Spring Cleaning

Okay, so it’s finally spring and that means if you haven’t done SPRING CLEANING yet, it’s time!  A lot of this stuff I personally do either every time I clean or every month or so (but I’m nuts, remember?).  It helps if you organize, store, and throw away (or giveaway or have a garage sale) your home first (clothes, closets, pantries, shelves, cabinets, drawers, filing cabinets, freezer and fridge items, fridge door magnets and pictures, etc.)  Without further ado, here is my suggested list of what to do (see my post on cleaning agents and tips for help):


  • It helps to move from top to bottom and left to right when cleaning.  
  • It helps if you ca move big furniture to get under pesky spots, but do your best if you can’t.  
  • Use toothpicks and cottonswabs to clean grime from cracks and crevices (including places like appliance seams/panels/buttons/handles, crevices on sink/tub fixtures, and the rings in sink and tub drains).

In Every Room (where applicable): 

  • Wipe any art and frames with a wet cloth (never spray art directly)
  • Wipe baseboards
  • Dust and polish light fixtures and chandeliers (mounted or free-standing)
  • Wipe down ceiling fans
  • Clean light switches and plates
  • Dust knick-knacks and books (including DVDs, CDs, etc.)
  • Clean doors, door frames, and doorknobs/locks (pay special attention to any grease spots)
  • Spot clean walls
  • Clean cobwebs from ceilings (and anything else that may need cleaning)
  • Wipe electronic equipment and remotes (never spray equipment directly)
  • Clean blinds
  • Take down (if possible) and launder curtains and valances (whether it’s steam cleaning, dry cleaning, or using the regular old washing machine – check labels for the best method)
  • Wash area rugs, small rugs, and doormats – If you can wash it in your own laundry room, then do.  But it may have to be dry cleaned or steam cleaned!
  • Steam clean (and spot clean) upholstered furniture
  • Clean vents (if you can remove the grates, wash them in the sink; otherwise use cottonswabs to clean the crevices)
  • Vacuum or sweep, mop and polish or wax floors
  • Wipe down windows (insides and outsides), windowsills, casing, hardware
  • Hose down window screens
  • Dust and polish wood furniture and cabinetry
  • Change out smoke detector batteries
  • Wash and scrub (outdoors or in bathtub) all trash cans
  • Wipe down all chairs and tables (including underneath, backs, and legs)
  • Wash (or steam clean or dry clean, where applicable) all decorative pillows
  • Wipe down cabinets doors, shelves, and accompanying hardware
  • Wipe down drawers, drawer faces, and accompanying hardware
  • Wash all towels and rags
  • Wash all pot holders
  • Defrost refrigerator/freezer and clean all shelves, drawers, and grates
  • Clean behind the fridge and on the sides, top, and front
  • Clean under all major appliances, if possible
  • Clean sink and fixtures
  • Clean backsplash (use cottonswab to clean grout lines)
  • Pour ice cubes down garbage disposal to shapren blades
  • Deodorize disposal
  • Sharpen knives
  • Deodorize and de-stain pots and pans
  • Clean microwave (inside and outside, seams and panel)
  • Use your oven’s self-cleaning feature with the windows open (and if you have a gas stove, put all the stovetop grates and parts in the oven, too)
  • Clean stovetop, panel, buttons (most can come out so you can wash them) and hood/vent, if you have one
  • Clean coffee-stained cups
  • Clean the coffee machine by running vinegar through it (rather than water and coffee)
  • Clean all small appliances
  • Clean the dishwasher (panel, front, sides, seams, and inside)…run it empty with vinegar as the “soap”
  • Clean countertops
  • Wash all towels (including the decorative ones)
  • Clean sink and fixtures
  • Clean tubs, fixtures, tile (and grout lines)
  • Remove hair from drains (it may not be a bad idea to clean the drain pipes with a cleaning brush made for that purpose or using an agent like Drano)
  • Wash ALL bedding, and replace heavier bedding for lighter ones
  • Wash all pillows (including decorative pillows)
  • Clean head and footboards
  • Wash mattress covers
  • Flip mattresses
Living Areas:
  • Vacuum under couch cushions and steam clean couches
  • Clean the fireplace and mantel
  • Use a cottonswab to clean in-between the keys on computer keyboards and pianos.
  • Disinfect toys and baby gear (at least in my house!)
  • Regrout and reseal, where needed
  • Clean lint catcher in dryer
  • Clean the washer/dryer including the panels and soap dispenser, piping, and hose
  • Spot clean the inside of the dryer
  • If you have a front loading washer like mine, clean the seam that surrounds the opening (a lot of socks get lost in there)
  • Sweep out and stack all storage items and boxes neatly in the garage, attic, basement or other storage space
  • Throw away and replace cleaning brushes and sponges
  • Put away storm windows
  • Sweep and hose down patios, porches, and decks
  • This may be a good time for outdoor projects like tending to the garden or lawn, painting, refinishing fences and decks, trimming dead branches, cleaning pools and hot tubs, tuning up lawn mowers, etc.
  • Clean gutters and rainspouts
  • Hose off patio furniture
  • Wash the cars (inside and out – also clean the floormats)
  • Sweep and wash garage and shed
  • Clean your mailbox
  • Clean light fixtures
You know what else in your home you need to clean, so go to it!


  1. 3
    Jennifer Reyer Young says:

    Thank you for the this list! This is awesome! I’m going to print it out and get to work! I’ve just been kind of Spring cleaning sporadically with no real order, this will help a lot!

  2. 4

    Helpful information. Lucky me I found yoyr site by accident, and I am shocked why this coincidence didd
    not happened in advance! I bookmarked it.

  3. 5

    Asking questions are r?ally fastidious thing if you are not understanding anything totally, exce?t this article provides
    nice und?rstanding yet.


  1. […] glad you asked!  It’s like Spring Cleaning, but it’s in the Fall.  (For those of you wondering, cobwebs do accumulate all year round, […]

  2. […] it time to get organized?  Let me tell you about a two new products that may help make Spring Cleaning a little less taxing this year.  Space Bags, a longtime friend of my family, now offers a High […]

  3. […] Spring cleaning is much more challenging when you live in a place that has lead paint and lead dust.  It means thinking carefully about your environment, planning ahead, having the appropriate tools on hand and perhaps sending the kids away for awhile.  If you are pregnant, it would be best to ask (or pay) someone else to do this for you. […]

Speak Your Mind