Spring Cleaning Checklist
It’s that time of year when everyone is starting to declutter and refresh their home. Whether you have a few neglected areas in your house that could use tidying and organizing or larger-scale projects like renovating a room or installing new fixtures and appliances, spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to get it done. But where do you start?
Depending on what needs to be done around your home, spring cleaning can mean something different for everyone. However, several staple to-do’s that will help refresh your space. While you’re on the track of spring cleaning, there are various home upgrades to consider that can help make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.
In this guide, we’ll go over spring cleaning tips as well as maintenance and upgrades you might want to tackle at the same time. Use our spring cleaning checklist to get started.
Where to Start?
So you know you want to tidy up your home, but you’re not sure what to do first. That’s OK. There are various ways you can approach spring cleaning. For example, start by:
- Creating a timeline to accomplish all of your projects
- Going from room to room (if this is your go-to strategy, use our cleaning checklist by room below)
- Tackling the most extensive projects first
- Moving from decluttering and cleaning to making improvements (like these DIY projects for quarantine)
- Cleaning the inside of your home then taking care of outside tasks
When you start forming your spring cleaning list, consider your priorities. The key to successful spring cleaning is ensuring you have a plan in place before getting started. That way, your to-do’s are more manageable and you don’t overthink the next steps.
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What is Included in Spring Cleaning?
Spring cleaning can include whatever you want, as there are no hard and fast rules. The main component of any spring cleaning checklist is, of course, deep cleaning – but it can be so much more. The spirit of this time of year is to refresh the space not only by cleaning and organizing, but also by updating and improving.
Here are some common types of projects that can be grouped into spring cleaning:
- Deep cleaning the whole house from top to bottom
- Gardening or landscaping upkeep
- Decluttering and reorganizing closets, drawers, cupboards, etc.
- Minor repairs and maintenance that need to be done inside and outside
- Larger maintenance projects that require a lot of time and materials
- Renovation and remodeling projects that require professional help
What Month Is Spring Cleaning?
There’s no official month for spring cleaning. However, National Cleaning Week begins on the fourth Sunday in March. Generally speaking, people start spring cleaning in late March and through April.
You can start spring cleaning whenever, but whether you want to spread it out over the spring season or set aside a week or weekend to get it all done at once, depends on your preferences, schedule, and how extensive your cleaning will be.
Creating a Checklist by Room
To help you make your spring cleaning routine as efficient as possible, we’ve put together a spring cleaning checklist that covers each room.
- Wipe down exterior and interior of cabinets—don’t forget to dust the tops off as well
- Thoroughly wipe down switchplates, drawer pulls, and knobs
- Dust light fixtures and replace bulbs that are going out
- Sweep and mop floors, make sure to get every nook and cranny
- Take everything out of your fridge and give it a good scrub; toss anything that’s no longer good
- Defrost and wipe out the freezer
- Clean and declutter drawers—make sure to wipe out your drawer organizers
- Sort through your pantry and toss any expired items
- Take everything off your countertops and clean them thoroughly—wipe down utensil holders, knife block, spoon rests, and other countertop items
- Give your microwave a good cleaning
- Deep clean your oven and stovetop
- Wipe down your sink—don’t forget to clean out the drains and disposal
- Run your dishwasher with cleaner and remove anything from the food trap
- Throw chair and barstool cushions in the laundry
- Wash window screens and replace any that have holes
- Use glass cleaner on your windows to remove any smudges
- Dust blinds or shutters—replace any that are broken
- Dust lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, artwork, and knick-knacks
- Wipe down walls
- Pick up everything off the floor and do a deep clean of the floors (sweep, vacuum, or mop)—or if you have carpet, this is the perfect time to shampoo
- Polish furniture
- Clean the baseboards
- Throw blankets and pillowcases in the wash
- Vacuum in between the sofa cushions and arms
- Look for scratches to buff out on furniture
- Wipe down remote controls
- Remove anything that doesn’t belong Get rid of items in your closet that you no longer wear or use
- Declutter the space
- Free your nightstands from clutter
- Clean windowsills and wash windows
- Wipe down walls
- Dust knick knacks, decor, etc.
- Throw all linens in the wash—this includes bedding, curtains, decorative pillow covers, etc.
- Deodorize and vacuum carpets
- Wash rugs
- Clean ceiling fans and air vents
- Wipe down switch plates and baseboards
- Clean the mattress—vacuum it, remove stains, flip it, and then repeat on the other side
- Wipe down walls
- Clean baseboards
- Give sinks, faucets, knobs, etc. a thorough cleaning
- Deep clean the shower and tub
- Go through the medicine cabinet, drawers, and under-sink cabinets to clear out clutter and expired products
- Throw decorative towels and rugs in the wash
- Get rid of unnecessary clutter
- Reorganize your desk
- Dust shelving and decor
- Sanitize your computer, mouse, and keyboard
- Clean your computer screens with a special cleaner
- Clean windowsills and wash windows
- Wipe down walls
- Unclog gutters and downspout
- Inspect your roof for damage, missing shingles, etc.
- Trim back trees that are getting too close to your home
- Pull weeds, refresh your garden, and see to other tidying tasks
Of course, depending on the layout of your house and personal preferences, this spring cleaning list may change a bit. However, it’s a good starting point to get you motivated. You can either plan to split these tasks up over several days or have your family pitch in and take on a section of the house to get it all done in one weekend.
Does Spring Cleaning Include Maintenance?
Yes, for many people, spring cleaning does include maintenance. It’s an excellent opportunity to schedule those home improvement projects that you’ve been putting off for a more convenient time.Check out these home energy efficiency tips to see what upgrades could be useful in your home, or consider these common spring cleaning maintenance projects:
- Roofing: Replacing missing shingles can help strengthen weak spots in your roof. However, when there’s extensive damage, replacing your entire roof is best. Fortunately, there are plenty of roofing options to choose from, including energy-efficient roofing solutions and roofing that’s designed to provide additional storm protection.
- Windows: Caulking your windows each spring can help reseal them, but it’s not a solution if your windows are worn or outdated. Did you know that your windows can impact your home’s temperature and, in turn, your energy costs? When doing window maintenance, consider upgrading to energy-efficient windows that can improve temperature regulation and save you money on your electric bill.
- Storm reinforcements: For many, hurricane season is just around the corner, meaning that reinforcements often need to be made to protect your home. But have you considered storm protection upgrades like impact-resistant windows and doors? Installing these components may be a well-worthwhile addition to your spring cleaning checklist.
- Air conditioning: As we head into the warmer months, many homeowners take the opportunity during spring cleaning to ensure their air conditioning is working at peak performance. If your AC hasn’t been running correctly, it may be time to consider upgrading certain aspects of your HVAC system—duct replacement, heat pumps, etc.—to make it more energy-efficient.
Before getting started, keep in mind that a large-scale renovation project will create a lot of dust and debris, so hold off on cleaning that area until any upgrades are completed.
If you are considering one of these spring home maintenance projects, but have been putting them off because of budgetary restrictions, PACE financing could be the solution for you.
Finance Home Improvements with Ygrene
With Ygrene’s PACE financing, you can perform the maintenance you need on your home without having to spend money out-of-pocket. Instead, you can use PACE financing to pay for the upgrade now and pay it back over time, while enjoying the perks of energy-efficient home improvements.
It’s important to point out that PACE financing isn’t a loan, it’s a property assessment––meaning the financing is tied to the property itself (not the owner) and is repaid as a line item on your property tax bill. Some of the most notable benefits of PACE financing include:
- No minimum credit score required
- No payments for up to a year or more
- Low, fixed interest rates
- Long repayment period (up to 30 years)
- Easy application and pre-qualification within minutes
Get Started with Spring Cleaning
Spring home cleaning can seem like an overwhelming task. As you look at this list, it might seem like there’s a lot to do, but focus on the outcome. With a plan in place and by using our spring cleaning checklist, you’ll be done before you know it. Soon, you’ll get to enjoy the fruits of your labor––the improvements you’ve made and the savings on your monthly energy bill––once your home is in tip-top shape.