Not Your Grandma’s Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring has sprung!!!  The sun is shining, the daffodils are blooming, and . . . ‘what is that haze on the windows?’  So much for sunshine and daffodils, you need to get your spring cleaning done before you can enjoy any of it.  Here’s a spring cleaning checklist you can conquer with just fifteen minutes per day.

Yes, I seriously said ‘just fifteen minutes a day’.  This isn’t your grandma’s spring cleaning checklist after all.

You don’t need to kick everybody out of the house and spend the entire weekend on your hands and knees Cinderella style. You just need to carve out an extra fifteen minutes each day and work through one task on the checklist.

Spring cleaning checklist broken into 15 minute tasks

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Not Like Grandma’s

How’s this spring cleaning checklist different from grandmas?  When grandma did her spring cleaning, she worked room by room, decluttering, deep cleaning, and organizing all at the same time.  She moved everything out of each room, got rid of the stuff that didn’t belong, scrubbed everything clean, then put it all back.  No wonder it took two full days.

Well, you don’t have time to do it all at once.  Plus, you already decluttered the living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms, and you shouldn’t start organizing before you get the deep cleaning done.

Since you already follow an established weekly cleaning routine, there’s no reason to repeat the weekly cleaning tasks until their normal day.

This spring cleaning checklist includes only the deep cleaning tasks that don’t need to be done weekly but don’t get done on a regular basis as part of any other cleaning routine.

It’s so easy that you might want to do it twice a year.  Once at the beginning of spring when the sun starts shining through your dirty windows and once in the fall just before the holidays so you’re ready for all of the guests the season brings.

Grab a free printable copy of the checklist below.


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Spring Cleaning Checklist

Cleaning room by room allows you to quickly see some accomplishments, but when it comes to spring cleaning, it’s more practical to do some of the tasks throughout the entire house.

The checklist is separated into three major sections and each section is broken into smaller tasks that shouldn’t take more than fifteen minutes to finish.  If you have more than fifteen minutes available, keep working through the list.

Whole House

The first section of the spring cleaning checklist is the Whole House section.  Complete each task of this section throughout the entire house before moving on to the next task.

It’s best to work from one end of the house to the other, and clean in a top-down, side to side pattern.

Use your kitchen as cleaning home base and start in the corner of the house that’s farthest from the kitchen.  Kind of like mopping yourself out of a room instead of into a corner.


Sticking to the ‘one end to the other, and top-down method’, start with the ceilings in the room farthest from your kitchen.

The ceilings shouldn’t be super dusty, but they’ll definitely have a cobweb or two if they haven’t been cleaned in a while.  Cobwebs are hard to see, so dust your entire ceiling even if it doesn’t look like it’s needed.

A microfiber duster with an extension pole can speed up this task.  The one that comes in this kit has a swiveling head so the full length of the microfiber attachment makes contact with the ceiling.

Dusting the ceilings shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.  Skip this task and you’ll regret it when you have a house full of guests and the sun catches every single cobweb on your ceiling.

Dusting the ceiling during spring cleaning

Ceiling Fans, Light Fixtures, & Chandeliers

Once the ceiling is clean, remove all light fixture covers and shades.  Wash them in soapy water in the kitchen sink, then leave them to dry.

While they’re drying, go back through the house and dust off all of the ceiling fans, fixture bases, and chandeliers.  An extendable cobweb duster works best for dusting the chains on hanging lights and getting all of the edges on recessed lighting.

Wipe off all the light bulbs with a damp microfiber cloth.  Microfiber cloths are versatile enough to use for all of your cleaning tasks, and they’re lint free.

Once you’re done, you can replace the shades and covers.

Bonus Tip:  Since you probably already have the ladder out, test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to make sure they’re working properly

Vent Covers

Remove the heating vent covers throughout the house and soak them in soapy water.  While they’re soaking, dust or vacuum the return air vent and any other vents located in the walls or ceiling.

Return air vent covers are a pain to take down, but if yours is really grimy, take it down and soak it with the rest of the vent covers.  Otherwise, a good dusting and swipe with a damp microfiber cloth should be sufficient.

Dry and replace all vent covers.


On to the walls.

Starting at one end of the house dust all of the walls, then go back through and wash them.

A microfiber mop works well for this task.  Start with a dry mop for the dusting, then dip it in your soapy water, wring it out, and go back through washing all of the walls.

If there is any tough grime or resistant smudges, try cleaning with a Magic Eraser.

Doors & Trim & Baseboards

Use a duster for the doors and trim throughout the house, then dust all baseboards using a microfiber cloth wrapped over your broom

Scrub the doors and trim work using a soapy microfiber cloth and a magic eraser.  Pay special attention to the area surrounding the door handles.  This area will be the dirtiest.

For washing the baseboards, wet the microfiber cloth and wrap it back around the broom.  Remove any stubborn spots by hand.


Remove curtains and throw them in the wash or take them to the dry cleaner.  Dust off the curtain rods.

Dust the blinds using a microfiber blind cleaner.  Wash each slat with a soapy microfiber cloth, then wipe with a clean dry microfiber cloth to keep any dust in the air from settling back on damp slats.

When you’re done, open the blinds and pull them up to the top so they’re out of the way when you clean the windows.


Open the windows and clean the window tracks with a cheap paintbrush, some soapy water, and some canned air. Use a magic eraser for any tough smudges.

While the window is open, wipe the bottom side with a wet, soapy microfiber cloth.

Close the window and clean the outside of the frame, then wash and dry the window.

Warning – if you haven’t cleaned your window tracks in a while, or ever, this task is probably going to take longer than 15 minutes.

Couple dusting and washing windows as part of their spring cleaning checklist

Room By Room

The second section of the spring cleaning checklist goes room by room.  Complete each one of these tasks in the specific room before moving to the next room.

Just like the Whole House section, the tasks in the Room by Room section shouldn’t take more than fifteen minutes.

Remember, you aren’t decluttering or organizing anything.  You’re also not doing your weekly cleaning unless it’s scheduled for that day.



Move and clean behind and underneath all furniture pieces.  Depending on how much space you have, you might need to do this one furniture piece at a time.

Make sure you vacuum or wipe down the back side of each furniture piece.  This area is a cobweb, dust, and pet hair mecca.

Wipe down the interior and exterior of dressers, drawers, shelves, and closets.

Bed & Bedding

Clean both sides of both mattresses.  The bottom of a box spring can get just as dusty as the back side of a dresser.

Flip and rotate your top mattress, and swap out heavy bedding for lighter weight linens.



Dust the tops of the cabinets.  Wipe out the insides of all cabinets, drawers, and closets.  Clean the cabinet exteriors and knobs.


Disinfect and scrub all the nooks and crannies around the toilet seat and the bottom of the toilet base.

Pour vinegar into the toilet tank and let it sit for an hour, then flush.  This should take care of the grimy discoloration on the inside surfaces.

Tub & Shower

Scrub, inspect, and treat all grout and caulking.


Dust the tops of the cabinets.  Wipe out the insides of all cabinets and drawers.  Wipe down bookshelves.

Dust and clean all electronics.

Living Room & Dining Room

Wipe out the interior of any drawers and shelving.  Clean under any removable cushions, then clean and treat any leather or upholstery.

Move and clean behind and underneath all furniture pieces, especially entertainment centers.  The combination of heat and electricity makes electronic areas natural dust magnets.


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Laundry Room/Utility Room/Mudroom

Washer & Dryer

Pull the washer and dryer away from the wall and clean behind and underneath both of them.

Clean out the interior of the washing machine.  Scrub the door seal, then wipe down the exterior.

Wipe out the dryer, wash the lint trap, and vacuum out the dryer exhaust hose.  Wipe down the exterior of the dryer.

Push both appliances back into place.

All The Rest

Dust the tops of the cabinets.  Wipe out the insides of all cabinets and drawers.  Clean out any closet spaces or cubbies.

Clean the sink and any countertops.



Dust the tops of the cabinets.  Wipe out the insides of all cabinets, drawers, and pantry with a soapy microfiber cloth.

Clean the cabinet exteriors and knobs.

Dust underneath the cabinets and wipe off any under cabinet lighting.


You can’t get all of the appliances cleaned in fifteen minutes so each appliance is listed separately


Defrost the freezer and clean the ice maker, shelves, and drawers.

Pull the refrigerator out and clean the walls and floor behind it.  Vacuum the coils on the back of the refrigerator.  Clean out the drip pan underneath.

Disinfect all shelves and drawers.  Wipe down the exterior and handle, then push back into place.

Want a little more detail, check out this article on deep cleaning your fridge.


Clean the vent hood and soak the screens in some soapy water.

Remove the stove knobs and soak them in soapy water.  Clean the stove top.

Wash and rinse the vent screens and knobs, then leave them to dry.

Scrape the crusty bits out of the oven.  Wipe down the interior and racks.  Clean the oven door and the handle. If yours is really dirty, you can see how I deep clean my oven here.

Pull the oven out and clean walls and floor underneath.  Wipe down the exterior of the oven.

Replace the vent screens and knobs and push the range back into place

Cleaning the oven is one of the 15 minute tasks on this Spring Cleaning Checklist

Remove the turntable and soak in some soapy water.

Clean the interior walls and door.  Wipe down the front and handle.

Wash, dry, and replace the turntable.

Counters, Sink, & Faucet

Clean the faucet.  Disinfect the sink.  Clean and seal the counters.


The final section of the Spring Cleaning Checklist is Floors.

Floors could actually fit into either of the previous sections depending on the types of flooring you have throughout your house.

If your flooring type varies throughout the house, it makes more sense to add it as the last task for each room in the Room By Room section.

On the flip side, if your flooring is primarily the same type, it might be quicker and easier to do all of the flooring at once.

Regardless of the type of flooring, add it to whichever section works best for you.

Vinyl or Laminate

Sweep, vacuum, or dust mop all flooring paying special attention to corners and the toe kick areas of cabinetry.

Mop all flooring and use a Magic Eraser to remove scuff marks and stubborn stains.

Wax flooring as applicable.


Sweep, vacuum, or dust mop all flooring paying special attention to corners and the toe kick areas of cabinetry.

Mop with a barely damp microfiber mop or specialized hardwood floor cleaner.

Wax, buff, or polish floors as applicable.

Tile Flooring

Sweep, vacuum, or dust mop all flooring paying special attention to corners and the toe kick areas of cabinetry.

Mop floors and clean grout.  This might take longer than fifteen minutes depending on how dirty your grout is.

Let  the floors dry, then treat or seal all tiles and grout

Wall To Wall Carpet

Thoroughly vacuum all carpets.

Shampoo or steam clean carpets and let dry.

Area Rugs

Vacuum and clean area rugs.

You can shampoo or steam clean them with the rest of the carpets,  you can send them to the cleaners, or you can hang them on the clothesline like grandma did and wash them with the garden hose.

That’s it!

Spring Cleaning Checklist Complete

If you love having a freshly cleaned home, but hate cleaning, this spring cleaning checklist will help you get through it with your sanity.

While it isn’t quite your grandmas spring cleaning checklist, it does cover all of the cleaning tasks that aren’t part of your weekly cleaning routine and can be done less often.

The checklist is laid out in a specific order consisting of the ‘whole house’ tasks first, then the room by room tasks.  Each section is broken down into fifteen-minute tasks that you can easily fit into your normal day.

Start at the top of the list and check off each one as completed.

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  1. How do you get the urine smell out of grout and tile floors.

    1. Uh-Oh. That stinks. Sorry:(

      Since grout is so porous, I would suggest soaking with hydrogen peroxide for about 10 minutes, then scrub with a good grout brush, wipe clean and let dry.

      Once dry, soak with a good enzymatic cleaner and let that dry. I prefer the Oxy Cleaner from Nature’s Miracle. It has an orange scent and isn’t as stinky as the regular formula.

      When you’re satisfied that the smell is gone, reseal your grout and tile with some 511 Impregnator.

  2. This is a great list! Thanks for putting this together.

    1. Thanks Iris! I’m happy you like it. I hope it’s helpful but not too overwhelming.

  3. What a great reminder of what I must clean. I better get to it!!

    Thank you!!!

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