After a long dark and cold winter, it's satisfying to open the curtains, let the sunshine warm up your home, and crack open the windows to let in the clean fresh spring air! It doesn't matter if you have five minutes or five hours, you can tackle this list whenever you have an urge to freshen up.

ALL ROOMS – Start with tasks that apply to all rooms, then hit each room one-by-one.

  • Dust ceiling fans and light fixtures
  • Clean windowsills and window tracts
  • Vacuum curtains and window blinds
  • Vacuum cold air returns and heat registers
  • Clean windows, blinds and wash drapes/curtains
  • Wash/scrub all baseboards
  • Wipe down walls 
  • Wipe down shoe moulding and dust room corners for cobwebs
  • Test batteries in all your smoke detectors
  • Disinfect doorknobs, cabinet handles and light switches

KITCHENS

  • Clean kitchen appliances:
    • Wipe down and deep clean your microwave, coffeemaker and other small appliances
    • Empty the crumb tray in your toaster and/or toaster oven
    • Empty refrigerator and defrost freezer
    • Clean your oven and scrub the stovetop/range
    • Clear out cabinets and wash shelves
    • Sanitize the sink and clean the inner rim of your sink guard
    • Clean refrigerator shelves (they may fit in the dishwasher!)
    • Clean behind and beneath the refrigerator (those coils get dusty!)

BEDROOMS

  • Organize drawers and closets (donate any clothes that you won't wear!)
  • Wash bedding and pillows
  • Rotate your mattress
  • Disinfect kids’ toys (throw plastic toys in the dishwasher!)

BATHROOMS

  • Organize cabinets and drawers
  • Properly dispose of old medicine and toiletries
  • Scrub the shower and bathtub
  • Wash shower curtain and floormat (some can go in the washing machine)
  • Scrub the toilet and tile around the toilet

HOME OFFICE

  • Clean keyboard with canned air
  • Disinfect computer mouse, keyboard, and other small items

LIVING ROOM

  • Remove furniture cushions and vacuum crevasses

LAUNDRY ROOM

  • Clean behind washer and dryer
  • Thoroughly clean lint trap in dryer AND washer

OUTDOORS

  • Remove everything from your garage/shed reorganize and dispose of unused items (is it time for a sale?)
  • Remove debris from your gutters
  • Dispose of animal waste
  • Pick up garbage in your yard
  • Store winter items: snow blower, shovels, snow brushes, and salt
  • Pressure wash your siding, deck, and outdoor furniture
  • Hose-out your garbage can and recycling bins
  • Remove screens and wash with a soapy sponge and water
  • Wash the outside of your windows before replacing your window screens

Congratulations, you've reached the end of the Spring Cleaning Checklist. No sweat, right?