Spring cleaning can be very time consuming and there can be a lot that needs to get done which is why a real spring cleaning is separated from just a basic, regular house cleaning.
Finding the time, energy and excitement to tackle your spring cleaning tasks can be difficult. That being said, this 30 day spring cleaning challenge was designed to take place over a 30 day period instead of just a weekend. This is so that you can almost guarantee that you’ll have time to complete all the tasks listed as well as not feel so stressed about trying to finish them all in a 2 or 3 day time span.
A clean environment can be super beneficial to your health. It can improve your mental & physical health, increase your productivity, decrease stress levels as well as keep those pests away and allergens to a minimum. I’d say that’s enough to convince me to keep my place tidy.
The 30 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge: Clean Home Edition
Day 1: Window Glass – Clean all windows with your choice of glass cleaner.
Day 2: Window Sills – Clean all window sills and frames inside. Tip: For mold, I like to spray a mixture of bleach and water and let sit for 5-10mins. Wipe with a damp cloth. *Open up windows for proper circulation since bleach can be strong smelling OR use an alternative of your choice*
Day 3: Air/Heat Vents: Clean all air/heat vents with a damp cloth and a water/soap solution. You’d be surprised how much dust accumulates here.
Day 4: Baseboards: Clean all baseboards around the house using a damp cloth, soap and water.
Day 5: Blinds & Curtains – Clean all blinds and curtains. Wipe down blinds with soap and water. Throw curtains in washing machine (or follow washing instructions)
Day 6: Door Knobs & Light Switches – Clean all door knobs and switches both inside and outside. I prefer using a disinfectant for this as they hold a lot of bacteria.
Day 7: Ceiling Fans – Wipe down all ceiling fans with soap and water.
Day 8: Fridge/Freezer – Empty out contents, throwing out any past dated/expired goods. Wipe down/wash all shelves and containers with soap and water and place back contents.
Day 9: Food Pantry – Throw away all expired items. Wipe down all shelving and containers with soap and water. Organize as desired.
Day 10: Microwave & Toaster Oven – Wipe down with soap and water. Soak toaster oven tray if soiled in soap and water and use a tough scrubber to remove grime.
Day 11: Kitchen Cupboards – Wipe down cupboards with a wet cloth, soap and water. Make sure to properly clean all handles and knobs as well.
Day 12: Stove/Oven – Scrub down well with a proper oven degreaser. You can also run the cleaning option of the oven. Clean the outside of the oven and stove top well, getting around all buttons and corners.
Day 13: Kitchen Sink/Dishwasher – Use a good scrubber brush to scrub down grime from sink. Pay attention to the area behind the faucet as lots of bacteria like to live back there since it gets wet often. For the dishwasher, wash down with a cloth and soap and water. For a deeper clean, you can place a cup of vinegar on the rack and run the dishwasher for a nice clean finish.
Day 14: Behind Fridge/Oven – Pull out both fridge and oven and vacuum/mop. Lots of stuff get lost here so it’s important to give it a good clean every once in a while.
Day 15: Behind Couch – Pull out couch and give a good vacuum and mop. Remember that cheeto you lost somewhere a couple months ago? It’s there.
Day 16: Couch Cushions – Either wipe down cushions with cloth (if leather style) or vacuum cushions on top and underneath. You could also throw cushion covers in the washing machine *Follow the care instructions as directed on label to avoid fading or shrinking.*
Day 17: Shower & Bath Tubs – Scrub down entire shower and bath tub with your best bathroom cleaner making sure to clean all the corners and ledges as this is where a lot of the dirt rests.
Day 18: Bathroom Sinks & Counters – Wipe down all sinks and countertops with your best bathroom cleaner. If you can remove your drains, I suggest cleaning that too as a lot of hair and grime get stuck in there as well as in the shower drain.
Day 19: Toilets & Behind Toilets – Clean toilet entirely including the base as lots of dirt rests here. For stains inside the bowl, use a good whitening cleaner to make the bowl sparkle.
Day 20: Bathroom Cabinet/Drawers – Wipe down all cupboards inside and out. Make sure to throw away any old items that could be expired including creams, eye drops etc.
Day 21: Shower Head and Faucets – Wipe down all faucets and shower heads with appropriate cleaning agent for your type (stainless steel etc..). For grime removal on shower heads you can soak head in a bucket of water and soap or a stronger cleaning agent.
Day 22: Bedroom Closets – Wipe down all shelves and tidy up all clothes. You could also take this time to purge any old clothes you no longer wear.
Day 23: Bed Sheets – Throw all bed sheets into the wash for a nice freshen up.
Day 24: Linen Closet – Organize all linens, throwing away ones you no longer use or turning them into rags. Wipe down all shelves.
Day 25: Rugs/Carpets – Steam clean/wash all rugs and carpets.
Day 26: Washing Machine – Wipe down all compartments of washing machine and dryer. Run some vinegar on a cycle through the washing machine for a deeper clean. Empty lint tray thoroughly in dryer.
Day 27: Coat/Shoes Closet – Vacuum and mop thoroughly. Store away all winter gear and replace with Spring/Summer gear.
Day 28: Railings/Stairways – Wash with a cloth, soap and water all railings and stairways making sure to get all corners.
Day 29: Clean Out Vacuum – Empty out vacuum containers/bags and wipe down.
Day 30: Garage – Sweep floors well. Clean up all tools and accessories and store in proper spots. Arrange as desired.
BONUS: Clean Vehicles – Vacuum seats and floors well, removing floor mats as well. Wipe down dash, console, steering wheel, shifter and radio. Disinfect handles and steering wheel well. Clean the outside of the car with soap and water. Remove boot trays and wash thoroughly.
I hope you can have a little fun with this spring cleaning challenge. Don’t hesitate to add in your own tasks and substitute the ones that don’t apply to you. Just remember that spring cleaning can be fun and doesn’t have to be a drag. So throw on some tunes and feel the accomplishment with every day and task you check off. 🙂
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Happy Spring Cleaning!