Spring is here again, and oh how wonderful it is. Early flowers are popping out of the ground, kids are starting to play outside, and everyone looks just a little bit more cheerful. It’s also the season for some spring cleaning.
Hopefully after a long, cold winter, you’re ready to stretch the cleaning muscles and spruce up your home. Follow this spring cleaning list and you’ll hit all the essentials to get your house feeling as refreshed as you are.
Spring Cleaning List
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In Every Room
- Vacuum the floor and underneath furniture
If you want to go the extra mile, use the vacuum hose extension and get around the corners and walls.
- Dust or polish every surface
- Dust the ceiling fan and light fixtures/bulbs
- Wash the walls and baseboards
Clean the walls with a mixture of dish soap, distilled vinegar, and warm water. Use this mixture.
- Dust around the ceiling and walls for cobwebs
- Dust the blinds and windowsills
If your plastic blinds are particularly dirty and won’t clean off with a cloth, try this: remove the blinds and soak them warm water in the bathtub. Then give them a wipe with a microfiber towel. Everything will come off much easier.
- Wash the interior windows
Living Room / Family Room
- Vacuum under the couch cushions
- Organize mantels and shelves
This is a good time to go through what you display. Think about throwing out some books or swapping photos for new ones.
- Remove winter clothes from the closet
- Organize toys, books, and other clutter
A great way to deal with toys is to get a box or tub that can hold all the toys and can easily slide out of sight.
- Extra Tip: Try rearranging the room. Nothing feels fresher than a new layout
- Wash the sheets and duvet cover
- Do a Marie Kondo on your clothes
In fact, do a Marie Kondo on your whole house. Here’s a guide for how to get started.
- Flip the mattress
- Extra Tip: Buy a plant for your bedroom to add color and new life
Kitchen and Dining Room
- Sweep, mop, and wax or polish the floor
- Remove everything from the cupboards and wipe them out
Take this time to throw out unneeded supplies and kitchenware. You probably have old spices containers, tuperware, or cookbooks that you no longer need.
- Polish the sink
- Clean the interior of the microwave and oven
Don’t rely on your oven’s self cleaning function. This just incinerates everything inside and can set off fire alarm. Instead, follow these steps.
- Deep clean other appliances
- Empty the fridge and freezer and clean the interior
Be sure to scrape out any ice build up in the freezer, especially in old units. You can wash the interiors of both the fridge and freezer with warm soapy water.
- Extra Tip: Buy yourself an extra set of dishes for something new in the cupboard
- Organize the shelves and throw out old product
- Empty washing machine drain pump
This is different for each washing machine. Front loaders typically have a drain pump near the bottom front that catches spare change etc. Top loaders typically have a drain pump on the back.
- Dust cubbies and shelves
- Extra tip: Toss out mismatched socks and give yourself a fresh start
- Deep clean the toilets and tub
Sometimes it feels like your tub will never get clean. Try some of these products to really get rid of grime.
- Clean toothbrush holders and soap dispensers
- Empty and wipe out drawers
- Clean the mirror and light fixtures
- Sweep and mob, and scrub tile grout
Grout cleaning can be a little bit of a pain. Here are a few ways to really deep clean those in-between spaces.
- Extra tip: Spoil yourself with some room sprays to liven up the bathroom
- Sweep the garage and put away tools
- Put away winter toys and gear
- Mow the grass early
- Get a pressure washer and wash sidewalks, driveway, and sidings of house
A pressure washer is about 100x better than a normal hose. You can rent one for less than $50 for a day from Home Depot or Lowes.
- Trim trees and bushes
- Extra Tip: Add a spring touch with a spring wreath on your front door