The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

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It’s that time of year again. The top-to-bottom, whole-house cleanse. It’s a daunting undertaking, and we’re less than thrilled at the thought of a weekend spent scrubbing and dusting.

That’s why we’ve created the ultimate spring cleaning checklist. We’re motivating ourselves, and making sure we don’t miss a thing.

You can find the complete checklist below, or you can download a copy to print out and check off as you go.

Click Here to Download The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist!

Happy cleaning!

Bedrooms

Bedrooms

  • Remove cobwebs and dust from ceilings/corners
  • Vacuum or wipe skirting boards
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Wash curtains/dust blinds
  • Wipe window sills and tracks
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe scuffs from doors
  • Strip and launder bed linens
  • Rotate mattress
  • Vacuum underneath bed
  • Dust bed frame
  • Wipe down bedside tables & lamps
  • Wash/vacuum carpets OR mop floorboards
  • Tidy kids’ toys where necessary

Closets

  • Pair up and put away all shoes
  • Wash necessary clothes
  • Clean out any clothes you don’t like or need
  • Clean out unused coat-hangers
  • Dust interior cupboards

Living Room

  • Tidy kids’ toys where necessary
  • Remove cobwebs and dust from ceilings/corners
  • Vacuum or wipe skirting boards
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Wash curtains/dust blinds
  • Wipe window sills and tracks
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe scuffs from doors
  • Vacuum or beat upholstered furniture
  • Dust lamps and décor
  • Remove covers from cushions and wash
  • Rotate seat cushions if needed
  • Sort through DVDs, CDs, games
  • Wipe down electronic items (e.g. remotes, consoles)
  • Wash/vacuum carpets OR mop floorboards

Dining Room

  • Tidy or remove unnecessary items
  • Remove cobwebs and dust from ceilings/corners
  • Vacuum or wipe skirting boards
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Wash curtains/dust blinds
  • Wipe window sills and tracks
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe scuffs from doors
  • Vacuum or beat upholstered furniture
  • Dust lamps and décor
  • Vacuum upholstered seating
  • Launder table linens
  • Wipe down dining table

Kitchen

  • Remove cobwebs and dust from ceilings/corners
  • Vacuum or wipe skirting boards
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Wash curtains/dust blinds
  • Wipe window sills and tracks
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe scuffs from doors
  • Tidy items in drawers and cupboards
  • Wipe out the microwave
  • Descale kettle
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Clean inside and outside of oven
  • Disinfect benchtops and stovetops
  • Scrub sink area
  • Clean overhead exhaust fan and filter
  • Mop floors
  • Disinfect bin and replace liner

Pantry

  • Remove items and clean cupboards out
  • Organise items
  • Discard any old items

Fridge/Freezer

  • Remove all items and clean drawers/shelves
  • De-ice freezer if necessary
  • Organise items
  • Discard any old items

Laundry

  • Remove cobwebs and dust from ceilings/corners
  • Vacuum or wipe skirting boards
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Wash curtains/dust blinds
  • Wipe window sills and tracks
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe scuffs from doors
  • Scrub laundry sink
  • Organise cleaners/discard old items
  • Wipe shelves/countertops
  • Clean lint traps
  • Clean behind and beneath washer/dryer
  • Check tile grout and clean/replace
  • Mop floors

Bathroom

  • Remove cobwebs and dust from ceilings/corners
  • Vacuum or wipe skirting boards
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Wash shower curtain OR wipe glass
  • Wipe window sills and tracks
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe scuffs from doors
  • Organise shelves
  • Discard old products
  • Launder hand towels/bath linens
  • Wash bath mat
  • Scrub bathroom sink
  • Wipe sink tops and counters
  • Refill soap dispensers
  • Clean mirror
  • Wipe cabinets
  • Wipe towel racks
  • Clean out shower caddy or storage
  • Unclog drains
  • Scrub shower/bath interior
  • Check tile grout and clean/replace
  • Disinfect bin and replace liner
  • Clean toilet and surrounds
  • Mop floors

Study/Home Office

  • Remove cobwebs and dust from ceilings/corners
  • Vacuum or wipe skirting boards
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Wash curtains/dust blinds
  • Wipe window sills and tracks
  • Wash windows
  • Wipe scuffs from doors
  • Vacuum upholstered seating
  • Tidy desk area
  • Tidy drawers
  • Tidy bookshelves
  • Dust shelving
  • Wipe down desk
  • Clean keyboard/mouse/monitor
  • Organise documents/papers
  • Organise emails/desktop applications
  • Vacuum carpets OR mop floors

Storage Rooms

Garage

  • Remove cobwebs and dust from ceilings/corners
  • Discard unnecessary items
  • Tidy shelving and cabinets
  • Sweep flooring

Linen Closet

  • Remove linens and launder if necessary
  • Wipe down shelving
  • Organise linens and shelves

Shed

  • Remove cobwebs and dust from ceilings/corners
  • Discard broken or unnecessary tools/items
  • Tidy shelving and cabinets
  • Sweep flooring

Outdoor Space

  • Remove bulky furniture
  • Pressure hose area
  • Clean glass windows
  • Wipe down furniture
  • Wipe down table surfaces
  • Launder table linens
  • Tidy pet areas and toys
  • Mow lawns
  • Spray weeds
  • Sweep or hose driveway
  • Beat front door mat free of dirt/dust

Miscellaneous

  • Clean out handbag
  • Clean out wallet
  • Wipe down mobile phones
  • Clean car interior/exterior

Kyra Thomsen is a writer and editor from Sydney, NSW. She has experience in copywriting, blogging, journalism, and social media. After completing two degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature in 2013 she began work with the content team at Zanui. Kyra was the winner of the 2012 Questions Writing Prize and her work has been published in print and online for numerous sources, including Writer's Edit, Seizure, and Fairfax Media among others.