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Spring Cleaning Checklist: Ultimate Guide for a Sparkling Home

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Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

There’s so much to remember to do—whether it’s washing window screens, decluttering, deep cleaning, or tackling forgotten spaces.

No worries! I’ve got you covered with the ultimate spring cleaning checklist – complete with helpful tips, tricks, and free resources.

Let’s get started!

You’ll first find the spring cleaning lists with printables and then the ultimate guide.

General Cleaning Checklist (Entire Home)

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General Spring Cleaning Checklist
  • Dust all surfaces, including furniture, shelves, ceiling fans and decorative items.
  • Clean baseboards and corners to remove dust and debris buildup.
  • Vacuum carpets and rugs thoroughly, paying special attention to high-traffic areas.
  • Sweep and wash floors, such as hardwood, tile, and laminate.
  • Wash window screens inside and out, including window sills and frames.
  • Wipe down light switches, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces.
  • Clean walls and remove any scuff marks or stains.
  • Launder curtains, drapes, and blinds according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Empty and clean out trash cans and recycling bins.
  • Clean all air filters or change them to new ones.

List of Cleaning Supplies Needed

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List of cleaning supplies needed for spring cleaning
  1. All-purpose cleaner
  2. Glass cleaner
  3. Disinfectant spray or wipes
  4. Microfiber cloths or cleaning rags
  5. Vacuum cleaner with attachments for upholstery and crevices
  6. Broom and dustpan
  7. Mop and bucket
  8. Scrub brushes (for tough stains or grout lines)
  9. Toilet bowl cleaner and brush
  10. Dish soap
  11. Laundry detergent
  12. Stain remover
  13. Carpet cleaner or carpet stain remover
  14. Oven cleaner
  15. Stainless steel cleaner (if applicable)
  16. Wood furniture polish or cleaner
  17. Window squeegee (for streak-free windows)
  18. Rubber gloves
  19. Trash bags
  20. Storage containers or bins for organizing

This list covers the basics, but you can add or remove items based on your specific cleaning needs and preferences. Check your supplies before spring cleaning to ensure you have everything you need.

Room-By-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Here are some additional tasks to tackle room by room to make sure every space in your home is sparkling clean:

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Spring Cleaning Checklist – Living room & Kitchen

Living Room cleaning checklist

  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Vacuum upholstery and curtains
  • Wash throw blankets
  • Clean windows and window sills
  • Organize entertainment center and shelves
  • Declutter and donate unused items
  • Vacuum and mop floors


  • Clean and sanitize countertops
  • Wipe down cabinets and appliances
  • Clean inside and outside of microwave, oven, refrigerator and freezer
  • Scrub sink and faucet
  • Organize the pantry and discard expired items
  • Sweep and mop floors
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Spring Cleaning Checklist – Bedrooms and Bathrooms


  • Change and wash bedding
  • Vacuum mattress and flip if applicable
  • Dust and wipe down furniture
  • Vacuum under the bed
  • Declutter and donate clothing and accessories
  • Organize closet and drawers
  • Clean mirrors and windows

Bathroom cleaning checklist

  • Clean and disinfect toilet, bathtub, and shower
  • Scrub sink and countertop
  • Clean mirrors and medicine cabinet
  • Wash shower curtains and bath mats
  • Organize toiletries and discard expired items
  • Sweep and mop floors
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Spring Cleaning Checklist – Home office & laundry room

Home Office

  • Dust and wipe down the desk and shelves
  • Organize paperwork and file documents
  • Clean computer keyboard and monitor
  • Declutter and donate unused office supplies
  • Vacuum or sweep floors
  • Wash windows and clean window sills

Laundry Room cleaning checklist

  • Clean the lint trap in the dryer
  • Wipe down washing machine and dryer exteriors
  • Organize laundry supplies
  • Declutter and donate old clothes or linens
  • Sweep or vacuum floors
  • Clean windows and window sills
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Spring Cleaning Checklist – Outdoor areas

Outdoor Areas

  • Sweep porch, patio, and walkways
  • Clean outdoor furniture
  • Prune bushes and trees
  • Weed garden beds
  • Plant flowers or vegetables
  • Organize gardening tools and supplies

Spring Cleaning Checklist Printables

Here you can find the 6-page long ultimate spring cleaning checklist and a blank black & white one.

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Blank Spring Cleaning Checklist – free printable

DOWNLOAD: Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist – 6 pages

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Blank Spring Cleaning Checklist – free printable

DOWNLOAD: Blank Spring Cleaning Checklist – black & white

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30-day Spring Cleaning Challenge

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30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

Want to turn your spring cleaning schedule to a 30-day challenge?

Check out this post & printable: 30-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge + Printable

Digital Spring cleaning to Clear out digital Clutter

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Ready to do some digital spring cleaning? Super! 

Check out this post & printables: Digital Spring Cleaning Checklist: Clear Out Your Digital Clutter

Pre-Cleaning Organization

Before you begin the actual spring cleaning process, organizing your space is critical. This will make cleaning much more efficient. Focus first on decluttering to clear out unnecessary items, then decide what can be donated to streamline your belongings.

Decluttering Essentials

Decluttering is the first step to an organized home. Focus on one room at a time, tackling categories of items to avoid getting overwhelmed.

Use the following table to sort your belongings efficiently:

ClothesIn good condition, worn frequentlyGently used, rarely wornDamaged or unwearable
ToysUsed often, in good repairSeldom used, but in good conditionBroken or missing pieces
BooksRegularly read or referencedUnread or no longer neededTorn or severely worn
ShoesComfortable, fit wellLightly worn, outgrownWorn out, damaged
Decluttering rules: What to keep, donate and discard

As you declutter, remember the goal is to reduce clutter and only maintain what adds value to your life.

Donation Guidelines

When you donate items, ensure they’re in a condition others can use. Here’s a quick checklist for your donations:

  • Clothes and Shoes: Should be clean and in good repair. No holes or stains.
  • Toys: All parts should be included, with no broken pieces.
  • Books: Should be intact, with no missing pages or severe damage.

Always check with the donation center on their requirements; some may have unique guidelines for accepting items.

Label your donation boxes clearly and drop them off as soon as possible to keep your space clutter-free.

Supplies and Equipment

Before you embark on your spring cleaning mission, ensure you have the necessary supplies and equipment. Achieving a deep and thorough clean is much easier when fully stocked and prepared with the right items.

Cleaning Products

Your lineup of cleaning products should include the essentials:

  • All-Purpose Cleaner: A versatile solution for most surfaces.
  • Baking Soda: For removing tough stains and odors.
  • Vinegar: An effective, natural cleaning agent for various tasks.
  • Spray Bottle: To mix and apply homemade solutions.
Microfiber ClothsIdeal for dusting and polishing surfaces.
SpongesEssential for scrubbing sinks and countertops.
RagsHandy for wiping down and cleaning various areas.
Cleaning product use

Tools and Appliances

Equipping yourself with the right tools will streamline your cleaning process:

  • Vacuum: Essential for carpets and hard-to-reach areas. Make sure your vacuum has attachments for different surfaces. 
  • Mop: Necessary for thorough cleaning of hard floors.
  • Duster: To clear dust from surfaces and corners. Consider a microfiber or electrostatic duster to attract and hold dust particles effectively. 
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Kitchen Revamp

As you prepare for spring cleaning, the kitchen is a central hub deserving of a meticulous revamp. Prioritize appliance maintenance and cabinet organization to enhance functionality and hygiene.

Appliance Deep-Clean

Your kitchen appliances require a thorough cleaning to ensure they continue to perform at their best. Unplug each appliance before starting. 

  • Oven: Tackle built-up grease with a baking soda paste, let it sit overnight, and then scrub off with a sponge.
  • Refrigerator & Freezer: Empty the contents and clean all shelves and bins with water and dish soap. If applicable, wipe down the exterior with a specialized stainless-steel cleaner.
  • Microwave: Place a microwave-safe bowl with water and lemon juice inside, run it for a few minutes, then wipe the interior with a sponge.
  • Coffee Maker: Run a cycle with equal parts water and vinegar to descale, followed by a cycle with just water to rinse.
  • Small Appliances: For items like blenders and toasters, dismantle what you can and wash removable parts in warm, soapy water.

Cabinet & Pantry Organization

A well-organized cabinet and pantry not only make your kitchen more efficient but also save you time and reduce waste.

Cabinets: Empty all contents and wipe down shelves with a damp cloth. Then, strategically sort and place items back, grouping similar objects.


  1. Check expiration dates and dispose of outdated items.
  2. Wipe down shelves, then organize food by category, placing frequently used items at eye level.
  3. Consider using bins or baskets for loose items like snack bars or packets.

Use drawer organizers or shelf risers to maximize space and maintain visibility.

Make sure everything has a designated place to contribute to a sustainable system that will make your kitchen both tidy and efficient.

Living Area Refresh

Pay special attention to your living area as you embark on spring cleaning.

It’s the heart of your home, where furniture, electronics, and decor deserve a thorough refresh.

Accumulated dust and disorganization can go unnoticed, so focusing on these details will revitalize your space.

Furniture Care


  1. Start by vacuuming your couches and chairs using an upholstery attachment.
  2. Check the manufacturer’s label for cleaning instructions to address any stains or spills.
  3. If applicable, launder removable cushion covers according to the fabric care specifications.

Wooden Furniture: Wipe down all wooden surfaces with a soft, damp cloth. Use a wood cleaner on tables and shelves, then polish wood furniture to restore its natural luster.

Furniture TypeActionProduct Type
UpholsteryVacuumUpholstery Cleaner
WoodWipe & PolishWood Cleaner
Upholstery and wood furniture cleaning

Rugs: Shake out smaller rugs outside. For larger ones, vacuum thoroughly on both sides. Consider a professional cleaning for deep-set dirt or difficult stains.

Electronics and Decor


  1. Dust electronics with a microfiber cloth.
  2. For screens and monitors, use a proper screen cleaner to avoid damage.
  3. Ensure all cables are untangled and wipe them down to remove dust.

Decor: Carefully clean your decorative items. Dust any framed pictures, ornaments, and light fixtures. Use a safe cleaning solution or a dusting cloth, taking care not to damage delicate items.

Window Treatments: Remove curtains and launder if the fabric permits; otherwise, dust or vacuum with an attachment. Blinds can be wiped with a damp cloth paired with a mild soap solution to eliminate dirt and dust.

Regular care keeps your living area clean and welcoming and extends the life of your furnishings and decor.

Bedroom Bliss

Transform your bedroom into a haven of tranquility and order with these straightforward spring cleaning steps.

Bedding and Mattress

  • Strip your bed and launder all bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers.
  • Vacuum your mattress to remove dust and potential allergens, focusing on seams and crevices.
  • Flip and rotate your mattress to ensure even wear and prolong its lifespan.
  • Spot-clean any stains on the mattress with a mild detergent and allow it to air dry.

Closet Cleanout

  • Empty your closet and sort through all clothing, deciding what to keep, donate, or discard.
  • Organize your clothing by category, occasion, or season in your closet and dresser for easy access.
Well-fittingOutdatedDamaged beyond repair
Often wornRarely wornStained and unwashable
Seasonal itemsNon-fittingWorn-out footwear
Decluttering closet: What to keep, donate and discard
  • Use slim, matching hangers to create a cohesive look and save space.
  • Consider storage solutions for out-of-season clothing to maintain a clutter-free space.
  • Refresh your closet’s interior with a wipe-down.
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Bathroom and Laundry Sanitation

Maintaining a clean and sanitary bathroom and laundry room is vital for a healthy home. This section will guide you through the specific tasks for deep cleaning these areas.

Shower and Tub Scrub

Tiles and Grout: Use a grout cleaner and brush to clean between the tiles thoroughly. Wipe them down with an all-purpose cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water.

Showerhead and Faucet:

  1. Remove the limescale from the showerhead by soaking it in a vinegar solution.
  2. Clean the faucet with a cloth and a suitable cleaner.
  3. Consider replacing any worn-out filters.

Washing Appliances

Washing Machine:

  • Clean the Drum: Run an empty hot water cycle with 2 cups of vinegar to remove any odors and buildup.
  • Wipe Exteriors: Use a damp cloth with mild soap to wipe down the outside of the machine.


  • Lint Filter: Clean out the lint filter after every use. Wash with soap and water to remove residue.
  • Ventilation Ducts: Check and clean the exhaust duct annually to prevent clogs and ensure efficiency.

Office and Hobby Space

Spring cleaning your office and hobby space is a proactive way to maintain productivity and creativity. Efficient organizing ensures both functionality and a pleasurable working environment.

Workspace Order

Your desk is the heart of your office. Start with:

  • Computer: Clean your monitor, dust off the tower, and disinfect your keyboard and mouse.
  • Documents: Sort through paperwork; securely shred unneeded documents and file important ones.

Create an inventory of your office supplies and replenish them as necessary. To reduce clutter, keep only essential items on your desk.

Craft & Hobby Storage

Organize your hobby supplies with clear storage solutions:

  • Shelves: Label and arrange materials on shelves for easy access.
  • Books: Dust jackets, wipe covers, and align spines neatly on bookshelves.

Ensure electronics are properly stored to prevent damage and ensure all cables are untangled and neatly coiled.

Floor and Carpet Treatment

Maintaining your floors and carpets is essential for a clean home environment. From dusting hard surfaces to deep cleaning rugs, proper treatment can drastically improve the longevity and appearance of your living space.

Hard Floors

First, sweep or use a dust mop to collect debris and dust from your hard floors. Be thorough, reaching into corners and under furniture. After removing the larger particles, a damp mop can be used to remove finer dirt and stains. Use a cleaner suitable for your floor type; harsh chemicals can damage sensitive surfaces like hardwood or natural stone.

  • Sweeping: Start with a broom or microfiber dust mop.
  • Mopping: Utilize warm water and a mild detergent.
  • Tip: Avoid excess water on wood floors to prevent warping.

Carpet and Rug Care

Vacuuming is the first step in cleaning carpets and rugs.

Pass over high-traffic areas multiple times from different directions to lift as much dirt as possible.

Annually, or more often if needed, deep clean your carpets to remove embedded dirt and refresh fibers.

Spot treat any stains immediately to prevent them from setting in.

  • Vacuuming: Weekly vacuuming, increase frequency in high-traffic spots.
  • Deep Cleaning: Use a carpet cleaner or hire a professional service once a year.
  • Stain Removal: Act quickly with a recommended carpet stain remover or a mixture of water, vinegar, and mild detergent.

Remember to read and adhere to the manufacturer’s guidelines for your flooring and cleaning products to avoid damage.

Dusting High and Low

When spring cleaning, it’s crucial to tackle dust accumulating on high and low surfaces. Ensuring these areas are clean prevents the spread of allergens and maintains a fresh home environment.

Ceilings and Light Fixtures

Start by checking your ceilings for cobwebs and dust. Use an extendable duster to reach these high areas efficiently. For light fixtures, carefully remove them if possible and wipe them with a microfiber cloth.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Extendable duster
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Ladder (if necessary)


  • Step 1: Remove any loose dust on the surface of the ceiling using the extendable duster.
  • Step 2: Before cleaning light fixtures, ensure the power is off. Wipe down with a slightly damp microfiber cloth.
  • Step 3: Dry the area with a clean cloth to prevent watermarks.

Baseboards and Corners

Your baseboards often go unnoticed but can harbor significant dust accumulation. You should also pay attention to corners where dust and dirt may gather.

Tools You’ll Need:

  • Vacuum with a brush attachment
  • Cleaning solution
  • Sponge or cleaning cloth


  • Step 1: Vacuum the baseboards using the brush attachment to remove the bulk of the dust.
  • Step 2: Wipe them down with a cloth soaked in the cleaning solution for a thorough cleaning.
  • Step 3: Tackle the corners of the room where dust is likely to settle, using the vacuum and then a cloth for any remaining debris.

Windows and Doors

Cleaning your windows and doors is crucial for letting in the fresh spring light and ensuring the functionality of these essential home features. It is important to address both the glass and the structural components, like frames and handles.

Glass and Screens

For glass cleaning:

Materials Needed: Glass cleaner, microfiber cloths, sponge, soft bristle brush


  1. Spray glass cleaner onto the window glass.
  2. Wipe with a microfiber cloth in a circular motion for a streak-free finish.
  3. Clean screens by removing them and gently scrubbing them with a soft bristle brush and soapy water. Rinse and let them dry before reinstalling.

Screens require occasional gentle scrubbing to remove dust and pollen that cakes on over the winter.

Frames and Handles

For cleaning frames and handles:

Materials Needed: Mild detergent, warm water, sponge, soft cloth


  1. Mix the detergent with warm water to create a cleaning solution.
  2. Dip a sponge in the solution and clean the door and window frames to remove dust and grime.
  3. Dry the surfaces with a soft cloth to prevent water damage and streaks.

Remember to wipe down the handles, as they are high-contact surfaces and can accumulate germs. Use a disinfectant if necessary to ensure they’re not just clean but also sanitized.

Regular maintenance of windows and doors enhances your home’s appearance and extends the life of these features.

Make sure blinds and other window treatments are dusted or wiped down as well to complete the cleaning process.

Outdoor Areas

When tackling your outdoor areas, start by inspecting your home’s exterior. Look for any signs of damage or wear on the siding, roof, and foundation.

Make a checklist to ensure you address all of the necessary tasks.

Here is a structured spring cleaning routine for your outdoor spaces:

Debris Clearance:

  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters.
  • Clear walkways, patios, and decks of leaves, twigs, and other debris.

Furniture Care:

  • Wash patio furniture cushions and frames.
  • Store any furniture not suitable for the upcoming season.

Garden Maintenance:

  • Trim overgrown bushes and trees.
  • Refresh mulch and consider planting seasonal flowers for added curb appeal.

Surface Cleaning:

  • Power-wash siding, decks, and sidewalks to remove dirt and mildew if needed.
  • Check for and seal any cracks in your driveway or pathways.


  • Ensure your lawn mower, hose nozzles, and garden tools work well.

Outdoor Lighting:

  • Replace any burnt-out bulbs in outdoor light fixtures.

Use the following table as a quick reference for your outdoor spring cleaning:

Task CategorySpecific TaskNotes/Tools Required
Debris ClearanceGutters, Walkways, PatiosGloves, ladder, leaf blower
Furniture CareWashing, StoringMild detergent, storage covers
Garden MaintenanceTrimming, Mulching, PlantingShears, mulch, seasonal plants
Surface CleaningPower-washing, Sealing CracksPower washer, sealant
Equipment CheckupLawn Mower, ToolsLubricant, tool sharpener
Outdoor LightingBulb ReplacementReplacement bulbs, ladder (if needed)
Outdoor spring cleaning list

Regularly maintaining your outdoor spaces can extend their longevity and aesthetic appeal.

Take this time to enjoy the fresh air and the satisfaction of a well-maintained home exterior.

Finishing Touches

After addressing the major areas of your home, it is crucial to round off your spring cleaning with attention to detail that enhances both aesthetics and safety. These final touches can make all the difference in rejuvenating your living space.

Air Freshening

To ensure your home not only looks clean but feels fresh, consider the following steps:

  • Open windows: Allow fresh air to circulate and disperse any lingering odors.
  • Deep clean fabrics: Wash or dry-clean curtains, throws, and cushion covers to remove dust and grime.
  • Utilize natural fragrance: Opt for soy-based candles or essential oil diffusers to subtly enhance air quality without overpowering.
MethodPurposeSuggested Products
Natural ventilationImprove air circulationN/A
Fabric careRemove allergens and grimeGentle detergents
FragranceFreshen air naturallySoy candles, essential oils
Air freshening by natural ventilation, fabric care or fragrance

Safety Checks

Tend to these safety precautions to ensure a secure environment:

  • Fire Extinguisher: Check that your fire extinguisher is accessible, not expired and that you know how to use it.
  • Smoke Detectors:  Test your smoke detectors regularly and replace the batteries when needed.
  • Carbon monoxide detector: Ensure you have a functioning CO detector, especially if you have gas appliances or a fireplace.
  • First aid kit: Keep a well-stocked one in an easily accessible location. Familiarize yourself with its contents and how to use them.
  • Emergency contacts: Important emergency numbers (911, poison control, etc.) should be readily available in case of an accident or emergency.
  • Window Treatments: Inspect cords for wear and tear to prevent accidents, and clean all surfaces to eliminate flammable dust buildup.

By following these guidelines, you’ll not only have a clean home but one that feels inviting and ensures the well-being of everyone inside.

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