The Ultimate Home Spring Cleaning Checklist

Do you ever wonder how some people manage to maintain an absolutely flawless house, yet you never see them cleaning? This is because they do not attack the house in one sitting. Most of the time, they have a home cleaning checklist. 

A cleaning checklist gives you a system that enables you to continually keep your house in tip-top shape without feeling like you are running around like a headless chicken.

Four Reasons to Maintain a Home Cleaning Checklist

  1. When you have a house cleaning checklist, you can prioritize what needs to be cleaned, and when you need to clean it. This makes it easier to handle different tasks. By breaking down your cleaning chores, you accomplish more than trying to tackle everything at once. 
  2. Sometimes, the people living with you may not ‘see’ what needs to be cleaned. Having a cleaning to-do list also helps you to delegate duties as everyone will know what is expected of them. 
  3. Consistent cleaning will prevent clutter and make your house safer. Routine house sanitization and disinfection prevents the spread of germs. Dust is less likely to build up, reducing the chances of allergic reactions and respiratory diseases.
  4. A home cleaning schedule can save you from the embarrassment of a messy house, especially when you have unexpected visitors. It is not a nice feeling to apologize for the ‘state of the house’ when company just drops in. 

Basic Cleaning Equipment

Before you begin spring cleaning your home, you will need some products and equipment to help you get the job done right. No, you don’t require a hotel housekeeping trolley, but there are some necessary cleaning supplies you would need to stock up on if you don’t already have them. These include:

  • Microfiber cloths or disposable rags
  • Scrub brush, scrub sponges and abrasive scrub pads
  • Mop and bucket
  • Extendable duster
  • Toilet brush 
  • Grout brush or an old toothbrush
  • Lightweight vacuum 
  • Rubber gloves
  • Indoor broom (if you have a balcony or patio, have a separate broom for that area)
  • Dustpan 
  • Squeegee 
  • Plunger
  • Stovetop scraper – only for flat-glass ceramic cooktops

Cleaning Products You Can Purchase for Your Home:

  • All-purpose cleaner – these are generally mild solutions used to remove grease and dirt. They can be used on a variety of surfaces such as stovetops, countertops, and sinks. It is good to note that all-purpose cleaners are not disinfectants. 
  • Disinfectant – This is essential for the kitchen and bathrooms. These should be left on the surfaces for at least 5 minutes before wiping them off to kill germs.
  • Tile and grout cleaners – Scrub free solutions are the better option for shower tiles and bathtubs as they will not eat through the enamel. 
  • Wood cleaner – This should match the type of wood you have in your house to maintain its appearance. 
  • Glass cleaner – A no-streak or streak-free glass cleaner will give you the best results.

If you are not a big believer in commercial cleaning products, there are several things around the house that can be substituted for cleaning supplies

The Best Way to Maintain a Clean House

It may sound like a daunting task, but a daily home cleaning routine will ensure that you are not living in a never-ending mess. This little known secret to keeping a clean home goes a long way. When you get into a daily cleaning routine, you will find that it takes just about 15 minutes a day to get your house in order. 

Before we get into the daily cleaning checklist, there are a few tidy habits you could start on:

  • Make your bed as soon as you get out of it.
  • When you take off your clothes, either hang them if they are still clean or drop them in a laundry hamper.
  • Try your best not to leave dirty dishes in the sink before you go to bed.
  • Use wet wipes to clean bathroom counters and sinks after use.
  • Keep kitchen counters free from appliances to make wiping down easy.
  • Teach kids to put away their toys before they go to bed.
  • Squeegee the glass walls after a shower to prevent stains.

Daily cleaning checklist

Your daily cleaning schedule should tackle the areas in your home with the most traffic. This includes the living room, kitchen, and bathrooms. 

Kitchen:

  • After your last meal, load dirty dishes into the dishwasher.
  • Use an all-purpose cleaner to wipe down kitchen counters, dining table, and food preparation surfaces.
  • Sweep and mop dirty floors.
  • Clean the coffee maker.

Rooms: 

  • Straighten up the living room – fold blankets, tidy up remotes, magazines, or paperwork.
  • Wipe down tables in the living room, playroom, or home office.
  • Make beds and collect dirty laundry.

Bathrooms: 

  • Wipe down the exterior toilet, sink, and bathroom surfaces.
  • Squeegee shower walls.
  • Fold or hang towels.

Weekly cleaning checklist:

Having a weekly home cleaning checklist can help you knock down one household task every day. This way, you do not get overwhelmed by a load of laundry or a messy kitchen. 

Mop up Mondays

After all the weekend activities, you would like to start the week with a clean home. Dedicate Mondays to moping and vacuuming:

  • the entrance hallway 
  • family room
  • stairs
  • corridors 
  • bedrooms 
  • bathrooms 
  • kitchen

Be sure to go under the dining table to collect any crumbs that may have fallen there. Keep this weekly mop up to areas that can be easily accessed. 

Scrub down Tuesdays

A day of pulling out those gloves and dealing with the bathrooms

  • Scrub and sanitize the toilets, bathtubs, showers, sinks, and counters. 
  • Plastic shower curtains and bathmats can be sprayed with disinfectant. 
  • Change towels and do an inventory of toiletries. You do not want to run out of toilet paper. 

Wipe away Wednesdays

  • Using an all-purpose cleaner and microfiber cloth, wipe away any dirt or smudge from the kitchen sink, stovetops, faucets, counters, and backsplash. 
  • Wipe down the exterior surfaces of the microwave, oven, coffee maker, toaster, fridge, blender, mixer, and other kitchen appliances.
  • Dust and wipe furniture; lamps and lampshades, picture frames, windowsills, doorknobs, light fixtures, ceiling fans, and vents. 
  • Wipe the TV, entertainment system, and remote controls. 
  • Dust off cobwebs and clean mirrors. 

Throw out Thursdays

Organize your home by getting rid of unwanted, outdated, or expired items. You can start with the fridge and move on to the medicine cabinet. Throw away junk mail, newspapers, old make-up, and lotions. Chuck out clothes with holes that you know you will not mend or craft projects from 10 years ago. 

If you have not used something in your house for the past two years, then there is the likelihood that you will not use it this year. Ridding your house of old, unused items every week will not only create space for other important things, but decluttering also gives you peace of mind. 

Fold it up Fridays

As the week comes to an end, the laundry basket should have filled up pretty well. Friday is a good laundry day. 

  • Soak your whites separately as well as clothes with tough stains. 
  • Strip the sheets, pillowcases, tablecloths, kitchen, hand, and bath towels and throw them in the washing machine. 
  • Fold, iron, and put away clean laundry.

Pet-friendly Saturdays

If you have furry friends in your household, you can make use of Saturday mornings to show their living spaces some love. Empty the kitty litter box and scrub it with soap and water. Do not use any chemical cleaners such as bleach or ammonia because certain chemicals can be harmful to cats. Felines are also very picky and sensitive to smells. Any chemical odor may make a fussy cat have a bathroom break on your freshly cleaned carpet.

Saturday’s are also a great day to change the bedding for dogs and caged animals. If you have fish, doing a partial water change for the aquarium will keep them swimming happily.  

By following this weekly home cleaning checklist, your weekend should be free to enjoy with friends and family in a squeaky-clean home.

Three Months Spring-Cleaning Checklist

Every three months, we recommend that you set some time aside for a thorough, top to bottom, house spring cleaning. Understanding that not everyone can spring-clean like maid service, we suggest that you dedicate a specific section of the house for this particular task. You can work through the kitchen at one time, the living room, and bedrooms the next time and attack the bathroom last, then rotate. This way, you will not get tied down cleaning up for hours, and you can concentrate your effort on one cleaning duty.

Kitchen checklist

Refrigerator

Clear out your kitchen area because you will need space. 

  • Take out everything from the fridge first. This includes the shelves and drawers and wash them in dishwashing liquid and warm water. Rinse and wipe dry. 
  • Using a microfiber cloth dipped in warm water and baking soda, wipe inside the walls and floor of the refrigerator, as well as the top and outside. You can use a stainless-steel cleaner if that is what your fridge door is made of. 

Food inventory

  • Take an inventory of items that need to be eaten soon, thrown out, or restocked before putting things back in the fridge. Do this with food in the freezer as well as the pantry.

Oven

  • Using an oven cleaner and a cloth, wipe away any grease, grime, residue, or crusts from the door and inside the oven. 
  • Clean the rangehood to remove any grease as this can be a fire hazard. 
  • Clean the oven racks in dishwashing soap and hot water. 

It is good to note that oven cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can irritate. You should protect your hands with a pair of gloves and safety glasses for your eyes.

Microwave

  • Clean the inside of the microwave by mixing a quarter cup of vinegar with one cup of water and boiling it in the microwave for 3 minutes. When the walls are all steamed up, wipe them with a clean cloth. 

Dishwasher

  • If you start to smell something foul coming from the dishwasher, put one cup of vinegar and another bowl with baking soda on the top rack, and run a normal cycle.

Living room and bedroom checklist

  • Vacuum all carpeting, upholstery, and area rugs. Don’t forget to get behind large pieces of furniture and under couch cushions.
  • Take down and wash curtains, drapes, duvets, comforters, pillows, and cushion cover
  • Dust and wipe down window blinds, windowsills, air vents, doors, walls, and molding
  • Use a glass cleaner on the windows and glass cabinets
  • Dust the smoke alarm and check the batteries
  • Change your air conditioning and vacuum filters

Sparkling bathroom cleaning checklist

If not well looked after, your bathroom can become a good host for nasty fungi. Mildew and mold thrive in dark and damp environments. Discourage unwanted bathroom guests with these bathroom cleaning hacks. 

  • Clean and disinfect the trash can with a cleaner that can kill bacteria and neutralize odors. Rinse it and let it air dry in the sun to prevent mold.
  • Disinfect the toothbrush holder – most of them are dishwasher friendly. 
  • Check the label on your shower curtain or liner and see if it can be run in the washing machine. For plastic shower curtains, you can soak them in water and vinegar and hang them out to dry. If the time has taken its toll, replace your shower curtain. 
  • Wipe or vacuum the inside of drawers and cupboards. Put new lining in drawers.

Shine your porcelain throne both inside and out

Using a disinfecting spray, spritz the entire toilet, inside, outside, at the back of the base, under the seat, and the wall behind. Let the cleaner do its magic for at least 5 minutes. Wipe the exterior of the toilet from top to bottom with a paper towel. Use a stiff-bristled toilet brush to scrub under the rim and inside the toilet. Flush to rinse.

Annual house cleaning checklist

Good news – there are some areas of the house that can remain overlooked for a year. Having said this, you still need to have a go at them as they are essential for the overall upkeep of your home. 

  • Clean and organize the garage and basement.
  • Clear out gutters.
  • Clear out chimney and fireplace.
  • Special projects – Declutter, donate or sell any clothes, shoes, toys, sporting equipment, gadgets, or things you have stored in the house that you have not used in the past year.

When to call the experts

Starting a home cleaning routine when your house is already ‘too far gone’ can seem hopeless. Spekless House Cleaning is here to help. In just 60 seconds, you can book a quality cleaning appointment through our online and digital communication platform. 

You can choose whether you would like a standard cleaning to get you started on your way to maintaining a home cleaning checklist, or you prefer a deep cleaning where we get under every nook and cranny. We can help you create a house cleaning schedule and checklist that will work around your needs. 

We’ve got your back, so you don’t break yours while trying to keep a clean home.

Move-Out Cleaning Checklist

Have everything packed and ready to go? Now you’ve just got to get to your new place and settle in. But wait! You haven’t done any of your move-out cleaning yet. So there are a few things you probably need to go back and check before you leave.

If you put a security deposit down on your place, you’ll need to do a thorough move-out cleaning before turning in your keys and getting some (or all) of your money back. 

The kitchen

Cabinets

Go around and make sure everything is out of your drawers and cabinets. Clean them all out, remove any liners you have in there, and give them a good wipe down. Be sure to look for any caked-on stains or debris and don’t leave anything behind.

Counters

Clean your counters with an all-natural (or green) surface cleaner. Grab an empty spray bottle and fill it with water. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil and a teaspoon of vinegar. Now spray all of the counters and wipe them down removing any or all stuck-on food.

Stovetop/Oven

Scrub off any stuck-on food (use a scrub brush or a putty knife) before spraying the surface with your homemade counter cleaner. Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the surface of the stove or the door of the oven and let it sit overnight before wiping it away and seeing a brand new appliance. 

Refrigerator/Freezer

After you’ve cleaned out your fridge and taken out all of the food go ahead and unplug it before cleaning it out completely. Spray the inside with your vinegar solution and wipe it down using a microfiber cleaning cloth.

Sink

Rinse out the sink using hot water. Spray it down with your vinegar solution. Sprinkle some baking soda down the drain and garbage disposal followed by one cup of vinegar. Now go ahead and give your sink a good scrub while you let the baking soda sit for a few minutes. And then you can rinse the sink again with hot water. 

Floors

Everyone room on your move-out cleaning checklist should finish with you cleaning the floors. The floors are the very last thing you should do in each room before heading to the next. And they should only be done after you’ve got everything completely moved out of that space.

To clean your kitchen floors, you can use an all-natural floor cleaner or you can use the same vinegar solution we’ve been using all along (if you have laminate or tile floors). Using a microfiber mop, go ahead and mop the floors from the inside of the room to the outside of the room.

The bathrooms

Shower/Tub

Create a paste-like solution using baking soda and water and apply it to the surface of your tub or shower. Scrub the solution into the surface with a sponge and spray vinegar on it so that it fizzes. Then go ahead and scrub it a little more before rinsing out the tub o shower with hot water.

Counter/Vanity

If you have any countertops or a vanity in your bathroom be sure to clean out the drawers in them (like we did in the kitchen) and give them a nice wipe down using our all-natural cleaning solution. Dust off any framing on these structures and wipe down the mirrors before calling them complete.

Toilet

Get some toilet cleaner and let it sit in the inside of the bowl. Now taking a spray bottle and a solution of vinegar, two drops of lemon essential oil, and a drop of tea tree oil spray the outside of the toilet. Give it a good wipe down using a microfiber cloth. Make sure you even wipe down the bottom of the bowl and the back of the toilet to ensure that no debris is left behind.

Mirror

Don’t forget about the mirror. Wipe down the outside of the mirror with a cleaning rag to clean up and dust. Spray the mirror with window cleaner, wipe it down and you’re good to go.

Sink

Just like the kitchen sink, rinse it out with hot water, spray it with your solution and sprinkle it with baking soda. Give the sink a good scrub with either a scrub brush or a cleaning cloth before rinsing it out again using hot water. 

Floors

To clean your bathroom floors, you can use an all-natural floor cleaner or you can use the same vinegar solution we’ve been using all along (if you have laminate or tile floors). If you have wood floors you’ll want to use a cleaner made for wood floors. Take a microfiber mop, go ahead and mop the floors from the inside of the room to the outside of the room.

General living spaces/Bedrooms

Light fixtures

Make sure you check all ceiling fans and permanent light fixtures for debris or dust. These should be the first things that you clean in each room since they’re dusty. Clean these fixtures before cleaning the surfaces (countertops, appliances) and floors.

Baseboards

Every room should be checked for baseboards that need to be cleaned. Be sure to go around and clean these before you clean the floors and after you dust in each room.

Walls

You don’t need to get out the surface cleaner and scrub your walls clean but you do need to make sure there are no visible marks on them. Go around and look for holes in the wall or marks that need to be covered up. Get rid of any dust and cover up any marks with touch-up paint.

Floors

To clean the rest of the floors, you can use an all-natural floor cleaner or you can use the same vinegar solution we’ve been using all along (if you have laminate or tile floors). If you have wood floors you’ll want to use a cleaner made for wood floors. Take a microfiber mop, go ahead and mop the floors from the inside of the room to the outside of the room.

Hiring a cleaning service for your move

Need help with your move-out cleaning? Maybe you don’t have time to do your move-out cleaning or maybe it’s just too difficult for you to accomplish on your own. No matter what your situation is, we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free estimate and see how our professional house cleaners can help you.

Living Room Cleaning Checklist

Living room cleaning checklist

1. Declutter

To start off your living room cleaning checklist, the first thing you’ll do is go through and declutter your living room. Make sure the space is free and clear and easily accessible.

2. Dust

Now go through and dust everything using a cleaning cloth and a dusting spray. For high places, you can use a hand duster. And for the blinds, you can use either a hand duster or the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner.

3. Sanitize

Once you’re done dusting the entire living room you can start to sanitize any surfaces that need to be disinfected. Surfaces include but are not limited to any remote controls, buttons on the entertainment system, a home telephone, and any handles on drawers or doors.

4. Upholstery

After you’ve sanitized everything now you can go through and clean all of your upholstery. Start by vacuuming the surface using the brush attachment on your vacuum. And if you have any covers on your upholstery you can go ahead and throw them in the washing machine. After you’ve vacuumed the surface you can wipe it down with a damp cleaning cloth or by using the recommended cleaning regime specified by the manufacturer.

5. Shelving

If you have any shelves or drawers in your living room nows the time to clean them out. Wipe down any shelves and pull everything out of the drawers before wiping them down as well. Just take your cleaning cloth and spray it with antibacterial dusting spray before wiping down the surface.

6. Windows

Now it’s time to break out the window cleaner and your microfiber cleaning cloth and clean all the windows in your living room. For this step, you could also go the old fashion route and use newspaper if you don’t have a microfiber rag.

7. Floors

The last thing for you to do in this living room cleaning checklist is to sweep, vacuum, and mop the floors (if applicable). Once you’re done with that you can kick your feet back and relax. You deserve it!

For more living room cleaning tips, check out this post.

Overview

Did this living room cleaning checklist work for you? If so, be sure to check out our blog for more house cleaning tips. Or if you’re interested in getting help cleaning yourself, go ahead and contact us today for a free service estimate. We are here to help!

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

Bathroom cleaning is one of the most important cleaning tasks in a household. The bathroom should be cleaned weekly. In our efforts to help you save some time and energy we’ve created a bathroom cleaning checklist (and list of supplies) to help you get the job done right.

Bathroom Cleaning Supplies

When cleaning the bathroom you want to have all your supplies in one place. The best thing to do would be to purchase a caddy or a tote to hold all of your supplies under the bathroom sink. After you’ve gathered all of your supplies you can begin working on your bathroom cleaning checklist.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Caddy or tote
  • Sponge
  • Rubber gloves
  • Toilet bowl brush/scrubber
  • Microfiber rag
  • Mini broom/dustpan
  • Glass cleaner
  • Bathroom all-purpose cleaner

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

As a general rule of thumb, when cleaning you always want to work your way from the top to the bottom and from the inside of the room out. Grab out your cleaning basket, remove any rugs, and then begin with the following:


Empty Trash

After you’ve removed all or any bath mats or rugs from the bathroom you can start your cleaning checklist by emptying the trash. This is also when you’ll want to remove any dirty laundry and anything on the countertops.

Dust

Next, take your duster and work from top to bottom dusting the entire bathroom. Dust any light fixtures, the top of the medicine cabinet, the back of the toilet, etc.

Disinfect

Now spray everything down with your bathroom cleaner slash disinfectant. This is your tub, sinks, toilet, and counterspace. It’s also a good idea to spray your trash can down too. They can get a little dirty sometimes. Once you’ve sprayed them, let the solution sit for at least two minutes before moving on to the next step.

Wipe/Scrub

Taking your microfiber cloth, wipe down all surfaces you just sprayed. If your bathtub needs a little TLC, take your bathroom cleaner and spray it again and then use your sponge to help remove some of the soap scum and grime from it. Once that’s done you can take your glass cleaner and a clean microfiber cloth and wipe down the mirror before heading to the last step.

Pro Tip: After you’ve wiped down your surfaces take a dry microfiber cloth to buff and shine the surfaces.

Floors

Finish up your bathroom cleaning checklist by vacuuming and mopping your floors from the inner corner out. It’s best to use a microfiber mop on the bathroom floor to really make it shine.

Need Help?

There’s help when you need it. Finding time to clean the bathroom in our everyday lives is difficult. If you’re too busy to clean the bathrooms in your help or it’s becoming overwhelming, there’s help available. Here at Spekless, we offer one-time and routine cleaning services to help you achieve the needs of your household. Contact us today for a free estimate

7 Cleaning Habits to Break Right Now

While we are all searching for the shortest and easiest cleaning hacks, some of them just end up making more work for us in the long-haul. Without knowing it, you may have adopted several of these cleaning habits. Habits that may actually inhibit your ability to clean effectively.

With Spring just beginning, it’s the perfect time to declutter and throw out some of these bad habits. At Spekless we know that changing your routine can sometimes become overwhelming and stressful. So in order to successfully break bad cleaning habits, consider changing two things at a time, gradually over a period of several weeks. This way you’re not doing it all at once. And you’ll be able to transition into your new habits easily and effortlessly.

Here are seven cleaning habits that you need to break right now: 

  1. Using too much product 

Often times we think that the more product we use, the more effective it will be. But that’s not true. Using too much cleaner can actually do more harm to a surface than good.  Make sure you’re following the instructions to prevent surface damage.

  1. Thinking one disinfect wipe will clean the entire room

Yes, disposable disinfectant wipes are easy, convenient, and effective. No, they are not effective enough to clean an entire room with just one. For the best results, the wipe should have enough moisture to keep the surface your wiping down wet for at least four minutes. During these four minutes is when the disinfecting and sanitation take place. If you notice the wipe starting to lose its moisture, it’s time to get a new one.

  1. Letting dishes pile up in the sink

Sometimes it feels like dishes are a never-ending chore and it’s easier to let them pile up. But sinks are a breeding frenzy for bacteria. If you don’t feel like washing dishes at the moment, allow them to soak in hot water and dish soap. This will make it easier when it comes time to clean them and it will help prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria.

  1. Wearing shoes in the house

Wearing shoes around the house in a really bad habit to adopt. Removing your shoes at the door will save you time on vacuuming. And it will keep unwanted germs and bacteria out of your living area.

  1. Leaving leftovers in the fridge too long

Laziness is often associated with leaving leftovers in the fridge for too long. If you’re not going to eat it, do yourself a favor and toss it. This prevents mold and bacteria from growing in your refrigerator.

  1. Not making your bed in the morning

Get in the habit of making your bed every morning. Doing this will help promote a more organized appearance in your home as well as motivate you throughout the day.

  1. Forgetting to clean out the vacuum

If you expect to get clean results, make sure you’re using clean tools. If your vacuum is filled with dust and dirt, some of that debris might end up back on the floor. To prevent this, always give your vacuum a thorough cleaning before using it as well as a deep cleaning each month. 


Hiring a Move In-Move Out Cleaning Service

Isn’t it enough to move all of those heavy boxes from one place to another? I mean, the last thing anyone wants to do after they’ve packed and moved all of their stuff is clean. Although move in-move out cleaning is easy to neglect, it’s a vital part of the process. 

Many people say that moving is one of the most stressful and exhausting experiences of their life. From getting their things in order, changing their address, and scheduling transportation, to cleaning and organizing. Moving can be a lot. Instead of adding another thing to your plate, consider hiring company to do your move in-move out cleaning for you.

Moving In

Although your new place should be sparking in its glory, don’t assume that will always be the case. We recommend a move in cleaningbefore you unload your personal belongings. This way you know every inch of the room gets the attention that it needs prior to your inhabiting the space. 

Moving Out

It’s important to leave a clean empty place when moving out. This not only ensures that you get your deposit back (if you put one down), it ensures you a good strong reputation. A lot of times, new landlords or even a mortgage company will want to know your housing history. That being said, you want to make sure you cover all your bases.

Standard move in-move out checklist:
  • Dust (everything)
  • Deep clean kitchen appliances
  • Clean out cabinets
  • Clean sinks & countertops
  • Scrub toilets
  • Scrub shower & bathtub
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Vacuum and sweep all floors


Contact our house cleaning service professionals today

Are you anticipating a move in-move out the near future? Let our professionals handle your move today. Fill out the form on our site to get started today.

Spring Cleaning Checklist Part 2: Days 6-11

We’re back as promised! And as promised here’s week number two of our annual Spring Cleaning checklist.

Depending on how efficient you are in tending to your household chores, you may be able to take on a few of these tasks in one day. If you can, that’s great. And if you can’t, don’t worry. This checklist was created with the idea that since we lead such busy lives most people will need to spread out their Spring cleaning accordingly.


Day 6: 
Car 

  • Empty out any and all trash
  • Take valuables in the house
  • Take it to the car wash and give it a thorough vacuum and dusting inside
  • Scrub the exterior, rinse, and repeat until shiny
  • Wax to finish


Day 7: 
Odds & Ends

  • Empty and wash all garbage cans and recycling bins
  • Organize and declutter your junk/misc drawer
  • Change any filters that need it (water filters, refrigerator filters, air filter, etc)
  • Wipe down all remotes, phones, Kindles, tablets, and computers (use disinfectant these items can harbor a large number of bacteria)
  • Gather up all those coins laying around and take them to a Coinstar


Day 8: 
Garage

  • Sort through any unused items for donating, selling, or throwing away
  • Give it a good sweep inside and out
  • Prepare to have a garage sale get rid of all of your unused items by selling them 

Day 9: Fireplace

  • Start by opening the windows to ensure proper airflow
  • Clean out the fireplace (for minimal users)
  • Active users may want to call a chimney sweep 

Day 10: Porch

  • Sweep off the porch
  • Water any plants & plant new plants
  • Replace any light bulbs 
  • Paint the porch if needed


Day 11: 
Yard

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Days 1-5

Spring cleaning differs from regular or routine cleaning in the sense that it can take a lot longer. Most people designate a week or two to spring cleaning so they can clean, declutter, and do their yearly chores all at the same time. So if you don’t know where to begin with your spring cleaning, don’t worry you’re not alone!

Over the next couple of weeks, we are going to walk you through each week of Spring cleaning. The checklist we have created will walk you through each day of cleaning and decluttering your home. It will help you stay motivated, inspired, and the best part is that you can use it for other seasons too.

Day 1: Dusting

  • Open your windows and let the fresh air blow through the house (trust me, once you get going you’re going to wish you had opened them in the first place)
  • Dust, sweep, and vacuum up any dust mites and cobwebs in the corners. 
  • Dust any knick-knacks, books, and shelves
  • Launder any drapes, couch covers, rugs, and any other upholstery as instructed in the label


Day 2: 
Donating

  • Clean all mirrors including bathroom and bedroom mirrors
  • Switch all your winter clothing to the back of the closet
  • Create a donate box to donate things like old clothing, unused kitchen appliances and utensils, or old toys
  • Sort through old shoes


Day 3: 
Bathrooms

  • Begin bathroom sorting (throw out old and expired medicine and cosmetics)
  • Launder and organize the linen closet
  • Put old or unused towels in the donation box
  • Organize emergency supplies and restock the first aid kit
  • Deep clean the bathrooms


Day 4: 
Appliances

  • Deep clean all appliances (this included all knobs, handles, and accessories that came with them)
  • Sanitize all handles, door knobs, and buttons, not just in the kitchen in the entire home
  • Self-Clean the washer (while this is self-cleaning wipe down the tops of your washer and dryer removing any soap residue and dust)
  • Toss out any old food, remove any interchangeable compartments and let them soak, and wipe out your refrigerator


Day 5: 
Plants

  • Feed the houseplants and clean their area (of course you should care for your plants routinely) 
  • Wash your windows inside and out
  • Vacuum window screens
  • Clean up any dead or fallen leaves


Be sure to check back next week for days 6-11 of our spring cleaning checklist!

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