Spring is finally here! Is it just me or was it starting to feel like winter would never end? I’m ready for some warmth, some flowers and bright colors and as always, with spring time comes spring cleaning. Below is a detailed cleaning list separated by room.
My favorite cleaning products to use are organic products, either Mrs. Meyers products or I make my own with water, vinegar and essential oils. I like to use organic because we have pets and also because I come into contact with them enough I feel better knowing they’re less toxic. Let me know in the comments what your favorite products are!
Kitchen Cleaning List
- Sort through food, check expiration dates and get rid of expired products
- Deep clean the inside of the fridge, take out any removable drawers or shelves so it’s easier to clean hard to reach places. (Don’t forget to clean the individual shelves, I just use dish soap and hot water) I also like to give the freezer a quick wipe down and check for any freezer burnt foods
- This is s great time to re-organize a cluttered pantry or cupboard! I like to remove all the items first and then wipe down each shelf before I put anything back, its easier to organize as you put everything back. This is also a good time to wipe down any sticky or dirty bottles or jars
- Don’t forget to sort through and clean any drawers or other places (like under the sink or above the fridge) that are great for collecting miscellaneous items. Now is probably a good time to finally tackle that junk drawer I’m sure we all have. Do we really need to hold onto those random 6 pen caps we have floating around in there? We just have to come to terms with the fact we will probably never find their counter parts
- Disinfect the inside and outside of your trash can
- Clean inside oven, microwave, and/or toaster oven (once you’ve scrubbed the inside of your oven, I like to use an oven liner. It’s great for easy clean up!) while you’re cleaning the oven, don’t forget that bottom drawer, it’s probably collected a few dust bunnies
- Wipe down all appliances (coffee pot, toaster, blender, mixer, etc.)
- Completely clear countertops and give all the kitchen surfaces a good wipe down, now is a good time to reorganize what’s left out on your counters. Do you want to have more space? Maybe find a new spot for your coffee pot? Find out what works for you!
- Don’t forget to wipe down cupboard doors and drawers!
- Extra kitchen tips: while you’re doing a deep clean now is the perfect time to introduce some new organization systems! For my pantry I like to use mason jars and my trusty label maker to better organize pasta, rice, or even random tea bags I found floating around. It’s a cheap and easy way to keep your pantry organized and looking nice.
- Thoroughly wipe down table and chairs (that means more than just the tops this time!) and if you’re feeling ambitious and have a wood table, you could take the time to polish it.
- Organize and wipe down any other side tables or other surfaces
- Clean and iron (if necessary) any place mats, napkins and table cloths/runners
- Tackle any problem areas (our dining room is right off our entry so we have a shoe station and mail holder that can get cluttered, I like to take this time to organize everything)
- Remove any cushions and vacuum the sofa and/or chairs
- Remove any stains or spots you might find on upholstery
- Dust and organize any book shelves, side tables, or entertainment centers
- Clean and organize coffee table or side tables, sort through any clutter, like magazines, keep what you think looks nice or can be made useful
- Clean any pet/children’s toys (be sure to use a non-toxic, pet/child safe cleaner!)
- Living room tips: I like to go through my book shelves and entertainment center and check to see if there is anything I can donate or find a better location for! I also like to re organize any drawers or bins that always tend to be magnets for clutter. If you’re feeling extra motivated you could re-arrange the layout of the furniture, I like to do this every so often to give the room a different feel
- Deep clean the sinks, tubs, and toilets. Try to tackle any mildew or mold that might be trying to make a home!
- Wipe down counters and shelves
- Sort through products and dispose of anything past its expiration date
- Re-organize shelves and/closets, it may be time to retire old and torn towels! You can always cut them up into smaller pieces and use them as cleaning rags
- Wash shower curtain, rugs, or mats
- Clean mirrors and glass containers
- Organization tip: I like to use small bins and Rubbermaid’s to organize extra hair products, nail polish, etc. This way, it’s a lot easier to find what I’m looking for!
- Sort through and organize closets and/or dressers
- Consider going through clothing and shoes and donating what you’re no longer using (usually if I haven’t worn something even once in the last year I’ll get rid of it, unless I’m keeping it for a special occasion)
- Clean and organize night stands
- Clean under bed and other furniture (I keep a decorative box under my bed for miscellaneous items I need but don’t use frequently)
- Wash comforters, duvets, and/or blankets
- Organization tip: I keep decorative hat boxes in my closet that I use for storing belts, gloves, and of course, hats! They look great and are perfect for storing miscellaneous items
All over the house
- Vacuum and wash floors and carpets/rugs
- Dust and/or wash window coverings
- Wipe down walls, baseboard, doors and windowsills
- Wash windows
- Clean fans and light fixtures (use an old pillow case to clean the dust off your ceiling fans, it will catch all the dust!)
I would love to hear all about your own spring cleaning tips and tricks, I hope this list was helpful. Thanks for reading!
Coco & Nilla