Days spent cooped up inside with the windows shut have probably resulted in a general “shut-in” feeling in your home. As the sun shines longer each day, it’s time to refresh your home with some spring cleaning. That may seem like a big ordeal at first, but this spring cleaning list will give you a solid game plan to work with.
We’ve organized this list by room, making it easy to move systematically through your house one area at a time. This should make it easy to divide up your spring cleaning as needed.
The living room is where your family spends most of their time, so it’s the first area on our spring cleaning list.
- Dust furniture, blinds, windowsills, curtain rods, ceiling fans, shelves, lampshades, and any decorative items you have around. Electronics can be dusted using dryer sheets or lint-free cloth.
- Spray and wipe down windows and windowsills using window cleaner solution.
- Sanitize remotes, tables, and other flat surfaces.
- Vacuum the sofa, chairs, and carpeting.
- Mop hardwood or tile flooring.
- Shampoo rugs and carpets.
- Wash blankets, pillows, curtains, and slipcovers in the washing machine.
Many homes have a separate dining area attached to either the kitchen, the living room, or both. Living room cleaning tends to naturally flow into the dining room.
- Dust blinds, shelves, china, light fixtures, ceiling fans, curtain rods, cabinets, and other flat surfaces.
- Spot clean chair cushions.
- Wipe down windows, walls, baseboards, blinds, and the table.
- Polish any silver you have. Heavier tarnish can be polished off using a solution of salt, vinegar, and baking soda.
- Vacuum or mop the floor as needed.
- Shampoo any rugs or carpet.
- Wash table linens, taking special care with heirloom linens.
The kitchen is the center of many messes, and you likely have some buildup from the holiday season. This kitchen spring cleaning list is designed to take care of all that.
- Empty and clean the freezer and refrigerator, washing internal shelves with warm water and dish soap (make sure to let them warm up to room temperature first). Wipe down the door seals with water and soap.
- Clean the oven using either oven cleaner or vinegar and baking soda for an alternative cleaning solution.
- Clean the microwave using dish soap. Microwaving a cup of water and letting it sit for five minutes beforehand can loosen up crusted on splatter.
- Wipe down cabinet doors, shelves, sink, backsplash, stove top, countertops, the dishwasher, walls, baseboards, and any other flat surfaces.
- Shake out floor mats and wipe them down if needed.
- Wash dish rags.
- Dispose of old food from the pantry, freezer, and refrigerator.
- Sweep and mop the floor, paying extra attention to visible spots.
If you’re in an area that gets lots of snow (such as Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), dirt, salt, and other debris was probably tracked in over the winter. These steps will help you get rid of that.
- Sweep and mop the floors.
- Vacuum rugs and carpets.
- Wipe down the door, doorframe, walls, baseboards, and any windows.
- Hang and organize coats, jackets, and shoes.
- Vacuum and shake out the doormat. Some doormats can be hosed down as well.
Cleaning the bedroom can make for an excellent family spring cleaning activity as everyone cleans up their own room. These steps should help.
- Wipe down walls, baseboards, windows, and windowsills.
- Dust curtain rods, nightstands, head and footboards, blinds, shelves, and other level surfaces.
- Vacuum the carpet, deodorizing with baking soda beforehand if necessary.
- Flip the mattress.
- Wash bedding in the washing machine.
- Air the room out by leaving the window open for a few hours.
- Organize personal belongings, closets, clothes, dressers, etc.
- Shampoo rugs and carpets.
Next on our spring cleaning list is the bathroom, which no one really likes taking on, but can still be a quick and simple procedure.
- Wipe down cabinets, vanity, counters, sinks, railing, walls, baseboards, and toilet.
- Clean the shower using shower cleaner.
- Scrub the inside of the toilet, using a toilet cleaning solution if needed.
- Dust all flat surfaces, particularly those that are hard to reach.
- Replace the shower curtain inner liner.
- Clean fixtures including the sink and showerhead. Hard water can be removed by soaking in vinegar for a few hours.
- Sweep and mop the floor.
- Disinfect doorknobs, handles, and fixtures.
Families with kids will often have a dedicated playroom. Most of our spring cleaning list items in the play area will involve reducing clutter.
- Sanitize plastic toys, surfaces, and door handles.
- Wash plush toys.
- Organize toy chests and closets, donating anything that has gone unused.
- Mop or vacuum the floors as needed.
- Shampoo rugs and carpets as necessary.
A clean home office is conducive to productivity. The spring cleaning list for your home office is as follows:
- Dust the bookshelf, desk, electronics, blinds, curtain rods, and furniture.
- Sanitize the mouse and keyboard.
- Dispose of old paperwork, shredding and recycling as needed.
- Vacuum or mop the floor.
- Wipe walls, windows, and baseboards.
- Clean monitors, screens, and electronic devices using microfiber cloth.
Warmer temperatures mean it’s time to clean the garage as well. A basic garage spring cleaning list includes the following:
- Open the garage door to let the space air out.
- Organize and declutter tools, toys, and sporting equipment.
- Wipe down the garage door, frame, and windows.
- Sweep the floor.
- Replace batteries in garage door openers.
Final Spring Cleaning List Items
These final items are needed throughout the entire home, and they make for a quick refresher to your whole home.
- Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Dust and wipe registers and vents.
- Replace batteries and light bulbs wherever necessary.
- Sanitize all door handles, light switches, and metal surfaces.
Once you’re done, your home should feel fresh and clean, just in time for spring!