Release the chaos and breathe new life into your home after a wet winter. Here at The Wolfe Team, we’ve put together the ultimate spring-cleaning checklist that will leave your home shining and feeling refreshed. Spend a weekend at home with the family getting the home ready for the season, or take it one room at a time over the next few weeks.

Entryway

The entryway is where everything seems to pile up. It’s not uncommon to find mail lying around along with shoes, coats, and other junk that seems not to make it past the table. There’s a good chance that this is the smallest area that needs to be cleaned, so be sure to tackle all these spots in the entryway.

  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Wipe the walls
  • Clean the front door
  • Replace the doormat
  • Put shoes and coats away
  • Wipe down the baseboards

Living Room

The living room is where we spend time as a family. We relax by watching TV, hosting our friends, or snuggling up with our favorite book. The living room is one of those spaces in the house that stays tidy but may not get that deep clean that it always needs. Here is where you should focus your attention in the living room.

  • Dust and polish wood furniture
  • Wash throw blankets and pillows
  • Shampoo sofa and chairs
  • Dust blinds and curtain rods
  • Clean window sills
  • Wash windows
  • Clean the curtains
  • Dust the ceiling fans
  • Dust and clean or replace lamp shades
  • Dust wall decor
  • Sanitize remote controls
  • Clean and deodorize floors

Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Have you ever noticed that when you have company over, everyone seems to congregate here? While we all keep the kitchen clean by doing the dishes and cleaning the counters, this is one place that doesn’t get deep cleaned as often as it should. When it comes to the kitchen, here is everything you need to tackle during your spring-cleaning weekend.

  • Clean stovetop, oven, and microwave
  • Sanitize the dishwasher
  • Clean out the refrigerator and freezer, and throw away old food
  • Wipe down the shelves in the refrigerator and freezer
  • Wipe off the countertops
  • Wash the cabinets and backsplash
  • Remove items from cabinets, and thoroughly clean inside
  • Clean the tops of high surfaces such as the fridge, microwave, and range hood, and dust the top of the cabinets
  • Replace sponges
  • Wipe walls and baseboards
  • Sanitize and mop the floors
  • Clean or replace floor mats
  • Remove the splash guard to clean away built-up dirt and grime

Dining Room

If you have a formal dining area that doesn’t get used often, you may find yourself cleaning it only when you need it. That means dust could be sitting there and collecting for days or weeks. Keep your dining room formal, and don’t skip on cleaning these items.

  • Dust the china
  • Clean the table linens
  • Polish the silver
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Vacuum the chair cushions
  • Wipe down the walls and baseboards
  • Dust the light fixtures
  • Dust the blinds and curtain rods
  • Wipe down the windowsills, and wash the windows
  • Clean or vacuum the curtains
  • Clean the floors

Bathroom

Similar to the kitchen, the bathroom is one of those rooms that gets cleaned regularly but doesn’t always get the full attention that it needs. The bathroom is where you get cleaned, so it should stay clean and sanitized as well. Don’t miss these areas when you’re giving your bathroom that extra sparkle.

  • Discard expired products including makeup, hygiene products, and medications
  • Sanitize makeup brushes
  • Clean out the vanity
  • Wash the mirror
  • Clean tub and shower
  • Soak the showerhead in a bag mixed with baking soda, white vinegar, and dishwashing liquid
  • Replace shower curtain liner
  • Clean tile grout
  • Clean toilet
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Wipe walls and baseboards
  • Launder bathmats

Laundry Room

The laundry room is one of those rooms that never seems to get any attention. No one enjoys doing laundry, and it’s usually the room where everything gets thrown at the last minute because the door is always shut and no one can see inside. Just because you hate laundry doesn’t mean you can always neglect cleaning this room in the house. Here is how you can show it a little love this spring-cleaning season.

  • Sanitize the washing machine
  • Clean out the dryer vent—you should be doing this regularly to prevent fires
  • Clean the lint trap
  • Organize any cleaning products on the shelves
  • Wipe down the walls and baseboards
  • Clean the floors

Bedrooms

Our bedrooms are our safe haven. They’re where we can truly be ourselves and let our personalities come out. Since our bedrooms are where we spend a lot of our time, it should be a place of peace and relaxation. If your room is always dirty, it can bring in a lot of stress. Here is where you should focus your attention when cleaning your bedroom.

  • Wash the walls and baseboards
  • Dust and polish the furniture
  • Organize closets by donating shoes and clothes that have not been worn in the last year
  • Wash the bedding
  • Deodorize and vacuum carpets
  • Flip the mattress
  • Dust the blinds and curtain rods
  • Dust the windowsills
  • Wash the windows
  • Clean the curtains

Kids’ Playroom

Depending on the age of your kids, cleaning the playroom may be easier when they’re not around. If your kids are in daycare or school, they’re likely bringing home a lot of germs, so this room could probably use some extra attention. Here is how to get the space sanitized and decluttered.

  • Sanitize plastic toys with soap and water
  • Wash stuffed animals and soft toys
  • Donate unused toys
  • Organize toys and play areas
  • Clean and deodorize the floors

Office

Have you ever noticed that when your office is cluttered, you find yourself a little more stressed and not as productive? Spend the day getting organized to set yourself up for a more productive season. Here is what you should focus on.

  • Recycle or shred unneeded paperwork
  • Dust and polish wood furniture
  • Dust and sanitize electronics including computer mouse, keyboard, and computer screen

Garage

The garage seems to be another space in the home where things just get thrown. Every once in a while, it’s smart to clean out the garage and get rid of things that are just collecting dust. There is such a sense of accomplishment when the garage is cleaned out.

  • Organize tools
  • Donate unused tools and sporting equipment
  • Open up garage door to air out the space
  • Sweep out the floor
  • Replace batteries in garage door openers
  • Throw away boxes and other items that don’t serve a purpose

Throughout the House

As you’re wrapping up your weekend of cleaning, make sure you don’t forget to do the following:

  • Test and replace smoke alarm batteries
  • Replace air filters as needed
  • Clean air vents
  • Clean light fixtures
  • Replace light bulbs as needed
Sanitize door handles and light switches