Spring Cleaning CheckList


  • Top of bookshelves and cabinets.
  • Organize all books and knick-knacks, start a garage sale or donation pile.
  • Windows (inside and out). Wash on cloudy days to prevent streaks.
  • Clean granite and seal.
  • Deep clean appliances with specialty cleaners (check manufacturer’s instructions):
    • Dishwasher
    • Laundry washer
    • Dryer
    • Oven/stove
    • Refrigerator/freezer
  • Pantry/Fridge – check expiration dates, throw out old food or freezer-burned items. Wash shelves and organize.
  • Deep clean carpet and flooring
  • Check tile throughout house and clean the grout with a neutral pH solution such as baking soda & water
  • Closets: organize and remove clothes that don’t fit or you have not worn in over 6 months. Put in garage sale or donation pile.
    • Wipe down closet shelves
    • Throw out broken or old hangers
  • Disinfect coffee makers and other appliances.
  • Go through kitchen cupboards. Organize and remove any items that are “extra” or never get used. Add to garage sale/donation piles.
  • Clean or replace pillows and comforters. Don’t forget the pillows on your couches and chairs!
  • Vacuum and sanitize mattresses. Check for bed bugs or mildew. Spot clean.
  • Wash baseboards.
  • Walls: holes, chipped paint, etc.
  • Wash walls with a gentle cleaner
  • Dust and rearrange bookshelves. Look for creative ways to make shelves appear clean and attractive.
  • Clean brooms (remove lint and hair)
  • Vacuum area rugs and every few years, have them professionally cleaned (not necessary every year)
  • Prep and clean patio furniture
  • Wax wood furniture
  • Oil any wood cutting boards, bowls, etc.
  • Clean and polish silver
  • Wash window screens
  • Test fire extinguishers
  • Test smoke detectors, replace the batteries
  • Take down drapes, clean in air fluff cycle with a damp cloth
  • Dust picture and art frames, plants…
  • Wash out trash cans and sanitize (remember garbage cans outside too)
  • Clean under beds and other furniture. Pull everything out, vacuum, reorganize and declutter.
  • Check for cracks or leaks around doorways and windows
  • Clean and repair faucets in kitchens and bathrooms
  • Regrout where needed: check your shower around the bathtub and faucets.
  • Scrub all grout
  • Check drains for lime buildup and hair, etc.
  • Clean your vacuum brush from hair and debris
  • Take down shower curtains and wash with soapy water. Let air dry in the sun. Disinfect. Or purchase new ones.
  • Clean chrome fixtures with a 50/50 solution of rubbing alcohol & water.
  • Scrub your grill and check you have sufficient propane for grilling season.
  • Power wash the outside of your home and the walkways.
  • Clean and organize the garage.
  • Pump up the tires on bikes.
  • Put up shovels and other winter items, bring out sports equipment, mowers, etc for the summer.
  • Check your mower for fuel or any maintenance needed.

Have a giant garage sale for all the items you decluttered from your house!!

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