Spring is a time of renewal and hope. It is also a time for cleaning our homes. But don’t let the stress of organization dampen the spirit of blooming flowers and returning sunshine. This spring cleaning checklist will allow you to move efficiently from room to room while creating more space for you and your family to relax and enjoy the summer months ahead. We’ve identified the key steps for spring cleaning each room, along with including storage tips for the items you won’t need until next winter.
Room-By-Room Spring Cleaning Checklist
1.) Spring Cleaning Bedroom: Start in the bedrooms and work your way through the rest of the home from here.
- Donate Clothes to Charity: Take an inventory of your closet and identify the items you no longer wear. Place those items in a box to be donated to a local charity. For seasonal items like winter clothes, consider placing them in a self-storage unit.
- Declutter: Remove items you no longer need from your dresser, night stands and drawers. Some of these items may also be donated, while others can be thrown away. Only keep what you truly need and remove any unnecessary items.
- Clean and Vacuum: Wipe down windows, window sills, and dust the trim around your doors. After that, vacuum your bedroom floors and be sure to get underneath the bed and inside your closets. This would also be the time to throw your sheets and blankets in the laundry.
2.) Spring Cleaning Bathroom: After completing each bedroom, the next spring cleaning stop is your bathrooms.
- Clean Tub, Shower and Sinks: Using a manufacturer approved cleaner, spray down your tubs, showers and sinks and allow it to set for the required period. Then use a brush or cleaning rag to thoroughly scrub these areas before wiping down with water.
- Scrub Toilet and Floors: Pour your cleaner into the toilet and use a brush to clean out the inside of the bowl. Also wipe down the exterior of the toilet base, seat and tank. Then use a mop to clean the floor around your toilet, as well as the rest of the bathroom.
- Polish Fixtures and Mirrors: Using a glass cleaner, wipe down your mirrors and polish your sink and bathtub fixtures. During this last step, also take inventory any spots you may have missed before checking the bathrooms off your spring cleaning list.
3.) Spring Cleaning Kitchen: Decluttering and organizing your kitchen is key for an effective spring cleaning project.
- Declutter drawers and cabinets: Take inventory of what you need and don’t need in the drawers and cabinets in your kitchen. This will help create extra storage space for the items you do need throughout the months ahead.
- Clean appliances: Remove any spoiled food items that may be in your refrigerator. Then, thoroughly scrub the shelves, doors and drawers both inside and out. Take similar steps to clean your oven, microwave and any other appliances in your kitchen.
- Dust sills and mop floors: Using a rag, dust the trim, window sills and walls throughout your kitchen. Then grab your mop and wash the floor as the last step to spring cleaning your kitchen.
4.) Spring Cleaning Garage: Take inventory of your garage and remove seasonal items to maximize storage space.
- Designated tool area: Designate an area for tool storage and place those items in a cabinet or container. Label each storage container to help stay organized. For seasonal items like snow blowers or shovels, consider placing them in a self-storage unit to maximize space.
- Vertical storage hooks: Create extra storage space in your garage by using hooks for vertical storage. Items like bikes or beach chairs can be stored vertically with hooks. Be sure to check manufacturer and weight requirements before hanging those items.
- Sweep garage floor: After organizing tools, hanging bikes from hooks on the garage ceiling, and then storing other items in a self-storage unit, thoroughly sweep your garage floor. If you have a floor drain, place masking tape over the grill to prevent rocks or dust from entering.
5.) Spring Cleaning Living Room: Take inventory of your living room and declutter any unnecessary items before cleaning.
- Dust sills and trim: Use a dust rag to clean the tops and bottoms of fans. Also dust window sills, trim and doors. Be sure to dust the tops of casing that may not look dirty from the ground, but are certainly in need of a quick clean.
- Clean windows: Using a glass cleaner, wipe down the insides of all windows. If your living room door has light kits, be sure to similarly wipe down those as well. Any glass coffee tables or end tables should be wiped down now as well.
- Clean carpets and rugs: Since your living room is a more high-traffic area than your bedrooms, take this as an opportunity to deep clean your carpets or rugs. You can purchase a deep-cleaning product, or hire a professional after vacuuming.
6.) Spring Cleaning Basement: If your basement is unfinished it still needs to be part of your spring cleaning checklist.
- Clean exposed vents in ceiling: Wipe down dryer vents or any exposed HVAC equipment in the ceiling of your basement. Use a duster to clean off the exposed wood or pipe that may have gathered dust during the winter in those hard-to-reach places.
- Sweep basement floor: After dusting the HVAC vents and basement ceiling, sweep or vacuum your floor. Be sure to sweep out all corners and storage areas you may have forgotten about. If you have furniture in your basement, pull those couches away from the wall to sweep there too.
- Remove seasonal equipment: Like you did in the garage, remove any seasonal equipment you won’t need. Christmas decorations, deicing salt, or other winter-related items would be best placed in a self-storage unit until you need.
ezStorage has a location near you to assist with your spring cleaning project. Whether storing winter clothes or seasonal tools, we can help. With units in an array of sizes, our self-storage professionals will find the perfect storage solution to fit your needs.