Your Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide
Spring, the season of renewal! It is time to dust off that winter sluggish feeling and take part in an age-old tradition of Spring Cleaning.
Not much feels quite as satisfying as coming home to a fresh, clean home, but the annual spring deep clean can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and tiring. However, spring cleaning can result in a more livable space just in time to get you out of that cold weather funk and fully enjoy the better weather.
After spending more time than ever inside during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is understandable that the extended lockdown probably put a damper on your usual cleaning schedule and inspiration. So spring cleaning may just be what your living (and for some, workspace) needs.
Not everything mentioned here may apply to you, but the best part is — you can tailor this list for your own home! So make it fun, understand that if you can’t finish it in one day that is fine, and enlist help if you need it.
Tools You Need
Before you dive into your deep cleaning, make sure your cleaning arsenal is stocked up with your must-have supplies. Nothing like being in the midst of your spring cleaning only to realize you’re almost out of your favorite multi-surface cleaner. It’s not only a major bummer, but if you have to break to get more supplies, it could slow down your motivation and delay progress.
Cleaning solutions to include in your kit:
- Multi-Surface Cleaner
- Window & Mirror Cleaner
- Bathroom & Tile Cleaner
- Wood Cleaner
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- Dish Soap/Dishwasher Packs
- Baking Soda (trust us on this one — it absorbs and lifts unpleasant aromas in your home, like your carpets or garbage disposal)
When using cleaning products, know what you are buying. We suggest cleaners that are hypoallergenic with non-irritating formulas so they are safe for everyone in your household.
If you’re interested in trying out Cosy House eco-friendly cleaning products, you can get the full starter kit here.
Other tools you will want in your cleaning kit or have on hand include:
- Microfiber cloths
- Lint Roller
- Scrub Brushes
- Bucket (Doubles as a cleaning caddy)
Tips to Get You Started
If you don’t know where or how to begin cleaning your home, don’t fret! Here are some quick tips to guide you.
Before you start, make a schedule. Making a cleaning schedule makes it easier to stay focused. You will also feel accomplished once you can check off that room. Remember, it’s okay not to get all of your spring cleaning done in a single day or even a single weekend. We all know the saying — Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Declutter what you can before diving into cleaning. Studies show that disorganization adds to your stress levels, and no one wants that. The easiest way to accomplish this is to have a designated sorting space. Create piles or use bins to designate what to keep and put away, toss, or donate. Once the cleaning portion is done, it will be easier to put items away.
Sort your laundry and get that going while you power through the rest of your tasks — double-duty! Want to cut down drying time to get your laundry done even faster? Give dryer balls a try! They not only reduce drying time, but also wrinkles, static, and tangling. And if you’re in need of laundry supplies, check out Cosy House’s eco-friendly favorites here.
In each room that you are cleaning, start with putting whatever laundry you are not working on in a designated area in the room and gathering all visible trash.
Clean your house room by room. Once you start cleaning, start from the top of each room and work your way down. This forces debris downward. For example, don’t vacuum and then dust your ceiling fans. You’ll just end up having to vacuum again. Work smarter, not harder!
Now, put on some music, open the windows, and let’s get started!
Some tasks need to be done in almost every room of your house. So, we’ll mention those first:
- Wash Baseboards, Doors, and Walls
- Dust & Wipe Ceiling Fans, Corners of Ceiling, and Light Fixtures
- Wash Windows, Windowsills, and Blinds
- Vacuum & Wash Vents
- Dust Blinds
- Wash Window Treatments
- Vacuum/Sweep/Mop Floors OR
- Shampoo/Steam Carpets
- Replace Burnt Light Bulbs
- Disinfect Light Switches, Door Knobs, and Handles
Download the Every Room Spring Cleaning Checklist here.
Your living room is the space in your home that is probably most frequented. It’s where your family gathers and probably hangs out the most.
Therefore, it should feel clean, comfortable, and inviting.
- Dust All Surfaces, Furniture, Electronics, and Decor
- Vacuum/Clean Sofa and Chairs, Wash Slipcovers
- Clean Under Furniture
- Wash Throw Blankets and Pillows
- Clean Fireplace
Pro Tip: Use a lint roller to remove dust from your lampshades easily and use a pillowcase to dust ceiling fans.
Download the Living Room Spring Cleaning Checklist here.
Kitchen & Dining Room
A clean kitchen is a functional kitchen. Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to get your kitchen back in an organized and working order.
Contain the chaos under your kitchen sink, clean out those questionable leftovers, and honestly, when was the last time you went through your spices?
- Clean All Dishes
- Wipe Down Backsplash & Walls
- Empty & Clean Refrigerator
- Empty & Clean Cabinets/Pantry (Inside & Out)
- Organize Kitchen Utensils & Travel Drinkware
- Dust Decor
- Degrease Oven
- Wipe Down All Small/Large Appliances
- Clean Sink
- Clean All Surfaces
- Empty/Clean Trash Can
- Declutter Kitchen Table
- Dust & Polish Furniture
- Vacuum & Spot Clean Chair Cushions
- Shampoo Rug
Pro Tip: When cleaning out your refrigerator, completely remove all contents first, wipe down the shelves, and then go through all items. Toss old food and expired condiments, use clear containers and bins to organize items on the shelves, and put that baking soda in the back to help keep your fridge fresh.
Download the Kitchen & Dining Room Spring Cleaning Checklist here.
Ah, the dreaded bathroom — (probably) everyone’s least favorite tasks. Don’t fret, keep the tunes on, grab some gloves, and power through!
- Discard Expired Personal Care & Beauty Products
- Organize Medicine Cabinet
- Clean Makeup Brushes
- Wash Rugs, Towels, and Shower Curtain
- Wipe Mirrors
- Wipe Countertops & Sinks
- Soak Showerhead
- Clean Tub/Shower
- Scrub Tile
- Clean Toilet (Top to Bottom, Inside)
- Empty/Clean Trash Can
Pro Tip: When cleaning your mirrors and windows, use coffee filters to wipe away your window & mirror cleaning solution. Coffee filters are lint-free and prevent streaks.
Download the Bathroom Spring Cleaning Checklist here.
Bedrooms should feel like an oasis — the perfect escape after a long day. Crawling into a fresh, clean bed is one of the best feelings.
If you’re in need of new sheets, or your current sheets could stand an upgrade (and they probably can), head on over to Cosy House Collection and have a look. These sheets are antibacterial and hypoallergenic. They resist pollen, dust mites, and harmful bacteria, as well as stains and wrinkles. Which means less washing, more sleeping!
While you’re in your bedroom, take time to organize your closet and purge some items you no longer wear or need.
- Wash Bedding (Sheets, Pillows, Duvets, Bed Skirts, Throw Blankets, etc.)
- Dust Furniture
- Dust Decor
- Vacuum Mattress & Rotate (Spot Clean if Necessary)
- Clean Underbed/Organize Underbed Storage
- Organize Closet
- Donate Unused Clothes
- Fold & Put Away Laundry
Pro Tip: Want your room to smell extra relaxing for when you go to sleep? Use a little bit of lavender linen spray. It improves the quality of your sleep and is also safe for those with allergies or sensitive skin.
Download the Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist here.
There are some extra tasks that you can do to make sure your home is completely cleaned and organized. Once again, these tasks may not apply to your home, but here are a few miscellaneous tasks you may want to tackle:
- Clean Laundry Room (Wipe appliances, Clean Lint Trap Thoroughly, Run a Cleaning Cycle, etc)
- Clean & Organize Home Office (Organize Files, Shed Sensitive Documents You No Longer Need, etc.)
- Clean & Sanitize All Electronics
- Sanitize Kids’ Toys
- Clean, Declutter, and Organize Garage
- Replace Air Filters
Pro Tip: When you are completely done with your spring cleaning checklist, clean your cleaning supplies. They put in some serious work after all.
Download the Miscellaneous Spring Cleaning Checklist here.
Now that your checklist is complete, go enjoy your clean, fresh home! Relax on your couch, go get cozy in your fresh bed, order a pizza — whatever it is, treat yourself! You deserve it!
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