands what “functional clean looks like.
Additionally to maintain your spring clean home you can:
- have children clean their spaces
- clear your most high traffic spaces daily
- create a simple cleaning routine and stick to it
- make cleaning fun with music
- be honest about what is functionally clean for your family
Want to know more about functional cleaning?? Grab our functional cleaning bundle.
Have fun spring cleaning
Spring is a great time to get a fresh start and do some much-needed cleaning. This room by room guide will make the process simple and practical. If you want a complete plan, be sure to download our FREE Spring Cleaning Jumpstart Checklist for all of the tasks you need to tackle this season. Happy cleaning!