The ultimate Spring Cleaning plan…

March 5, 2014



This month I will be sharing a few spring cleaning posts, to help inspire you to dust off those cob webs, open up the blinds & let the sunshine in.  If you are like me, you need motivation to conquer such a large set of tasks & thats what I hope to do this month.  Join me today, as I share my updated Spring Cleaning Plan.  But before we begin cleaning, I want to share some tips on how you can get prepared for the week ahead. Happy cleaning!


Getting prepared for a week of spring cleaning:

1.  I make sure I am all stocked up on my cleaners. For my spring cleaning, I typically use Basic H which is an all purpose cleaner, window cleaner, and degreaser in one, Scour off, Nature Bright & Basic G.  I also use Method products from target, as well as Mrs. Meyers. I only use non-toxic cleaners in my home.  (Cleaning with toxic cleaners does more harm than good).  I place the cleaners in my caddy, along with trash bags & rags.

2.  Stock up on trash bags, paper towels or rags, and candles (I always have a candle burning & the music up loud, while I clean).
3.  Make a week of dinners ahead of time, because you will not have the time or the energy to cook when you are spring cleaning.
4. Organize your cleaning schedule (type or write it out & put on a clipboard), matching days to tasks. I try to have my spring cleaning complete in one week. It takes an additional week to clean the outside of my home (power-washing, wash window screens, weeding, preparing the garden, cleaning out the garage, cleaning out the car, etc.)

Spring cleaning checklist:


Day 1:
  • Clean all baseboards, banisters, walls, windows & mirrors (spraying everything with Basic H eliminates the need for a bucket of water & cleaner)
  • Clean all glass surfaces
  • Wipe down electronics
Day 2:
  • Wash all curtains (including shower curtains)
  • Wash all bedding (including quilts & pillows)
  • Flip mattresses
  • Empty all trash cans, clean and sanitize them.
Day 3:
  • Clean the kitchen:
  • Clear the entire counter top and sanitize
  • Wipe out & organize all cabinets. Throw out old food and dishes you no longer use.
  • Wipe off the top of fridge
  • Dust fridge coils
  • Clean out fridge and freezer
  • Clean out oven (including vents)
  • Clean microwave
  • Sanitize the sink and garbage disposer
  • Wipe down all appliances.
Day 4:
  • Change all filters (furnace, water filtration)
  • Add salt to water softener
  • Polish all furniture in house (and wax if needed)
  • Clean toilets, sinks, medicine cabinets and showers
Day 5:
  • Vacuum out couches & chairs
  • Wash couch cushions
  • Vacuum and mop all floors
  • Wash rugs
Day 6:
  • Shampoo all carpets
  • Replace all smoke detector batteries
  • Replace burnt out lightbulbs
Day 7:
  • Rest because next week its time to head outside!!


Extra chores you can do this week:

  • Switch out winter wardrobe to spring
  • Oil change in car (fill fluids, check belts, install new wipers)
  • Clean out car (Shampoo floors, mats & seats, leather conditioner)
  • Clean out vacuum cleaner
  • Clean out dog kennel
  • Reseal grout lines & recaulk
  • Clean out email box
  • Clean out (& sanitize) litter box
  • Clean out your wallet/purse/backpack
  • Clean the lint trap in the dryer


See all of my 2014 SPRING CLEANING blog posts here.



Visit A Bowl Full of Lemons post HERE to get your “Ultimate Spring Cleaning Printables Kit”.   The kit includes the ultimate spring cleaning plan (as outlined above), a comprehensive spring cleaning checklist, a checklist for the kids, 2 blank checklists for you to customize your own spring cleaning, how to put together the ultimate cleaning caddy, your spring cleaning shopping checklist, notes page, and 8 essential spring cleaning recipes – all for only $8.00.  It has everything you need to implement your cleaning routine this season.  Get all of my spring cleaning tips in one place, & come back to ABFOL to see how I implement them during the month of March.

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26 comments on “The ultimate Spring Cleaning plan…

  1. kathy says:

    Where can I find Basic H?

  2. Patty Jordan says:

    Ok this might seem like a crazy question but how exactly do you clean the walls? Do you spray the cleaner and then wipe them all down by hand?

    • Toni says:

      You can either spray them and wipe with a damp cloth or use a bucket of cleaning mixture. 🙂 Spraying them is really easy.

  3. Kat Ryan says:

    WOW what a great list!!! My hubby so wishes that I would do this type of deep clean more often.

  4. This seems silly, but how do you wash your couch cushions?

    PS. I have been using Shaklee for over 4 years now. So glad to see others just as in love as I am! 🙂

  5. Link isn’t working.. Visit A Bowl Full of Lemons post HERE to get your “Ultimate Spring Cleaning Printables Kit”.

  6. Tina Stryde says:

    Thanks for the great system! Spring is still a LONG way off where I am – it will be April or May before I can tackle this list, especially the outside. It’s – 35 degrees today 🙂

    • Jennifer Monk says:

      I agree. Here in Nova Scotia it is still well below zero degrees celcius. I will start most of the inside cleaning as soon as march break is over and the kids are back in school. The outside will have to wait for warmer temps. This is quite an ambitious list!

  7. Shanna Houston says:

    Hi, I ordered the green cleaning tags for $4.00, but I don’t know where to find them to print. I never received an email from you, but they were paid for thru my pay pal account. Please help. Thanks.

    • Toni says:

      Please email your invoice to me and I will send them asap. 🙂 If you didnt get them, you may not have put your email address in at checkout. 😉

  8. dawndollgirl says:

    I love this list. I am planning on starting it with the curtain washing day though, and adding ceiling fans to it, as the dust that *might* (hehe) be there will fall and make newly cleaned walls, baseboards, etc. dusty again.

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