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18 Easy Spring Cleaning Ideas

Updated on March 9, 2009

 Sometimes I really wonder why it is that we do spring cleaning instead of summer cleaning or winter cleaning. After all, once spring is here don’t we all want to be outdoors and enjoying the fresh weather? I know that I do. As a result, I usually tend to do my “spring cleaning” in the winter when it’s cold and gross outside and I just want to be tucked into my home, nesting.

Nevertheless, the common thing to do is to clean things out in the spring. I suppose that’s because spring is all about starting fresh. So, if you haven’t done your spring cleaning yet and you’re itching to get it done with so you can get outside then you may want to follow these 18 steps to get yourself all ready for that fresh start that’s finally about to be upon us:

1. Make a list of everything you’d like to have done around the house. Organize this list in two different ways. First, organize your list by priorities – what do you really want done this year and what do you not care so much about. You should have three sets based on priority – must be done, would like to be done and doesn’t really need to get done. Next organize the tasks in each section by difficulty, creating “hard”, “easy” and “moderate” sets. You’ll work on the easiest tasks in the “must be done” column, then the moderate, then the hard and then you can move on to doing the same thing with what you would like to have done. This system assures that you get the most important things done quickly.

2. Set aside twenty minutes per day for spring cleaning. Commit to doing a little bit of cleaning every day for the entire season and you’ll find that you barely feel like you’re working at it at all but your home will be completely clean and organized before summer is here.

3. Pick one room or closet to start with. This way you accomplish at least one task even if you don’t end up getting around to a full spring cleaning this year. Choose the room or closet that you most wish was organized and plan to do that if nothing else. Most likely you’ll find that getting started with this puts you on track to doing more spring cleaning.

4. Use the “love it”, “hate it”, “like it” system for getting rid of things. With this system, you go through whatever room or closet you’re cleaning and separate everything into the above three piles. Anything in the “hate it” pile gets put in the donation bin without a second thought. Anything that you love gets put back in an organized fashion. The rest can then be sorted through more carefully as to what you want to keep and what should be tossed out.

5. Take this opportunity to put winter clothes and sports equipment away neatly. You’re not going to need that stuff for another year but you’ll be glad next year that you took the time to organize it. Whether you’re putting it in a shed, a garage or a top shelf in the closet, do it in a way that makes organized sense for your home.

6. Go green with your cleaning supplies. If you’re doing cleaning around the house with chemicals, make this year the year that you use natural products and green products so that your spring home truly is healthy.

7. Focus on floors and walls. Doing a wash down of the walls and sprucing up the floors with a steam cleaning for carpets or a polishing for wood floors will do wonders for the appearance of your home. It will feel like you did a serious touch-up to the house even when what you really did didn’t take that long at all.

8. Invest in the right tools for organizing your home. If you don’t already have closet organizers, files for different documents and enough shelving in the kitchen then spring is the time to make that investment so that you can really get things cleaned up around the home. Just having those tools around will make doing your spring organizing so much easier.

9. Commit to making your bed every day. If you don’t already do this, it’s a really great spring goal for making your home feel fresh and clean every single day. A newly-made bed is basically a new start and that’s exactly what spring is all about.

10. Organize your income information. One of the things that we should do during the spring is to get our financial stuff in order. Since we’re still in the midst of tax time, it’s a great time to organize tax information so that next year’s taxes are easier to do. Work with financial software to make this easier.

11. Sign up for cleaning, organizing and de-cluttering tips. There are several good websites that offer simple daily tips to help keep your home clean. Don’t overdo it since you don’t want to clutter your email box either but sign up for a few to get daily inspiration and ideas for ongoing cleaning. is a really good example of one of these.

12. Label, label, label. The key to good cleaning and organization in any busy household is that you get a good label maker, you make sure everything in your home has its place and then you label that place so that things can easily be put back by anyone in the home that uses them. This reduces the burden on you to do all of the spring cleaning yourself.

13. Get everyone involved. Labeling the home isn’t the only way to get everyone else in the family to pitch it. Create games, chore lists and competitions for spring cleaning in your home.

14. Throw out anything that is broken. Go through your home and pick up every single item that is broken. Pens that don’t work. Crayons that are stubs. Cups that are chipped. If anything is truly precious, make it a priority to get it fixed. Everything else should be tossed out, repurposed or given away immediately.

15. Buttons and hems. This is the same as the last tip but it’s specific to your clothes closet. Go through it and pull out every single item that doesn’t fit right or has buttons missing or otherwise needs to be fixed before it can be worn. Put it all in a basket by your sewing machine and set a date for getting it all done. If it’s not done by that date, throw the item away.

16. Decide whether or not you want to do spring cleaning of your computer and cell phone this year. Some people do and some people don’t. If you want to, focus on it. If not, don’t worry about the fact that your computer’s a mess.

17. Don’t feel guilty about hiring a cleaning service. You want to get your house deep cleaned for the spring but you really don’t want to do it yourself. If you know that you’re not going to get around to it and you can find a little bit of money to spare, don’t feel at all guilty about hiring a service to do a one-time deep cleaning of your home. Shop around for a bargain and don’t get sucked into signing up for weekly or monthly cleaning services that you don’t need.

18. Be kind to yourself. Many of us feel like we have to get all of our spring cleaning done perfectly and we punish ourselves for not doing that. Spring is about a fresh start and one great thing to do is to start being nicer to yourself. So what if some of it doesn’t get done this spring? Spring will surely come around again and you can do it then.


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    Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

    Here it isspring again and this was last commented on 12 months ago!?

    The tips are good, except for the last one. I suspect there were readers a year ago who took heart that " Spring will surely come around again and you can do it then."

    Well, that Spring that was coming around again 12 months ago is here now, and it is time to take from our abundance of unused items and donate them to someone who has none, such as clothing last worn in 2012, the fourth can opener, the mugs collection that just grew without ever being a conscious collection, etc.

    Good tips here, but only if they get taken seriously by those of us who needed them.

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    Karess 3 years ago

    More posts of this quyaitl. Not the usual c***, please

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    Hannah M. 5 years ago

    Checklists work great for me. I have just recently added cleaning my bookshelf as part of my spring cleaning. I go through and recycle/sell my used books to That way I have room for more great reads! Thought I would share this great find.

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    JDG 5 years ago

    A friend of mine hires someone to help her clean her house...not to clean it for her, but to help her, so on the day she has the time and "inspiration" to clean she has a helper. They seem to get more than twice as much done when they work as a team.

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    Tacoma 7 years ago

    This is really useful ideas! Thanks

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    Margret 7 years ago

    The part about making you bed everyday is a rule I've always lived by and it helps to no end, as my mother used to say: A tidy bed is a tidy head :)

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    PRINCESS 8 years ago

    Getting your garden ready for the spring is also lots of work and fun at the same time. Reward yourself with a Garden tea party. Share with family and friends.

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    Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    I just got a chance to read some of the great hubs as I was away from anytype of Internet reception.

    Awesome hub as always.

    regards ZSuzsy

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

    Hello, just to let you know that you have won the second place on last week's HubMob contest. Congratulations!

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    Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

    I love your tips, especially the one about putting aside 20 minutes a day. Even my kids can handle that. It will make it seem much more manageable!

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    LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

    great tips - and I particularly agree with getting everyone involved!

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    VioletSun 8 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

    I needed this encouragement to do my Spring cleaning, and you are right, why not do this in the winter?! Makes more sense. Excellent hub!

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    hot dorkage 8 years ago from Oregon, USA

    Excellent! If I do 5 of these I'll be successful.

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    Andrew 8 years ago from Rep Boston MA

    Great Hub, it's a nice overview of spring cleaning, covering almost all the aspects. Great Job, I enjoyed it, after-all, sometimes males need to do some cleaning too.

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    Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

    It feels good to think spring after all the snow we've had in New England. Thanks for all these easy spring cleaning ideas to help us get ready for a fresh start in the WARM sunshine!

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    kerryg 8 years ago from USA

    These are great tips, Kathryn. Thanks!