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A Beginners Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

A Beginners Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home

Why Spring Clean Your Home?

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. As the weather warms up and nature comes back to life, it can inspire us to tidy up and declutter our homes. Spring cleaning has many benefits:

  • It creates a clean slate for the new season. Out with the old, in with the new!
  • A deep clean helps purge clutter and organize your belongings. Get rid of what you no longer need.
  • It makes your home look and feel refreshed. Opening windows ushers fresh air inside.
  • Thorough cleaning can help improve indoor air quality by reducing dust.
  • It’s satisfying to see your home sparkling clean from top to bottom.
  • A tidy home feels more calm and peaceful. There’s a clear state of mind that comes from an orderly environment.

So give yourself a fresh start this spring with a rejuvenating deep clean! Follow the steps below to spring clean your home like a pro.

When to Spring Clean

The best time for spring cleaning is March-May, when winter is winding down and before summer activities ramp up. Set 1-2 weekends aside depending on the size of your home.

Here are some ideal times:

  • Early March: Days are getting longer and weather is slowly warming up. Motivate yourself by opening windows to freshen up your home.
  • April: As Earth Day approaches, get inspired to clean green. Purge unused items and deep clean.
  • May: Before Memorial Day weekend when summertime entertaning begins, finish any last tasks.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Follow this detailed spring cleaning checklist to thoroughly clean your entire home. Check off tasks as you complete them.

Whole House

  • [ ] Clean windows: Wash inside and out. Don’t forget window sills and screens.
  • [ ] Wash walls: Remove any dirt or cobwebs. Carefully wipe with warm water.
  • [ ] Clean floors: Mop, vacuum, sweep, shampoo carpets and rugs.
  • [ ] Dust furniture: Use a microfiber cloth to remove dust from surfaces.
  • [ ] Flip mattresses: Freshen up your beds by rotating and flipping mattresses.
  • [ ] Launder linens: Wash sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases, blankets.
  • [ ] Wash curtains: Machine or hand wash fabric window treatments.
  • [ ] Clean lamps: Wipe down lamp bases and shades to remove dust.
  • [ ] Declutter: Go through each room and purge unused items. Donate, sell or recycle.

Kitchen

  • [ ] Clean appliances: Stovetop, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave.
  • [ ] Clean cabinets: Wipe down outside and inside of cabinet doors and shelves.
  • [ ] Organize pantry: Check expiration dates, toss old food, rearrange items.
  • [ ] Clean sink: Use baking soda and vinegar to make chrome faucets shine.
  • [ ] Mop floors: Sweep before mopping for a deeper clean.
  • [ ] Clean trash can: Disinfect and deodorize the kitchen garbage pail.
  • [ ] Declutter kitchenware: Donate duplicate pans, get rid of stained tupperware.

Bathrooms

  • [ ] Clean shower/tub: Use a non-toxic cleaner and rinse well. Scrub grout and tiles.
  • [ ] Disinfect sink and toilet: Use a non-toxic bathroom cleaner and a toilet brush.
  • [ ] Wash bathroom rugs: Machine or hand wash all bath mats and towels.
  • [ ] Dust lighting: Wipe down light fixtures to remove dust and grime.
  • [ ] Organize cabinets: Toss expired products, neatly arrange items.
  • [ ] Clean mirrors and glass: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water for a streak-free shine.
  • [ ] Mop floors: Start by sweeping to remove dirt and hair.
  • [ ] Declutter: Go through cabinets and drawers, purge unused products and tools.

Bedrooms

  • [ ] Make beds neatly: Arrange pillows decoratively after washing linens.
  • [ ] Dust: Use a microfiber duster on bed frames, headboards, nightstands.
  • [ ] Vacuum: Thoroughly vacuum under beds and furniture as well.
  • [ ] Declutter closets: Go through clothes, shoes and accessories. Donate or consign unwanted items.
  • [ ] Clean electronics: Remove dust from TV screens, lamps, alarm clocks.
  • [ ] Wash windows and mirrors: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water for streak-free shine.
  • [ ] Shampoo carpets: Rent a carpet cleaner to freshen up wall-to-wall carpeting.

Living Spaces

  • [ ] Dust: Use a microfiber cloth and specially formulated dusting spray. Get into corners.
  • [ ] Vacuum: Move furniture to vacuum underneath and get edges along baseboards.
  • [ ] Clean electronics: Remove dust from TV screens, remotes, speakers.
  • [ ] Wash windows and mirrors: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water for a streak-free clean.
  • [ ] Clean furniture: Spot clean upholstery and cushions.
  • [ ] Shampoo carpets: For dingy high-traffic areas, use a carpet shampoo machine.
  • [ ] Declutter: Remove items you no longer use like extra decor. Donate or sell them.

Spring Cleaning Room-by-Room

Now let’s go through spring cleaning room-by-room:

Living Room

  • Dust shelves, TV units, lamps, ceiling fans
  • Vacuum under furniture and spot clean carpets
  • Wash windows, wipe down baseboards and trim
  • Declutter media, games and books. Donate leftovers.

Kitchen

  • Clear counters and wipe down exterior of cabinets
  • Disinfect sink, counters, appliances and backsplash
  • Sweep and mop floors, clean inside cabinets and pantry
  • Toss expired food and organize spice racks

Bedrooms

  • Change bed linens and wash blankets, mattress covers
  • Dust furniture and electronics, vacuum under beds
  • Declutter closets, donating unused clothes and shoes
  • Clean windows, mirrors, bed frames and headboards

Bathrooms

  • Scrub showers, tubs, sinks and toilets
  • Dust light fixtures, wipe down walls and ceilings
  • Sweep and mop floors, wash rugs and towels
  • Declutter cabinets and drawers, toss expired products

Take it step-by-step to thoroughly clean each room. Begin at the top and work your way down – dusting before vacuuming before mopping. Decluttering along the way allows you to perform a deep clean.

Spring Cleaning Supplies

Having the right cleaning tools and products at your disposal will make spring cleaning faster and easier. Stock up on these essential spring cleaning supplies:

  • Microfiber cloths: Gentle on surfaces but lifts and traps dust and dirt.
  • Vacuum cleaner: Look for strong suction to deep clean carpets and furniture.
  • Mop: Choose a mop suited for the floor type you have – wood, tile, laminate.
  • Duster: Extendable dusters easily reach ceilings, vents, light fixtures and fans.
  • Cleaning spray: Formulated specifically for mirrors, windows, wood, granite, etc.
  • Baking soda: A gentle abrasive that cleans and deodorizes many surfaces.
  • White vinegar: Cuts through grease and grime as a natural, inexpensive cleaner.
  • Bucket: Useful for washing floors, walls, windows and more.
  • Scrub brush: For tougher cleaning tasks on grout, tile, bathtubs.
  • Trash bags: Big bags help dispose of clutter as you declutter.

Look for plant-based, non-toxic products to keep your home clean and green. Avoid harsh chemicals around children and pets. Investing in high-quality cleaning tools will make maintenance easier long-term.

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Follow these helpful spring cleaning tips and tricks for a faster, more effective deep clean:

  • Start at the top: When cleaning a room, work top to bottom so dust falls before you vacuum.
  • Let in fresh air: Open windows to air out musty smells from the winter months.
  • Use microfiber: Microfiber cloths trap more dirt, dust and grime than regular rags or paper towels.
  • Mix your own cleaners: DIY cleaners like baking soda, vinegar and lemon cost just pennies.
  • Work in sections: Focus on one area at a time instead of flitting from room to room.
  • Declutter first: Removing clutter makes cleaning faster and more effective.
  • Schedule heavy tasks: Save carpet shampooing for a warm, sunny day to air dry.
  • Use laundry time: While the washing machine runs, clean another area – two birds with one stone!
  • Enlist help: Give each family member one task or room to share the workload.

Work smarter, not harder! Prioritize high traffic areas and any problem spots first. Listening to upbeat music can make cleaning more enjoyable.

Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze

Spring cleaning involves a deep clean of your entire home. To make it less daunting:

  • Create a checklist to stay on task in each room. Check off as you go.
  • Set aside time on your calendar – tackle just 1-2 rooms per day over 2 weekends.
  • Declutter first so you have space to deep clean. Purge unused items.
  • Use the right tools – quality cleaning products and equipment get better results faster.
  • Enlist help from family members – divide and conquer room by room.
  • Open windows for fresh air – a clean home should smell crisp and clean, not chemical-y.
  • Reward yourself when done – relax and admire your refreshed, decluttered home!

Follow this guide to spring clean like a pro. A thorough deep clean prepares your home for the fun of summer ahead!

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