Thinking about where to begin the season’s cleaning? Check out this ultimate spring cleaning checklist and get your home clean and tidy in a jiffy.
The flowers, the breeze, the whole atmosphere, what’s not to love about the spring season? Hold that thought, though! There’s plenty to be done before you let in the warm breeze through your doors and windows; yes, we are talking about the spring cleaning checklist!
No matter which kind of cleaning we talk about, the most unsettling part is deciding where to begin! That is also one reason we put off cleaning in the first place. So here we are to make your job easy with our ultimate spring cleaning checklist!
Check Your Supplies
So, as we speak, we’ve said our goodbyes to the long, cool winters and are welcoming spring. But of course, with spring comes cleaning, so here’s the ultimate spring cleaning checklist.
Before you go knees down and start scrubbing up the first nook you can think of, take a look at your supplies cabinet!
It’s annoying if you have to leave midway through and run to the nearest grocery store to buy a cleaner.
So be prepped; make sure you have these basic supplies in hand before you begin:
- Microfiber cloth
- Spray bottle
- Baking soda and vinegar
- All-purpose cleaner
- Castile soap
- Scrub brushes
- Vacuum cleaner
- Carpet shampoo
- Dishwashing detergent
At first look, it may seem like you’ve taken a lot more than you can chew when you start with the kitchen. But don’t worry. It’ll be easier and more manageable once you go by our spring cleaning checklist.
Start with the ceiling, so the dust moves down, and finally, you can get to the floor.
Start by cleaning the fan and lights. There may be a lot of cobwebs and dust accumulated, especially on the fans, as they’ve been resting out the whole of the winter season.
Doors and Windows
Move on towards the windows and panes. You can use a vacuum and its attachment to remove all the dust accumulated on the sills. If you have curtains or blinds, clean them up too.
Next come the doors and the doorknobs. These don’t just need cleaning since we are still not over the pandemic; you also need to disinfect the knobs and handles. The same goes for the cabinet doors and exterior of the kitchen.
An all-surface cleaner and a dusting cloth are excellent choices, but you can also make a quick home cleaner using baking soda and vinegar.
Now move on to the appliances. We have the refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, etc. Go through these ones by one. As for the toaster, take out all the crumbs, and wash the toaster’s crumb tray.
Wipe and clean the exterior of all the appliances like dishwasher, blender, juicer, etc., that you may have in the kitchen.
Clean out the refrigerator shelves toss away any kinds of expired food. There may also be dust on the fridge and freezer seal; clean that out delicately. Finally, defrost the freezer and clean all around, above, behind, and under the refrigerator for a thorough spring cleanup.
Sink and Counter
Next, clean the sink and counter space. Make sure to sanitize the inner rim of the skin and clean out the sink space. Don’t miss the dishwasher, and throw away any old sponges and dish cleaning wipes. Finally, if you have a gas stove, clean the stovetop.
Inside Cabinets and Drawers
Take out all the items from the cabinets and clean well inside. Make sure you are decluttering alongside. Take out anything you haven’t used in ages or don’t need anymore. The less space they take, the tidier it gets.
Floor and Garbage
Finally, clean the floor. You may use a vacuum or a mop for the purpose. Also, don’t forget the doormats and garbage disposal!
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Yikes! Yes, next up are those dreaded bathrooms. But of course, you can’t leave them out of your spring cleaning checklist. So, here’s how you can start with your spring cleaning 2022:
- First, take out the expired stuff so you have less to deal with. That includes rusted wipers and cleaners too.
- Start with your cabinet, clean the inside and check all the products and medicines. Then, throw out the finished and expired products.
- Clean the mirror using the wipe and glass cleaner.
- Next, get to scrubbing. Scrub the tub, shower area, and commode.
- If you have a shower curtain, wash it out or replace it with a cleaner one.
- Check the tiles for any fungal growth and grout, and using the all-purpose or toilet cleaner, scrub it off and clean thoroughly.
- Now we are left with the toilet bowl and floor. Take the bowl brush and toilet cleaner, scrub the bowl clean of any remains and discoloration.
- For the floor, you can use detergent – be careful of the slippery tiles, though – and wipe/mop it clean.
Now head towards the bedrooms. Again, like the kitchen, start from the very top, i.e., the ceiling.
To make the job easy, here’s a compiled spring cleaning list for the bedroom:
- First, clean the ceiling fan and light fixtures.
- Next, use a long brush to remove any spider webs and dust accumulated around the corners.
- Next, get to the windows and doors. Finally, make sure to wipe down the doorknobs and handles thoroughly.
- Dust all the furniture, including the bed, side tables, dresser, drawers, sofa, etc. At this point, you may polish areas that need touch-ups.
- Organize your drawers and cupboards. This is an excellent time to revamp your wardrobe, put away the winter wear and take out the cooler spring/summer dresses.
- Wash all the bedding, pillow covers, cushion covers, curtains, etc.
- It would be a good idea to flip your mattress as well.
- If it’s the kid’s bedroom, clean out the shelves, books, and toys.
- If you have carpets, use the vacuum, carpet shampoo, etc. else mop and clean the floors.
Now we will move to the lighter areas. But since these are the places people walk right in, you need to ensure a thorough cleanup. So, again start with the fans and lights and move on to the windows.
- Clean the windows with window cleaner or glass cleaner. Take out the debris on the pane using the vacuum.
- Next, you need to clean the sofas, chairs, and furniture.
- Now, dust and clean the blinds with a damp cloth. Using the machine for washing would be a good idea if it’s the curtains.
- Now we move to the lampshades and decor. Clean them carefully using the microfiber cloth. (wash what you can as well)
- Wash the cushion covers.
- Clean the carpets and rugs; use the vacuum and shampoo.
- Get down to dusting the television and other electronics.
- Sanitize the television and other remote controls.
- Clean and mop the floors.
The entryway is perhaps the most important – yet frequently missed – space of the home for cleaning. Since everyone has to pass through it to go out or enter the house, it is the primary point of bringing in the dirt and grime through the shoes.
Think of the entryway as the first impression people get about your place when you have any guests over. So, let’s get back to our spring cleaning checklist for the entrance.
- Start from the walls and clean all the wall hangings, racks, and decor you may have.
- Clean the door and doorknob, and handle. Sanitize the knob as well.
- Organize the counter space, shoes, racks, and keys.
- Sweep and mop the floor thoroughly.
- Lastly, the doormat, i.e., the prime point of dirt and grime, clean that. It would be better to wash this one.
- If you have a rug in the doorway, you should clean and vacuum that well.
The garage may be outside, but it comes well within the domain of spring cleaning. So, to begin, here’s one from the spring cleaning quotes that’ll help:
“The key to spring cleaning is to be ruthless! Throw out anything and everything you never use!”
- Throw away the broken tools and expired/empty bottles.
- Open the door to let in some air and gauge the space.
- Clean the walls and the floor.
- Wipe and sanitize the door and remote.
- Finally, clean the windows and window panes.
General Spring Cleaning Tips
Apart from the basic cleaning, there are several things we put off until they get annoyingly in our way. So when you are spring cleaning, it’s best to get down to fixing those things up too. These include:
- Check for all the malfunctioning lights. Replace the light bulbs where needed.
- Clean the air vents and filters.
- Check and replace smoke alarm batteries.
- Sanitize all the doorknobs, handles, and light switches.
- Reorganize and declutter where you can.
Remember, it is not a one-day thing. You will have to schedule a few days to complete the job. It also depends on the size of your house and the number of occupants.
If you are already juggling time, it is best to schedule it over the weekend or, better yet, over the coming three to four weekends to get it all done. However, we assure you the rewards of following the spring cleaning checklist are plenty! Think of it as creating a clutter-free, safe, and organized space for you and your loved ones.
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