It’s springtime and that means spring cleaning time. There are any number of exhaustive lists of spring cleaning chores available. I don’t know about you, but one look at those crazy long lists and a sense of despair washes over me. There truly is no way I could ever find time or energy to do all those things. But 10 tasks? I think I can pull that off!
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10 Tasks To Tackle During Spring Cleaning
Take a look at these spring cleaning checklists. And note the words “ultimate” and “thorough”. They aren’t kidding!
The ULTIMATE Spring Cleaning Checklist
A Thorough Spring Cleaning Checklist
Lists like those only serve to make me want to curl up in my dusty library with a martini and read a book. But what if we just pick ten tasks to do instead? That sounds manageable, right? We could do one a day for ten days and call it good. If, during those ten days, you notice something else that really needs attention, put it on a list and schedule a time to do it a bit later.
Remember…it’s YOUR home and you can make your own rules. Few of us are heating our homes with coal these days and I’d venture to say we all have vacuum cleaners. Those two things alone eliminate or at least greatly reduce the need for the sort of deep cleaning that was necessary at one time.
Still, there is something quite lovely about a freshly cleaned home so let us make our lists, check our cleaning supplies and clear away some of the grime!
I’m going to be honest here. I’ve never actually done this. We didn’t have one in the first two places we lived. The next two homes we lived in for 7 and 5 years so it didn’t seem necessary. However, we replaced our almost 20 year old dishwasher a few years ago with a nice Bosch and yes, it’s probably time for a good clean. If, like me, you’ve never done this, here is how:
Green Dishwasher Cleaning & Tune Up
2. Trash Cans
As soon as you get a warm, sunny day, scrub your outdoor trash cans. Pour a couple of pans of hot water inside, squirt in some dish soap (something safe for your lawn if that’s where your doing this), give them a quick scrub and rinse with the hose.
While you’re at it, give your kitchen trash container a thorough scrub, too. To keep things fresh smelling, you might want to make these deodorizer tabs:
After a long, dark winter, there’s nothing quite so cheering as bright sunshine streaming through the windows. All the more so if those windows are sparkling clean.
Several years ago I somehow ended up with a squeegee in my possession. I don’t recall buying it. Maybe David did. In any case, I discovered how much easier it is to clean windows with the proper tools.
How to Clean Windows Like a Pro
My squeegee has a very short handle. That means a lot of reaching and in some areas, standing on a ladder. But I’m adding this longer-handled version to my spring cleaning supply purchases this year:
If you have a self-cleaning oven I want you to take a moment to give thanks for it. And then offer up a moment of silence for those of us who don’t. I have a vintage stove that is as cute as can be until I contemplate cleaning the oven. For a number of years, David cleaned it for me each fall before Thanksgiving. I have severe asthma and can’t tolerate oven cleaner fumes. He would clean it while I was away from home for a few hours.
Then we discovered the vinegar and baking soda method and that was the end of my oven cleaning help. We aren’t going to discuss what mine looks like right now but suffice it to say “clean the oven” is on my spring cleaning list.
How to Deep Clean Your Oven With Baking Soda
5. Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans
This is a good job to get some help with. Pick a time when your spouse or an older child is available to help. Unless you are a lot taller than I am you’ll need at least a step ladder. Depending on the fixture, you may be able to clean it in place but many will require removal of some parts. It’s a lot easier to hand them to someone than to try to descend a ladder while holding them.
Wash in hot soapy water, rinse in very hot water and dry thoroughly before replacing. While the fixture is off, give the light bulbs a quick wipe, too. If any need to be replaced, go ahead and do this now. In fact, before you start this project, go through your entire house and take note of any bulbs that need to be replaced. Many fixtures have several bulbs and for some unknown reason they don’t all go out at the same time. If you have really high ceilings I would recommend changing all the bulbs while you are up on that ladder. You can use the ones that still work in lamps or easier to reach light fixtures.
If you have ceiling fans, give the blades a good cleaning and make sure they are set to rotate counter-clockwise for summer.
Ceiling Fan Direction for Summer and Winter
6. Window Coverings
Now that your windows are sparkling clean, you’ll want to address your window coverings. Depending on the type of curtains or drapes you have you can either wash and iron them yourself or take them to the cleaners. If they aren’t washable and only a little dusty, give them a good vacuuming. I have velvet drapes in our family room and library and this is what I do.
If you have blinds, give them a good dusting. If they are plastic or metal and need more than dusting, you can give them a scrub in the bathtub.
Clean Mini Blinds in your Bathtub
If your blinds are wood, like mine, just dust them well. There are all sorts of dusters for blinds or you can simply use an old sock on your hand. I recently bought a duster with a washable, replaceable head. I bought mine from Grove Collaborative.
7. Change Seasonal Decor
Put away the winter decorations, decorative pillows, that lone Christmas decoration you overlooked and anything else that belongs to winter. Put away heavy table coverings and let polished wood show instead.
Grab a sturdy box or other container and walk from room to room looking for excess decorative items to pack away during warm months. What looked warm and cozy during cold weather may look cluttered now. Bring out your spring/summer decorative items and enjoy a fresh look.
8. Outdoor Furniture
If you have porch or patio furniture, either bring it out of storage or if it stays out year round, give it a good cleaning. Thoroughly sweep outdoor areas such as porches, patios and decks and hose them down if needed. This is the one I’m most excited about because I love Porch Time!
As soon as cold weather is well and truly gone, wash or dry clean heavy bed linens, down comforters, etc. and switch to lighter weight covering. Flip your mattress and wash your pillows, too.
How to Wash Pillows in the Washing Machine and by Hand
10. Computer and Phone
This is a good time to do a little “spring clean” of your computer and other devices. Do you have apps on your phone you never use? Delete them. Upload your photos and videos to your computer, an external hard drive and/or cloud-based services. Personally I like to have them in more than one place. You can then delete some of the excess from your phone and clear some space.
If you listen to podcasts take a look at your subscriptions. If there are some no longer offering new episodes go ahead and delete. If you use a feed reader such as Feedly or Bloglovin’ scan through your subscriptions and clear out the ones you never read or which are no longer publishing new material.
Set aside a bit of time each day during “Spring Cleaning” to get your inbox under control. I am a huge fan of SaneBox which you can read about here:
As soon as you complete your ten tasks, go buy yourself a bouquet of tulips or a flowering plant to reward yourself for all your hard work. You deserve it!
Spring Cleaning Supplies
I have been buying my cleaning supplies from Grove Collaborative for several years now and absolutely love them. It has been especially convenient this past year to have these things delivered right to my door. If it’s your first order you can get a free set of Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products!
If you’d like to know what some of my favorite Grove products are just let me know and I’ll be happy to share. One of these days I’ll get around to making a list to share here on the blog. Maybe.
My Spring Cleaning Pinterest Board
More Spring Cleaning Tips and Helps
The Best Vintage Spring Cleaning Tips and Routines
My Spring Cleaning Plan + Free Printable Checklist
Spring Cleaning Tips From 50s Housewives
Free Spring Cleaning Printable
Spring Cleaning ~ Tips and Motivation
Spring Cleaning to Welcome Mother Nature’s New Year! 22 Ways to Start Fresh
Originally published on this site April 6, 2018. Slightly edited and updated March 15, 2021.
Is it THAT time again? Already? We just had a serious snow two days ago in NM and it will be 73 and sunny here today. We are having a small freezer delivered today or tomorrow (to keep in the garage) and that has sparked a whole kitchen clean-out. I may as well deep-clean the oven while I’m at it.
Great tips and they feel very do-able for someone not quite ready to wash walls and beat rugs.
Deanna Piercy says
Spring has a way of sneaking up on us. We had a crazy storm a few weeks ago and went from -14 to 80 degrees in a matter of a few days. We are back to the 60s right now but it’s sunny so that makes me happy. My oven is definitely on my spring cleaning list. After a year of cooking almost every meal we have eaten it is pretty awful. Enjoy your new freezer!
I also wanted to share:
I deep-clean our electric/ convection oven with a mixture of dawn/ vinegar/ baking soda mixture, but the evening before I run the oven at 150 (the lowest it will go) with the racks still in and two large casserole dishes filled with plain water. This steams the walls and racks. Once the oven has cooled the racks can be removed and easily cleaned. The sides and back come SO clean. My mother used this in her oven (a 1950’s model original to her home) although she didn’t use the dish soap- just the vinegar and baking soda.
Perhaps your husband would be intrigued enough to try this method for you this year 🙂
Deanna Piercy says
That is a great idea! I know how much easier it is to clean a microwave if you boil a cup of water in it first to steam it a bit. I also love your idea about my husband being intrigued enough to try it. I like the way you think!
Thanks to injuring my hand, I won’t be doing anything but essential tasks right now, and hubby has to help me do most of those as it is. But these are great tips.
Deanna Piercy says
I’m so sorry about your hand! I hope it feels better soon.