4 Steps to Successful Spring Cleaning


Are you ready to wipe away the grimy buildup of the winter months? We are too! We’re excited that the season of spring cleaning has arrived.

But where to start? How to begin? There’s no single “best” way to spring clean and there are many possibilities to choose from. Read on for some steps to get things kicked off and create your own ideal plan!

Step 1: Write Down the Plan

Capture your cleaning goals in your planner! Think about your approach. Do you want to go from the top to bottom of your house or work in one room at a time? You could even start outside and work your way in. It’s up to you!

Once you have your plan, stick to it. Use our At-A-Glance planners to keep track of those spring cleaning goals. You can also hang up one of our wall calendars at home to remind you of your projects.

Step 2: Prioritize Your To-do’s

There are tons of cleaning tasks you could do for the ultimate spring clean, but be realistic about how much you can accomplish at once. Set your priorities. Determine which tasks need to be done right away and which can be left until later.

Browse through our spring cleaning ideas at the bottom of this article and pick the ones your home needs right now. Make a list in your planner and check them off one by one!

Step 3: Find Time to Clean

Don’t burn out on your cleaning schedule. It may help to spread the process over a few days or weeks. For example, set aside 15-20 extra cleaning minutes every day, plus an extra hour once a week. If it takes you three weekends or six weeks to finish your spring cleaning, that’s totally OK! Clean at your own pace.

Step 4: Prepare Your Supplies

Organize all your cleaning supplies in one handy area for the big clean. It’s best to stock up ahead of time, so you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to run out for supplies. We carry a wide variety of supplies, so you can always call us for fast, free delivery!

Spring Cleaning Tasks

Throughout your home:

Check expiration dates on fire extinguishers

Clean/disinfect trash cans

Clean windows, screens, windowsills and blinds

Dust books and shelves, décor and picture frames

Open windows and screen doors

Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Shampoo/wash rugs and carpet

Sweep and scrub floors

Wipe walls, trim, baseboards and ceilings

Wash floor registers and other vent covers


Clean mirror, sink and drain

Clean toilet, inside and out

Clean out cabinets and vanity

Discard old and expired makeup

Polish faucets

Update first-aid kits

Wash bathmats

Wash and/or replace shower liners and shower curtains


Clean out dresser drawers

Flip or rotate the mattress

Clean underneath the bed

Wash bedding, pillows and curtains


Clean garage door and door frame

Declutter tools, sports equipment, games and toys

Replace batteries in garage door openers


Clean and descale your coffeemaker

Clean the dishwasher

Clean the garbage disposal

Check food expiration dates in fridge and pantry

Clean oven and microwave

Sharpen knives

Wash cabinet doors and knobs

Living room/family room:

Clean television screen

Sanitize remote controls

Spot clean sofas

Wash throw pillows and blankets

Office/work-from-home area:

Organize files

Disinfect your computer keyboard and mouse

Shred any papers with potentially sensitive information


Sweep porches, decks and walkways

Pressure-wash the driveway/patio

Wash exterior doors and siding

Wash outdoor furniture

For Calendars, Planners, Cleaning Supplies and more, contact Penny Wise Office Products. We’re help to help you!