Are you getting ready for Spring Cleaning or maybe fell off your regular cleaning routine? Maybe you are just getting started with creating a cleaning schedule. Regardless of your situation, a house cleaning checklist can really help.
So here is a checklist of some cleaning tasks going room by room you may not have thought of so that you can organize your cleaning efforts.
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Room by Room Cleaning Checklist: How to Clean Your Home without Getting Overwhelmed
Spring is here, and it’s time to clean winter grayness out of your home. Does it seem overwhelming? That’s understandable! But breaking it down by room can help.
Here are some ideas on how to clean your home room by room.
During the winter, floors can get tracked on and generally messed up.
But before you tackle the floors, look up – it’s a good idea to work from the top down. That way, if anything falls on the floor while you’re cleaning, you won’t have to clean it up off the floor again!
Try working in this order:
- Ceilings – use a vacuum or duster to clean cobwebs from the ceiling corners.
- Wipe down ceiling fans.
- Take down light fixtures and clean them.
- Wipe smudges off walls; dust any wall art.
- Wash inside of windows and wall mirrors.
- Clean draperies and/or blinds.
- Clean furniture – use furniture oil on wood and upholstery cleaner on couches and chairs.
Bonus TIP: You can use an electric mixer to make your own by whipping up 4 cups of hot water and 1 tablespoon of dish detergent until it makes a thick foam. Use this foam on the upholstery and wipe/rinse with a damp cloth.
- Now clean carpets with vacuum and rug cleaner, or vacuum and mop if they are hardwood. Wash area rugs if you have them.
Bathrooms usually get cleaned regularly, but in the spring you might want to do some extra cleaning. As you’re tackling the mildew between the tiles, don’t forget these “hidden” items that need to be addressed.
Don’t forget to work top-down here, too.
- Clean mildew off the ceiling if present (use bleach).
- The ceiling might need to be re-painted with mildew-resistant paint.
- Dust fans and overhead lights.
- Clean curtains.
- Wash the inside of windows.
- Clean bathtub, sink, and toilet.
- Caulk may be needed to cover cracks or peeled caulk around the tub.
- Organize bathroom items so they are not cluttering up the sink or vanity.
- Throw out old make-up and hair products.
- Go through and organize hair clips, bands, etc. and throw away worn-out ones.
- Mop floor.
- Clean any area rugs.
Once again, start high.
- Clean ceilings.
- Organize and clean out upper cabinets, such as the ones above the fridge and stove.
- Organize and clean out head-level cabinets above the counter.
- Clean countertops and sink.
- Organize appliances so they are not cluttering up every level area.
- Throw out old food from the pantry, cabinets, drawers, and so forth.
- Clean out the flatware drawer.
- Wipe down the front of the fridge, dishwasher, and stove.
- Organize and clean out below-the-countertop cabinets and drawers.
- Vacuum and mop floor.
- Wash area rugs.
In addition to the “usual” kitchen cleaning, this is a good time to clean the oven – windows can be open to provide circulation.
Your bedroom may need a whole new look for spring.
- Dust ceiling fans and ceiling corners.
- Wipe any smudges on walls.
- Dust dressers, bureaus, and wall art.
- Dust lamp shades.
- Wash bedding and put away heavy comforters. Remake the bed with lighter blankets, pillowcases, and sheets.
- Pull old clothes out of the closet and donate them. Go through your drawers and do the same.
- Vacuum and mop floor, or vacuum and wash carpet.
For kids’ bedrooms, you can do much of the same thing, but you’ll need to work with your kids to clean out toys, too.
Spring is the perfect time to clean out under the bed, although it may be overlooked.
- Pull everything out from under the bed (watch out for dust bunnies!).
- Vacuum and throw out whatever you don’t need. Use flat plastic bin(s) to organize what you do intend to keep.
- Mop under the bed, if needed.
Tracking in driveway salt doesn’t just stop at the porch. Your carpets also take a beating in winter, as do hardwood floors.
- Get carpets deep-cleaned to make them safe for bare feet.
- Hardwood and linoleum will need to be cleaned, too. Mop hardwood with oil soap and water, and mop linoleum with your cleaner of choice.
- Wash area rugs in the laundry or with carpet cleaner.
Have you considered the outside of your house in your spring-cleaning plans? Some things you might not have thought to consider outdoors include:
- Patio and deck furniture – Don’t forget to clean your patio and deck furniture. This can be as simple as hosing off or as elaborate as repainting and cleaning with special products. If you have plastic furniture, a scrub-down with a weak bleach and water solution may just do the trick against mildew and algae. This solution should work with water-resistant covers on cushions, too. Iron furniture might need to be touched up with black enamel paint after cleaning.
- Decks – Hosing or power washing your deck can be included in spring cleaning. Any insect proofing, such as a fresh coat of varnish or paint, is best done before the bugs get bad in hot weather.
- Porch, steps, and driveway – After a winter of putting down driveway salt on concrete and asphalt surfaces, a thorough hose-down is a good idea.
- Doormats can be hosed off and/or laundered as well.
Cleaning Tips to Get Your Home Looking Good FAST
Okay, so you got caught off-guard and you have to have your house looking good – NOW.
What do you do? It’s also important what you don’t do.
Here are some quick cleaning tips to help you get your house ready for unexpected company.
No Deep Cleaning
This isn’t the time to shampoo the carpets, clean out the garage, or wash the windows.
Concentrate on the areas where your guests will be hanging out, and concentrate your efforts there – usually it’s the living room, family room, kitchen, and bathroom(s).
There’s going to be just as much hiding going on as actual cleaning! 😂
Most of us have miscellaneous clutter lying about – on the entertainment center, on the bedroom dresser, bathroom sink, and kitchen counters.
Get clutter out of site fast by assigning a big box or laundry basket to each room.
Dump the clutter from each room into its respective container, label the box or basket if necessary, and stick them in the attic, basement, or closet.
Stacks of paper often abound in a house – bills to pay, ledgers, bank statements, mail that hasn’t been gone through.
To get it out of sight fast but still leave it in a state that allows you to go through it later, grab file folders, label them (“to read,” “bank statements,” “misc. mail”) and dump the appropriate papers into them.
Stick the folders in a file cabinet or drawer out of sight.
Plump up throw pillows and couch cushions.
Take ten minutes tops and run the vacuum quickly over the surface of the upholstery to remove dirt or pet hair.
You’d be surprised at how much a difference dusting can make!
Use a feather duster to do a quick go-over of the most obvious areas of the room – the corners of the ceilings you see from the front doorway, for instance, or the top of the coffee table that guests will see and use.
I love using microfiber towels for my everyday cleaning. I just wet them a little bit and wipe down all the surfaces. Microfiber towels can clean any surface and natural cleaning properties so there’s no need for cleaning chemicals.
Don’t worry about the tops of picture frames or mirrors.
Don’t sweat the floors too much.
Guests are going to track in dirt and drop crumbs anyway, and they will likely assume that any floor mess was brought in by them!
Quickly shake out welcome mats and rugs that lie in the entryway so the first thing guests see is fairly clean.
Grab the broom and spend five minutes sweeping the entrance, porch and steps. Don’t worry about the driveway.
Make sure there’s enough toilet paper.
Run the toilet brush around the bowl; no need for cleaners if you’re just doing a quick clean.
Use disposable bleach wipes to run over the surface of the toilet seat and bowl.
Throw kids’ bath toys into a bin and put it in the bathtub and close the shower curtain. Dump the trash can.
Close the doors
If there are rooms and closets you just don’t want your guests to see and that aren’t necessary for the party (like your bedroom or the basement), feel free to close doors.
It finishes of the space to make it look clean and tidy.
If you have time to go out and throw the trash to your dumpster fo ahead. If not just empty it into another trash bin in another bedroom where your guest will for sure not be going into.
Boom! You’re ready for guests. If you really go through this quickly, it can take 10-15 minutes to get this all done.