With spring just around the corner, I have been looking at my house and thinking where I am going to be getting started with some spring cleaning. It’s always hard to decide where to begin. I think most of us can agree sometimes we might not even start spring cleaning because we just don’t know where to start. There is a lot of places but getting started always seems to be the hardest.
Once we get in the process of starting it is simple. We start decluttering and then move onto cleaning each space within our homes. Some of the tasks are quick too!
That’s why I love starting with a checklist. Checklist come in pretty handy times like spring cleaning our homes. The cleaning plan usually outlines a set of things that need to be decluttered and cleaned.
I don’t always like to overwhelm myself with completing the tasks in rush, so that’s why I love the idea of day a 30-day spring cleaning. Tackling a few projects each day ensures I stay motivated and to be able to check off each task once I’ve completed it.
The great thing is you can even use this 30-day cleaning list for other seasons too!
What You Need
Before getting started there are some boxes you will need.
- Donating/Consign: Anything you want to donate or consign goes into these boxes. If the items do not fit into a box, then keep a list.
- Repairs: You might come across items that need to be mended, fixed, or repaired. Place those items in this box until you can work on getting them fixed. Don’t let the repairs sidetrack you from cleaning though!
- Put Away: You might come across some items while you are cleaning and wonder how they got there. If they don’t belong where you find them then put them into this box. Continue working and then once you are done with that task you can put the items in the Put Away box in the right place.
You may also want to keep a notebook or a document on your computer of a list of projects you want to get to eventually. This is a great idea to help jog down ideas while you go through cleaning your entire house. Don’t let these projects distract you but keep cleaning and tackle them later!
30 Days of Spring Cleaning
Day 1: Dusting
- Take a broom to clean any cobwebs that are in the corner of your rooms. Then dust the surfaces, sweep or vacuum the floors
- Launder the drapes in any rooms as these might have collected dust. If you can’t wash them in your home take them to a dry cleaner.
- Be sure to dust any small items you have on surfaces.
Day 2: Put Away Seasonal Items
- Switch out your clothing if the weather has changed.
- Sort out your storage. Is there anything that needs to be donated? If so, add them to the donation and consign box.
- Wash your winter gloves, hats, and scarves and pack them up for next year.
- Take any winter coats to the dry cleaner if necessary.
Day 3: Clean Out Your Linen and Medicine Cabinet
- Declutter your closets, such as your linen closet. Pull out the old towels and sheet sets you no longer use and put them into a donation box.
- Throw away any expired cosmetics and medicines.
- Organize your emergency kits. Do you have enough first-aid items?
- Switch the scented candles and soaps, etc. to fresh spring scents.
Day 4: Clean Your Shoes Out
- Sort through all the shoes.
- Remove odd socks from your sock drawer. Toss them or use them as cleaning rags if you want.
- Clean out your dresser. Pull out items you haven’t worn in over a year and don’t plan to wear again. Place them in the donation box if they can be donated.
Day 5: Clean Appliances
- Clean your appliances, including plugs, tops, bottoms, sides, and any accessories that came with them.
Day 6: Clean Your Car
- Clean your car.
- If you don’t have a car then you can clean your coffee table, kitchen sink, and bathroom sinks.
Day 7: Clean Your Fridge and Cabinets
- Deep clean your fridge and freezer by removing all of the shelves, racks, and storage items. Wash them in your bathtub.
- Toss any old or unused food items.
- Wipe down the sides of the fridge and freezer then put everything back in.
- Check the backs of kitchen cabinets or your food pantry for any old food that can be thrown out.
Day 8: Clean the Bathrooms
- Clean the bathroom rug and matts in the wash
- Clean and declutter your bathroom shelves and drawers. You want to take everything out to do this. Toss away any items you don’t want or don’t use anymore.
Day 9: Clean Your Couch
- Wash your couch covers, pillowcases and other linens used around the house.
- Shred any unimportant but sensitive documents. Scan important papers and shred the originals if you don’t need to save them anymore. Check out how to Declutter and Organize Your Paperwork with These Easy Tips!
Day 10: Clean Your Electronics
- Clean your remote controls.
- Clean your phones, both mobile and landlines, Kindles, tablets, and computers.
- Clean the underside of every chair and table in your home. Then vacuum and mop the floors around them.
- Dust the screens of TVs and computers, including the keyboard and mouse.
Day 11: Clean Out Junk
- Wash your garbage cans and recycling bins. You can do this outside or in your bathroom. Then clean the bathtub.
- Wash reusable water bottles and water filtering pitchers. Change the water filters.
- Organize any junk drawers.
- If you have plans, remove any dead leaves. Toss out old flowers in vases or replace them with new ones.
Day 12: Clean Your Oven
- Clean your oven (Check out How to Deep Clean Your Oven), including your cook top, underside of the hood and front of the hood
- Clean your microwave and your toaster or toaster oven.
- Wash your ironing board cover and throw in your tea towels and kitchen towels.
- If you work out in the yard or garden, clean your gardening gloves and rinse and wipe the shoes you do yard work in.
Day 13: Clean Your Windows
- Wash your windows. Remove the screens and vacuum them with the handheld attachment. Soak them in soapy water before rinsing.
- Use dish soap diluted in water and a microfiber cloth to wipe down your windows. You then can use spray vinegar diluted water and wipe down the windows with a clean towel to dry them.
- Dust and clean your windowsills and frames.
Day 14: Clean Out Your Cabinets
- Clean out your cabinets under your sinks, such as your kitchen and bathrooms.
- Take everything out, clean the backs, sides, and bottom of the cabinet.
- Toss any unused products and place everything back under the sink once done.
- Replace old kitchen sponges and rubber gloves.
Day 15: Clean the Floors in Your Closets
- Clean the floors in your closets. Declutter shoes, boots, and toss any unused storage solutions for organizing your shoes.
- If you have a basement, consider decluttering the basement shelves or storage areas, you can even get basement waterproofing done. Do not organize the whole basement as this can be a project you can put on your project list in your notebook or document file on your computer.
Day 16: Clean Your Plumbing
- Clean every drain in your home, including bathroom and kitchen.
Day 17: Switch the Seasonal Décor
- Change the old season décor to the current season.
- Switch out the throw pillows, candle holders, throw blankets, and whatever else you have.
Day 18: Vacuum Furniture
- Move any furniture and clean and vacuum underneath them.
- Use the handheld attachment to vacuum the furniture itself too.
Day 19: Clean Your Fireplace
- If you have a fireplace, clean it out.
- Open any windows and air out the rooms you don’t use often.
Day 20: Clean Your Garage
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Day 21: Organize Your Glasses and Mugs
- Organize your cups, mugs, and glasses. Donate the ones you do not want and wash the ones you want to keep
- Clean out your front or hall closets.
Day 22: Organize Your Bags
- Organize your bags, including backpacks, work bags, and suitcases.
- Declutter the insides by cleaning them and then putting them back in storage.
Day 23: Shower Curtain
- Replace your old shower curtain liner with a new one.
Day 24: Organize your Hobby
- If you have a hobby area or storage, clean your hobby supplies. This can be crafting supplies, board games, books, sporting equipment etc.
- Sweep the porch, patio, or front steps.
Day 25: Get the Kids Involved
- If you have children, get them involved in the cleaning. This can be their room and you can teach them how to clean. This is a great way to make it their chore from now on too!
Day 26: Dust Even More!
- Dust your blinds and then vacuum or collect dust with your dust mop.
- Wipe down your baseboards and other molding where dust tends to collect.
- Dust around the stairs and bannisters.
- Vacuum after each of these are done in the areas you dusted in.
Day 27: Wash the Walls
- Wash any interior walls that look stained.
- Make a list of things that need to be touched up that is either chipped or has discolored paint. You can do it yourself or call in a professional.
Day 28: Wash Your Bedding
- Wash your bed linens, including mattress covers, duvet covers, pillow liners, throw pillows and blankets.
- Do the same for all the bedrooms, even the guest bedroom if you have one.
Day 29: Sell or Donate
- On this day you can take the things you want to sell or donate.
Day 30: Get Rid of It
- Take a trip to the dump with any broken items you’ve been holding onto and know you will not get them repaired.