Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Spring Cleaning Checklist

Are you looking to give your home and office a deep clean?

Looking for a practical spring cleaning checklist to help you clean things up?

When it comes to getting your living space ready for spring, there’s really nothing like a good old-fashioned spring cleaning.

While our modern homes don’t require the same level of care as in the old days (scrubbing coal dust off wallpaper is no longer a thing…), it’s still a good idea to clean one’s home.

The spring cleaning process not only gets things clean, but it also keeps you busy and physically active.

Talk about a win-win situation!

In this post, I offer a handy spring cleaning checklist to help you tidy things up around the home and the office.

Whether you choose to take care of just a handful of tasks, or tackle the entire checklist, keep in mind there’s no rush to complete your spring cleaning.

You don’t have to complete everything in a single day, let alone a single weekend!

Try scheduling your cleaning into mini-sessions over the course of several days or weeks.

That way, you can pace yourself and not get overwhelmed with the spring cleaning process.

What’s more, you’ll still end up with a spic and span home that you can enjoy now and for months to come.

Now, let’s move on to the spring cleaning checklist!


Spring Cleaning Checklist By Room

 

Bedroom

  • Wash bed linens (sheets, pillowcases, mattress pad, and duvet/comforter)
  • Flip over and rotate mattress
  • Wash pillows and blankets
  • Wash/dry clean drapery
  • Vacuum window treatments (venetian blinds, roman blinds, etc.)
  • Wash windows
  • Vacuum area rugs
  • Vacuum air vents, ducts, and baseboards
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Dust entire room
  • Vacuum floor
  • Wash floor or shampoo carpet
  • Clean and wax wooden furniture

Living room

  • Wash pillows and throw blankets
  • Wash/dry clean drapery
  • Vacuum window treatments (venetian blinds, roman blinds, etc.)
  • Wash windows
  • Vacuum area rugs
  • Vacuum air vents, ducts, and baseboards
  • Vacuum upholstery
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Dust entire room
  • Vacuum floor
  • Wash floor or shampoo carpet
  • Clean and wax wooden furniture

Hallway

  • Put winter items in storage (shovels, boot trays, snow/ice melt)
  • Launder or dry clean winter coats and jackets
  • Launder or dry clean winter accessories (gloves, mittens, scarves, and hats)
  • Vacuum area rugs
  • Wash/dry clean drapery
  • Vacuum window treatments (venetian blinds, roman blinds, etc.)
  • Wash windows
  • Vacuum air vents, ducts, and baseboards
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Clean mirrors
  • Dust entire room
  • Vacuum floor
  • Wash floor or shampoo carpet
  • Clean and wax wooden furniture

Dining room

  • Wash/dry clean drapery
  • Vacuum window treatments (venetian blinds, roman blinds, etc.)
  • Wash windows
  • Vacuum area rugs
  • Vacuum air vents, ducts, and baseboards
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture
  • Wash tablecloth and place settings
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Dust entire room
  • Vacuum floor
  • Wash floor or shampoo carpet
  • Clean and wax wooden furniture

Kitchen

  • Sanitize and clean sinks
  • Sanitize and clean countertops
  • Sanitize and clean cabinet exteriors
  • Sanitize and clean outside of refrigerator
  • Vacuum refrigerator vents
  • Sanitize and clean inside of refrigerator (shelves, drawers and compartments)
  • Defrost freezer
  • Clean oven range and hood
  • Clean inside of oven
  • Sanitize dishwasher
  • Sanitize and clean microwave oven
  • Clean small appliances (coffee machine, blender, juicer, toaster, etc.)
  • Clean and polish silverware
  • Unclog or clean slow drains
  • Wash/dry clean drapery
  • Vacuum window treatments (venetian blinds, roman blinds, etc.)
  • Wash windows
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Vacuum area rugs
  • Vacuum air vents, ducts, and baseboards
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture
  • Dust entire room
  • Vacuum floor
  • Wash floor
  • Clean and wax wooden furniture

Bathroom

  • Sanitize and clean toilet
  • Sanitize and clean bathtub and shower
  • Sanitize and clean shower head
  • Sanitize and clean sink
  • Wash bath linens (towels, wash cloths, bath mats, and shower curtains)
  • Vacuum area rugs
  • Wash/dry clean drapery
  • Vacuum window treatments (venetian blinds, roman blinds, etc.)
  • Vacuum air vents, ducts, and baseboards
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture
  • Clean mirrors
  • Clean bathroom tiles
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Unclog or clean slow drains
  • Wash windows
  • Dust entire room
  • Vacuum floor
  • Wash floor

Around the home

  • Change air filters
  • Change vacuum filters
  • Change batteries in flashlights
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors
  • Change batteries in carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Replace washing machine filter lint trap
  • Clean clothes dryer lint trap
  • Sanitize washing machine interior

Computer

  • Use compressed air duster to clean keyboard and computer vents
  • Disinfect keyboard, mouse, trackpad, writing tablet, and stylus
  • Wipe down computer monitor
  • Untangle and label computer cords and cables
  • Wipe down exterior of computer

Computer Data

  • Declutter computer desktop
  • Update to most recent version of programs, apps, or operating systems
  • Uninstall unused programs or apps
  • Clear cookies and caches from internet browsers
  • Backup computer files to external or other drive
  • Run system-wide virus scan
  • Defragment hard drive or perform disk utility cleanup
  • Delete items in trash or recycling bin
  • Delete unnecessary or unneeded files
  • Change passwords as necessary

Email

Desk

  • Dust and disinfect entire desk surface
  • Throw away broken, old, or dried-up writing implements (pens, pencils, markers, etc.)
  • Dispose of broken office supplies (stapler, tape roll, containers, holders, rulers, etc.)
  • Transfer information on business cards to digital address book
  • Return borrowed books, documents, and other items to owners
  • Return books and materials to public or private libraries

Filing Cabinet

General items

  • Wash/dry clean drapery
  • Vacuum window treatments (venetian blinds, roman blinds, etc.)
  • Wash windows
  • Vacuum area rugs
  • Vacuum air vents, ducts, and baseboards
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture
  • Dust entire room
  • Vacuum floor
  • Wash floor or shampoo carpet
  • Clean and wax wooden furniture

How about you? Are you going to do some spring cleaning this year? Which spring cleaning items are you going to tackle first? Join the conversation and leave a comment below! 

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Rashelle Isip is a New York City-based professional organizer and productivity consultant who helps people get organized so they can stress less, have more fun, and be happier at home. Her work has been featured in Good Housekeeping, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Business Insider, and The Atlantic. Get access to her free guide, 3 Smart Steps to Organizing Your Home, by clicking here.
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