We are one month into spring and -again- it’s going fast. Or maybe it’s just the South Florida heat that makes it feel like summer already. Bleh!
If you haven’t tackled spring cleaning in your home yet, don’t feel left out cause I haven’t either. That might change today though, once you print this free spring cleaning checklist I prepared for you.
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Spring is the season of refresh and renew. Outdoors, the snow melts and the flowers and grass start to sprout. The same kind of thing happens inside our homes. We get out of hibernation mode, and start deep cleaning, sorting and organizing our stuff to welcome all things new, literally and figuratively speaking. Time to put away heavy coats, blankets, and throws, dust the shelves, and bring some color indoors.
Here is a spring cleaning checklist to help you get started.
Day 1: Every Room
Take a day to visit every room in your home. On day 1 you get a jumpstart and tackle the things that every room has in common such as walls, molding, ceiling, fixtures, air vents, doors, and floors. Start from the top (walls and moldings) and work your way down to the floors.
- Dust all blinds, curtains, and/or valances. If your window treatments can be washed at home, this is the time to throw them in the wash while you clean the rooms.
- Dust crown moldings, walls, wall decor/art, and air vents.
- Dust all ceiling fixtures (lamps, chandeliers, fans) and replace lightbulbs if needed.
- Clean the windows frames, sills, and glass.
- Dust and wipe baseboards, and wall corners.
- Dust and wipe door frames and handles.
- Wipe light switches
- Dust and clean floor or table lamps and lamp shades
- Dust all furniture
- Vacuum, sweep, mop floors.
- Clean mirrors.
Ask a family member, or a friend to lend you a hand and you can get these tasks done in a day. Here are 5 spring cleaning tasks you can do in a day.
Day 2: Living / Family Room
Use this day to tackle the living areas such as your living room, family room, or playroom.
- Vacuum all chairs, couches, and cushions
- Wash slipcovers, throw pillows, and blankets while you clean.
- Dust and polish furniture (coffee tables, end tables, media or entertainment center, desks, bookshelves,etc.)
- Dust and wipe TVs, game consoles, electronics, and all remotes and game controllers.
- Dust, clean, swap, or discard knick-knacks and decor.
- Replace seasonal decor, water plants, or bring them outdoors.
- Sort through magazine racks, coffee table books, etc.
Our family room makeover gave a new life to our entire home. A coat of paint, new shelves, new pillows, and decor accents make a big impact in a room.
Day 3: Bedrooms & Closets
On Day 3, visit the bedrooms and make a quick sweep of the bedside tables and closets. Declutter each room for 15 minutes, making toss and donate piles.
- Spot clean or wipe pillows
- Vacuum, spot clean and flip mattresses
- Declutter and donate clothing, fashion accessories, old bed linens, etc.
- Replace old hangers
- Organize dresser/armoire, nightstands, drawers.
- Change bed linens
- Replace seasonal decor and accents
- Check and clean under the beds
- Sort through magazines, and books
- Wipe mirrors and vanities.
If you have a difficult time letting go of things (been there, done that!), here are 5 ways to declutter your home without guilt.
Day 4: Bathrooms
Bathrooms are cleaned more often than any other room in the house. Don’t forget to disinfect trash cans, disinfect door handles, light switches, and scrub faucet heads. Chelsea, from Two Twenty One, has a great tutorial on how to clean calcium off faucets.
- Scrub bathtub and shower walls
- Wash or replace shower curtains
- Clean shower doors
- Deep clean the toilet bowl and wastebaskets
- Clean vanity countertops, mirrors, and cabinets
- Deep clean soap dish, toothbrush holder, and other accessories
- Donate or toss old towels
- Toss expired toiletries and other beauty products
- Clean makeup and hair brushes
Check out the best way to clean your makeup brushes in my makeup drawer organization project. You can tackle this in one hour!
Day 5: Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the easiest place to declutter and clean. The food is easy to toss (if it’s expired) or donate if you or your family just didn’t like it. Clean pantry, fridge, countertops, drawers, and cabinets.
- Clean and organize pantry or food storage place
- Clean and organize refrigerator and freezer
- Clean stove, oven, and microwave
- Scrub sink and faucet
- Clean countertop
- Dust and polish kitchen table and chairs. Wash cushions
- Organize under the kitchen sink
- Replace dish sponge
- Wipe down appliances
- Declutter pots, pans, utensils
- Toss expired food
- Toss chipped or cracked dinnerware
- Sort or replace table linens
I have several posts related to kitchen and pantry organization. This under the kitchen sink organization is one of the most popular articles. I organized the entire cabinet with only $8.00.
Day 6: Home Office
Sort bills and receipts, shred unneeded documents, toss old pens, dust bookshelves and donate or recycle books, magazines, etc. Depending on the size of your office and household, this task could take more than a day. Here are some points to get you started.
- Dust desk and other surfaces
- Dust and wipe clean computer, printers and other electronics
- Dust and wipe clean shelves, cabinets, and bookshelves
- Shred receipts and unneeded documents
- Toss old pens, markers, pencils, etc.
- Organize file cabinet and drawers
This article on decluttering paper is a good start.
Day 7: Laundry Room or Storage Room
- Wipe machines
- Clean the dryer vent
- Discard old rags and towels
- Declutter cleaning products
- Declutter and organize cabinets
- Sort through lightbulbs, batteries, etc.
Check out this quick laundry room organization.
Happy spring cleaning!