5 Day Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning shouldn't take all spring to tackle. We've put together a 5 day checklist that will help you knock out your tasks in a reasonable 5 days.

Spring cleaning shouldn't take all spring to tackle. We've put together a five-day checklist that will help you knock out your tasks.

Day 1 – Kitchen and Pantry

Pantry

  • Remove everything, wipe down shelves and reorganize
  • Clean out spice cabinet

Fridge

  • Clean out expired condiments
  • Wash shelves
  • Wipe the front and top

Appliances

  • Use spray cleaner on chrome, glass and stainless appliances
  • Set oven to self-clean

Cabinets

  • Wash outside and insides with soap and water
  • Remove dishes and wipe down flat surfaces  

Organize

  • Rearrange anything that’s been inconvenient for you in the kitchen. Not using the blender very often? Put it in a cabinet. Do you really need an electric can opener? Get rid of it if you don’t use it. Spend a few minutes thinking about your space.
  • Wipe down surfaces and tidy up

Day 2 – Living Spaces

Air Conditioner

  • Wipe down intake vents
  • Change all filters

Artwork

  • Lightly wet a clean cloth
  • Dust framed art and photographs
  • DO NOT spray cleanser or water onto the frame as it may seep behind the glass and damage the pictures

Blinds

  • Wipe with a damp cloth

Drapes

  • Take down
  • Remove hooks and run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel (to attract the dust) for 15 minutes
  • Re-hang immediately

Dusting

  • Take everything off shelves, tabletops and dressers
  • Don't forget ceiling fans and above kitchen cabinets and baseboards and doorways

Fireplace

  • Have your fireplace professionally cleaned
  • Clean or replace equipment

Furniture

  • Move away from walls and clean underneath
  • Check for loose change or valuables between cushions
  • Vacuum pillows, as well as underneath the cushions
  • Look for stains and clean according to the care label

Home Office

  • Organize important papers
  • Set aside all tax return information
  • Store last year's files

Porch and Deck

  • Sweep around doors and windows for cobwebs and debris
  • Touch up stain or paint as needed

Trash Cans

  • Spray with a hose and dump out water
  • Spray inside with a disinfectant spray
  • Scrub with a handled brush and rinse
  • Leave upside down to dry

Day 3 – Bathrooms

Clean and Organize

  • Remove everything from counter tops and scrub
  • Clean tub, toilet and walls
  • Throw out anything in the shower and in the cabinets that you don’t use
  • Throw out old towels, or use them for cleaning projects
  • Replace shower curtain liner
  • Check floor tiles and re-seal any worn out grout
  • Check your caulk. If it’s moldy, soak it in bleach for 2-3 hours.

Faucets and Showerheads

  • To remove hard-water scale or mildew on shower- and faucet-heads, soak them in vinegar
  • If the head isn't removable, position a plastic bag filled with vinegar over it and tape it shut

Hot Water Heater 

  • Drain your hot water heater (or go tankless)
  • Who can help: Consult a professional plumber

Day 4 – Closets and Bedrooms

Closets

  • Vacuum
  • Check for signs of insects
  • Be sure the area is free of anything that bugs might find nourishing, such as dust, other insects, crumbs or food or beverage stains
  • Swap cool-weather clothing for warm-weather ones
  • Wash or dry-clean winter clothing before storing
  • Donate anything you haven’t worn in the last 12 months

Bedding

  • Turn mattress
  • Launder bedding and pillows
  • Air out the spring blankets before putting them on bed
  • Clean winter bedding before storing

Day 5 – Floors, Walls, Windows & Molding

Doors and Windows

  • Check for leaks and drafts, particularly near the corners
  • Look for peeling and chipping paint, which can signal water intrusion
  • Seal any open areas between the frame and the wall to keep out water, which can deteriorate building materials

Flooring

  • Wipe down all molding in the home with soap and water
  • Move furniture and vacuum
  • Check for worn grout between tiles in the bathroom or kitchen. Re-seal as soon as possible since a small crack may lead to an expensive repair
  • Professionally clean and wax wooden floors

Molding and Walls

  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Clean door knobs and door faces
  • Wipe down light switches near doorways
  • Look for “grab” marks on door frames and walls in major traffic areas and retouch with paint if necessary

Don’t have time? Call a housekeeper for a deep cleaning and give the company this list to help prioritize. Here is a list of who to call. When you are done, reward yourself: pick up some new candles, a few indoor plants and some flowers to celebrate. 


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