Spring cleaning tips

As the last few signs of winter melt away, spring arrives, bringing with it a freshness and excitement for new beginnings. This also makes it the perfect time to breathe new life into your home. Spring cleaning gives you the opportunity to replace the darkness of winter with a refreshing new light. Plus, there’s nothing better than the feeling of coming home to a clean and sparkling space.

When getting ready to do a deep clean of your home, it can be overwhelming figuring out where to start. Thinking about the mess and clutter that may have accumulated in your home over the winter season may make getting the job done seems impossible or daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this list of tips for you! These spring cleaning tips and tricks will help you break down your housework into smaller, more manageable tasks so you can easily have a spotless home to welcome in spring in no time.

Make a schedule and go room by room

A woman making a cleaning list

One of the best ways to alleviate stress when tackling spring cleaning is by taking inventory of what needs to get done and making a schedule. Having a plan will keep you on track and help you make sure you’re not missing any spots. It also will give you a system to fall back on when you feel overwhelmed.

A great way to schedule out your cleaning is going room by room. In all rooms, you want to be dusting, vacuuming, wiping down the baseboards, mopping, and cleaning out vents. However, each room will have its own unique needs, so taking it room by room will allow you to best account for these. Here is a checklist you can follow for cleaning each room:

Bedroom

  • Vacuum and wash floors
  • Clean ceiling and walls
  • Clean windows and coverings
  • Clean doorknobs, light switches, and light fixtures
  • Wash bedding and pillows
  • Clean under bed 
  • Rotate mattress
  • Dust shelves, decor, and pictures

Living room

  • Vacuum and wash floors
  • Clean ceiling and walls
  • Clean windows and coverings
  • Clean doorknobs, light switches, and light fixtures
  • Vacuum furniture cushions and coverings 
  • Stream rugs and carpets
  • Dust shelves, decor, and pictures

Kitchen

  • Vacuum and wash floors
  • Clean ceiling and walls
  • Clean windows and coverings
  • Clean doorknobs, light switches, and light fixtures
  • Wipe down counters and cupboards
  • Wipe down microwave and other appliances
  • Empty crumbs from toaster
  • Clean oven and stove
  • Clean behind and beneath fridge
  • Sanitize the sink
  • Clean fridge shelves

Bathroom

  • Vacuum and wash floors
  • Clean ceiling and walls
  • Clean windows and coverings
  • Clean doorknobs, light switches, and light fixtures
  • Clean mirror
  • Wipe down sink and faucet
  • Scrub shower and tub
  • Scrub toilet

Laundry room

  • Vacuum and wash floors
  • Clean ceiling and walls
  • Clean windows and coverings
  • Clean doorknobs, light switches, and light fixtures
  • Clean behind washer and dryer
  • Clear out lint

Outside

  • Clean windows and screens
  • Wash garbage and recycling bins
  • Clean outdoor furniture
  • Sweep and wash walkway, veranda, or deck

Don't forget to organize and declutter

Woman folding and organizing clothes

Spring cleaning is not just about making your home sparkle. It is also about going through junk that has collected, organizing supplies and belongings, and decluttering. So many of us have a lot of stuff that has piled up over the years that we never use, but always forget to get rid of. 

Studies have actually shown that there is a link between a cluttered home and increased stress levels. All the excess stuff that gathers in your home makes it harder to keep your house clean and can even cause you to feel anxious in your space instead of happy and at peace as you should be. This is why it’s important to go through your drawers and cupboards and throw away the things that you don’t use anymore, and that probably have never even seen the light of day. And don’t forget about checking your fridge and pantry for expired foods or condiments!

Once you’ve thrown away the items you don’t need, you’ll want to organize the things you’re going to keep. This is also a great time to get rid of the clothes you don’t wear anymore and donate them to a charity.

Go green with your cleaning products

A bottle filled with natural cleaning products

Green cleaning has become a popular trend, and for good reason. Using green cleaning solutions helps keep the environment safe and protects your health and the health of your home. So if you’ve been meaning to make the switch to environmentally-friendly cleaning products, now’s your chance!

Green cleaning products are safer than conventional cleaning products because they don’t contain all those harmful chemicals. Many eco-friendly companies also work to minimize waste by making their products with recyclable materials. Switching over to eco-friendly cleaning products, like a good, natural all-purpose cleaner, will also minimize the number of products you need, helping to declutter your home.

There are many great natural cleaning products and brands out there, so you’ll have no problem finding the best products for you. You can also make your own green cleaning products right at home using natural ingredients like white vinegar, lemon, water, and baking soda.