The Complete Spring Cleaning Checklist

Do you ever wonder how some people keep their homes spotless while you never see them cleaning? They don’t attack the home in one go, and they almost always have a house cleaning checklist.

A cleaning checklist lets you maintain your home in top form without feeling like you’re going crazy running around like a headless chicken.

4 Reasons to Keep a House Cleaning Checklist

  1. When you have a cleaning checklist, you can easily see what has to be done. Breaking down your cleaning tasks not only allows you to see the bigger picture but in manageable chunks of work.
  2. Sometimes, those living with you may not know what needs to be cleaned. A to-do list for the week or month, on the other hand, will assist you in delegating tasks to everyone in the house.
  3. Regular cleaning will keep the clutter at bay, making your home feel like the oasis you want to come home to. Germs are prevented from spreading by regular house cleaning and disinfection. Dust is less likely to accumulate, lowering the risk of allergic reactions and respiratory illnesses.
  4. We all have unexpected visitors. A regular cleaning schedule will save you the embarrassment of a messy home. It’s never pleasant to have to apologize for the condition of your home when friends or family members show up unannounced.

Equipment You Need

You’ll need certain supplies and tools before you can begin spring cleaning your house. No, you don’t need a housekeeper’s trolley, but you’ll want to stock up on some basic cleaning supplies if you haven’t already done so. Here’s the stuff you’ll need:

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Brush, sponges, and abrasive scrub pads
  • Mop or mop and bucket
  • Duster (preferably an extendible one)
  • Toilet brush 
  • Grout brush or an old toothbrush
  • Vacuum 
  • Rubber gloves
  • Indoor broom
  • Outdoor broom (for patio, garage, balcony, etc…)
  • A dustpan or two 
  • Squeegee for windows
  • Stovetop scraper or razor – for glass cooktops

Products you need:

  • All-purpose cleaner – We recommend a plant-based solution formulated to loosen grease and dirt. We also recommend a cleaner rated for multiple surfaces such as appliances, countertops, sinks, etc. It is good to note that most all-purpose cleaners are not disinfectants. 
  • Disinfectant – Mostly for the kitchen and bathrooms. Again, we recommend a natural solution that kills germs after being left on a surface for some time (typically 5 minutes).
  • Tile and grout cleaners – Go for scrub-free solutions.
  • Wood cleaner – It’s essential to match the wood in your house with the product you’re using.
  • Glass cleaner – Shoot for a streak-free glass cleaner for the best results. Some all-purpose cleaners allow for streak-free glass cleaning.

If you dislike chemical-based or commercial products, natural remedies are readily available with products you probably already have in your home. Just google “natural cleaning remedies.”

How to Maintain a Clean House

A regular home cleaning plan will guarantee that you don’t live in a never-ending mess. This little-known trick for keeping your house clean goes a long way. When you get into a regular cleaning schedule, it only takes about 15 minutes every day to keep your home in order.

Before we go into the daily cleaning checklist, a few tidy habits to start that go a long way:

  • Make your bed after you wake up.
  • When clothes come off, either hang them (if still clean) or throw them in a hamper.
  • No dirty dishes in the sink before you go to bed.
  • After use, wipe the bathroom counters and sinks with a wet disinfectant wipe.
  • Try to keep kitchen counters free from appliances. Store them and pull them out as necessary.
  • Make it a habit to enforce kids to put up toys before bed.

Daily cleaning checklist

Your daily cleaning schedule should address the areas with the most foot traffic. This usually includes your living/family room, kitchen, and bathrooms in most cases. 

Kitchen:

  • After your last time eating, put dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
  • Wipe down counters, tables, and food preparation surfaces using an all-purpose cleaner.
  • Wipe down any appliances exposed on the countertop. Example: coffee maker, Air fryer, blender, etc.
  • Sweep and mop the floor.
  • Clean the coffee maker.

Rooms: 

  • Straighten the living room by folding blankets, tidying up remotes, magazines, and paperwork.
  • Wipe down any frequently used tables or surfaces in high traffic rooms.
  • Make beds and remove dirty laundry.

Bathrooms: 

  • Wipe down the toilet, sink, and other surfaces in the bathroom with a disinfectant.
  • Use a squeegee or a damp cloth to wipe down the shower walls.
  • Fold or hang towels.

Weekly cleaning checklist:

Creating a weekly home cleaning checklist will help you complete one household chore every day. This way, you don’t get overwhelmed by a messy kitchen or piled-up laundry. 

Mop up Mondays

After a busy weekend, you want to start the week with a clean house. We like to dedicate Mondays to mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming the floors:

  • the entry hallway 
  • family room
  • stairs
  • corridors 
  • bedrooms 
  • bathrooms 
  • kitchen

Tip: Be sure to go under the dining table and rugs to collect the hidden crumbs and debris.

Scrub down Tuesdays

It’s a day of putting on those gloves and dealing with bathrooms.

  • Clean and disinfect the toilets, bathtubs, showers, sinks, and counters. 
  • Spray plastic shower curtains and bathmats with disinfectant.
  • Remove any soiled towels and count your toiletries. You don’t want to be caught short on toilet paper.

Wipe down Wednesdays

  • Wipe the kitchen sink, cooktops, faucets, counters, and backsplash clean with an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth.
  • Wipe down the outside surfaces of your microwave, oven, coffee maker, toaster, refrigerator, blender, mixer, and other kitchen equipment.
  • Dust and clean furniture; lampshades, picture frames, windowsills, doorknobs, light fixtures, ceiling fans, and vents.
  • Wipe down the television, entertainment system, and remote controls.
  • Dust off the cobwebs and clean mirrors.

Throw it out Thursdays

Get rid of useless, old, or expired stuff from your house. Begin with the refrigerator and work your way up to the medicine cabinet. Trash mail, newspapers, outdated cosmetics, and lotions are good candidates for trash disposal. Clothes you know you won’t be able to repair or any craft projects from ten years ago should go away.

If you haven’t used anything in your house for the past two years, there’s a good chance you won’t use it this year. Regular decluttering creates space for more essential items and relieves you of worry.

Foldup Fridays

By the weekend, the laundry basket should be pretty full. It’s a fine day to wash clothes on Friday.

  • Soak your whites separately and any garments with difficult stains.
  • Remove the tablecloths, bed linens, kitchen towels, hand towels, and bath towels from the beds and put them in the washing machine.
  • After drying, fold, iron, and store clean laundry.

Pet-friendly Saturdays

If you have cat companions in your home, consider cleaning their habitats on Saturday. Clean out the litter box and wash it with soap and water. Because certain chemicals might be harmful to animals, avoid using bleach or ammonia because they can irritate them.

Saturday is also a fine day to update the bedding for dogs and caged animals. If you have fish, doing a partial aquarium water change will keep them happy swimming.

Following this weekly cleaning checklist should free your weekend to be enjoyed with your friends and family in a spotless house.

Three Months Spring-Cleaning Checklist

Every three months, we recommend spending some time cleaning your entire house from top to bottom. We recommend dividing the house into several sections and assigning a distinct cleaning task. This way, you’ll avoid getting bogged down cleaning for hours, and you can focus on one cleanup job at a time.

Kitchen checklist

Refrigerator

Because you’ll need room, clear out your kitchen area. 

  • Remove everything from the refrigerator. 
  • Wash the shelves and drawers in dishwashing detergent and warm water, then rinse and dry.
  • Wipe the inside of the refrigerator and the outside with a microfiber towel dampened with an all-purpose cleaner. If your fridge is stainless steel, you can use a stainless-steel cleaner.

Food inventory

  • Before putting things back in the fridge, take stock of items that must be eaten soon, discarded, or restocked. Do this with food in both the freezer and pantry as well.

Oven

  • Spray an oven cleaner and allow a few minutes for the product to begin breaking down grease, grime, and residue.
  • Then wipe away using a microfiber cloth.
  • To avoid a future fire, clean the range hood to remove any grease, oil, or debris.
  • Wash the oven racks in dishwashing detergent and hot water.

It’s also worth noting that oven cleaners include strong chemicals, which may irritate your skin. It would help if you used gloves and safety glasses when working with these products. We recommend using a steam cleaner that doesn’t use any harsh chemicals but is just as effective.

Microwave

  • Clean the interior of the microwave by combining a quarter cup of vinegar with one cup of water and heating it in the microwave for three minutes. Wipe the walls when they’re all steamy.

Dishwasher

  • Place one cup of vinegar and another bowl with baking soda on the top rack and run a regular cycle if you’ve detected an unpleasant odor coming from the dishwasher. This combination will knock out any bad fumes.

Living room and bedroom checklist

  • Vacuum all carpets, furniture, and area rugs in your home. Don’t forget to clean behind large pieces of furniture and under sofa cushions.
  • Takedown and wash curtains, drapes, duvets, comforters, pillows, and cushion covers
  • Dust and wipe the window blinds, windowsills, air vents, doors, walls, and molding clean.
  • Wipe down windows and glass cabinets with a glass cleaner.
  • Dust the smoke alarm and replace the batteries if needed.
  • Change your HVAC and vacuum filters.

Sparkling bathroom cleaning checklist

Your bathroom may become a great host for unpleasant microorganisms if it isn’t well cared for. Mildew and mold thrive in dark and humid places. Use these bathroom cleaning ideas to keep unwanted guests at bay.

  • Clean and deodorize the garbage bin with a disinfectant to kill germs and odors. Allow it to air dry in the sun after rinsing it to prevent mold.
  • Disinfect the toothbrush holder if possible – most are dishwasher-safe.
  • If able, throw your shower curtain or liner in the washing machine. Or wash plastic shower curtains in water and vinegar to hang dry. 
  • Replace your shower curtain if the time has impacted it.
  • Wipe away any dust or particles from inside drawers and cabinets. Replace the drawer linings.

Shine your porcelain throne inside and out

Spray the inside, outside, back, under the seat, and on the wall behind the toilet with disinfectant. Allow at least 5 minutes for the cleaner to work its magic. Wipe the toilet’s exterior using a paper towel from top to bottom. Flush to rinse the inside.

Annual house cleaning checklist

The good news is that certain rooms in your home can go neglected for a year. Having said this, you must still attempt them since they are essential to the long-term maintenance of your property.

  • Clean and organize the garage and basement.
  • Clear out gutters.
  • Clear out the chimney and fireplace.
  • Special projects – Any clothing, shoes, toys, sports equipment, gadgets, or other items stored in your house that you haven’t used within the previous year should be donated, sold, or thrown away.

When to call the experts

If your house is “too far gone,” starting a cleaning schedule may be difficult. Neet Home Cleaning offers assistance, and you can book a high-quality cleaning in just 60 seconds online.

We offer various cleaning services to fit your unique needs and schedule. You may either choose a standard cleaning to get you started on your way to maintaining a home cleaning list or a deep cleaning, where we thoroughly clean every nook and cranny. We can also assist you with developing a house cleaning schedule and checklist.

We’ve got your back, so you don’t break yours while trying to keep a clean home. Book today