Welcome the spring season with a refreshed mind and a clean house! Here’s a spring cleaning list you’d want to get started with.
A Spring Cleaning List for the Next 30 days
Spring has sprung, which means April showers, May flowers, and … spring-cleaning. While you may even prefer torrential downpours to thoroughly cleaning your house, all those rainy afternoons are a great time to give your home a fresh start.
Clutter can be taxing on your mental health. Dust and dirt can be disastrous to your physical health.
One of the problems with spring-cleaning is figuring out where to start. Even in a small home, there are likely tons of cabinets, shelves, and storage spaces.
Closets can be packed much fuller than you realize. Draperies and curtains can be full of dust, and even spaces like your car should be addressed.
So here’s a roadmap to spring cleaning, which leaves nothing out. Get ready for 30 days of deep cleaning!
How to Stay Focused
Very few people truly enjoy cleaning, and the task of tackling your entire home can be overwhelming. So how do you stay focused on the task at hand?
- Don’t expect yourself to clean all day. Set aside an hour or two each day.
- Make checklists with each day’s tasks so that they can be checked off and discarded before they get too long.
- Choose a small space to focus on; a whole room can be too much.
- Be ready with three labeled boxes before each project. Instead of getting up and leaving the area multiple times, don’t leave until you’re finished. The boxes should be labeled: Donation, To Be Fixed, and Put Away.
- Keep a notebook with you. As ideas for future projects pop up, write them down.
30-Day Spring Cleaning Plan
Day 1: Dust everything in the whole house. Take down the curtains and wash them.
Day 2: Clean all mirrors. Switch out seasonal clothes and select clothing for donation.
Day 3: Tackle bathroom storage, including linen closets, medicine cabinets, drawers and vanities. Throw away all expired medicines and cosmetics. Clean makeup brushes.
Day 4: Go through all your shoes. Set aside broken ones to be repaired and donate ones you don’t use. Clean out laundry room cabinets.
Day 5: Clean your appliances. Not just the big ones, but also coffeemakers, toasters, electric stand mixers, etc. Also, go through all dressers and donate clothes you haven’t worn in a year.
Day 6: Clean your car, inside and out. Vacuum the interior and wipe down the dashboard and controls.
Day 7: Deep clean your refrigerator, freezers, and cabinets. Expired food cannot be donated, but unopened food you don’t expect to use can be.
Day 8: Clean the bathrooms. Wash all of your bathmats and de-clutter your vanity and shelves. Throw out old bath toys for kids or pets.
Day 9: Wash and dry clean winter clothing and accessories, then put them away for next year. Wash couch cushions and pillowcases.
Day 10: Clean your electronics: phones, tablets, computers, even your remote controls, and dust your televisions. Also clean anything tarnished you may have been putting off, like silver jewelry or silverware.
Day 11: Clean out your junk drawer. Wash all garbage and recycling bins. Wash all reusable water bottles and filtered pitchers; change all water filters.
Day 12: Clean your oven and microwave inside and out. Wash all dish towels. Go through gardening tools and clean them.
Day 13: Clean your windows and screens.
Day 14: Recycle old magazines and newspapers and clean under your sinks.
Day 15: Declutter your basement or attic. Focus on getting rid of items you don’t and won’t use.
Day 16: Clean all of the drains in your home and throw out all expired food in your pantry.
Day 17: Put away all seasonal décor. Go through old CDs, VHS, and DVDs and get rid of all that you can.
Day 18: Move your furniture to vacuum and clean under each item.
Day 19: Clean your fireplace and garage if you have them.
Day 20: Go through all your drawers and throw out everything you don’t use. Bring coins to the bank or store to cash in.
Day 21: Declutter your dishes and cups/mugs. Replace sponges and old toothbrushes. Clean out the hall closet.
Day 22: Organize all bags: purses, suitcases, briefcases, and even the plastic and paper bags you hold onto.
Day 23: Bring all clothing and shoes that need to be repaired to the tailor and cobbler. Replace shower curtain liners.
Day 24: Organize hobby, craft, and board game supplies. Sweep your front porch.
Day 25: Go through all books and donate.
Day 26: Dust your blinds and baseboards, and then be sure to vacuum after.
Day 27: Wash walls with stains. Clean up the chair or corner where you throw everything.
Day 28: Wash all bedding in every room, including mattress covers and decorative pillowcases.
Day 29: Gather what you want to donate, and post any items you were hoping to sell.
Day 30: Go to the dump with everything you’re throwing out. Bring furniture and large items too.
Now sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Do share this detailed spring cleaning list with your family and friends, too.