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Spring Cleaning Checklist

SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST

Here’s a list to get you started thinking about what needs attention around the home:

  • Top of bookshelves and cabinets.
  • Organize all books and knick-knacks (start a garage sale or donation pile).
  • Wash windows (inside and out). Wash on cloudy days to prevent streaks.
  • Clean granite counter tops and re-seal.
  • Deep clean appliances with specialty cleaners (check manufacturer’s instructions):
    • Dishwasher
    • Laundry washer
    • Dryer
    • Oven/stove
    • Refrigerator/freezer
  • Pantry/Fridge food items – check expiration dates, throw out old food or freezer-burned items. Wash shelves and organize.
  • Pull out the refrigerator and blow out lint and dust from behind and underneath.
  • Pull out the oven/stove and sweep, clean the sides, behind, underneath.
  • Deep clean carpet and flooring.
  • Check tile throughout the 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 unneeded items in the 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!
  • Switch out winter comforters with spring bed spreads. Clean and store winter comforters in a zip up or tie bag.
  • 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.
  • Re-grout 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.
  • Check all your garden hoses for any leaks.
  • Pump up the tires on bikes. Grease the chains.
  • 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.
  • *Update your Home Inventory List
  • *Review your Family Emergency Plan

Have a giant garage sale for all the items you decluttered from your house or schedule your location donation center to come pick up unwanted items that are in GOOD condition.

Article: Spring Cleaning Tips