The Ultimate Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist's featured image

In the whirlwind of spring cleaning, an airtight checklist becomes your secret weapon! It ensures you don’t miss any problem areas, keeps you focused on the task at hand and ultimately helps you conquer your cleaning goals with a sense of accomplishment.

Every Room Checklist

Start with tasks that apply to all rooms, this includes hallways, foyers and other entrance areas. Decluttering is the first step (every single time you clean). Clear surfaces and put everything back in its place. Next on the checklist:

  • Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Clean windowsills and tracks
  • Vacuum curtains and blinds
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Test batteries in all your smoke detectors
  • Disinfect doorknobs, cabinet handles, and light switches
  • Grab dirty laundry and haul it to the laundry room, while the machines are running, put everything back in its place

Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

  • Organize cabinets and drawers
  • Properly dispose of old medicine and toiletries
  • Scrub the shower and bathtub
  • Wash the shower curtain and floor mat
  • Scrub the toilet and tile around the toilet

Living Room Cleaning Checklist

  • Dust where the walls meet the ceiling, then work your way down to light fixtures, fans, windowsills and baseboards
  • Dust furniture, electronics, knickknacks, shelves, lamps and other items
  • Remove the covers from pillows and furniture cushions and wash them with your throw blankets, or take them outside and give them a good beating
  • Vacuum carpeting and the nooks and crannies of your upholstered furniture
  • Sweep hard-surface floors and follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning them

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

No spring cleaning checklist is complete without a top-to-bottom kitchen cleaning. Toss old food, organize your cabinets and declutter while you work your way through the grease and grime.

  • Wipe down your microwave, coffeemaker, and other small appliances
  • Empty the refrigerator and defrost the freezer (discard expired items)
  • Clean refrigerator shelves (they may fit in the dishwasher!)
  • Clean behind and beneath the refrigerator (those coils get dusty!)
  • Clean your oven and scrub the stovetop (don’t forget the oven glass)
  • Clear out cabinets and wash the shelves (discard expired items).
  • Sanitize the sink and clean the inner rim of your sink guard

Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

  • Organize drawers and closets (donate items you haven’t worn in a year)
  • Wash bedding and pillowcases (spray mattress and pillows with disinfectant
  • Rotate your mattresses
  • Disinfect kids’ toys

Laundry Room Cleaning Checklist

  • Unplug your appliances and pull them out far enough to get back there with a vacuum hose or broom
  • Clear out the dust and dirt and retrieve any stray socks, then wipe down the exterior of the appliances
  • Use your vacuum crevice tool to clean the lint trap and its housing in the dryer. Remove the filter from your washer and clean it in the sink


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