It’s that time of year again! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the cobwebs in your living room corner are rearing their ugly heads. Spring house cleaning can be a daunting task but the rewards are endless. There’s no better feeling than opening your windows to let in the spring air and enjoying the nice weather in a home that’s been cleaned from the inside out.

Spring cleaning can be a daunting task, though. You know you want every room of your home clean and decluttered—but where to start? The key is to take it room by room. To help you get started, here’s a room-by-room guide to freshening up your space this spring.

But first—do you need a motivation boost? We’ve got you covered!

The Ultimate Spring House Cleaning Checklist

Getting Motivated to Refresh Your Space

As we mentioned earlier, spring cleaning can be a daunting task. You love the idea of having a clean house, from top to bottom, but the process of actually cleaning it? Not so much. So how do you get motivated to get the job done? 

  • Start small

    Don’t try to do everything at once. Similarly, don’t tackle the biggest job first. If you do either of those, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and want to give up sooner. So pick something small! Choose a job on your list that is quick and easy but that will make a big impact. For instance, vacuuming the cobwebs from the corners of your ceiling won’t take more than five minutes. But getting rid of those cobwebs and dust bunnies will certainly change your space for the better.

  • Create a schedule

    Don’t expect to get everything done in one day. Writing out a cleaning schedule won’t only help you stay on task, but it can also make the task seem less daunting. It’s much more digestible to think of cleaning a little bit every day for a couple of weeks, compared to doing everything in one weekend.

  • Divide and conquer

    If you’re not the only person who lives in your house, you shouldn’t be the only one cleaning it! Divvy up the work between your partner and children, giving everyone a job to do. Even if you live alone, spring cleaning doesn’t necessarily have to be a solo task. With the proper amount of bribery (AKA free pizza), it shouldn’t be too difficult to enlist the help of a good friend or family member.

  • Make it fun

    Chores become easier when you’re having a good time. Sure, scrubbing toilets isn’t anyone’s idea of fun, per say. But what if you do it with your favorite tunes blaring in the background? Pull up a good cleaning playlist on Spotify and get to work! To make it even more entertaining, consider turning your tasks into a game. For example, whoever cleans their bedroom faster (but still thoroughly) can be exempt from doing the dishes for the next week!

A Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Now that you have a plan, including some good helpers, it’s time to tackle those tasks! We’ve put together a room-by-room checklist to make sure nothing gets overlooked.

The Entryway

Making this space welcoming and functional is essential, as it’s the first thing people are greeted with when they walk into your home. Having somewhere to put your shoes, jacket, and purse as soon as you walk in can set the tone for the rest of your evening. It just makes your transition from school or work to home a little more relaxing. So don’t forget about this area when tackling your spring cleaning!

  • Clean the walls and baseboards.
  • Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs from the ceiling.
  • Wash the windows.
  • Clean the floors.
  • Organize shoes and jackets. 
  • Clean or replace the doormat. 

The Main Living Areas

Your living room, family room, or playroom is where you spend most of your time, whether you’re relaxing solo or enjoying some family time. As a result, this area might need some extra love! But it will pay off in a big way when you’ll be able to enjoy your free time in a peaceful and newly cleaned environment. 

  • Clean the walls and baseboards.
  • Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs from the ceiling.
  • Wash the windows.
  • Clean the floors.
  • Dust and polish all furniture.
  • Wash throw pillows and blankets.
  • Dust electronics.
  • Sanitize all remote controls.
  • Dust and clean decorative objects.

The Kitchen

No matter how tidy you keep your home, the kitchen sees more than its fair share of messes throughout the year. Spills, crumbs, and food make their way into crevices that you would never even think to clean! Giving this space a deep clean a few times a year can make a huge difference when it comes to food prep. We don’t know about you, but we’re certainly more likely to prepare dinners at home (rather than get takeout) when the kitchen is clean and organized!

  • Clean the walls and baseboards.
  • Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs from the ceiling.
  • Wash the windows.
  • Clean the floors.
  • Clean and polish the sink.
  • Clean the oven and stovetop.
  • Clean out the microwave.
  • Wash all small appliances (toaster, pressure cooker, etc.).
  • Clean and organize the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Clean out drawers.
  • Throw out all expired food.
  • Organize the pantry.
  • Clean and disinfect all countertops.
  • Clean the inside of the dishwasher.
  • Clean and organize products under the sink.
  • Clean out the kitchen drain. 

The Ultimate Spring House Cleaning Checklist

The Dining Room

You may have noticed that those food spills from the kitchen can very easily make their way into the dining room, especially if you have small children! You probably do a quick wipe-down at the end of every meal, but the dining room deserves the occasional scrubbing too. For many families, meal times are sacred. Often, it’s the first point in the day when the whole family comes together to talk about their day and enjoy time together. You’ll enjoy that time so much more sans cobwebs.

  • Clean the walls and baseboards.
  • Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs from the ceiling.
  • Wash the windows.
  • Clean the floors.
  • Dust and polish china.
  • Clean and polish the dining room table and chairs. 

The Bathrooms

Nobody likes cleaning the bathroom, but it’s a job that needs to be done. Doing a quick clean every few days may get you through most of the year, but the bathroom is one area you definitely don’t want to skip when doing a thorough deep cleaning. So throw on some gloves, grab your disinfectant spray, and get to scrubbing!

  • Clean the walls and baseboards.
  • Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs from the ceiling.
  • Clean the floors.
  • Clean the toilet, inside and out.
  • Clean and polish the sink.
  • Clean and disinfect all countertops.
  • Clean the bathtub and/or shower.
  • Clean the bathtub jets with bleach and hot water.
  • Organize bathroom storage and throw out expired products.
  • Wipe all mirrors.
  • Replace the shower curtain liner.
  • Clean the showerhead.
  • Clean all hardware.

The Bedrooms

Your bedroom is more than just a place where you sleep. For many of us, it’s more like a sanctuary where we can decompress at the end of the day. It’s also the only place in the house that’s truly ours. Starting and ending each day with a freshly cleaned bedroom can make a huge difference in your mood.

  • Clean the walls and baseboards.
  • Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs from the ceiling.
  • Wash the windows.
  • Clean the floors.
  • Donate unused or outgrown clothing.
  • Organize dressers and closets.
  • Clean out nightstands.
  • Flip the mattress.
  • Wash all bedding, including mattress cover and bed skirt.

The Office

If you work from home, you probably spend more time in your designated workspace than in any other area in your home. And isn’t everyone a little more productive when their surroundings are neat and tidy? Papers, ink pens, and Post-It notes can take over this space before you know it. Include your office space in this year’s spring cleaning to ensure that when Monday rolls around, you can sit down and get right to work—no more feeling distracted by the mess.

  • Clean the walls and baseboards.
  • Dust all surfaces and remove cobwebs from the ceiling.
  • Wash the windows.
  • Clean the floors.
  • Dust all electronics.
  • Clean and sanitize your keyboard and mouse.
  • Shred unnecessary paperwork.
  • Organize the file cabinet.
  • Dust and polish furniture.
  • Dust and organize the bookshelf.

Your Vehicle

Your car or SUV is often neglected in spring cleaning even though we spend a good chunk of our time in them. They often need a thorough vacuum, wipe down, and car wash. Put each of these items on a schedule and set a reminder to do them weekly or monthly. If you’re transporting messy items like plants or pets, we recommend getting a car liner like a Ruff Rug to make sure the floor is waterproof and prevents spills or scratches.

The Garage

Whether you use it to park your car, as a home gym, or for extra storage space, keeping your garage clean is just as important as tidying the rest of your home! Taking an afternoon to free up some space in the garage should be an essential part of your cleaning routine.

  • Wipe down the walls.
  • Sweep the floor.
  • Clean the garage door and frame.
  • Wash the windows, if applicable.
  • Declutter and organize gardening equipment.
  • Declutter and organize tools.

Outdoors

Spring cleaning shouldn’t be contained to what’s under your roof! Outside areas, like your porch, yard, and patio, should get just as much attention when it’s time to refresh your space. Now that the temperatures are climbing, you’ll be spending more time outside. Won’t that time be so much more enjoyable in a yard that’s neat and tidy?

Keeping a tidy yard doesn’t just increase your home’s curb appeal—it can also help fend off parasites, like ticks and mosquitos. Ticks can cause Lyme disease and mosquitoes can transmit heartworms to your pets, so you don’t want these pests lurking around your home.

  • Clean the outside of all windows.
  • Wash down all outdoor furniture.
  • Sweep the porch.
  • Clean or replace the door mat.
  • Clean out the gutters.
  • Hang and fill bird feeders.
  • Pull weeds in all flowerbeds. 
  • Mow the lawn. 
  • Check the roof and siding for any “wear and tear” spots.

Refresh Your Home This Spring

The onset of spring makes everything feel new again. Make sure your home is included by following this easy-to-tackle spring cleaning checklist. Instead of fretting over the clutter and dust, you’ll be able to relax and focus on what matters most, like self-care or spending quality time together as a family. 

We hope you found this blog post The Ultimate Spring House Cleaning Checklist useful. Be sure to check out our post Detailed Move Out Cleaning Checklist You Should Know for more great tips!


The Ultimate Spring House Cleaning Checklist

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