As the winter fades away and spring brings new growth, it’s a perfect time to breathe new life into your home with some cleaning and organizing!

 

Cleaning and organizing regularly helps homeowners keep in tune with their home’s health. You will more easily find and address house issues in early stages, as well as prevent build-up of dust and grime.

 

It can seem like a daunting task, but tackling one room per day (or even per weekend!) is doable. We’ve pulled together a checklist broken down by room to help get you started. 

 

Entryway/Mudroom

Clear out shoes based on the coming season

○ Change out jackets needed and hang on hooks

○ Clean the door (inside and out)

○ Wipe walls

○ Wipe baseboards

○ Clean door mat or rugs

○ Sweep and mop floors

 

Kitchen

○ Remove items from cabinets and drawers; wipe clean inside

○ While replacing items, check if there is anything that can be sold or donated

○ Clean inside oven

○ Clean stovetop

○ Clean microwave

○ Empty refrigerator/freezer and clean shelves and drawers inside (don’t forget the wipe down the door seals too!)

○ Do the same with your deep freezer

○ Defrost freezers, if needed

○ Throw out any old or expired food in fridge, freezer, and pantry

○ Degrease and wipe down outsides of cabinets and backsplashes

○ Clean the garbage disposal

○ Clean the inside and outside of the trash can

○ Dust high surfaces (top of refrigerator, cabinets, etc.)

○ Replace washcloths/towels

○ Clean light fixtures

○ Wipe down walls

○ Wipe baseboards

○ Clean windows

○ Clean rugs/mats

○ Sweep and mop floors

 

Dining Room

○ Clean light fixture

○ Wash and press linens

○ Dust blinds

○ Dust curtain rods

○ Wash curtains

○ Wash windows and window sill

○ Dust china and china cabinet

○ Polish silver

○ Dust and polish furniture

○ Vacuum and spot clean chair cushions

○ Wipe walls

○ Wipe baseboards

○ Shampoo carpet or rugs

○ Sweep and mop floors

 

Living Room

○ Wash blankets and pillows

○ Vacuum couches and chairs

○ Dust blinds

○ Dust curtain rod

○ Wash curtains

○ Wash windows and window sill

○ Wipe walls

○ Wipe baseboards

○ Dust ceiling fan

○ Dust fireplace and mantel

○ Dust and clean lampshades

○ Dust and clean decor

○ Dust and polish furniture

○ Sanitize remotes

○ Vacuum under furniture

○ Shampoo carpet or rugs

○ Sweep and mop floors

 

Office

○ Organize paperwork and files, recycle unneeded paperwork

○ Organize desk

○ Dust and clean decor

○ Dust ceiling fan

○ Clean light fixtures

○ Dust blinds

○ Dust curtain rod

○ Wash curtains

○ Wash windows and sill

○ Dust and polish furniture

○ Sanitize keyboard and mouse

○ Wipe walls

○ Wipe baseboards

○ Wipe door and closet doors

○ Shampoo carpet or rugs

○ Sweep and mop floors

 

Bathrooms

○ Discard old/expired personal care products and make up

○ Dispose of expired medication at a drop-off site

○ Clean make up brushes

○ Remove items out of cabinets and wipe down insides

○ Organize drawers and under sink

○ Wipe outsides of cabinets

○ Clean/descale shower head

○ Clean bathtub and shower

○ Replace shower curtain liner

○ Wash shower curtain

○ Wash towels and rugs

○ Remove unused towels and washcloths

○ Scrub tile grout

○ Touch up grout and sealant

○ Clean toilet

○ Clean sink and vanity

○ Clean light fixtures

○ Wash mirror

○ Wipe walls

○ Wipe baseboards

○ Sweep and mop floors

 

Bedrooms

○ Remove unused clothing

○ Organize closets and dressers for the season

○ Wash bedding (including sheets, duvet and its cover, pillows, bed skirts)

○ Remove unused sheets and bedding

○ Flip mattress

○ Clean out and vacuum under bed/ furniture

○ Dust and polish furniture

○ Dust ceiling fan

○ Clean light fixtures

○ Dust blinds

○ Dust curtain rods

○ Wash curtains

○ Wash windows and sills

○ Wipe walls

○ Wipe baseboards

○ Wipe door and closet doors

○ Shampoo carpets or rugs

○ Sweep and mop floors

 

Kids’ Play Area

○ Remove unused toys

○ Sanitize plastic toys with soap and water

○ Wash soft toys

○ Organize and wipe down drawers and shelves

○ Dust ceiling fan

○ Wash windows and sill

Dust and polish furniture

○ Wipe walls

○ Wipe baseboards

○ Shampoo carpet or rugs

○ Sweep and mop floors

 

Laundry Room

Clean washing machine and dryer inside and outside

○ Clean lint trap and dryer vent

○ Organize laundry supplies

○ Wipe walls

○ Wipe baseboards

○ Sweep and mop floors

 

Throughout The Home

○ Test and replace smoke alarm batteries

○ Replace air filters

○ Clean air vents and registers

○ Replace lightbulbs

○ Sanitize door handles and light fixtures

 

Garage/Outside

○ Declutter tools, sporting equipment, and toys

○ Sweep garage floor

○ Clean windows

○ Replace batteries in garage door openers

○ Oil garage door opener, if needed

○ Brush away bugs/webs in corners of porch

○ Clean porch light fixtures

○ Sweep porch

○ Clean porch furniture

○ Clean door mat

 

Extra tips:

○ Old towels, sheets, and linens can be donated to pet shelters

○ Clothes, toys, and many household items can be sold in garage sales and consignment sales (usually organized in the spring and fall)

 

Keeping up with tasks like these make cleaning easier all year round. It also makes preparing your home for selling a breeze! And remember to give Team Rockensock a call when you’re ready to buy or sell!