Spring cleaning shouldn’t take all spring to tackle. We’ve put together a five-day checklist that will help you knock out your tasks.

    Day 1 – Kitchen and Pantry


    • Remove everything, wipe down shelves and reorganize
    • Clean out spice cabinet


    • Clean out expired condiments
    • Wash shelves
    • Wipe the front and top


    • Use spray cleaner on chrome, glass and stainless appliances
    • Set oven to self-clean


    • Wash outside and insides with soap and water
    • Remove dishes and wipe down flat surfaces


    • Rearrange anything that’s been inconvenient for you in the kitchen. Not using the blender very often? Put it in a cabinet. Do you really need an electric can opener? Get rid of it if you don’t use it. Spend a few minutes thinking about your space.
    • Wipe down surfaces and tidy up

    Day 2 – Living Spaces

    Air Conditioner

    • Wipe down intake vents
    • Change all filters


    • Lightly wet a clean cloth
    • Dust framed art and photographs
    • DO NOT spray cleanser or water onto the frame as it may seep behind the glass and damage the pictures


    • Wipe with a damp cloth


    • Take down
    • Remove hooks and run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel (to attract the dust) for 15 minutes
    • Re-hang immediately


    • Take everything off shelves, tabletops and dressers
    • Don’t forget ceiling fans and above kitchen cabinets and baseboards and doorways


    • Have your fireplace professionally cleaned
    • Clean or replace equipment


    • Move away from walls and clean underneath
    • Check for loose change or valuables between cushions
    • Vacuum pillows, as well as underneath the cushions
    • Look for stains and clean according to the care label

    Home Office

    • Organize important papers
    • Set aside all tax return information
    • Store last year’s files

    Porch and Deck

    • Sweep around doors and windows for cobwebs and debris
    • Touch up stain or paint as needed

    Trash Cans

    • Spray with a hose and dump out water
    • Spray inside with a disinfectant spray
    • Scrub with a handled brush and rinse
    • Leave upside down to dry

    Day 3 – Bathrooms

    Clean and Organize

    • Remove everything from counter tops and scrub
    • Clean tub, toilet and walls
    • Throw out anything in the shower and in the cabinets that you don’t use
    • Throw out old towels, or use them for cleaning projects
    • Replace shower curtain liner
    • Check floor tiles and re-seal any worn out grout
    • Check your caulk. If it’s moldy, soak it in bleach for 2-3 hours.

    Faucets and Showerheads

    • To remove hard-water scale or mildew on shower- and faucet-heads, soak them in vinegar
    • If the head isn’t removable, position a plastic bag filled with vinegar over it and tape it shut

    Hot Water Heater

    • Drain your hot water heater (or go tankless)
    • Who can help: Consult a professional plumber

    Day 4 – Closets and Bedrooms


    • Vacuum
    • Check for signs of insects
    • Be sure the area is free of anything that bugs might find nourishing, such as dust, other insects, crumbs or food or beverage stains
    • Swap cool-weather clothing for warm-weather ones
    • Wash or dry-clean winter clothing before storing
    • Donate anything you haven’t worn in the last 12 months


    • Turn mattress
    • Launder bedding and pillows
    • Air out the spring blankets before putting them on bed
    • Clean winter bedding before storing

    Day 5 – Floors, Walls, Windows & Molding

    Doors and Windows

    • Check for leaks and drafts, particularly near the corners
    • Look for peeling and chipping paint, which can signal water intrusion
    • Seal any open areas between the frame and the wall to keep out water, which can deteriorate building materials


    • Wipe down all molding in the home with soap and water
    • Move furniture and vacuum
    • Check for worn grout between tiles in the bathroom or kitchen. Re-seal as soon as possible since a small crack may lead to an expensive repair
    • Professionally clean and wax wooden floors

    Molding and Walls

    • Wipe down baseboards
    • Clean door knobs and door faces
    • Wipe down light switches near doorways
    • Look for “grab” marks on door frames and walls in major traffic areas and retouch with paint if necessary

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