Have the whole of your house and garden decluttered and gleaming with this ultimate spring cleaning checklist. The list is broken down room by room so you can tackle each area methodically and thoroughly. It also covers the garden so your outside space will look as good as the inside of your house.
A full house cleaning can take some time if you do it properly. You might wish to break down the tasks so you can tackle them over the course of several days, or even weeks.
Simple spring cleaning can not only make your house look better. It also has a positive impact on your mental wellbeing! Let’s get started with the total spring cleaning list.
You might also be wondering: what exactly is spring cleaning?
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Get Started On The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist
This spring cleaning checklist covers every room of the house. It includes some decluttering as well as cleaning. Following this spring cleaning list ensures you will get to work on neglected areas of the house, not usually touched upon during regular everyday cleaning.
Items You Will Need For The Spring Cleaning Checklist
- A large empty box ready to fill with items you will be donating to friends or to charity
- Oven cleaner
- Furniture polish
- Dishwasher rinse aid and dishwasher salt
- Antibacterial multi-surface spray
- Cleaning cloths and sponges
- Rubber gloves
- Outdoor furniture cleaner
- Bathroom cleaner
- Silver polish
- Glass cleaner
- Kitchen cupboard dividers (optional)
- Rug beater
- Laundry products
- A cleaning product caddy (optional) to help you move around the house faster
- Limescale remover
- Vacuum sealed bags
- Screen cleaner
- Pressure washer (optional for the garden)
- Washing machine descaler
- Barbecue cleaner
- Paper shredder (optional)
Cleaning the kitchen is often a fairly big job and is a good place to start.
- Clean out the kitchen cupboards by taking everything out on to the counters. Sort through the food, and throw out any expired food. Thoroughly clean the inside of the cupboards, and arrange the food neatly back inside them. Consider using kitchen cupboard dividers to increase the surface area of your cupboards and ensure the contents remain tidy.
- Take everything out of the fridge and freezer and clean both of those inside and out. Again, throw away anything that has expired.
- Declutter your glasses, mugs, cutlery and crockery. It’s easy to accumulate mismatched bits and bobs. Set aside any unwanted items in your donation box. You’ll be adding more items to this from other rooms.
- Clean the inside of the dishwasher. Top up the rinse aid and salt, and unblock the filter.
- Clean the oven and microwave.
- Thoroughly clean the sink and counters,
- Wipe down the front of the cupboards and appliances.
- Hoover and mop the floor
The Dining Room
- Wash tablecloths, placemats and coasters.
- Declutter and dust any cupboards and shelves, setting aside any unwanted ornaments and dining equipment for the charity shop.
- Thoroughly clean the dining table and chairs.
- Throw any any old flowers and wash vases.
- Clean any silverware.
The Living Room
- Sort through bookshelves and put aside anything to be donated to the charity shop. Clean the shelves and reorganise possessions.
- Check down the sides of the sofa for any hidden items.
- Clean and vacuum cushions and sofa covers, making sure to vacuum underneath them too.
- If your cushion and seat covers are removable, get them in the wash.
- Clean the TV screen to remove dust and fingerprints, and carefully clean remote controls.
- Pull out the sofas to hoover behind them, and beat rugs outside before replacing them in the room.
- Declutter DVDs and CDs.
- Clear out toiletries and makeup, and dispose of any unwanted, expired or empty items.
- Clean inside cupboards.
- Change toothbrush heads, replace toilet rolls, and top up any handwashes and lotions.
- Clean makeup brushes and leave flat to dry.
- Replace towels, bath mats and flannels with clean ones.
- Use limescale remover on taps and shower screens and doors.
- Thoroughly clean the bath, shower and toilet.
- Clean the mirrors.
- Hoover and mop the floor.
If you have an airing cupboard, now is also a great time to reorganise this. Fold towels and bedding neatly.
- Change the bedding. Wash or replace duvets and pillows if necessary. Springtime is a good time to switch from a higher tog duvet to a thinner one suitable for warmer weather.
- Flip the mattresses.
- Clean out wardrobes. Pack winter clothing away in vacuum sealed bags. Set aside any unwanted and unworn clothing for donation. A good rule of thumb to use is if you have not worn it in a year, give it away.
- Sort out socks and underwear, throwing away any mismatched or well-worn out items.
- Clean mirrors, and declutter bedside tables and dressing tables.
- Dust surfaces and vacuum the floor.
- Clean computer screen, keyboard and mouse.
- Sort through paperwork, filing everything away neatly and setting aside anything for shredding.
- Clean out desk drawers.
- Dust surfaces.
- Vacuum the floor.
The Utility Room
- Clean and descale the washing machine.
- Wipe down the doors and exteriors of the washing machine and tumble dryer.
- Tidy up cables from the iron and other appliances.
- Declutter any cupboards. Neatly store back your detergents and other laundry products (try using pretty storage containers for these).
- Clean the sink.
- Vacuum and mop the floor.
Don’t neglect the front and back of your house.
- Wash any outdoor seat pads and cushions.
- Clean the furniture, removing any moss and dirt.
- Clean the barbecue so it’s ready for use at any time.
- Use a pressure washer (if you have one) to deep clean bins, and clean off pathways and driveways.
- Clean the inside and outside of the car.
- Weed hanging baskets and planters, and start off new plants for the summer.
- Mow the lawn (when the weather is suitable)
- Dig over vegetable and flower beds. Mulch if possible to support the new growth.
- Plant vegetable seeds.
- Clean doormats and if necessary buy a new welcome mat for the front door.
General Checklist For All Rooms
These actions can be performed in every room of the house, where relevant.
- Replace broken lightbulbs.
- Dust off light fittings.
- Clean bannisters and wipe down walls.
- Vacuum the stairs.
- Dust and wipe down picture frames and artwork.
- Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries where necessary.
- Open windows to give rooms an airing.
- Clean and wash blinds and curtains.
- Clean windows inside (and call a window cleaner to do the outside ones if you don’t have a regular window cleaner).
Finally, load your car with items for the charity shop and the recycling/rubbish centre. Do a round trip to drop these off, then come home to a clean and sparkling house. Your spring cleaning checklist is complete. Put your feet up, relax and enjoy it!
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