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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Learn how to clean every room in your house from top to bottom and use this free printable spring cleaning checklist to help make it easy.

It’s that time of year again where we push up our sleeves and get ready for the big clean of our home. 

If you are preparing for spring cleaning season or simply just looking to deep clean or maintain your home then this post has you covered.

You will find answers to your questions along with an amazing spring cleaning checklist to help you clean your home thoroughly.

We have created a three-page deep cleaning checklist to help you clean every room in the house and it comes in ten different themes so you can choose the spring cleaning checklist that suits your style.

Grab your free spring cleaning checklist today and learn how to spring clean efficiently and effectively!

  • What is included in a spring cleaning?
  • How do you start spring cleaning?
  • When should spring cleaning be done?
  • How many hours a day should you clean your house? + Free printable kids chore charts
  • Should I vacuum or dust first?
  • What chores should be done daily?

Free Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist

Using a spring cleaning checklist makes it so much easier to get everything done properly, rather than simply cleaning by sight.

Our spring cleaning list covers tasks to complete in individual rooms along with tasks to do throughout the house. This will help ensure you cover every aspect of your home. It also includes cleaning tasks for pets and the garage if you have one.

To save a spring cleaning checklist, simply click on the image or link underneath and save it to your device. There are three pages per checklist.

What is included in a spring cleaning?

When it comes to spring cleaning, you’re going to be doing more than a simple house sweep and tidy.

Spring cleaning requires more elbow grease and attention to the nooks in your home. When you deep clean your home you will have to (unfortunately) tackle those chores that you have been putting off for a while – like cleaning the interior of the oven!

However, spring cleaning is a good thing. You might not feel great doing all the hard work, but once it is completed you will feel amazing and your house will be in a much healthier condition. After deep cleaning your home you can then stay on top of home maintenance much easier.

Foyer

  • Hang jackets
  • Organize shoes
  • Sweep floor
  • Mop floor
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Wipe down doors and handles
  • Wipe down light switches
  • Dust light shades

Kitchen

  • Clean oven
  • Clean stove top
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Discard old and expired food
  • Clean and sanitize fridge
  • Clean out cabinets
  • Clean backsplash
  • Clean cutlery drawer
  • Clean the range hood
  • Sweep / Mop floor
  • Empty toaster drawer
  • Dust top of high surfaces
  • Defrost freezer
  • Clean and sanitize counter tops

Living Room

  • Sweep / Vacuum / Mop floors
  • Dust and clean decor
  • Wash cushion covers
  • Spray down cushions and sofa
  • Vacuum sofa and chairs
  • Shampoo carpet and rugs
  • Dust electronics
  • Sanitize remote controls
  • Clean windows
  • Dust lights
  • Wipe down window sills
  • Polish decor

Bathroom

  • Clean bath tub and shower
  • Discard expired make up
  • Sweep / Mop floors
  • Clean sink
  • Clean and sanitize counter tops
  • Clean toilet
  • Remove gunk from plug holes
  • Scrub tile grout
  • Clean shower curtain or glass
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Wipe walls
  • Clean mirrors

Dining Room

  • Clean table and chairs
  • Clean cushions
  • Polish silver
  • Launder and press table linen
  • Polish furniture
  • Dust off china or porcelain
  • Sweep / Mop floors
  • Replace old flowers

Bedroom

  • Flip mattress
  • Strip the bed
  • Fluff up pillows and cushions
  • Vacuum / sweep floors
  • Organize closet
  • Donate unused clothes
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Empty bin
  • Wipe down all surfaces
  • Put away clean clothes
  • Clear surface clutter
  • Put dirty clothes in the hamper
  • Wipe down mirrors
  • Remake bed

Office

  • Dust electronics
  • Recycle old paperwork
  • Organize paperwork
  • Sanitize electrical items
  • Organize books
  • Vacuum / Sweep floor
  • Wipe down desk
  • Empty office bin
  • Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the office

Garage

  • Air out the space
  • Sweep floor
  • Clean the garage door
  • Clean garage door frame
  • Organize tools
  • Organize equipment
  • Clean windows
  • Vacuum car
  • Wipe down car interior
  • Wash car exterior
  • Clean car wheels
  • Wax and polish

Kid’s Playroom

  • Recycle or donate old toys
  • Wash soft toys
  • Sweep / Vacuum / Mop floor
  • Wipe down walls
  • Clean plastic toys
  • Organize toys and play area
  • Tidy books away
  • Charge electrical devices

Laundry Room

  • Clean washing machine
  • Clean washing machine drawer
  • Clean dryer vent and lint trap
  • Organize laundry supplies
  • Tidy away air dryer
  • Discard old laundry supplies
  • Wipe and clean utility sink
  • Empty the trash
  • Vacuum behind machines
  • Sweep / Vacuum / Mop floors
  • Catch up on laundry
  • Clean out cabinets
  • Clean counter tops
  • Declutter counter tops

Pets

  • Clean food and water bowls
  • Clean litter trays
  • Vacuum pet bed
  • Tidy away pet toys
  • Discard any broken toys
  • Clean pet grooming items
  • Discard out of date grooming products

Throughout the house

  • Open windows to air out house
  • Clean windows
  • Test smoke alarms
  • Test Carbon Monoxide alarm
  • Clean air vents
  • Sanitize door handles
  • Sanitize light switches
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Dust blinds / curtains

How do you start spring cleaning?

The easiest way to start with a spring clean is to start by doing the tasks that relate to every room. 

On our spring cleaning checklist, there is a section for every room in the house including a task list for things to do that benefit the entire house. Start with this section if you want to, or alternatively, start with the wet rooms.

The wet rooms in a home tend to need the most work and these rooms are the kitchen and the bathroom. Doing the hardest or most boring tasks first sets you up for a more productive day, so ‘eat that frog’ and get going!

When should spring cleaning be done?

Spring is the perfect time of year to start the big clean. Winter has passed and the warmer weather allows you to open your windows, let in the fresh air, and say goodbye to the heaviness of winter.

A spring clean is a great time for decluttering too. It’s time to get rid of what we’ve gathered over fall and winter and move on to a lighter and fresher home.

Spring cleaning doesn’t only happen in Spring though. It’s important to have a good deep clean of your home 2-3 times a year to keep it clean, hygienic, safe, and fresh.

How many hours a day should you clean your house?

If you are doing a deep clean of your home, you should set a couple of days aside to do this.

I firmly believe it is better to tackle a spring clean as an all-in-one task, rather than do something different every day over 30 days.

To help cut down the chore of deep cleaning the house by yourself, you should get the household involved. They contribute to the mess, they should contribute to the tidying right?

Task children with lighter tasks such as tidying toys away, making their beds, and putting dirty washing away.

Split the remaining tasks with your significant other!

When we tidy the house, I tend to do the kitchen, living room, and bedroom and my husband does the bathroom and studio.

Top tip: Check out this Chores For Kids + Best Free Printable Chore Charts post for chore ideas for children of all ages.

Should I vacuum or dust first?

I recommend dusting your electronics, furniture, tops of cupboards, ceiling fans, and lights first before vacuuming. 

If you dust first, all of the dust particles, fluff, and dirt will fall to the ground, then you can vacuum it up.

I also suggest doing the floors of the room last. If you are moping your floor then do this last and leave it to dry as you tidy the next room.

What chores should be done daily?

Once you’ve completed your deep clean you will want to keep future cleaning to a minimum. You can do this by setting yourself simple chores to do daily that will help you stay on top of any mess.

  • Make beds
  • Tidy the floor
  • Clean up any spills or messes
  • Do the dishes
  • Wipe kitchen counters and stovetop
  • Take out the trash
  • Air out the house
  • Put things where they belong

Doing these simple chores daily will really help keep the mess at bay. Try to do 20 – 30 minutes of tidying a day. It doesn’t have to be all at once.

So choose your favorite spring cleaning checklist, play some music and grab your cleaning equipment! Don’t forget your free printable chore charts to get the kids involved too!

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