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Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning checklist – it’s a must for me. I got started today with my bedroom and my dog, Chloe. It went a little something like this:

I trimmed Chloe in my bathroom. Fur. Everywhere. Tossed Chloe in the bath. Trimmed her nails. Trimmed them too short. (Poor dog!) Tiny blood spots trailed through the house. Spot-cleaned carpet. Cleaned and bleached entire bathroom. Breathed in too much bleach. Took Ibuprofen for a headache. Washed blankets. Vacuumed. Went to empty the dirt container in the trash and spilled it all over the floor.

My spring cleaning checklist turned into a spring cleaning nightmare.

I can’t accomplish an entire list in one day because of my clumsiness and overall capability of causing messes…while I’m cleaning. So, I created my own spring cleaning checklist that breaks things up by room,  so I can take it day-by-day. Hopefully this helps you as well. It just targets the main rooms. If there’s something I’ve missed that you’d like to share with the crowd, leave a note in the comments section at the bottom of this page!


Spring Cleaning Checklist


  • Bleach the shower / bathtub (For tough stains or spots I use Norwex Cleaning Paste. It’s not cheap, but it’s lasted me forever and got out my toughest bathtub stains. Plus it’s chemical free. Great for your home!)
  • Unclog the drain
  • Wash shower curtain (if possible)
  • Replace your shower liner
  • Toilet (outside & inside)
  • Clean the sinks and counters
  • Wipe out cabinets / shelves
  • Clean the floor and baseboards
  • Shake/vacuum/wash rugs
  • Wipe down mirrors


  • Donate anything you don’t want
  • Flip your mattress
  • Wash all sheets & blankets
  • Dust every nook & cranny
  • Vacuum / Sweep (even under the bed and in the closets, folks)
  • Sweep around the baseboards with an attachment (aka suck out all the spiders from that creepy crack between the carpet and wall)
  • Clean baseboards


  • Clean out your fridge and pantry
  • Pull out your fridge and oven and clean around and under them
  • Clean out your microwave (to help with caked on food, microwave a wet – but not dripping – towel or paper towel for about 30 sec to 1 min depending on your microwave power to steam it up)
  • Turn on the self-clean in the oven (read your manual instructions!)
  • Wipe the tops and the insides of all the cupboards
  • Clean all counters with a little bit of bleach
  • Scrub that sink out (along with any drying racks or sink racks)
  • Clean the floor and baseboards
  • Wash any pet food/water bowls

Living Areas

  • Dust off all pictures or accessories on the walls
  • Dust off all entertainment items
  • Wipe down all end tables (and legs) and shelves
  • Use a screen-safe cloth to wipe down your TV screen
  • Have any slipcovers? Wash ’em.
  • Wash all blankets or throws
  • Take couch cushions off and vacuum them and under them
  • Fluff pillows and cushions
  • Sweep around the baseboards with an attachment
  • Vacuum under everything

A Few Extra, Easy Ways to Make it Feel Like Spring

  • Consider shampooing your carpets (I rent a carpet shampoo vacuum from Kroger)
  • Clean all your windows, inside and out
  • Switch out your pictures with newer ones
  • Change around the layout of your room while you clean
  • Organize your closets…you know you need to…
  • Deep clean and detail your car, and buy new sunglasses ;)
  • Buy some flowers to celebrate checking off your spring cleaning checklist!


I’d love to hear spring cleaning stories, tips, and lessons from you!


Meet Anne

While Anne’s "dream life" would include traveling and hiking every day, she’s pretty content spending time with the people she loves, eating sea salt and vinegar chips, and doing all things art. One of her greatest and most obvious passions is her plant collection. Some call it an obsession. She agrees.

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