No matter a home’s size, spring cleaning can always feel a little intimidating, especially if you don’t know where to start. Whether you’re looking to do a deep clean or just don’t have as much time as you would like, we’ve put together ideas for every cleaning style.
If you’re constantly on-the-go and only have time to clean sporadically, here are a few things you can get done in five to ten minutes:
- Organize paper piles
- Throw mats/small rugs in the wash
- Dust and wipe down computer screens, keyboards, remotes, etc.
- Throw out old food in the fridge or pantry
- Discard any outdated medicine or cleaning products. Read our guide to deciding what to toss vs. keep.
- Test safety detectors and change any old batteries
- Refill and restock toilet paper dispensers
- Refold and straighten spare linens to free up storage space
- Empty trash bins
- Replace old light bulbs in the house
- Sanitize surfaces, door knobs, and light switches in high-traffic areas, such as the living room, entryway, and kitchen.
Not ready to tackle the whole house in one day? These tasks can be accomplished in 30 minutes or less:
- Dust light fixtures, ceiling fans and vents
- Wipe down baseboards
- Vacuum sliding glass door tracks
- Clean inside and outside of the oven and dishwasher
- Recycle old papers and dust bookshelves
- Descale coffee machine
- Sweep or vacuum your closet floors (you’d be surprised by how much you track in out of these areas)
- Reorganize the junk drawer
- Unclog drains and clean the garbage disposal
- Declutter your phone – whenever you find yourself with downtime, delete old photos, emails, apps you don’t use, and more!
Spring cleaning is all about focusing on areas that are too much to incorporate in your everyday cleaning routine. Here are some ideas that will only require an afternoon:
- Go through your kitchen and bathroom cabinets – take everything out, wipe down the area, then re-organize as you put it all back
- Focus on spots in the bathroom that really need your attention, like showerheads, grout lines, shower curtain liners, and water stains
- Move large appliances so you can dust and scrub behind them
- Wash all bedding, such as pillows, blankets, bed skirts, mattress pads, etc.
- Mop floors and deep clean carpets throughout the house
- Wash all interior and exterior windows and window sills
- Organize your closet and start to transition your seasonal clothes
Remember, no matter how much time you have to spend on spring cleaning this year, you don’t have to get everything done in one day. Take the time to plan which problem areas need the most attention and go from there!