• Chrissy Halton

FREE PRINTABLE SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST – GET YOUR HOME SPARKLING!

Updated: May 24, 2019

If you’re ready to spring clean your home, you won’t want to miss this list of deep cleaning household chores that will ensure your home is squeaky clean in no time at all! Also included is a totally free spring cleaning checklist printable. It’s a helpful way of tracking what’s been done while you’re moving around the house, and I hope it helps keep you focused. 



I really do love having a clean home.

But actually cleaning it?

Well – sometimes it can be a joy, and sometimes it’s a real chore…

It depends on my mood, and to be honest – how nice the weather is outside!

When the sun shines I feel the need to turn some music on, open the windows to get some fresh air in, and get the house sparkling.

I don’t know why it’s this way…. but maybe, just maybe, it’s got something to do with the fact that the sunshine shows off all the corners of the house that little more clearly than the winter light did – and there’s a few cobwebs showing that were previously hidden…..

I’m sure I’m not the only one!

There’s something really therapeutic about cleaning, when you really tackle it head on and get loads done – and that’s where spring cleaning comes in!

I think my favorite part though is that feeling when it’s all done. When I can sit down with a cuppa and enjoy the (albeit brief!) time that everything is immaculate.

aaaah…

With all this being said, a good deep clean can be something that’s done at any time of year (I tend to do it each season, which means that it never gets too out of control!), but Spring is definitely the nicest time to get it all done.

I suppose that’s why we hear about spring cleaning so much, and winter/summer/autumn cleaning less so….


MAKING SPRING CLEANING EASIER

Spring cleaning can come with a lot of overwhelm, in terms of how much needs to get done. But I’m here to say that it really needn’t be that way.

You don’t need to take a week off work to tackle it – and you certainly shouldn’t feel like it’s too much of a chore.

As such, I’ve put together a spring cleaning checklist for you – but I’d like to note that there is no time limit here.

Whether you have half an hour a day, or want to do everything in one day – it’s UP TO YOU.

For me, I DO love to tackle my spring cleaning over just a day or two – as it feels great to have it all done at once, but you work as you see fit and as your schedule allows.

All you have to do, is follow the checklist, tick each task off as you do it – and do every job on the list.


Simple.

You’ll know where you are with everything, and you can even delegate tasks if you have family that can help.

Imagine that sense of accomplishment when it’s all done (there’s nothing like ticking things off a list to create motivation!).




MY #1 TIP FOR SPRING CLEANING

One thing I’d really like to mention before we get started (and that I think is crucial in avoiding overwhelm) is that my Spring Cleaning checklist is purely for, well, cleaning!

Sounds logical, right – but most people try and also declutter AND organize as they go round their home. Most checklists I’ve found so far have tasks that run to pages and pages because of these extra tasks. And who wants that much to do?


PLEASE, PLEASE, Separate these tasks.

Declutter as it’s own job, trust me, that’s big enough! – then clean what’s left – and then organize. Doing it this way means you can focus on one thing at a time, and you’ll get through it Oh so much more easily.

TIP – There is a sort of exception to this rule, however. What I would suggest before you start your cleaning is a QUICK tidy up and getting rid of obvious rubbish. This makes sense because then you aren’t trying to clean around things quite as much. We all have some stuff lying around in our day to day lives, so it makes sense to at least do a tidy round the house first before spring cleaning.

Right – that being said – shall we get on to the main event?!


SPRING CLEANING TASKS

Here’s a rundown of all those tasks that I include in my Spring Cleaning. I have added to each section a reminder to write down all the DIY/trades jobs that I come across as there are bound to be a few things I notice when I’m cleaning. Whether I do them myself, hubby does them, or we get a tradesperson in – it doesn’t matter – what matters is that they are noted at this point but they’re not distracting from the job at hand. Namely – cleaning!


#1 – PREPARING FOR CLEANING

>> PREPARING YOU FOR CLEANING

Wear comfy clothes you don’t mind getting dirty / play some music or listen to an audio book / have a drink nearby (water!) / set a timer to race against to keep your focus, or to make sure you take a break etc… / know your plan of action (will you tackle a room at a time, or batch each job and do that around the whole house etc…)

>> PREPARING THE HOUSE FOR CLEANING

Quick tidy of things lying around / Add any obvious rubbish to a bin bag and get out of the house / Open windows to let fresh air in / Get your cleaning supplies ready and to hand.


#2 – KITCHEN / UTILITY

Dust tops of all cabinets / clean lighting / Take everything out of each cupboard in turn and clean out / clean the oven, hood and filter / clean the microwave / clean the dishwasher / Clean the washing machine / take everything out of the fridge and clean / Clean the bin / Clean sink & drains / clean taps / take everything off the work surfaces and clean each item, clean the work surfaces, clean the walls behind the work surfaces, then put everything back / wipe down cupboard doors and handles / Clean any display cupboards/art on walls and accessories in the room / Tend to any plants in the space / Clean the windows / Clean window dressings / Clean table and chairs / Clean the floors.

Make a note of any DIY/Trades jobs that need to be done in this space


#3 – BATHROOM(S)

Wash all mats and towels / Clean any accessories and bath toys (dishwasher works well for these) / clean the fan / clean the mirrors / wash down all wall tiles / clean the windows / clean any window dressings / clean the toilet / clean the bath / clean the shower / clean the sink / clean all taps / clean the shower screen / clean the bin / clean inside all cupboards (take everything out)

Make a note of any DIY/Trades jobs that need to be done in this space


#4 – ALL OTHER ROOMS

Clean lighting / Clean windows / Clean window dressings / Wash throws & cushion covers and any other soft furnishings / Clean all leather / hoover under sofa or chair cushions / Clean all woodwork and trim / Clean the door handles / take everything out of cupboards and drawers and clean inside / polish all surfaces /clean all picture frames / clean all mirrors / dust all accessories / move all furniture and hoover behind it / steam clean or hoover all flooring / deep clean carpets and rugs (shake rugs outside as well) / wax wooden flooring if required / tend to any plants

Make a note of any DIY/Trades jobs that need to be done in this space


#5 – BEDROOMS TASKS ONLY

Wash bedding, pillows, mattress protectors etc… – turn or flip mattress if required and hoover this also.


#6 – OUTSIDE THE MAIN HOUSE

Sweep all floors in garage or shed / Power wash or scrub any outside patio, furniture, wheelie bins etc… / Wash all outside windows / clean all guttering and drains / clean the car inside and out

Make a note of any DIY/Trades jobs that need to be done in this space


#7 – NON CLEANING BUT VITAL AND SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN MAINTENANCE LIST

Change all CO2 and Smoke alarm batteries and check they are working OK / check all lightbulbs

You can that it’s quite a list, even without any decluttering or organizing as well, so I hope you can see my logic in keeping them separate now!

If you want to make it easy, then why not grab the printable checklist of all the chores to get done?




WANT A COPY?

It’s available in the OMH Printables Library – the place where all free printables from the site are kept. Just CLICK HERE or on the image below, and you’ll go straight there. Hope you enjoy!




I HOPE THIS SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST WILL HELP YOU FOCUS ON WHAT YOU NEED TO GET DONE THIS SPRING (OR, IF YOU’RE READING THIS AT ANY OTHER TIME OF THE YEAR!), AND THAT YOU GET YOUR HOME CLEANED MORE EASILY AS A RESULT.


If you’d like to continue the good work once the spring cleaning has been done (kind of like you’re starting with a blank slate), then why not check out my cleaning schedule post – where I help you to make a cleaning schedule from scratch that works specifically for you and your home.



source: https://organisemyhouse.com/spring-cleaning-checklist-printable/

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