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I’ve always been a firm believer that a clean, clutter-free home makes me a generally happier person. In fact, some of my friends consider me a pro at decluttering because I have no remorse when it comes to throwing things away — which is why I decided to pull together a thorough spring-cleaning checklist.

While some things like a closet revamp and bathroom cabinet “cleansing” session are key, spring cleaning is about more than just getting rid of things. It’s about starting anew — lighter and cleaner.

Of course, we have faith in your basic cleaning skills, but there are little odds and ends you don’t do all the time that will get your place in great shape. Case in point: Sanitizing things like doorknobs and light switches or checking cords on your electronics make such a difference. Below find our go-to spring cleaning checklist that will help you start the season fresh. The best part? We go room by room so you don’t have to do it all at once. It’s time to take baby steps.

The kitchen

Clean the oven

Dust on top of cabinets

Wipe off light fixtures (including those up high)

Discard expired food items from the refrigerator and freezer; wipe down shelves

Organize your pantry; purge expired items

Clean the stovetop, including burners

Wipe out the inside of the microwave

Scrub and polish the floor

Disinfect the counters, the sink, and any tiles

Wipe out the inside of the trash can

Clean the dishwasher (put a container filled with white vinegar on the top and run a cycle)

Replace any water filters

Wipe down and polish your cabinets

Sharpen your kitchen knives

Check your Tupperware and see if you need to order more

Discard chipped plates, bowls, and glasses and purchase extras

Clean baking pans and utensils you don’t use often

Scrub out your blender really well

Deep-clean all pots and pans

Organize your pantry; restock with any new items

Consider making room in your cupboards with shelf risers

The living room

Wash or dry-clean throw pillow covers and throw blankets; replace if necessary

Dust the TV screen

Wipe down side tables, coffee table, footstools, etc.

Vacuum any area rugs

Clean out crevices in your couch with a vacuum attachment

Spot-treat your chairs and couches

Check your electronics for frayed wires

Replace batteries in remote controls if needed

Clean any lightbulbs

Sweep out your fireplace

The dining room

Clean your chandelier or light fixtures (including dusty cords)

Dust the molding in the room

Dry-clean any linens, including napkins and tablecloths

Dust cabinets; polish

Wash any table cushions and seat cushions

Vacuum and clean the rug

Wash and polish the floor

Wipe down table and chairs; remove all dust

Clean your china cabinet and any drawers

Wash and polish silverware

The home office

Discard any old or unnecessary papers

Organize items in folders and storage cabinets

Wipe down the floor and any baseboards; polish floor

Clean your desk and rearrange it in a way that makes sense for you

Take stock of supplies like pens, folders, and staples; order more if needed

Wipe down your chair (don’t forget the wheels)

Take everything off of the bookshelf and wipe it down (donate old books)

Use electrostatic dust cloths to clean your tech items

Vacuum your desk chair

Sanitize your phone, headset, etc.

The bathrooms

Clean tissue canisters and other containers

Organize vanity and space above and below

Clean toilet, including the top, side, and base

Deep-clean the shower and tub

Clean out any hampers and trash bins

Wash out toothbrush canister (replace toothbrush)

Wipe down towel hooks and racks

Remove hair from drains

Wash shower curtain and rehang; change liner

Deep-clean tile and remove mold; clean grout if necessary

Clean your toilet paper holder (so much dust settles at the top)

Shine faucets; clean countertops; wipe mirror

Discard expired makeup and products; replenish as needed

Check linens; wash and replace as needed

Wipe down shower caddies

Sweep floor and mop

Wash bath mat or replace

The bedrooms

Rotate your mattress

Change your sheets; purchase new linens and discard old ones

Wash your mattress cover

Clean out your laundry hampers; disinfect

Dry-clean throw pillow shams

Dust any ceiling fans and wipe down air conditioner units and heating vents

Remove frames from the walls and dust everything; replace

Wipe out any storage bins in dressers, closets, etc.

Treat wood furniture (that includes patching up scratches)

Vacuum your mattress

Clean under bed; move furniture as needed to do a thorough job

Check pillows for fluffiness; replace when necessary

Organize both dresser and closet; donate old items

Wash the floor or vacuum (don’t forget area rugs)

Wipe down mirrors and windows

Clean the bed frame; headboard included

Wash stuffed animals in children’s rooms

Consider drawer organizers to keep essentials in sight

The laundry room

Wipe down drying racks

Do a deep-clean on both washer and dryer (a load with white vinegar in the washer works wonders)

Empty the lint trap in the dryer

Use bleach to clean the sink

Organize shelves and closet space; wipe down

Take stock of products; discard expired and order any essentials you are low on

Deep-clean the floor, dust bunnies are common in this room

Deep-clean behind appliances

Clean out the inside of your iron and steamers; wipe down ironing board

Wipe down hampers, hangers, etc.

Dust off tools like vacuums and dust busters

Clean the bottom of your broom; rinse out your dustpan

Mop the floor

Do a linen closet overhaul

Dust the inside of your dryer hose with an extendable duster or a vacuum attachment

Outdoors

Garden or landscape; add new plants

Fix dents in your mailbox

Clean out your shed/garage

Have your roof cleaned

Wipe down patio furniture and playground

Get a new doormat (or clean yours)

Now that you have our ultimate spring cleaning checklist, it’s time to put it to good use. Your home will be forever grateful.

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