The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Guide

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When most people hear the words ‘spring cleaning’, they immediately formulate a list of about 15-20 excuses they can use to avoid the seemingly daunting tasks.

Spring cleaning is a way to demonstrate pride in ownership (or rentership).  A home and its contents are investments; money spent on something you really love or really need (ideally both).  When you take the time to clean thoroughly and properly, you can maintain and prolong the life of the item or finish for years.  Further, it means you live in a cleaner and healthier home; less dust, dust mites, allergens, odours and dirt.

This post has been designed to go through a house, room by room, and explain key spring cleaning tasks that need doing, in checklist format. There are some ‘repeated’ tasks in each space, however to keep the structure of the post consistent we have placed them in each area so that a task is never forgotten.

Keep scrolling, we’ve created a special spring cleaning page for each room, along with an inspirational Songza playlist for your cleaning pleasure.

You can also print off each room’s checklist with the handy room-by-room printables!

Cleaning tips all over your home:

  • Tips on getting started and dividing tasks and timing
  • General cleaning tips to help you work faster and smarter
  • Hallways and entryways
  • Family room, rec room and den
  • Office
  • Living room and dining room
  • Bedroom
  • Bathroom
  • Laundry room and storage spaces
  • Kitchen
  • General tasks

If you have a finish, fixture, item or task that is not described in here, check our blog and videos as resources and if you can’t find anything certainly feel free to contact us and we’ll make every attempt to get back to you.  We couldn’t cover every subject here, so we picked out the most common ones and included them.

Rarely is someone excited to spring clean.  So, in order to get in the mood, we’ve put some helpful hints together for you to get motivated and create a schedule that works. You’ll be able to print off printable checklists for each room of the house.

You can also check our blog post, entitled Making Cleaning Fun for some motivational tips and our post on How To Clean A Room.

We’re working on even more fun things to help you get in the mood, so stay tuned!

Spring Cleaning Page Guide:

Page 1 – Intro
Page 2 – How to get started
Page 3 – A few spring cleaning tips
Page 4 – Hallways & entryways
Page 5 – Family room, rec room & den
Page 6 – Office
Page 7 – Living room & dining room
Page 8 – Bedroom
Page 9 – Bathroom
Page 10 – Laundry Room
Page 11 – Kitchen
Page 12 – General spring cleaning tasks

61 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, Melissa! I’m impressed by your tips! Some of them I use everyday, but other are new to me. I really like to keep my house clean without putting too much effort! So, I really appreciate your advises! Thank you very much! Greets!

  2. Hey I don’t know if you have kids or not but adding a child’s bedroom would be a great one to add to this I know I could use it!!

  3. Love your CMS Nation stuff! M 74 and still learning. One thing I do at Spring Cleaning Time, I wax my appliances. This makes quick wipes during the rest of my cleaning times easier and quicker. May not even need this yearly, only when they look dull or have been cleaned a lot. Not as big a job as one might think. Wax helps shower doors too! Thanks again!

  4. Hello Melissa I wonder if you might be able to give me an idea on how to deep clean a mattress.
    I have allergies and I do use a mattress pad on all the bed but I would also like to deep clean mattresses. Perhaps a little bit of a fanatic but I need to deep clean is there some tips you might be able to give to me

  5. Hi Melissa
    I live in Denmark and just love your tkps. I have chronic pain disorder and therefore not much energy or strength – your tips have helped me to keep a tidy house, with little effort.
    My problem is that I don’t know what baking soda is here in Denmark, can you please tell me what it contains?
    Thank you so much for all your work!

    • I don’t know if this is too late to help you, but baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate. Sometimes known as Bicarb(onate) soda. You should find it in a baking/flour section of a supermarket, like SPAR.

  6. Love your information. It is bright and sunny here today and I am getting ready to tackle the garage/cathouse LOL we have 4 and that is where we keep their litter boxes. I love your video and website. Keep up the good work and bless you and Chad.

  7. Hi! this looks great, and I’m getting ready to spring clean over spring break, I have a white bored in my room,( actually more of a green bored since i used a clear paint to paint the board onto my wall,) so I was wondering if you had any tips to get million-year-old dry erase marker off my wall, thanks.

  8. Please repair links as they do not print…perhaps printing the lists in their entirety
    might be an option.
    Thanks so much for your excellent site.
    Ruth

  9. I was so so so excited about this checklist, but NONE of the printables work for me. 🙁 I tried using 3 different browsers. I get the following error message:
    Forbidden
    You do not have permission to access this document.
    Help, please!

  10. You use rubbing alcohol a lot in one of your videos. Is hydrogen peroxide any good? Please and thank you,
    Malcolm Massie,
    Cobourg, On

  11. I need help figuring out how to wash my curtains! I love them but don’t want to mess them up and they are DUSTY DUSTY DUSTY!!!!

  12. Hi Melissa, I just wanted to say I really enjoyed your blog and website. It’s not easy to make a cleaning blog fun and interesting, but you have surely accomplished that. I look forward to reading more of your articles. Cheers

  13. Hi Melissa,
    I love all your tips. I have a question. I have a lot of dust collected on my bedroom furnitures (dresser, chest, etc). Do you have any homemade recipe for dusting spray and polishing the furnitures without it streaking, damaging, or loosing it’s shine?

    Also can you make a video & blog on how to dust and polish leather sofas, chair, etc? Thanks.

  14. I think you’re amazing. 🙂 You have a great sense of humor and take a dull subject and make it interesting and (dare I say it) fun. Actually I like cleaning because you reap instant rewards. Since I work at home too much clutter, piled up laundry, fill in the blank, can be distracting. And if it’s a choice between work and—the tub (insert sound effect)—work wins. So your tips are making my life easier because cleaning is faster, simpler—and less toxic. Yay!

  15. it’s kind of irritating that i have to download an unknown pdf reader to get the printables. the download has been labeled as a harmful webpage by three different anit-virus programs on three different computers.. guess i will have to do without the printables…

  16. This is really going to help me THANK YOU sooooooo much!!!! I also love watching all your youtube videos there so helpful

  17. Does anyone know why the check lists won’t copy correctly using the Firefox browser? They come out all P’s & question marks! Internet Explorer worked okay, but not Firefox. I’m able to copy from other websites, using Firefox, without any problems.

  18. Hi Melissa,
    I have black grout deposited behind the sink taps in my kitchen, I always wipe the water after washing my dishes but still grout is deposited. Please suggest how to clean the grout behind sink and basin taps.

    • Jennifer, it did the same for me—all P’s, with the headings being question marks. The browser I used was Firefox. I tried it with Internet Explorer & it worked fine. I prefer using Firefox, as it’s faster on my old computer, but I was able to print the check lists with Internet Explorer. What browser do you use?

  19. Every spring is a little nightmare to me, I should admit that I am a chaotic type of person. Those 12 steps will help me get out of the chaos but still, I think, it’s going to cost me a month that spring cleaning. Wish me luck! 🙂

  20. I found these lists a bit concerning. Most of these things are done on a weekly basis. Why would anyone wait for Spring to [as an example: clean baseboards] ??? I work full time and take care of my grandkids at night -there is still time to take a few minutes to clean…a little done everyday and there is no need for all this Spring Cleaning! My spring cleaning consist of dirty windows that have been attacked vigorously by the snow plow and other things that winter brings on not by regular household chores!
    When u flip your mattress every 3 months -clean it and wash your pillows-simple to do! Do each bedroom one night after work-done!
    I just think it’s a bit disgusting to wait until spring to do most of these things. My house may not be emaculate but it’s clean,neat and organized by keeping up with everything. my rule is don’t put it down -put it away…same for cleaning- clean as you go!
    I had 8 children and worked full time by the way and still managed not having to spring clean except for winter issues. We had time for family and to do what we all wanted to do because of the clean as go and put it away rules!
    Every one is different I suppose.

    • Yes, everyone is different and I’m so thankful for these lists! I’m a creative scatter-brain by nature but I do like a clean house. Melissa’s upbeat videos and organized lists HELP me! Both my spouse and me are work-at-home parents. We have two active boys and a small house. And I hate to say it, I can’t remember the last time I cleaned the baseboards in certain rooms of our house. Go ahead and be grossed out.

    • gosh!…so busy……working, grandkids, and ALL THAT CLEANING YOU DO…..ALL THE TIME! and you STILL have time to drop a fairly lengthy comment just to tell strangers about HOW MUCH YOU DO. Wow, you are really something special

  21. melissa you used to have a favorites products list. i saw those things on amazon. i can’t seem to get back to that link. Can you please help me?

  22. Dear Melissa, thanks for all the useful information on your blog and your videos (they are GREAT!!!), you are my cleaning guru ;-)…the printables are very good too, I use them all the time 🙂 …

    What do you think about the robot vacuum cleaners available?, eg. Roomba v/s Robomaid? if you have the time to do a review it would be so great. I’ve been thinking of purchasing a Robomaid to have less time cleaning hehehe.

    Also, regarding cleaning, do you have a year or monthly printable calendar for cleaning?…

    I cannot listen to the music from songza but never mind I have pretty good latin music to clean 😉

    Well thanks again so much for everything…keep your lovely videos coming… Abrazo from Santiago-Chile

  23. Thank u soooooo much for the checklist. Very useful. I am fan of yours. I follow u on youtube religiously. you are amazing – please keep up the great work:-)

  24. “We are very sorry to say that due to licensing constraints we cannot allow access to Songza for listeners located outside of the United States and Canada.”
    🙁

  25. Wow! This is very thorough list, now I just need to start cleaning, maybe a room a day to make it seem less daunting. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Love these checklists and can’t wait to start ‘checking’ things off! 🙂 However the link to the spring cleaning printable for the bedroom doesn’t work 🙁

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