The Ultimate List for Spring Cleaning Your Apartment

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The days are getting longer, the birds are chirping, the sun is shining. The spring season is my absolute favorite – I love the fresh start after the long New England winters. It also is the perfect time to do a deep clean of your home. Toss on some music, open the windows, crack open a bottle of wine and get to it.

We did a deep clean of our apartment a few weeks ago and it feels so good to have clutter put away and every surface be free of dust. Not to mention, have our closet organized. Read to deep clean your home?

Let’s get started!

All Rooms

  • Dust crown molding, baseboards, and ceiling corners
  • Clean scuff marks off baseboards
  • Dust ceiling fans and lighting
  • Vacuum lampshades
  • Clean air vents
  • Dust and wipe down mirrors
  • Wash doors and walls
  • Wash curtains
  • Clean windows (especially the area between the glass and screen)
  • Wipe down and vacuum furniture
  • Shampoo carpeting
  • Sweep/vacuum/mop floors
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Kitchen/Dining Room

  • Dust tops of cabinets and windows
  • Clean sink, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, dishwasher, and oven
  • Wipe down all surfaces
  • Toss any expired food, condiments, spices, and nonperishable items
  • Organize underneath sink area, pantry, and cabinets
  • Wash all plastic wear, utensils, drink wear, plates, pots, pans, and bakeware
  • Sanitize all cutting boards and sharpen all knives
  • Organize cabinets and drawers
  • Disinfect doorknobs, pulls, light switches, and outlets
  • Dust and polish wood cabinets, hutches, and table
  • Polish faucet
  • Wash table linens

Bathroom

  • Clean shower, tub, toilet, and sink
  • Clean and disinfect toothbrush holder
  • Clean and refill soap pump 
  • Wash shower curtain, shower curtain liner, floor mats, and hand/guest towels
  • Wash trash can inside and out
  • Disinfect doorknobs, pulls, light switches, and outlets
  • Wipe down all surfaces 
  • Polish faucet
  • Dust and wipe down the mirror
  • Organize underneath sink area and cabinets
  • Toss any expired products and organize cabinets and drawers 

Living Room

  • Vacuum couch and under couch cushions
  • Condition any leather furniture 
  • Dust lamps
  • Vacuum lamp shades
  • Dust and polish all furniture and bookshelves
  • Dust wall hangings, mirrors, and pictures
  • Clean glass and mirrors
  • Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and outlets
  • Dust all electronics
  • Organize electronics and accessories
  • Disinfect remote controls and gaming devices
  • Vacuum and shampoo carpet
  • Switch ceiling fans to spin clockwise
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Bedrooms

  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Dust wall hangings, mirrors, and pictures
  • Clean glass and mirrors
  • Dust lamps and vacuum lamp shades 
  • Put away any laundry
  • Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and outlets
  • Wash bedding
  • Flip mattress
  • Shampoo carpet
  • Take everything out of your closet and donate/toss any clothing doesn’t fit, is damaged, or hasn’t been worn in 6+ months if it isn’t seasonal
  • Swap in your seasonal clothing

Office

  • Wipe down all surfaces
  • Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and outlets
  • Wipe down all electronics
  • Organize all documents and shred the ones that you no longer need
  • Clean and organize desk drawers
  • Clean, dust, and organize bookshelves
  • Dust and polish furniture

Technology

  • Back up your devices
  • Delete any apps you no longer use
  • Delete any images on your devices that you don’t need instant access to
  • Update the software on all of your devices 
  • Streamline any subscription services (personal and business) — Are there any you can combine/cancel?
  • Organize files/images/etc on your computer 

Have you done any spring cleaning yet?


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36 Comments

  1. 4.6.20
    Rach said:

    A deep cleaning always feels the best!! This list reminds of things I still need to clean!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      YES! I always feel like a whole new person after!

  2. 4.6.20
    rebecca said:

    we have been tackling the rooms one day at a time and these are some great tips!!!! thanks for sharing, girl.

    xx rebecca // thecrystalpress.com/blog

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      So smart!

  3. 4.6.20
    Taylor said:

    I have so much time to clean now that I am working from home!

    http://www.repressingthecrazy.com

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      YES! I’m constantly finding something new to clean and organize!

  4. 4.6.20
    Lee said:

    This is such a great list for spring cleaning! Im bookmarking it to come back to it!

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Lee!

  5. 4.6.20

    I have not done any spring cleaning yet but this post is amazing and helpful! I need to start soon!

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s the perfect time to open the windows and do a good cleaning!

  6. 4.6.20
    Caroline said:

    This reminds me…I need to clean my room!

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      YES!

  7. 4.6.20

    Totally needed this list!! I’ve definitely been getting a lot of cleaning done these past couple of weeks.

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      Yess! Especially with everything going on, there’s no better time to do a deep clean of your home!

  8. 4.6.20
    Anna English said:

    This list will definitely come in handy when I move out of my apartment at the end of the month!

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      YES! Such a good list!

  9. 4.6.20
    Lizzie said:

    This is amazing! I forget to do these sometimes so it’s nice to have it all laid out.

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      Yes! And it’s the perfect time to tackle a deep clean!

  10. 4.6.20
    Stephanie said:

    What a fabulous deep clean. I gotta say, I regularly clean my home, and because we live in a … VERY old townhome … it doesn’t show the signs of a deep clean quite as well as a brighter and newer place would. So at a certain point, I don’t really see the need to clean so intensely. However, I’m sure it would be good for my mental health. I might have to do this soon!

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      I love a good deep clean – it makes me feel like an entirely new person!

  11. 4.7.20
    Em said:

    We have been deep cleaning our place a little at a time and it feels so good!

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      I feel like an entirely new person hen our home is clean!

  12. 4.7.20

    I have totally been on a redecorating and reorganizing frenzy lately. The deep clean may need to be next!

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      LOVE IT! I did my closet last week and it felt so good!

  13. 4.7.20
    Lindsey said:

    Thank you for including technology on your list! I feel like I ALWAYS forget to clean out apps, docs, etc. that I don’t use anymore!
    xx,
    Lindsey
    http://www.lindseyemartin.com

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      YES! Especially images on your phone!

  14. 4.7.20
    Makaela said:

    Now that I’m working from home, I’ve been working through cleaning my entire apartment. I just cleaned out my entire closet, and it feels so good!

    -xo, Makaela
    https://www.uniquelymickie.com

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      I love getting rid of clutter and getting my space clean, it makes me feel like a new person!

  15. 4.7.20
    Lauren said:

    Omg I need to do all of this! Also, your sweater is adorable!

    Lauren
    http://laurensjourney.com

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Lauren!

  16. 4.8.20
    Maricor said:

    This is helpful, especially now that everyone is staying at home.

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      Yes! No better time to get a deep clean in!

  17. 4.10.20
    Kristina said:

    Your apartment is so cute! And now is definitely the time for spring cleaning.. not much else to do lol!

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      Aw, thanks Kristina! It’s the best time to do a good deep clean.

  18. 4.13.20
    ally said:

    We have been spring cleaning, but this list will make sure I don’t forget anything!
    Ally
    http://www.theressugarinmytea.com

    • 4.17.20
      Rachel said:

      I love a good deep clean!