A simple spring cleaning checklist! How to plan your spring cleaning, plus a free printable checklist to making tackling your spring cleaning easier and more organized!
Most of us seem to get SO excited for spring…the warmer weather, blossoming flowers, and budding trees.
It’s the brand new start we all need every year!
Part of that fresh start is doing a good spring cleaning of your home.
All the sunlight reminds us that all those cobweb corners and dusty light fixtures do exist.
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If you’re wondering how to plan your spring cleaning, I wanted to help you out with a simple spring cleaning list!
I even made a pretty printable checklist that you can use for inspiration.
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Got your list? Great!
Hang it up on the fridge as a reminder, and check things off here and there.
Most of the tasks should only take 5-15 minutes, so pick one or two a day if you don’t know where to start.
Don’t want to do everything on the list? No worries!
This list is just meant to be an inspiration – do as little or as much as you want!
(You’ll also receive a blank checklist so you can customize your very own checklist.)
When should you start spring cleaning?
As with all cleaning, how often you do it is a personal choice. Where you live may play a big part in when you start spring cleaning.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, I recommend getting as much spring cleaning done in March and April as possible.
That way you’re ready to enjoy the lovely warm weather when it finally arrives.
The earlier you start tackling this spring cleaning list, the less stressful it will feel!
Why is spring cleaning important?
Spring cleaning consists of seasonal tasks that aren’t part of your weekly or monthly cleaning schedule.
These are the things we often forget to clean.
While spring cleaning, you’ll be removing the dirt and allergens that build up when the house is closed up all winter.
It’s a simple way to reset your home for the exciting transition from cold to warm weather.
Plus, having a clean house just makes you happier!
💡Pro tip: Have a donation bag or bin at the ready to declutter as you clean.
Okay, let’s dive in!
Simple Spring Cleaning Checklist
This spring cleaning list is divided up by what to clean in each room.
You can DIY your own cleaning schedule however works best for you – ie. doing one room per day, or one task per day, etc.
- Pantry – Tidy and organize, tossing any food you won’t be eating. Try a pantry challenge, too.
- Fridge – Including the top, underneath, and the coils.
- Inside of dishwasher – Here’s an easy way to clean it with vinegar.
- Wipe down cabinets
- Oven and stove top
- Disinfect garbage cans – Disinfecting wipes work great for this!
- Drain – I love using this stuff to clean the drain.
- Microwave – Here’s how to clean it right.
- Wipe down walls – They get grimy from cooking.
- Wash or wipe down rugs
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Living Room Cleaning:
- Wash throw blankets (and store them if you won’t be using)
- Vacuum upholstered furniture
- Move furniture and vacuum underneath
- Shampoo the carpet – This is the carpet cleaner I have and love.
- Disinfect remotes
- Spot clean stains on furniture
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Basement & Laundry Room:
- Washing machine – You can use these tablets to clean it (or this method to do it naturally).
- Remove lint from dryer vent and hose
- Clean under (and behind) the washer and dryer
- Check carbon monoxide detector
- Change furnace filter
Around the house:
- Disinfect and wipe down door knobs and light switches
- Wash curtains
- Clean blinds
- Tidy and organize linen cupboard
- Wipe down baseboards
- Dust ceiling fans
- Dust or lint-roll lampshades
- Wash light fixtures
- Cobwebs in corners – This thing really helps!
- Replace any burnt out lightbulbs
- Get your ducts professionally cleaned
- Shred unnecessary paperwork
- Check fire extinguishers
- Condition any leather furniture
- Check batteries in flashlights
- Change smoke detector batteries
- Decorate for Spring or Easter
- Wash comforter or duvet cover
- Wash mattress cover
- Vacuum and flip or rotate mattress
- Change winter bedding to summer bedding
- Move the furniture and vacuum underneath
- Swap out your winter clothes for summer clothes – It’s a great time to declutter your clothes using this quick method!
- Declutter surfaces – Such as dressers and night stands.
- Wash shower curtain
- Replace or wash shower liner
- Clean grout
- Clean out drain – This tool is the quickest way to do it.
- Wash rugs
- Wipe down cabinets
- Disinfect garbage can
- Disinfect toothbrush holder
- Change your toothbrush or toothbrush head
- Sort through medications – Toss anything that’s expired, and add allergy medicine and sunscreen to your shopping list, if applicable.
- Sort through beauty products – Toss anything you don’t love or use.
- Wipe down door thresholds
- Clean the gutters
- Wash windows and glass doors- Rinse the screens, and wipe down the tracks, too.
- Powerwash the deck, patio, and house
- Uncover or bring out patio furniture
- Prep snow blower for summer storage – Drain the fuel and cover
- Prep lawn mower – Change the oil and get blades sharpened, if necessary
- Clear leaves and debris from flower beds
- Bring out and prep garden hoses
- Bring out BBQ grill
- Rake the lawn
- Use grass seed as needed
- Clean out or prep fire pit
- Plant seeds, flowers, and veggies
- Remove trash
- Organize and declutter glove box
- Wipe down surfaces and cupholders
- Vacuum interior
- Wash and wax the exterior
- Check wiper blades and windshield wiper solution
- Swap winter mats for regular mats
- Take ice scraper out of the trunk
Spring Cleaning Checklist Printable Pdf
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I really hope this simple spring cleaning checklist was helpful to you!
These tips and tricks are just smart and easy ways to transition your home from winter into the spring season.
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