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The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

Get your home fresh, sparkling, and deep-down clean with this simple (but thorough!) spring cleaning list.

Break out the dust rags and the donation boxes -- it's time for the annual spring scrub-down! It's like hitting a whole-home reset button. "After a winter with closed-up windows, and all that stagnant and stale air, it's a chance to freshen up," says Aby Garvey of "Everything just looks and feels better."

Read on for Garvey's ultimate spring cleaning list. She starts with a compact list of basics, then adds on a few select extras, depending on the room -- a great tactic that makes the list easy to customize by adding rooms or tasks. Keep reading for the bonus: Smart tips to help make this your best seasonal deep-clean yet!

Spring Cleaning Checklist
Download this list and check off each item as you go!

Spring Cleaning Basics (SCB) -- start with this list in every room!

·       Declutter and donate

·       Wash light fixtures and dust lampshades

·       Wash walls and baseboards

·       Wash doors and knobs

·       Wash switchplates

·       Clean registers and vents

·       Deep-clean floors, carpets, curtains, and blinds

·       Wash windows and screens

·       Touch up paint

·       Check smoke detectors



·       SCB

·       Clean out and organize cupboards and drawers

·       Clean out and organize pantry

·       Deep-clean cabinet fronts

·       Deep-clean refrigerator and freezer (including fridge coils)

·       Deep-clean oven, stove, and microwave

·       Clean dishwasher and other appliances

·       Reseal grout (if necessary)

·       Oil wooden items

·       Sharpen knives


Dining Room

·       SCB

·       Clean and organize buffet


Living Room

·       SCB

·       Deep-clean upholstered furniture

·       Wash pillows and throws

·       Clean out and organize media storage

·       Detail remotes and phones



·       SCB

·       Clean shower heads

·       Clean shower curtain or replace (as necessary)

·       Reseal grout (as necessary)

·       Clean out and organize medicine cabinet

·       Clean out and organize linen closet


Laundry Room

·       SCB

·       Clean cubbies/shelves

·       Clean washing machine



·       SCB

·       Wash threshold

·       Clean and organize coat closet

·       Clean or replace mats and rugs (as necessary)



·       SCB

·       Organize closet and dresser

·       Clean mattress and pillows

·       Clean shams, blankets, and skirts

·       Rotate seasonal bed linens

·       Make clothes shopping list



·       SCB

·       Organize and streamline storage area items (as necessary)



·       Declutter and organize

·       Sweep and clean floor


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