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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning fever has hit us. The weather is getting warm, our energy is skyrocketing, and we’re ready to get our homes clean and organized!

Take advantage of this newfound energy!

Use this Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist as a guide to customize your very own personal cleaning checklist. Once your home is in order, I’d love for you to follow along with us at Spring Cleaning 365 where we complete one task, each day, all year. It’s the best way to keep a “Spring Clean” home all year!

Overall Spring Cleaning Chores

  • dust crown molding and baseboards
  • dust ceiling corners
  • dust baseboards and clean scuff marks
  • dust/wash light fixtures and lamps
  • dust ceiling fans
  • wash doors (look for scuff marks)
  • wash walls
  • touch up paint
  • vacuum or wash window curtains
  • wash window blinds
  • clean windows
  • dust bookcases
  • polish wood furniture
  • wipe down and vacuum furniture (clean the base and under cushions)
  • condition leather furniture
  • remove stains from upholstered furniture 
  • vacuum and wash lampshades
  • deep clean hardwood, tile, linoleum, and carpet flooring
  • shampoo carpet (DIY or schedule a professional)
  • remove rugs to shake out, then vacuum, then clean under them
  • vacuum all flooring, including corners and edges
  • clean air vents
  • dust around mirrors, picture frames, and wall hangings
  • replace light bulbs
  • change air/furnace filter
  • replace batteries in smoke detector
  • replace batteries in carbon monoxide detector
  • schedule chimney sweep
  • schedule termite or pest control maintenance

Spring Clean the Kitchen

Print this free kitchen cleaning checklist to clean easily and efficiently. 

your guide to a clean and organized kitchen image

Spring Clean the Dining Room

spring clean dining room

  • eliminate unnecessary items
  • dust crown molding, wall corners, and floor molding
  • scrub walls
  • clean and disinfect light switches and outlets
  • dust and polish wood cabinets
  • dust and clean windows, inside and out
  • clean and declutter hutch cabinets and drawers
  • wash table linens
  • wash table cushions
  • clean light fixtures and wash globes
  • disinfect table and wipe down all chairs, including legs and underneath
  • remove rug, shake, vacuum and clean floor before replacing rug

Spring Clean the Bathrooms

Print this free bathroom cleaning checklist to clean easily and efficiently. 

Bathroom cleaning and organizing and maintenance checklist free printable

  • Clean air vents
  • Clean and disinfect light switches and fixtures
  • Clean and disinfect toothbrush holders
  • Clean and refill soap dish and/or pump
  • Clean light fixtures and wash globe(s) 
  • Clean make-up brushes
  • Clean mirror
  • Clean shower caddy
  • Clean shower curtain and liner
  • Clean shower door frame
  • Clean shower glass (here’s a great way to prevent soap scum from building up on shower glass doors in the future)
  • Clean plastic strip at the bottom of a glass shower door
  • Disinfect countertops
  • Dust and clean windows, inside and out
  • Polish faucets
  • Mop and hand scrub floors (pay attention to special grout lines, corners, and moldings)
  • Scrub and disinfect toilet, including around base, under seat and around hinges
  • Scrub the bathtub and/or shower
  • Scrub walls
  • Unclog and refill lotion dispensers
  • Wash bathroom cup
  • Wash floor mat
  • Wash hand/guess towels
  • Wash trash can (inside and out)
  • Wipe down cabinets, knobs, towel racks and toilet paper holder
  • Remove rust from toilet seat screws
  • Tighten toilet seat hinges
  • Clean bathroom exhaust fan
  • Clean shower head
  • Polish wood cabinets
  • Caulk around bathtub
  • Re-seal tile and grout
  • Unclog drains (the use this tip to prevent clogged drains in the future)
  • Toss beauty products not used over the past year
  • Toss expired make-up
  • Clean, organize and de-clutter cabinets and drawers
  • Clean, organize and de-clutter bathroom closet

Spring Clean Laundry/Utility Room

  • clean dryer vent
  • clean inside washing machine
  • empty washing machine drain pump
  • dust crown molding, wall corners, and floor molding
  • dust behind and underneath washer and dryer
  • sweep and mop floors
  • reseal tile grout
  • wash walls
  • clean and organize contents on shelving
  • eliminate unnecessary cleaning products
  • install organizers to hold cleaning products
  • disinfect door knobs and light switch plates

Spring Clean Living Room/Family Areas

  • take anything that doesn’t belong in the room and put it in the correct location
  • dust crown molding, wall corners, and floor molding
  • vacuum and shampoo carpet
  • vacuum under furniture and in between cushions
  • condition leather funiture
  • dust ceiling fans
  • switch ceiling fans to spin clockwise
  • clean lights and wash light globes
  • dust lamps
  • vacuum lamp shades
  • declutter
  • dust and polish furniture and bookshelves
  • dust edges of wall hangings, mirrors, and pictures
  • clean windows and window sills
  • remove scuff marks from doors and moldings
  • disinfect door knobs and light switch plates
  • dust electronics
  • organize electronics and accessories
  • disinfect remote controls and gaming devices

Spring Clean Bedrooms

Spring Clean Kid Stuff

Spring Clean Office/Command Center

  • spring clean your paperwork
  • clean out files and shred unneeded documents
  • update home inventory documents
  • review insurance policies
  • check credit report
  • spring clean your computer, keyboard, and mouse
  • clean and organize desk drawers
  • dust and polish wood furniture
  • dust bookshelves

Spring Clean Miscellaneous Items

Spring Clean Outside

  • sweep deck
  • power wash deck
  • stain deck
  • power spray siding
  • touch up paint trim, wood, doors, and shutters
  • power wash garage door
  • clean outside door frames
  • wipe away cobwebs
  • shake out entry mat
  • clean grill
  • clean and repair gutters
  • replace broken bricks, wood, or stone
  • clean outdoor light fixtures
  • wash outside windows
  • clean outside patio furniture
  • trim trees, bushes and shrubbery
  • check and repair sprinklers
  • inspect roof shingles
  • wipe away cobwebs
  • plant flowers
  • plant garden
  • add mulch
  • clean outdoor trash cans
  • clean out garage
  • wash and wax vehicles

I’d love to hear from you! What would you add to the list?

P.S. When you’re finished Spring Cleaning, create a cleaning schedule that fits your lifestyle and your home. That way you’ll never have to work this hard cleaning your home again!

  • Norma March 21, 2013, 2:58 pm

    It’s no wonder we are always tired! Seeing that list is overwhelming, but we do it all the time. Not to mention, kid care, grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, yard work, entertaining, volunteering, etc., etc., etc. How can anyone dare to ask any woman, “Do you work?” I think I’ll go take a nap now! :)

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  • Betty Baez March 22, 2013, 9:40 am

    Wow! It looks like an immense amount of work when its written down….it’s still not warm here yet so I’m holding off on my to do list

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  • Cordelia March 22, 2013, 11:16 am

    You are such a blessing to me. I love to see things written….and go by a list. I wish I wasn’t that way – but, it seems that how I can best gets things accomplished. Thank You for these instructions. Blessings to you!

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  • Kim March 23, 2013, 8:04 am

    I LOVE the lists. I am a list person. I am going to print them and use it for my spring cleaning this year. Thanks!

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  • Felicia March 30, 2013, 6:07 pm

    I plan on starting this with a small group of friends on FB on April 1. I’m making it a 45 day challenge, but hope to accomplish it all in April. Plan to do at least 5 things from the list each day and post in our group each evening what I got accomplished=)

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    • iDreamOfClean April 1, 2013, 9:28 pm

      Well tell your group to check back Friday. There could be a payoff for all that hard work :)

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      • Stephani April 10, 2013, 7:30 am

        I’m In I think this is a great idea!!!

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        • Stephani April 10, 2013, 7:30 am

          THank you Felicia for telling us about it!

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  • Kara @ Simplistically Sassy March 31, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’m so excited I found this list! I am planning on cleaning this week, and this is a perfect list!

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  • Heath April 2, 2013, 12:11 pm

    I would like to obtain permission to reproduce the article “spring Cleaning Checklist” for our april website. I would credit the source. Please let me know. Best Regards
    Heath

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  • Morgan April 4, 2013, 8:18 pm

    AWESOME!! That’s all I have to say. Any tips on how to get food splatter off painted walls by the stove? Every time I try, it removes my paint :(

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    • iDreamOfClean April 7, 2013, 8:34 pm

      Unless it’s super durable paint (semi-gloss or higher) it can be difficult to remove stains. I usually use a scraper to get the food off, wipe as much of the grease/splatter off the wall using an all-purpose cleaner and then touch-up paint. I had to do this all the time at my old house. Thankfully, the paint in our new house is semi-gloss and all I have to do is wipe with a wet rag!

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    • Stephani April 10, 2013, 7:33 am

      Have you tried WD-40? Works great on crayon!

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  • Rexanne Payne Winters April 7, 2013, 1:39 pm

    Yes, this does look a little overwhelming, but it’s what needs to be done for a well run home. Break it up into 2-3 hour sessions, and recruit the whole family to help.
    Great list.

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  • Lea Ann @ Mommy's Wish List April 11, 2013, 8:23 pm

    HUGE list! I know I don’t do quite a few of those things, so I appreciate the list to remember. Can’t wait to print it out, and start crossing stuff off.

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  • HANNAH May 4, 2013, 2:19 am

    I am ADD. Making it hard for me to stay on one task. I am continuously entering and exiting rooms with out being finished with even the smallest of areas! I just finished my kitchen!!!! thanks to this list I was able to finish the kitchen from top to bottom! It hasnt been this clean in five years! I’m so excited to start the next room!

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    • iDreamOfClean May 4, 2013, 2:58 pm

      GREAT JOB!!! I know that is such an accomplishment!! Hopefully it will STAY that way for a while :) What room is next on the list?

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