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10 Spring Cleaning Tips To Deep Clean Your Home (+ FREE Cleaning Checklist!)

Written by Liz Brown

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Cleaning never felt so good until now! #OddlySatisfying

I don’t know about you, but spring cleaning is one of my favorite times of the year. Even though you can technically “spring clean” during any month, there’s something about doing it after the winter season that feels so satisfying. It’s also the most common time of the year to clean because after a long and cold winter season of being cooped up, people tend to accumulate a lot of “stuff”, and there’s no better feeling than ditching the excess junk and start the year fresh and feeling renewed! 

A problem that many people seem to encounter with spring cleaning, however, is the feeling of being overwhelmed and not knowing where to begin. If this sounds familiar, you’re in luck! I’ll be sharing my top spring cleaning tips to make spring cleaning feel like less of a chore, and more satisfying than ever! As an added bonus, I’m including a spring cleaning checklist so you don’t miss a thing! 

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Tips For Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning can be extremely stressful for some people. So much so, that it rarely happens, or it never happens. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, put these spring cleaning tips to the test and give your home, and yourself, some fresh and invigorating energy! 

1. Make a schedule 

One of the most important spring cleaning tips is to first create a schedule. Skipping this step is an inescapable gateway to losing focus, motivation, and any momentum on making progress. I’ll be providing you with a spring cleaning checklist at the end of this blog so you will be able to break down each room into small projects you can tackle over a series of a few days or even just one day. 

2. Restock your cleaning supplies 

There is nothing worse than starting a project and not having the materials and supplies you need to be successful. I do this ALL the time with home projects and it’s so frustrating having to stop what I’m doing to refill things. Not only is it a time sucker, but it also throws a wrench in your progress and schedule. I’m the type of person that when I find my rhythm, I tend to be super productive and can accomplish a lot. Getting distracted with small tasks like running to the store can cause a lot of delay and might even distract you from getting the job finished. 

3. Focus on one room at a time

Okay, I feel like this one is my biggest struggle. Have you ever started cleaning your home and when you go to put something away in the other room, you suddenly find yourself getting distracted with another task? I do this ALL the time and the worst part is sometimes I can’t even remember what I was doing in the first place! This is definitely one of those spring cleaning tips that tend to get away from me. If this sounds like something you do, try creating small piles of items that need to be cleared out of the room and be brought somewhere else. This is especially helpful if you have children because you can even ask your kids to grab their pile to take to their rooms. 

4. Get rid of the junk

Before you actually start cleaning, it’s important to declutter your space and get rid of anything you no longer need, use, or frankly don’t want anymore. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can accumulate even over a few months! Similar to cleaning, decluttering can be just as overwhelming. Be sure to check out this blog on how to declutter your life so you can rid yourself and home of stale energy.

5. Separate items into categories 

As I mentioned in my third spring cleaning tip, creating piles of items can be extremely helpful in sorting through all your belongings. You can create categories based on rooms of the house things need to be returned to, and you can even create piles for things you want to keep, donate, or throw away. Another tip when doing this activity is one from Mari Kondo of Netflix’s hit show “Tidying Up”—hold each item and decide whether the item “sparks joy” in your life. If you have a positive connection to it, keep it. If it brings negative feelings or nothing at all, decide whether or not it’s worth keeping. Doing this will help ensure that the things you do keep, bring positive energy in your life. 

6. Start with bigger projects first 

This spring cleaning tip can be a bit controversial depending on your outlook. Some people like to start small and work their way up to bigger tasks—I, on the other hand, prefer to tackle the biggest and most impactful projects first. Doing this allows you to see a lot of progress quickly as well as knock out the big elephant in the room.

7. Work from top to bottom

Once it’s time to actually start cleaning, a really helpful spring cleaning tip is to start from the top of the room (items in high areas) and work your way down to things at the bottom of the room. For example, if you’re cleaning your bedroom, it would make more sense to clean the ceiling fan first and your floors last so you don’t get the floors dirty again. Same thing goes with dusting—dust the tops of lamps, bookshelves, and wall hangings before moving to furniture surfaces, floorboards, and carpets.  

8. Get organized

One of my most satisfying spring cleaning tips is stocking up on organization tools. If you plan to go through your wardrobe, it might be worth the time and energy to get matching hangers, drawer organizers, and garment bags. This way everything has a home and things are easy to find. 

9. Time block 

Time blocking is another helpful spring cleaning tip that can help you accomplish small tasks. Breaking up your schedule into time blocks as opposed to breaking them up by task helps you coast through multiple tasks in a certain period of time. For example, instead of telling yourself you can take a break as soon as you’ve finished cleaning the kitchen, you clean for 30 minutes straight. This can be helpful especially if you have a busy household or young children pawing at you any chance they get. This way you can still be productive.

10. Create an energizing playlist or find an interesting podcast 

Having good music playing should be a no-brainer when it comes to spring cleaning tips, but in case you need reminding—bump the music, girlfriend! According to a 2013 study, listening to music you like releases the chemical dopamine, which makes you feel good and reduces stress and anxiety. [1] It’s also noted that listening to music without lyrics can make you more productive as opposed to music with lyrics. If you’re one of those people who would love to read more but can’t seem to find the time, this is a great opportunity to listen to an audiobook or an interesting podcast! You can even use these as a way to create time blocks in your schedule. 

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Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Now that you’re prepared to start cleaning, here is the ultimate spring cleaning checklist to help you stay on track and clean every nook and cranny of your home! Good luck! 

1. Entryway

  • Sweep floors
  • Mop floors
  • Wipe walls
  • Wipe baseboards
  • Clean door
  • Clean doormat
  • Organize shoes
  • Hang jackets

2. Kitchen

  • Clean stovetop
  • Clean oven
  • Clean microwave
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Clean refrigerator
  • Wipe drawers and shelves in refrigerator and freezer
  • Defrost freezer
  • Discard old or expired food in pantry, fridge and freezer
  • Clear countertops 
  • Degrease cabinet doors and backsplash
  • Remove items from cabinets and thoroughly clean inside
  • Clean fridge/freezer seal
  • Dust top of high surfaces including fridge, microwave/range hood, cabinets
  • Deodorize and degrease the kitchen drain
  • Wash dish rags and clean sponges
  • Wipe walls
  • Wipe baseboards
  • Mop floors
  • Shake out dust or dirt from floor mats

3. Dining Room

  • Dust china in china cabinet
  • Launder and press table linens
  • Polish silver
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Vacuum or spot clean chair cushions
  • Wipe walls
  • Wipe baseboards
  • Clean light fixture
  • Dust blinds
  • Dust curtain rods
  • Clean window sills
  • Wash windows
  • Clean or vacuum curtains
  • Mop or vacuum floor
  • Shampoo rugs or carpet

4. Bathroom

  • Discard expired personal care products and makeup, and bring old medications to a drop-off site
  • Clean makeup brushes
  • Clean vanity
  • Wipe mirror
  • Clean tub and shower
  • Clean shower head 
  • Replace shower curtain liner
  • Scrub tile grout
  • Clean toilet
  • Clean hardware
  • Sweep floors
  • Mop floors
  • Wipe walls
  • Wipe baseboards

5. Laundry Room

  • Clean washing machine 
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Clean lint trap
  • Organize laundry supplies
  • Wipe walls
  • Wipe baseboards
  • Mop floors

6. Bedrooms

  • Wipe baseboards
  • Dust/polish furniture
  • Donate unused clothing
  • Organize closets
  • Wash bedding including sheets, pillows, duvets and bed skirts
  • Vacuum carpets
  • Flip mattress
  • Dust blinds
  • Dust curtain rods
  • Clean window sills
  • Wash windows
  • Clean or vacuum curtains
  • Mop or vacuum floors
  • Shampoo rugs or carpets

7. Living Room

  • Dust/polish furniture
  • Wash slipcovers
  • Wash blankets and pillows
  • Vacuum sofa and chairs
  • Dust blinds
  • Dust curtain rods
  • Clean window sills
  • Wash windows
  • Clean or vacuum curtains
  • Clean ceiling fans
  • Dust and clean lamp shades
  • Dust electronics
  • Dust and clean decor
  • Sanitize remote controls
  • Mop or vacuum floors
  • Shampoo rugs or carpets

8. Kids’ Playroom

  • Sanitize plastic toys with soap and water
  • Wash stuffed animals and soft toys
  • Donate unused toys
  • Organize toys and play areas
  • Mop or vacuum floors
  • Shampoo rugs or carpets

9. Office

  • Recycle unneeded paperwork
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Dust bookshelf
  • Dust electronics
  • Sanitize keyboard and mouse

10. Garage

  • Declutter tools, sporting equipment and toys
  • Open up garage door to air out the space
  • Wipe down walls
  • Sweep floor
  • Clean garage door
  • Clean garage door frame
  • Replace batteries in garage door openers
  • Clean windows

11. Throughout The House

  • Test and replace smoke alarm batteries
  • Replace air filters as needed
  • Clean air vents/registers
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Replace light bulbs as needed
  • Sanitize door handles
  • Sanitize light switches

About The Author

Liz Brown

Fitness & Nutrition Expert (CPT., FNS.)

Liz is a health & wellness expert, writer, and editor with over a decade of experience in the fitness & nutrition industry. She emphasizes research and simplifies complex topics to help make healthy living simple and sustainable. When she isn't researching and writing, she's sharing delicious recipes, easy DIYs, and home decor tips on her blog and social media.

More from Liz, visit: Personal Blog, TikTok, Instagram


  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer(since 2012)
  • NASM Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist (since 2014)
  • Credentialed Coach Practitioner, Coach Training Academy
  • B.A. Liberal Studies (Health & Nutrition Sciences)
  • A.A. Liberal Arts (STEM)

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