25 Spring Cleaning Ideas That Take 10 Minutes Or Less

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Think you’re too busy for spring cleaning? Think again. Spring cleaning can seem overwhelming and time consuming, but most of the neglected tasks are simple jobs that take only a few minutes. Print out this list, tackle it at your own speed, and be amazed at your results!

  1. Use a step ladder and a wet washrag to wipe down door jambs (especially the tops) and door knobs.
  2. Wipe down the top of the fridge.
  3. Clear out dryer vent and vacuum underneath dryer. Clear the outside vent as well.
  4. Pull everything out from beneath beds. Toss junk and put away everything else.
  5. Take everything out from the medicine cabinet. Properly discard of expired and empty medicines. Organize everything else.
  6. Replace burnt out light bulbs throughout the house.
  7. Use a wet washrag to wipe down window sills and frames.
  8. Use a hose and brush attachment to vacuum blinds or shutters (one room at a time).
  9. Use a wet washrag to wipe baseboards (one room at a time).
  10. Sweep front entrance to your home.
  11. Wash front door, including jamb and any glass.
  12. Hose down porch or deck.
  13. Hose down outdoor furniture.
  14. Change batteries in the smoke detectors.
  15. Invest in a feather duster and dust shelves.
  16. Use a hose and brush attachment to vacuum drapes and window treatments.
  17. Use a hose attachment and vacuum underneath couch and chair cushions.
  18. Rotate mattresses for even wear.
  19. Swap heavy blankets on beds for lighter ones.
  20. Reseal grout in bathrooms.
  21. Wrap a damp rag around a broom and attach it with a large rubber band, then wipe ceilings, corners, and crown molding clean.
  22. Clean and refresh garbage disposal.
  23. Use a hose and brush attachment to vacuum lint and dust from heat vents.
  24. Toss expired cosmetics and lotions.
  25. Wash the inside and outside of microwave.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

To some, spring cleaning is a joyous ritual and to others, an overwhelming pursuit. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, here’s a tip-filled checklist that will keep you on track and ready to start your season with shining success.

  • Work in one area. Whether it’s one drawer or one room, stay in one place and see your project finished through. It will give you a feeling of satisfaction and motivate you for the next.
  • Open the windows and let the house breathe.
  • Clean top to bottom. Be efficient and start at the top of a room and work your way down to the ground.
  • Affix an old t-shirt to the end of your mop and gather cobwebs from ceiling corners.
  • Affix a feather duster to your broom handle to dust chandeliers and light fixtures.
  • Dust the top of ceiling fans. You’ll be shocked how much dust has built up in the off season.
  • Dust the tops of door jams, cupboards and picture frames.
  • Use a hose attachment to vacuum the nooks and crannies of couches and chairs. Don’t forget to vacuum the upholstery too.
  • Use a Magic Eraser or similar product to clean scuffs off of walls.
  • Wipe down light switches and door knobs.
  • Wipe down baseboards and touch up with paint where necessary.
  • Clear everything off kitchen countertops and scrub with soap and water.
  • Wipe down cupboard doors and shelves.
  • Apply a coat of sealant to granite or stone countertops.
  • Clean out the fridge. Toss out old food and use up food that is still good.
  • Organize the pantry. Pull items with approaching expiration dates to the front.
  • Clean the oven. Put a fresh layer of tin foil in the bottom to make cleanup easy.
  • Purge old paints, cleansers, and chemicals and research where they can be disposed of locally.
  • For a foolproof window washing solution, use 1 gallon distilled water with 2 cups rubbing alcohol, 1/2 cup ammonia and 1 teaspoon Dawn dishsoap. ┬áSpray on and wipe clean with a cheesecloth or squeegee.
  • Hang floor rugs and runners outside on a railing and beat with a rod for several minutes. This will loosen deep particles that breakdown fibers. Transfer rugs inside and vacuum immediately.
  • Scrub the grill, refill the propane, and light the BBQ. Allow it to sit on high heat for at least 30 minutes to burn off any residue.
  • Change furnace filters and water filters.
  • Check with your city or waste management and take advantage of excess waste or green waste pickup days.
  • Invest in a compost bin for the backyard. Keep a smaller container under the sink for pieces of fruit, vegetables, egg shells, and coffee grinds. Once the smaller container is full, transfer it to the larger container.
  • Wash blankets and throws before storing for the season.
  • Wash winter coats and snow gear before storing.
  • Spray out garbage cans with the hose and allow to dry completely in the sun.
  • Sweep garage.
  • Organize a neighborhood yard sale. Donate the money to a good cause.

That’s my list. What’s on yours? Share your tips and ideas in the comments section!

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