Happy spring! Springtime brings fresh flowers, chirping birds, warm weather, and spring cleaning. I am going to walk you through my spring cleaning checklist. So open the windows, crank up the music, and let’s get cleaning!
Spring has Sprung and So Has Spring Cleaning
When I do my spring cleaning, I like to spread it out over a couple of weekends. There’s just so much happening in the springtime that it’s hard to stay focused on cleaning. Plus, I like to take advantage of the weather. If it’s sunny and warm, I’d rather be outside planting seeds or preparing my garden. On those dreary, rainy days it is much easier to stay inside and focus on my cleaning.
The tasks on this spring cleaning checklist aren’t my normal cleaning tasks. These tasks are less frequent than say sweeping the floor. Some of them require a bit of time, so I spread them out over a couple of weekends or sometimes even a month. It really depends on the weather and my motivation.
After I complete my spring cleaning checklist, I like to go through the house and declutter. I’ll sort through clothing as I switch from the winter wardrobe to the summer one.
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Spring Cleaning Checklist
Wash the curtains
Put coats and jackets in laundry
Wash and put away winter shoes
Clean the washer
Wash hats, gloves, and scarves
Wash all of the bedding
Clean the mattress – Use this DIY Linen Spray to freshen it up
Dryer fluff the pillows – Dryer balls make for the fluffiest pillows
Clean the fridge
Clean the freezer
Wipe out the cabinets
Clean the dishwasher
Wipe out vanity
Wipe out medicine cabinet
Wash the shower curtains
Dispose of expired medicine
Sweep the porch
Clean the gutters
Clean out the garage
Wash the car
Vacuum the car
Spring Cleaning Tips
I like to do my regular cleaning before I start spring cleaning. This helps me to stay focused. I can’t focus on sweeping the porch if there’s a pile of laundry calling my name. The weekend before I want to start spring cleaning, I go through the house and do the regular cleaning tasks.
It is easiest for me to go room by room. It helps me focus and feel accomplished when I’m done. You could also divy it up by type of task. Maybe you want to wash all of the laundry items so you do the pillows, curtains, bedding, shower curtains, winter clothing, and shoes. Great! I just get too distracted because I go into the room for the curtains, but then see that the dishwasher needs cleaned. Do whatever works best for you.
Give yourself plenty of time. Don’t feel rushed to get this all accomplished in one day or even one weekend. Enjoy the season and spread the cleaning out. Pick one task to do each day. Do one room each weekend. Don’t feel like all of the spring cleaning checklist has to get finished on the first day of spring.
Make it a family affair. Have your family help you complete the spring cleaning checklist. It will get done faster and it will be more fun with good company. If I wake up motivated, it seems to rub off on my husband and we get after it.
Undecorate the house before you begin. If you have any holiday or winter decor out, go ahead and put it away. This will give you less things to clean around and provide a blank slate when you are ready to put out the spring decorations.
Set a timer. If you don’t want to spend all day cleaning the house, set a timer for yourself. Hyperfocus on spring cleaning while the timer is going, but as soon as it dings you are finished for the day. This will keep you from feeling like you spent the entire day cleaning.