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How to Spring Clean + Free Printable Checklist

It's that time of year again. Spring!!  I love spring.  One of my favorite parts of spring is being able to pull out my spring cleaning checklist and getting my home cleaned from top to bottom.


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Maybe that sounds silly, but I love to have a nice clean home.  Even if it is only for a couple of days. 

It is so satisfying when you can wipe all the dirt and grim off the ceiling fan.  Or when you move the couch a couple times of year to vacuum underneath and find fun treasures.  (Unless it is food, not a fun treasure.)

I'm excited today to share with you a few tips on how to spring clean your own home.  Plus, my free spring cleaning checklist printable.  You can download it for free at the end of the post!!

What is spring cleaning?
Spring cleaning is a term used to describe deep cleaning a home during the spring months.  Spring cleaning is done to ensure you home gets a good cleaning after winter months of germs, ash from home fires and freshening after windows have been closed for cold months.




Why do spring cleaning?

Spring is a time to refresh and let in the nice weather.  During the winter months we are cooped up inside and the dust from fireplaces and closed windows builds up.  Taking time to clean in the spring allows your home to air out and get rid of the grim from winter.

I personally like to spring clean to give my home a nice refresh after the long winter months.  Opening windows, dusting off high shelves and getting my home aired out and ready for spring and summer.  

This is also one time during the year that I go through my children's clothes, toys and books and rotate them.  I can donate and sell items and clean out their space as well.

When to start spring cleaning?
There really is no perfect time frame to start spring cleaning.  Spring is considered March, April and May.  I usually like to spring clean in April because here in Idaho, April is when it usually starts to warm up and I can open windows without issues.  That might be different for you.  I also like to do a nice Fall Deep Clean, but that is another post.

Some years I wait until the beginning of May just before I put in my garden.  This means the inside of my home is ready for summer and I can focus on getting the outside ready.

Whatever works for you is when you should spring clean.  I have many friends that spring clean during Spring Break so that their children can get in on the fun.



How to spring clean?

A good cleaning means taking it one room at a time.  I typically will clean the entire room from top to bottom before moving on to the next space.  This helps me divide my tasks up by day.  I've organized my spring cleaning list by room for this reason.

For instance, Monday I might start by deep cleaning the living room.  Tuesday, I may do the dining room.  Wednesday, the kitchen would be deep cleaned.  And so on.

This would be entirely up to you though.  Pay attention to your own schedule.  Maybe Wednesday is a very busy day for you and there is no way you could clean your entire kitchen.  Perhaps that day you could tackle a smaller room such as a laundry room or half bath.  Or maybe you just don't use that day to spring clean.

Whatever works for you is what you can do.  I also have a spring cleaning checklist that I use each time I clean.  It helps me ensure I don't miss something and that every space gets cleaned.



What is a spring cleaning checklist?

A spring cleaning checklist is used to ensure you get your entire home cleaned and you don't miss anything.  You could just check off each room, but having a checklist with specific tasks to do in each room really helps to keep you organized and helps you not forget anything.

My printable checklist helps me to stay on task and get the job done.  Sometimes cleaning is such a mundane job, but having a list to stick to really does help me get it done and move on.

You can download my spring cleaning checklist at the end of the post!!


What cleaning supplies will I need?
You really don't need very much.  Just a few basic cleaning supplies can help you get the job done.  Here's a list of some of supplies I use:
  • Vacuum with attachments
  • Carpet Shampooer - I have a Hoover Shampooer and really like it.  But you can also rent a shampooer or plan to have someone come in a clean your carpets.
  • Broom
  • Steam Mop or regular mop - I love my steam mop, clean way better than a traditional mop
  • Bucket for water
  • Rags or old towels and wash rags
  • White Vinegar - I use a lot of vinegar.  For example, I use it to clean my Windows and Blinds
  • Baking Soda - great for cleaning faucets and shower fixtures
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Dish Soap
  • Carpet Shampoo soap


I use warm and soapy water in my bucket with either dish soap or all purpose cleaners like Lysol All Purpose Cleaner, to wash all my countertops and cupboards.  It works well and cleans up the dirt, dust, grim and germs.  Plus, everything smells super fresh.

Where to start?
It can seem a bit overwhelming to start spring cleaning.  But let me give you a few steps to get started.

  1. Print the spring cleaning checklist printable below
  2. Make a calendar for the next two weeks of when you plan to clean each area or room in your home.
  3. Collect your supplies.
  4. Go day by day.  Don't get ahead of yourself.  Just take it one room at a time.
  5. Reward yourself!!  Get a new decoration for a room or throw yourself a little party or get together.

I hope these tips and tricks for how to spring clean have helped you.  Make sure to download our free spring cleaning checklist below.


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