Around this time of year, you may find yourself wondering how to spring clean your house when the weather is still so iffy.
I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but here it’s been sunny and 70° F one day, then rainy and 40° F the next. I’ve lived here in Kansas long enough to know that it’s still a bit too early to do any serious Spring Cleaning: something tells me we still have one more cruel blast of winter ahead.
WHY DO WE SPRING CLEAN?
Even with the rollercoaster weather, there’s something about the approach of Spring that makes deep-cleaning the house feel necessary. Perhaps it can be traced back to eras when people basically holed up in their homes throughout winter, going into the brutal weather only when needed to tend livestock.
Back then, homes drew their heat solely from the fireplace while candles or oil lamps were the only sources of light after dark. With so many things burning indoors, soot and grime built up on every surface: walls, furnishings, floors — even the bedding!
Warmer weather brought the opportunity to let in fresh air and get rid of grime, often by hauling everything in the home outdoors where it was aired, washed, and polished — and so was every surface in the house.
Fortunately, we don’t need to work that hard at Spring Cleaning anymore but, once the sun shines more brightly, it still feels imperative to get rid of winter’s grime. By doing so, we say goodbye to winter and get ready to welcome a warmer, happier season.
So, if the weather’s turned where you live, or if you’re just impatient, here’s a roundup of my checklists to show you how to spring clean your house, room by room. I recommend slipping them into plastic page protectors so you can cross items off with a dry erase marker (or even a Crayon), then wipe them clean to use again next year… or in the autumn, if you’re into that.
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES?
If you’re looking for cost-effective, efficient cleaning gear and supplies, check out my list of Recommended Cleaning Tools and Products. These are the things I’ve bought and use in my own home. I keep the list updated with my latest favorites, so you know I’ve found the items on the list to be worth it.
NEED MORE STRUCTURE?
If the thought of making time to print and follow checklists overwhelms you, or you’re worried about keeping your home in good shape all the time (and not just Spring), grab a copy of my book 30 Days to a Clean and Organized House. (Paperback or Kindle)
With a day-by-day plan to clean, organize, and maintain your house, this book has earned high praise from readers who call it “life-changing!” and say it provides “the structure and routine I needed!”
Printable Spring Cleaning Checklists
- Spring Cleaning The Kitchen
- Spring Cleaning The Living/Family Room
- Spring Cleaning Bedrooms
- Spring Cleaning Closets
- Spring Cleaning Bathrooms
Other How To Spring Clean Guides
Before you start Spring Cleaning, be sure you’re using the right products. Recent studies have shown that fumes from spray cleaners and fragrances are a leading cause of indoor air pollution and pose serious health risks. So be sure to check out my recipes for homemade cleaners to keep your air clean while you’re Spring Cleaning your home.