Spring Cleaning Checklist

While spring cleaning traditionally involves more than just a quick vacuum and wiping down of the bathroom mirror, it also doesn’t have to be a month-long cleaning marathon.

Focusing on the basics—no matter which room you clean—will make your house sparkle without overwhelming you with chores. Print out the following checklist, grab a few cleaning essentials and say hello to spring!

Multiple rooms

  • Vacuum carpeted floors, rugs, upholstered furniture and any ceiling corners that collect cobwebs.
  • Sweep and mop non-carpeted floors.
  • Clean windows, both sides if possible.
  • Clean all mirrors.
  • Wipe down air vents and light switches.
  • Dust light fixtures.
  • Wipe down fingerprints and smudges on walls.
  • Empty closets and re-organize; only put back items you are using or know you will use again.
  • Wipe down stair handrails.


  • Turn mattresses.
  • Remove everything from under the bed, then clean and sweep or vacuum. Organize and cull under-bed items and replace only what you’re keeping.


  • Clean countertops, tub and shower, toilet.
  • Empty medicine cabinet and wipe down shelves. Toss anything you don't need anymore.


  • Clean stove – inside and out.
  • Thorough refrigerator clean-out: Remove, wash and replace shelves. Toss any questionable food or anything you haven’t used in a while.
  • Wipe down countertops and kitchen appliances, large and small. Everything from the dishwasher to the toaster will shine.

Living Room/Office/Utility Room

  • Spot clean couches and chairs if needed.
  • Dust desks and other surfaces.
  • Wipe down washer and dryer (inside and outside). Remember to run your rag underneath, too.
  • Clean dryer vent.