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How to Create a Spring Cleaning Checklist

Updated on August 31, 2013

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Steps to Create a Spring Cleaning Checklist

Whether you use the sample list provided in this article or you create your own, writing the list is only half the battle. You need to have a plan on how to accomplish the list as well. By following these steps you can create a spring cleaning list and get it all done before the daffodils start popping up.

  1. Determine how much time you have for spring cleaning. Will you be cleaning for a few hours, a few days or a week? The amount of time you have for spring cleaning will determine how much you can put on your list.
  2. Walk around from room to room and make a list for each room of what you want to clean or what you notice needs to be cleaned.
  3. Gather all the cleaning supplies and equipment you will need to complete your list. If you have to rent any equipment, make sure you will be able to get the equipment back on time to avoid extra fees.
  4. Gather some helpers. Some jobs will go better if you have an extra set of hands. Have your kids help or see if their is a teenager nearby that would like to make some extra money.
  5. Organize your list in the order of how you want to accomplish the cleaning tasks. If you are shampooing your rug and will need to go through that area for other tasks, save the shampooing for the end of the list. Think about the layout of your home and try to arrange your list in a way that lets you easily flow from one activity to the other.

Best Way to Organize Your Cleaning List

Most people organize their spring cleaning checklist in one of two ways, by room or by tasks. Some people prefer to clean an entire room and then move onto the next, while others would rather clean all the windows in the house and then do all the carpets, and so on.

The layout of your home, the time you have to commit to cleaning and the number of helpers will all determine which way is best for you. Below is a chart of common things that most people choose to clean during the spring. If you are looking for a more detailed room by room cleaning list, check out the blog, Imperfect Homemaking.

Spring Cleaning List

(click column header to sort results)
Cleaning Activity  
Supplies and Equipment Needed  
Amount of Time it May Take  
cleaning windows inside and out
vinegar and newspaper, power washer for outside of windows
about 10 minutes per set of windows
scrubbing walls
old rags, bucket, warm soapy water
time will vary based on room size
shampooing carpets
professional rug steam cleaner and steam machine cleaner or vinegar and water mixture
2-6 hours to scrub and dry
ceilings and ceiling corners
extendable duster or vacuum hose, ladder, damp rag
10-20 minutes per room
door, door jams and frame
rag, bucket with warm soapy water, drying rag
5-10 minutes per door
electronics and behind media areas
extendable duster, damp rag, compressed air in a can
10-15 minutes per media area
heating vents
thin duster or vacuum hose, damp rag
2-5 minutes per vent
heating and allergen filters
new filters or manufacturers recommended cleaning supplies
5-10 minutes
ceiling fans
extendable and foldable duster or vacuum hose with brush attachment
2-5 minutes per fan
for wooden stairs-water with oil soap, bucket and rag/for carpeted stairs-small scrub brush and carpet cleaner
30+ minutes depending on the amount of steps
furniture-upholstery, behind and under
depending ont he upholstery you will need either a steam cleaner or a washing machine/ a broom and vacuum will be needed for cleaning under and behind
2-3 hours for cleaning and drying
window coverings-curtains and blinds
washing machine (delicate setting for curtains) or bathtub with warm water and vinegar for blinds
2-3 hours to wash and dry

How to Wash Mini-Blinds in the Bathtub

How to Clean Glass and Mirrors with Vinegar and Newspaper

Things you Might Need to Replace Not Clean During Spring Cleaning

Although most things can be cleaned once or twice a year and last for decades, there are some things that may be better to replace on yearly basis. The following list contains items that most people have around their home but rarely replace. Replacing these things on a yearly basis could reduce the chance of mold and mildew growing in your home.

  • shower curtain liners
  • large cleaning sponges and mop heads
  • worn out filters on vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, and heating vents
  • small floor mats or entrance rugs
  • toilet brushes

Great Resources for Cleaning Your Carpets

Whether you have a home with carpeting in every room or just one room, cleaning those carpets with a steam cleaner on a regular basis is a must. You can rent steam cleaners at most grocery stores or if you want to buy one, check out this review on the Bissell ProHeat. Although all steam cleaners have expensive chemical-filled cleaners that come with them, you can use more natural solutions (like white vinegar and water) in the cleaners and get the same results without ruining the machine or filling your home with chemicals. If you have pets, try this great homemade carpet cleaner.

The most important thing to remember when cleaning your carpets is to have lots of air flow and keep everyone off of the carpet completely for 12-24 hours so that it can dry properly.


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      bradley brown 4 years ago from Harrow Middlesex

      Great hub Chrissie, we are quite lucky our kids especially our daughter will help with the cleaning, we tend to go from room to room except with the windows and drown stairs floor as they are lino.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      I love this checklist! Perfect timing - it's exactly the right time to tackle these things, and you just saved me a ton of time getting things organized! Congratulations on a great HOTD! Voted up and shared!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have to agree with both eurozula and Marcy, this is a great hub and congrats!

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Aagh! Spring cleaning! Not my favourite job. But at least with your hub it should be a little easier. Thanks for your suggestions and congrats on your HOTD.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great hub and so appropriate! I'm into it at my house. Your table is great and your advice and suggestions are so handy. Congratulations on winning HOTD. Quite deserved, especially at this time of the year.

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      Comfort Babatola 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      A reminder that I need to do some spring cleaning. Thanks for a great hub, and congrats on the HOTD award.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a fantastic Hub. Very useful, with the chart and all. I like how who relate the amount of time you have with the depth of cleaning. Also the tips for organizing cleaning supplies.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a very handy checklist. I like the chart! Thanks for sharing this with us. I have less to do to Spring clean this year, because I moved into a newly redone apartment only a few months aago, but it is always very nice to clean the place thoroughly this time of the year.

      Congrats on HOTD! Very well done.

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      Better Yourself 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Love this hub, great job and info! It's amazing how much there is to do to keep a house clean and this list is great for breaking down some of the tasks and getting organized. Thanks for sharing and congrats on Hub of the Day!

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      Your Cousins 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks for the checklist -- I'd never take the time to make one on my own. It's definitely time for me to change out my sponges and mops. Great HOTD.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a very useful hub for people who wish to do spring cleaning. You have put everything together along with things required and time. Excellent!

      Votes up and sharing.

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      Night Magic 4 years ago from Canada

      What a perfect Hub to read for this time of year. Spring cleaning is so overwhelming. These tips will definitely help --- Thanks. Voted Interesting & Useful

      Congrats on HotD

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Congrats on HOD! Great hub and very timely as we all wait for spring to finally appear. Your spring cleaning list is very helpful.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      StitchTheDamned 4 years ago from Clifton Park, NY

      Wow! Incredibly useful! This is going to help me a lot this year. I am so unorganized that this is great!

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love the list and directions...gave it a thumbs up!

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks everyone for reading and commenting. I was so excited to see it make Hub of the Day! I got most of my spring cleaning done a few weeks ago before soccer season started, but I know many areas are just finally started to have spring weather, so I am glad the list will be helpful. It seems like many of you will be printing it off and crossing items off :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great hub! I'm sure I won't get to all these cleaning tasks, but I love how you've laid them out in the table! Very neat! I'm working on just going through clutter I've accumulated. Maybe I'll get to the cleaning part this fall. LOL! Congrats on hub of the day!

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      CZCZCZ 4 years ago from Oregon

      This is an excellent list for spring cleaning. I always hate when I spend several hours on a cleaning project to realize when I am all done and everything is put away that I forgot something just cause it was not top of mind. I have always worked well off checklists, thanks for this one!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great hub. I tend to clean room by room, but not exactly doing spring cleaning. I "spring clean" once a month so it´s not much work to do. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on the HOTD!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Instead of getting distracted making a list I think your guide will do just fine! I'm generally a one-roomer, but I need to keep the whole in mind as I work and a list would help with that. Thanks for the nudge :) and congrats on your Hub of the Day award for a worthy post!

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      Aileen Billones 4 years ago from Naga City, Philippines

      Thanks for the suggestions. Very useful indeed.

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      Evans4life 4 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. I hate spring cleaning but having these tips and list will help me get organized. I usually have no logical sequence to my cleaning. This will help!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      Excellent cleaning tips! This is going to help me a lot. Thank you!

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      This is a great checklist. However, I am a bit slow and the time taken for cleaning, say, a ceiling fan will probably take me about 15 minutes per fan instead of 2-5 minutes. I have sinus and will clean it with a damp cloth instead of vacuum cleaner. Hence, I will have to take a ladder etc. and in total at last 15 minutes per fan!

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      Penelope Hart 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Wowed Chrissie! It's such a thoroughly well thought and beautiful hub. Congratulations on HOTD! Way to go.

      Voting and sharing!

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      Lots of great wonderful useful information. I'm now motivated. Congrats on HOTD. Well done.

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      chrissieklinger 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      thanks for reading...hope you got through your list :)

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      Shasta Matova 3 years ago from USA

      Belated congratulations on HOTD. It's time to get started again with spring cleaning and you have provided great advice here.

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