Your 10-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge & Checklist






This post has been sponsored by Clorox. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the phrase ‘spring cleaning’, it tends to stress me out a bit. I automatically picture this overwhelming scenario of myself (and only myself) neck deep in cobwebs, dust and clutter, quickly realizing that I’m in over my head.

I remember one year deciding I was going to deep clean the entire house in a weekend. No problem, right? Wrong. When Sunday night rolled around, I found myself in tears because I had created this impossible task and it wasn’t going to get done. In fact, I was going to wake up Monday morning with a house that was messier than when I started because I had the bright idea to empty all the cabinets and dresser drawers. Oh boy.

But you know what? This spring cleaning thing does not have to be some impossible, overwhelming task. What if you could take care of the necessities in only 10 days? I’m here to tell you, it can be done. Here’s how.

10-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge

When I lived in Europe, Slovakia to be exact, I was amazed at how well kept everyone’s homes were. They didn’t spend hours, or have to set aside an entire week, to get the cleaning done. They knew what they needed to clean, when they needed to clean it and how long it was going to take.

How you ask? It’s because keeping their homes in tip top shape was a habit for them. It’s just what they did without even thinking about it.

My challenge to you is to look over this 10-day spring cleaning checklist, print it out and just start. Before you know it, these steps will become habit and you won’t even need a checklist. You’ll just know what to do.

Spring is the perfect time to get started and take the challenge. Let’s do this.

Supplies you’ll need: (I recommend putting all of your supplies in a cleaning caddy so they’re always easy to find and transport from room to room.)

  • Microfiber Cloths (several)
  • Paper Towels
  • Duster
  • Clorox Clean-Up All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
  • Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Glad Tall Kitchen Bags with Clorox
  • Vacuum
  • Broom
  • Mop

Several of these products help me keep my home in tip-top shape year round. I keep Clorox wipes on hand and I am constantly wiping down surfaces, especially in the kitchen. I’m a ‘clean as I go’ cook, which helps tremendously in keeping the kitchen clean. I’ve also become quite attached to the Glad trash bags that have antimicrobial odor protection, thanks to Clorox. The bags have a clean citrus scent and it makes my kitchen smell so good when I put a new one in and long after.

I purchased all of my cleaning supplies at our local Walmart. You can find them in the cleaning supply aisle.

For more spring cleaning tips and info, be sure to check out this page on Walmart.com.

Getting Started Tips:

  1. Put on some music or your favorite podcast because cleaning is more fun with music or your favorite podcaster.
  2. Set a timer! Decide up front how long you’re going to spend in each room. When the timer goes off, move to the next room. If you don’t do this, overwhelm will set in and you’ll never feel like you accomplished something.
  3. Get yourself in a positive mindset. This may sound corny, but as I’m cleaning I like to express thanks (in my head, but you can do it out loud too 😉 ) for the fact that I have a home to clean. I used to spend quite a bit of time thinking about my dream house and then when we moved in said dream house, I caught myself complaining about having to clean it. What?! Think positive. Be thankful.
  4. Make sure you have all of the supplies you need up front. It’s very frustrating to get yourself involved in a project, only to find out you don’t have something! You can pick up all of the cleaning supplies mentioned at your local Walmart.

Day 1: The Kitchen

Supplies: Microfiber cloth, Clorox Clean-Up All Purpose Cleaner, Paper towels, Broom, Mop, Pine-Sol

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, place 1 cup of water and several tablespoons of vinegar in your appliance. Turn on high for several minutes. Let it sit.
  2. Wipe down cabinets and door handles.
  3. Wipe down all counters.
  4. Clean trash can, wiping it down inside and out, then put in a fresh trash bag.
  5. Wipe down inside of microwave with paper towels.
  6. Sweep and mop floor with Pine-Sol.

Day 2: The Bathroom

Supplies: Microfiber Cloth, Clorox Clean-Up All Purpose Cleaner, Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Paper Towels, Glass Cleaner, Broom, Pine-Sol, Mop

  1. Throw away all expired medicines.
  2. Wipe down counter using a clean microfiber cloth. Spray mirror with glass spray and wipe down with paper towel (or a crumpled up newspaper).
  3. Apply Clorox Manual toilet bowl cleaner under and around rim to coat the inside of the bowl. Scrub the entire bowl with a stiff brush and allow to sit for 10 minutes to disinfect.Wipe down toilet with a microfiber cloth, focusing on areas that are usually forgotten like the bottom area.
  4. Throw away empty bottles of shampoo/conditioner, as well as old razors and soap. Spray the entire shower and tub with the Clorox Clean-Up All Purpose Cleaner and wipe down.
  5. Sweep and mop floor with Pine-Sol.

Day 3: Living/Dining Areas

Supplies: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Duster, Vacuum

  1. Put away anything that doesn’t belong in the room.
  2. Fluff couch cushions and pillows. If you can, flip the couch cushions to allow even wear and tear.
  3. Tidy up coffee and end tables.
  4. Dust bookshelves if you have any.
  5. Wipe down table and chairs.
  6. Dust off blinds with a duster and wipe down with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. Do the same on the windowsills.
  7. Wipe down baseboards.
  8. Spot vacuum the couches and chairs.
  9. Vacuum or sweep/mop the floors.

Day 4: Entry Way

Supplies: Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Microfiber Cloth, Glass Cleaner, Paper Towels, Duster, Broom, Pine-Sol, Mop

  1. Tidy up by removing shoes, coats and bags that aren’t needed any longer.
  2. Remove welcome mat and shake off. Set it aside.
  3. Clean any windows with glass cleaner.
  4. Wipe down door using a microfiber cloth and all-purpose cleaner.
  5. Dust and wipe down baseboards.
  6. Sweep and mop floor.
  7. Lay down cleaned welcome mat.

Day 5: Closets

Supplies: Trash Bag, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

  1. Switch out seasonal clothing and shoes.
  2. Remove items you no longer wear (don’t like them, wear and tear, too small or too big, etc.) and put them in a bag to donate.
  3. Tidy up shelves by removing items that don’t belong or need to be donated.
  4. Dust and wipe down baseboards.
  5. Vacuum or Sweep/Mop

Day 6: Master Bedroom

Supplies: Clorox Bleach, Duster, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Vacuum or Broom & Mop

  1. Strip bed of sheets/pillowcases and throw in washer. If sheets are white, use bleach to get them sparkling white. Spray comforter with a fabric refresher.
  2. Clear the clutter off dressers, end tables, chairs and floor.
  3. Do a sweep of the room for trash and throw it away.
  4. Dust and wipe down the dressers, end tables and bed.
  5. Dust and wipe down the blinds and window sills.
  6. Vacuum or sweep and mop the floor.
  7. When sheets are clean and dry, make the bed.

Day 7: Kids’ Bedrooms (same as the Master Bedroom, but get them to help!)

Supplies: Clorox Bleach, Duster, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Vacuum or Broom & Mop

  1. Strip bed of sheets/pillowcases and throw in washer. If sheets are white, use bleach to get them sparkling white. Spray comforter with a fabric refresher.
  2. Clear the clutter off dressers, end tables, chairs and floor.
  3. Do a sweep of the room for trash and throw it away.
  4. Dust and wipe down the dressers, end tables and bed.
  5. Dust and wipe down the blinds and window sills.
  6. Vacuum or sweep and mop the floor.
  7. When sheets are clean and dry, make the bed.

Day 8: Laundry Room

Supplies: Clorox Wipes, Duster, Broom, Mop, Pine-Sol

  1. Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the room. Throw away lonely socks that have been sitting for months unmatched. (Or add them to your cleaning caddy. They make great dusters!)
  2. Wipe down washer and dryer.
  3. Dust and wipe down doors and baseboards.
  4. Sweep and mop floor with Pine-Sol.
  5. Check laundry supplies and restock if necessary.
  6. Put a load of laundry in.

Day 9: Refrigerator

Supplies: Clorox Clean Up, Microfiber Cloth

  1. Remove anything from the outside of the fridge that is no longer needed. (Invitations that have expired, notes, broken magnets, etc.)
  2. Throw away any empty containers, leftovers that have gone bad and any expired items.
  3. Wipe down shelves and drawers, focusing on any crusted on food and stains.
  4. Wipe down the front and sides (if able) and make it shine!
  5. Add to your grocery list any items you threw away that need to be replenished.

Day 10: Maintenance Items

  1. Check air filters and replace if necessary.
  2. Sweep porches and walkways.
  3. Change lightbulbs that have gone out.
  4. Take any bags of items to donate to your car. (And then drop them off!)
  5. Put away any winter decor and get out spring decor.
  6. Put a vase of fresh flowers where you’ll enjoy them and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

There you have it! Ten days to a clean home.

Here’s your printable 10-day spring cleaning checklist.

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10 Day Spring Cleaning Checklist and Challenge

Comments

  1. After we do our taxes next week, spring cleaning is next up on our chores to do list! Gonna save this for when we clean!

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