Welcome a new season with a home refresh! There is nothing quite as satisfying as a deep Spring clean! Use this free printable cleaning checklist to help you keep track of your Spring cleaning process!
I’ll admit it–I’m not a big cleaner. My house has a very “lived in” look, and I don’t mind if visitors occasionally see my mess. As long as things aren’t so cluttered I can’t focus, I feel fine.
However, Spring Cleaning is a whole thing for me. I LOVE having an opportunity to drag everything out, reorganize, and find treasure I forgot all about. I also get a ton of joy from purging unnecessary goods, so this is my jam.
You may take one long weekend to tackle the entire list at once, or you can separate the list into 3-5 sections and tackle one section a weekend for a whole month! Don’t forget to leave some time for the Vehicle Spring Cleaning Guide too!
How to Organize for Spring Cleaning
First thing you want to do is plan and organize. This Ultimate Spring Cleaning List is no joke. It’s three pages. If you don’t want to burn out, you’re going to want to plan ahead, delegate certain jobs or rooms to any family members or friends, and maybe make a playlist or two.
Find a place to start a few bags/bins. You’re going to need a place to put things that you will THROW AWAY (and/or recycle), SELL, REPAIR, and DONATE. This lets you stay focused on the cleaning tasks instead of filling trash cans and trying to find places for things you aren’t going to keep or use.
Spring Cleaning Supplies
You’re going to want to stock up on supplies before starting to clean! Think about the things that need cleaning in your home and how you would like to tackle it.
If you like to make your own natural cleaning solutions (here are some ideas), you’re going to want to have these ingredients on hand:
- Baking Soda
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Dish Soap
- Bleach (try concentrated tablets to save shelf space and reduce plastic waste!)
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Spray Bottle (Glass is best for the environment and to ensure you don’t have any chemical reactions)
- Rags (Cost-saving tip: Go through your closet and pull any t-shirts you don’t plan to keep. These, especially if made of cotton, make great cleaning rags!)
If you prefer to buy pre-made cleaning solutions, look at these favorites:
- Goo-Gone or Crud Cutter
- Glass Cleaner
- Magic Eraser
- Murphy Oil Soap (great to use for leather furniture, wooden furniture, etc.)
- Hardwood Floor Cleaner
- Cooktop Cleaning Kit
- Stainless Steel Spray or Wipes
- Disinfecting Wipes (might as well pick up an extra pack to donate to your nearby school)
Free Spring Cleaning Printable
Tips for Spring Cleaning
- Delegate, delegate, delegate. If at all possible, don’t tackle all of this alone!
- Stock your cleaning supplies before you begin. It’s so frustrating to be in the cleaning groove, only to run out of supplies.
- Decide how you’re going to handle textiles ahead of time. Are you going to rent a carpet cleaner? Are you going to get rugs, pillows, curtains, etc. professionally cleaned? Are you going to beat/vacuum them? Whatever cleaning style is best for you, decide ahead of time so you don’t find yourself interrupting your Spring Cleaning to find an affordable cleaner.
- Have bins/boxes/designated piles for TRASH/RECYCLE, REPAIR, DONATE, and SELL. This way as you remove items from your cleaning area, you can go ahead and set intentions to get those unwanted goods out of your house!
- Start a “BUY” list. No, you don’t want to get rid of a ton of junk just to buy more junk, but you likely will think of certain things that would help keep your home organized, like shelving liners, a Lazy Susan for your spices, or bins to organize your recycling. Instead of trying to remember all of these things later (or neglecting the cleaning tasks to go shop online), just start a list of items you may want to buy to improve your home later.
- Remove as much as possible from the area you are cleaning. If possible, remove the furniture too! This allows you to truly focus on each individual task at hand AND makes it easier to not miss any spots.
- After removing everything from an area, only put back the items you want to keep. If there’s something you’d like to gift to a friend, donate, or sell later, do not put it back. Put it in the appropriate bin/pile instead of returning it to the room where it was.