Ultimate Spring Cleaning List & Tips

Ultimate Spring Cleaning List & TipsHello! It’s officially Spring time and the flowers are starting to bloom, the air is smelling of rain, and it’s time to be out with the old and dirty and in with the clean and refreshing. This Spring I’m hoping to get rid of a lot (check out Part 1 of my Minimalist Challenge) and make room for a clear head and peace of mind. Whether if you own lots of things or very few things, you’re going to need to live in a clean space. I’m hoping I’m not the only one, but I’ll often have the urge to clean, but when it comes down to getting to work I always find myself procrastinating with other things. So in order to take on a great challenge like a true, deep Spring Cleaning, I was going to need a plan…. and obviously I have to share! So here are a few tips to help you through and the ULTIMATE list of everything you’re going to want to clean for a spotless, peaceful home this Spring!

Tips

  1. Shop ahead for supplies – The last thing you want is to find yourself in the middle of a cleaning session ill-equipped and unprepared to take on the task at hand. Once you’ve looked over your list of items to be cleaned, do an inventory check and make sure you’ve got all the supplies and tools you’ll need.

  2. Don’t overthink throwing things out – Seet a timeline for yourself, maybe 2 years, and anything you have that you haven’t used in that long could probably go. Now sentimental items are obviously different, but if you have a $20 sweater that you’ve been holding on to for 3 years and it’s 4 sizes too small and not even your style anymore…Sweetheart, you should probably let it go.

  3. Pace Yourself – Try not to do all your cleaning in one go, especially if, like me, you don’t like cleaning anyway. Break it up into sessions and conquer things that way. You can divide by room or type of cleaning (dusting, carpet shampooing, scrubbing, etc.) That way you don’t burn yourself and then end up stuck in a messy home for a year, waiting for next Spring.

Ultimate Spring Cleaning List
The Ultimate Spring Cleaning List

  1. Living Room
    – Throw away any trash and put away any items that don’t belong in the room
    – Dust ceiling fan
    – Dust out corners
    – Clean base boards
    – Vacuum floor
    – Shampoo carpet
    – Clean light fixtures
    – Dust and clean end tables and coffee table
    – Organize end tables and coffee table
    – Dust bookshelves, TV stand, and mantle
    – Clean windows and window sills
    – Disinfect remote/devices and door knobs
    – Wash all washable couch/seat pillows and removable couch/seat covers
    – Clean or dust wall decor, mirrors and pictures
    – Organize hall closet

  2. Kitchen
    – Throw away any trash and put away any items that don’t belong in the room
    – Dust out corners
    – Clean base boards
    – Sweep and mop floor
    – Wipe down counters
    – Disinfect and organize counters
    – Clean light fixtures
    – Wash trash can
    – Deep clean oven
    – Clean microwave
    – Clean and disinfect stove tops and burner tray
    – Clean and disinfect dish drying rack
    – Clean dishwasher
    – Clean, disinfect, and organize refrigerator and freezer
    – Clean garbage disposal
    – Deep clean coffee maker
    – Clean and organize beneath the sink
    – Clean and organize pantry
    – Organize cabinets and drawers
    – Replace water filter(s)

  3. Dining Room
    – Throw away any trash and put away any items that don’t belong in the room
    – Dust out corners
    – Clean light fixtures
    – Depending on your flooring, vacuum, sweep, mop or shampoo flooring accordingly
    – Clean windows and window sills
    – Clean/polish and disinfect table and chairs
    – Wash table linens
    – Sweep and mop floor, if applicable
    – Vacuum and wash/shampoo carpet or rug, if applicable

  4. Bedroom(s)
    – Throw away any trash and put away any items that don’t belong in the room
    – Dust ceiling fan
    – Dust out corners
    – Clean base boards
    – Depending on your flooring, vacuum, sweep, mop or shampoo flooring accordingly
    – Clean light fixtures
    – Clean window and window sills
    – Clean and organize night stands
    – Clean and disinfect door knobs
    – Clean and organize beneath the bed
    – Wash bedding, pillows and bed linen accessories
    – Clean and organize closet and drawers
    – Flip or rotate your mattress
    – Clean your mattress

  5. Bathroom(s)
    – Throw away any trash and put away any items that don’t belong in the room
    – Dust out corners
    – Clean base boards
    – Sweep and mop floors
    – Clean air vents
    – Wash hand drying towels and any decorative towels
    – Deep clean (or replace, if necessary) make up brushes
    – Organize make up/ beauty products
    – Wash shower curtain
    – Replace shower curtain liner
    – Wash floor mats
    – Clean, polish and disinfect sink and faucet handles
    – Clean mirrors
    – Deep clean toilet and floor surrounding (especially if you live with boys)
    – Clean and disinfect counters
    – Organize countertops
    – Deep clean tub/shower
    – Clean shower wall
    – Deep clean shower head
    – Clean, polish and disinfect tub/shower faucet handles
    – Wash toothbrush holder
    – Clean toilet paper holder
    – Clean trash can
    – Clean and organize under the sink
    – Organize linen closet, drawers, and cabinets
    – Clean light fixtures
    – Disinfect doorknobs and light switches
    – Unclog drains

  6. Laundry/ Utility Room
    – Throw away any trash and put away any items that don’t belong in the room
    – Dust ceiling fan
    – Dust out corners
    – Clean base boards
    – Sweep behind machines
    – Mop floors
    – Clean dryer vent
    – Deep clean washing machine
    – Organize washing/cleaning supplies
    – Disinfect door knobs and machine controls

So there you go! Happy Spring cleaning!! Don’t forget to get some lovely flowers and open your windows in order to let the Spring in!

Thanks for reading!

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