Refreshing Your Home: The Spring Cleaning Checklist

Is it just me, or is 2024 flying by? March is here, which means spring is knocking on our doors! The moment those first blooms appear and the sunshine gets warmer, I'm hit with a wave of motivation to get my life and home in order. There's something about spring that screams for a deep clean, so I've crafted this checklist for you. We're going to tackle every inch of your home, ensuring no corner is overlooked, so you can dive into spring feeling rejuvenated and ready for a new beginning!

Preparation Is Key

Kick things off by outlining what areas need attention. Take stock of your cleaning supplies, then list what you’re missing, room by room. Think about what specific products you might need, like oven cleaner for the kitchen or a limescale remover for the bathroom. Most of these items can be snagged at your local Walmart or Target. If you’re crunched for time or prefer to shop online, Amazon’s got your back, promising next-day delivery on just about anything you might need.

When you dive into the big spring clean, remember it’s not just about making your place look good. Safety first! Always wear gloves with cleaning products to avoid skin irritation, and crack open a window for ventilation when you’re using strong chemicals. This step is crucial to avoid breathing in anything harmful. Plus, always keep those cleaning supplies out of children’s reach.

Here’s a basic shopping list to get you started:

  • Cleaning wipes
  • Scouring pads
  • Trash bags
  • Squeegee
  • Window wiper
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Kitchen spray
  • Oven cleaner
  • Dishwasher tablets
  • Scouring powder
  • Bathroom spray
  • Limescale remover
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Cleaning vinegar
  • Specialty cleaners for stainless steel, wood, and leather, if needed
cleaning equipment
source: Unsplash – cleaning equipment

Kitchen Capers

Cabinets And Pantry
Begin with your cabinets. Empty them, vacuum out crumbs, and then whip up a soapy mix with your multi-purpose cleaner to scrub them down. And don’t skip the sides. After cleaning, rethink how you organize everything. Toss anything past its prime and give not-so-clean dishes a run through the dishwasher. If your pantry’s a mess, consider getting some storage containers and jars from IKEA or Temu to tidy things up.

Fridge And Freezer
Clear everything out, check those expiration dates, and give the inside a good wipe-down with a gentle cleaner. Pay special attention to the rubber seals and the outside, which can be hotspots for germs.

Oven And Stove
Follow your oven cleaner’s instructions to tackle the oven. For the stove, grab a kitchen spray to cut through grease and burnt-on bits. Don’t forget to clean your range hood filters thoroughly.

Clean the filter and run a high-temp cycle with nothing but a dishwasher tablet inside. Top up rinse aid and salt as necessary.

Countertops And Sink
Give these areas a thorough clean with kitchen spray and remember to descale your faucets.

Living Room Luxuries

Dusting Off
Dust every surface, including shelves and electronics. Vacuum the floor, under the furniture, between sofa cushions, and beneath rugs.

Rearranging Your Space
Sometimes a new furniture arrangement can breathe life into your living room. Play around with layouts to find what works best or to highlight a different part of the room.

Decor Updates
Freshen up your decor with new or rearranged items. Think about adding candles or fragrance diffusers from the Aromatique, available at Macy’s. Also, consider bringing in new houseplants – Plants Express has a great selection.

Bedroom Bliss

Mattress Care
Flip and vacuum your mattress, treating any stains with a mattress cleaner if needed.

Wardrobe Declutter
Go through your closet and donate or sell clothes you don’t wear anymore. Platforms like Vinted and FarFetch make it easy to pass on your garments, earning you some cash and reducing fashion industry carbon emissions. Did you know the fashion industry is responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions? You can read more about it in this article by the Geneva Environment Network. By giving your clothes a new life, you contribute to a circular economy, reducing the fashion industry’s impact on the environment. Keep your remaining items neatly organized.

Fresh Linens
Wash all your bedding and air out your duvets and pillows. Every few years, consider updating your bedding for a fresh look. Bed, Bath & Beyond offers attractive options at great prices.

organizing wardrobe
source: Unsplash – organizing wardrobe

Bathroom Basics

Shower And Tub
Tackle limescale and soap scum with an appropriate cleaner. Detach the showerhead and soak it in vinegar to get rid of buildup.

Toilet Time
Arm yourself with a strong toilet cleaner, making sure to scrub the outside and the floor area around the toilet too.

Mirrors And Faucets
Get those reflections sparkling with glass cleaner or a homemade vinegar solution.

Refreshing Products
Stock up on new shower essentials like shampoos and shower gels, for example from Rituals.

Outdoor Oasis

Yard And Patio
Sweep your patio, weed out unwanted guests, and trim plants and bushes. Consider using a pressure washer to spruce up your outdoor space for spring.

Outdoor Furniture
Clean your outdoor furniture and inspect it for any needed repairs.
Brighten up your garden with some new plants or flowers for a splash of color – checkout AeroGarden.

Window Washing
Cleaning your windows can drastically improve your home’s lighting. Don’t forget to clean your door exteriors and clear out those gutters.

With this detailed spring cleaning guide, you’re all set to rejuvenate your home from top to bottom. This isn’t just about tidying up; it’s a chance to make room for new beginnings in your life. So, crank up your favorite tunes, don those gloves, and welcome spring into every corner of your living space. May this spring cleaning bring you not just a sparkling home, but also the joy of a fresh start!

Len van Uuden