Spring Cleaning Checklist & Printout

  • 12 November 2015

Top Tips for Successful Spring Cleaning

Spring clean kitchen

Spring is upon us, and we all know what that means: it’s time for spring cleaning! Cleaning the whole house at once might seem like a daunting task, but separating your chores by room can help you tackle the whole house before the hot summer weather arrives and all of a sudden it’s Christmas! Our checklist will also help you delegate tasks to the whole family!

Preparation and Universal Cleaning

There are a few things that can help you prepare for cleaning the whole house, because some things will need to be done in more than one room: dusting, cleaning windows and floors, and clearing out excess stuff. These chores should be done in every room in the house.

Dusting & Vacuuming

Make sure your vacuum cleaner is ready to go: check the filter, clean out the old bag or dust compartment, and remove dust and hair from the brushes and accessories.

Windows & Mirrors

Cleaning the insides of windows and mirrors can be done with a vinegar based solution and a soft cloth. For outside of your home, look into hiring a professional or purchasing a water and pressure based cleanser that you can use with your hose and no ladder.

Floors & Carpets

Depending on your flooring materials, you may need different kinds of cleansers: wax, a carpet shampoo, polish, etc. Look into the type of materials you’ll need, and make sure to clean floors last.

Trash & Junk Clear-out

One of the best things to do in the spring is to get rid of the old and excessive – clutter, knick-knacks, old clothes, old furniture, old things that no longer serve a purpose. Hire a skip to dispose of and recycle unwanted items and help keep your neighbourhood clean. When choosing a provider make sure to choose a green one (like us!) that has a materials recovery plant where they take your waste to recycle anything they can before taking what’s left to the landfill.

We offer short-term small-medium skip bin hire for home clear-outs like this – grab one for the weekend or a week to give you some extra time! Find out more here.

Going the Extra Mile for Spring Cleaning

For that extra spring-cleaning mile we’ve made a room by room checklist of additional items to be cleaned or spruced up, as well as things in the room that you might want to throw in the skip or give to goodwill. We’ve also left some extra space for you to print out the checklist and add anything else that might be relevant to your home.

Bedrooms

In addition to regular upkeep, spring is the time to take care of big bedroom tasks.

Additional Cleaning / Sprucing Up

Done?

Throw in the Skip / Recycle / Goodwill

Done?

Flip the mattress

 

Old books and magazines

 

Change out heavy doonas for lightweight linens and blankets

 

Knick-knacks / Clutter on beside locker or dresser

 

Clean or replace pillows; most can be machine washed

 

Clothing you no longer wear

 

Empty, wipe and air out drawers

 

Old linens

 

Empty, wipe and air out cupboards and robes

 

Old furniture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathrooms

Bathrooms can be one of the messiest rooms in the house.

Additional Cleaning / Sprucing Up

Done?

Throw in the Skip / Recycle / Goodwill

Done?

Change out old brushes and sponges used for cleaning

 

Old, dirty and broken cosmetics

 

Tidy and update your first aid kit – replace expired medicines

 

Used/nearly empty shampoo bottles

 

Clean makeup and hair brushes

 

Ratty towels or washcloths

 

Empty, wipe and air out cupboards and drawers

 

Expired products

 

Clean or replace your shower curtain

 

 

 

Soak toothbrush holder and soap holder in antibacterial solution

 

 

 

Clean hard to reach places – behind the toilet, the vents etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen

Most of the kitchen cleaning tasks have to do with big appliances that collect dirt in tiny nooks and crannies.

Additional Cleaning / Sprucing Up

Done?

Throw in the Skip / Recycle / Goodwill

Done?

Defrost your freezer and wipe it out

 

Tupperware containers with no matching lid

 

Remove food from the refrigerator; get rid of anything expired or old condiments

 

Appliances that you no longer use

 

Clean the refrigerator inside and out. Remove and clean shelves and drawers and the coils

 

Ratty towels

 

Empty, wipe and air out cupboards and drawers

 

Expired food

 

Wipe the front of cupboards and kickboards

 

Broken utensils

 

Clean furniture in the seating area or dining room, including the bottoms of the legs

 

Chipped crockery

 

Degrease and clean the oven and stove until grates are spotlessly silver

 

Stained teaspoons

 

Clean the vent above the cooker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Room/Common Areas

These areas are used almost daily, and tend to collect a lot of dirt and dust.

Additional Cleaning / Sprucing Up

Done?

Throw in the Skip / Recycle / Goodwill

Done?

Vacuum and steam clean sofas and chairs

 

Old books

 

Removable furniture covers should be removed and laundered

 

Old magazines, newspapers or TV Guides

 

Launder blankets, cushions and throws

 

Unused or outdated furniture

 

Dust and organise electric wires

 

Old or outdated décor and ornaments

 

Wipe remote controls

 

Un-cleanable pillows or blankets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laundry Room

The laundry room is often overlooked throughout the year, and may need a lot of work.

Additional Cleaning / Sprucing Up

Done?

Throw in the Skip / Recycle / Goodwill

Done?

Clean the laundry sink and faucet

 

Anything that has been collected in your laundry room

 

Use washing machine cleaner to clean out the washer

 

Old bottles of detergent or dryer sheets

 

Vacuum the lint out of the lint collector in the dryer

 

Broken laundry baskets