Springtime is the start of warmer weather, open windows, longer days, and the realization that a lot of mess has piled up during the winter. You know what that means: it’s time for spring cleaning. The idea of spring cleaning may not be especially appealing to you (or anyone), but with some help from this checklist and a little bit of motivation, it’ll be done – and your home will be looking great – in no time.

  • Re-evaluate your possessions and decide what to store and what to donate
  • Re-organize drawers and cupboards in the Kitchen and Bathroom
  • Wipe down all appliances
  • Deep clean the refrigerator and freezer
  • Sweep, mop, and vacuum all floors
  • Wipe down doors, knobs, and switchplates
  • Take out window screens and wash them with warm water
  • Clean the walls, baseboards, and crown molding
  • Toss throw rugs, towels, and all frequently used textiles into the washing machine
  • Give your shelves a deep clean by taking everything off and wiping each thing individually before putting it back on the shelf
  • Clean upholstered furniture, air out cushions, and clean between cushions
  • Check all fire and gas detectors, change batteries
  • Touch up paint in places where it’s been worn down
  • Dust the tops of your ceiling fans, if you have them
  • Polish wooden flooring and furniture
  • Shake and air out rugs like you did with the cushions
  • Replace filters in your furnace and air conditioner
  • Replace the bulbs out of any light fixtures and dust in and around them
  • Wash your mirrors
  • Disinfect all surfaces in your bathroom including the showerhead, caddy, curtain, liner, floor mat, and door frame
  • Check any areas with tile and re-grout if necessary
  • Clean out your drains in kitchen and bathroom
  • Go through and reorganize your closet, dresser, and nightstands
  • Flip and rotate mattresses
  • Wash sheets and pillows

Checking these twenty-five items off of this spring cleaning list will make a huge difference, not only in the way your home looks, but the way it feels as well.

When you’re in the middle of cleaning your home this spring, it’s likely you’ll find a lot of things you forgot you had over the course of the winter. Once you’ve gone through your cleaning and decided what you want to donate and what you want to keep, consider getting a storage unit for what’s left over so you can hold on to the things you love while maintaining your home’s cleanliness. Win-win! Happy cleaning.