With spring comes the promise of renewal and rejuvenation. And there are few better ways to rejuvenate your home than with a spring cleaning.
Top to bottom, north to south, inside to out — there’s no right or wrong way to clean your whole house. But it’s a lot more manageable once you break it down. Some homeowners like to ease into spring by knocking out the smallest rooms first. Others take a deep dive into their deep clean and start with the dirtiest spots. Either way, this checklist will help you start spring with a clean slate, just as Mother Nature intended.
Room-by-room spring cleaning guide
- Clean the oven, microwave, stove top, refrigerator, and other appliances — inside and out.
- Clear out and wash cabinets, drawers, and pantry shelves.
- Sanitize the sink, drain, and handles on cabinets and appliances.
- Pull out your fridge and oven (if possible) to clean underneath and behind them.
- Throw out any fridge or pantry items past their freshness and drop peels of overripe fruit into your garbage disposal for a clean, citrus scent.
- Clean and disinfect the sink, faucet, countertops, and toilet.
- Scrub showers and baths from floor to ceiling.
- Wash shower doors and curtains.
- Clean out and wash cabinets, drawers, and closet shelves.
- Use your toothbrush to get into tiny crevices and replace it with a fresh one for your teeth.
- Wash or dry clean bed linens, blankets, comforters, and duvets.
- Organize drawers, closets, and wardrobes — and haul unwanted clothes away for donation or consignment.
- Rotate or flip your mattress for more evenly distributed wear.
- Laundry room
- Clean behind and underneath the washer and dryer.
- Sanitize the washing machine’s drum.
- Clean the washer gasket, detergent trays, and other spots where soap and mold may build up.
- Clear out the lint trap and dryer vent.
Every room in the house
- Clean window glass, trim, and hardware.
- Vacuum carpets, area rugs, curtains.
- Dust corners, ceiling fans, light fixtures, blinds, furniture, shelves, and decor.
- Sweep and mop hardwood and tile floors.
- Clean door panels, hardware, and glass, as well as screens.
- Disinfect doorknobs, cabinet hardware, light switches, and other high-use handles.
Annual home maintenance guide
As you go room-by-room ridding your home of dust and dirt, inspect each room for routine maintenance issues. Many household fixtures require annual inspections. And some are necessary for the safety of you and your family. Before you move onto the next room in your deep clean, inspect these four things:
Smoke detectors – The U.S. Fire Administration recommends you do this monthly, but you may have missed this home safety task. Most alarms are powered or backed up by 9V batteries, and it’s recommended you replace those yearly. Swap in some new batteries and run a test to make sure your alarms are working properly. Smoke detectors expire after 10 years. Check the date on the back to see if your alarm is still safe to use, or if you need to install a new one.
Light bulbs – Turn on your lights and lamps in each room to check for burnt out bulbs, and screw in any needed replacements.
Windows – An annual checkup can extend the life and maintain the beauty of your windows. Repaint, restain, or recaulk your windows as needed for better performance. Look for leaks and improper drainage that may expose your windows to water damage.
Doors – Patio, entry and storm doors have different maintenance needs. Inspect the condition of the paint or stain, and apply a new coat if needed. Check for leaks, draining issues, and water damage, just like on your windows. Make sure the exterior sealant or caulking is not cracked, broken, or missing. Check your owner’s manual for detailed maintenance guidelines.
You can’t tackle a whole home spring cleaning all in one day. Or even a weekend. Make a schedule and go through your house room-by-room. Chunking spring cleaning into manageable tasks can make the annual ritual much easier. Maybe even enjoyable. Once you check off that last box, you’ll feel as refreshed and renewed as your beautiful, clean home.