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Spring clean checklist

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Spring cleaning your home can seem like a daunting task, but the key is to break it down into achievable chunks that you  tackle one at a time. I always start off my chores by making a checklist of all the jobs that need doing, in priority order.

As a thorough spring clean is quite a big job, I’d recommend making a list for each room. Here’s my list of key tasks for each room in my house – you can use this as the basis as a checklist for your own home:

Bedroom checklist

  1. Declutter all surfaces
  2. Dust books and book shelves
  3. Dust and clean painted doors, window frames and skirtings
  4. Wax or polish bare wood furniture, including chairs and desk
  5. Dust and clean light fittings and lamps
  6. Dust and wipe down radiator
  7. Dust and clean laptop, stereo and speakers
  8. Wash or dry clean curtains
  9. Clean windows
  10. Vacuum and steam mattress, then turn it over
  11. Wash pillows and duvet
  12. Vacuum and wash carpets and rugs
  13. Tidy clothes cupboards and wardrobes, bag up old clothes for charity shop
  14. Tidy shoe storage area, discard old shoes or bag up for charity shop

Kitchen checklist

  1. Declutter all surfaces
  2. Wipe down cupboard doors and fridge door
  3. Wipe down walls
  4. Dust and clean painted doors and frames, window frames and skirtings
  5. Clean windows
  6. Wipe down blinds
  7. Clean and tidy all cupboards, discarding out of date food items
  8. Empty out and clean all kitchen drawers
  9. Defrost freezer
  10. Empty, clean and refill fridge interior
  11. Dust fridge freezer coils
  12. Clean oven interior, oven hood and hobs
  13. Change oven hood filters
  14. Clean inside microwave
  15. Clean out washing machine dispenser drawer
  16. De-scale kettle and iron
  17. Disinfect sink plughole and drain

Bathroom checklist

  1. Declutter all surfaces
  2. Clean windows
  3. Dust and wipe down blinds
  4. Dust and wipe down air vent
  5. Clean tile grout and re-grout where necessary
  6. Wash shower curtain
  7. Clean shower head
  8. Disinfect toilet, sink plugholes and drain
  9. Clean sink and bath taps
  10. Clean mirrors
  11. Clean limescale marks from bath
  12. Clean walls, floor and tiles
  13. Dust and clean painted doors and frames, window frames and skirtings
  14. Clean windows
  15. Empty, clean and restock medicine cabinet, throwing away out of date medicines
  16. Repot and feed plants 

Living room checklist 

  1. Declutter all surfaces
  2. Dust books, ornaments and shelves
  3. Dust and clean pictures and frames
  4. Polish mirror, dust and clean frame
  5. Dust and clean painted doors and frames, window frames and skirtings
  6. Wax or polish bare wood furniture
  7. Dust and clean light fittings and lamps
  8. Dust and wipe down radiator
  9. Dust and clean TV, stereo and speakers
  10. Wipe down walls
  11. Wash or dry clean curtains
  12. Clean windows
  13. Wash cushion covers
  14. Vacuum and wash carpets and rugs
  15. Empty, clean and retidy DVD storage unit
  16. Repot and feed plants

 Utility room check list

  1. Declutter all surfaces
  2. Dust and clean light fittings
  3. Wipe down walls
  4. Dust and clean painted doors and frames, window frames and skirtings
  5. Empty, clean and refill storage cupboards
  6. Dust and wipe down window blinds
  7. Clean windows
  8. Clean floor tiles

Outside checklist

  1. Clean out gutters
  2. Clean out and disinfect drains
  3. Clean front and back doors, inside and out
  4. Clean exterior windows and frames
  5. Clear and tidy patio
  6. Clean patio furniture
  7. Clean barbeque
  8. Clean kids play equipment
  9. Tidy shed
  10. Take large junk items to the refuse tip
  11. Repaint exterior of house

General household checklist

  1. Bleed radiators
  2. Replace or clean vacuum cleaner filters
  3. Change batteries in smoke detectors
  4. Change batteries in clocks
  5. Tidy coat and shoe storage areas – bag up old items for charity shop
  6. Clean and tidy storage cupboards in hallways and landings
  7. Clean and polish stair banister rails
  8. Shake out and vacuum door mats
  9. Vacuum and wash carpets in hallways and stairs
  10. Organise filing and shred old bills
  11. Service boiler
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One Response to “Spring clean checklist”

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