The Ultimate Guide To Spring Cleaning: Free PDF Checklist For Your Home)

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Get your home spring-ready with these excellent cleaning tips! From windows to top-to-bottom, ensure your space is squeaky clean with our spring cleaning tips.

The Ultimate Guide To Spring Cleaning Free PDF Checklist
The Ultimate Guide To Spring Cleaning Free PDF Checklist

Checking Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring is in the Air, which also means spring cleaning, but that’s fine because a clean house is a welcoming home.

We’ve been waking up to windows open and the sun beaming down on us in our bed with the birds chirping a beautiful song for a couple of weeks.

You know it’s time to get up when all the familiar sounds, sights, and smells engulf your space. 

Visions of cleaning our home inside and out, top to bottom, fill our heads as I’m sure it does yours.

Winter is nice to chill out watching a movie by the fire, so what you shovel here and there, but the term “lazy winter” is what it is!

The first day of  Spring quickly came upon us yesterday, March 20, but the weather has been more than cooperative all over Canada and the USA for weeks.

As the snow began to melt, the unsightly landscaping of surrounding houses reminded us that this year was our year.

We await the flowers to bloom and the bees to jump about in their glory.

This year is the year we are not only tackling our “Spring Cleaning” chores but also having to landscape our property before the wildlife mistake it for their new home.

We will also use “Vinegar,” baking soda, and lemons as our primary cleaning solution instead of costly alternatives.

We’ve spent the last two weeks planning and planting our vegetable seedlings for our frugal garden.

We’ve also gotten a head start with our potted flower plants, ready to soak up the rays.

It’s amazing how quickly some sunshine and thoughts of flowers can brighten anyone’s day.

The Planning Process of Spring Cleaning

We start by writing up a spring cleaning checklist of what needs to be done room by room to ensure no jobs are missed.

It will be much easier if you plan this way to eliminate any clutter you don’t need and make space for what you do.

You also don’t waste time because we know time is money.

Related: Spring Cleaning Tips To Help Get Your Checklist Started

Spring Cleaning Example- Sun Room

  • Remove all plants outdoors
  • Clean the blinds
  • Sweep the floor
  • Wash the floor
  • Dust the ceiling
  • Wash the windows and ledge

Top Spring Cleaning Chores List

  • Rake any leftover leaves from the lawn.
  • Clear the gardens of any dead plants and trim the old ones.
  • Wash the windows inside and out.
  • Sweep out the garage and re-organize.
  • Moving Furniture and cleaning behind it.
  • Cleaning out vents.
  • Tune up the lawn mower.
  • Clean all the blinds and window treatments.
  • Scrub the garage floor.
  • Bring Drapes to Dry Cleaners.
  • Turn over the flower beds.
  • Clean out the sunroom/patio room/solarium.
  • Take out all the summer furniture to the deck.
  • Hook up the rain barrel.
  • Turn on the outside taps.
  • Flip the mattresses.
  • Wash the ceiling fans.
  • Clear out the gutters of any materials.
  • Clean down the garage door.
  • Pack away all winter items.
  • Clean all patio furniture.
  • Clean the outside lights.
  • Paint the doors and some rooms in the house.
  • De-clutter the inside of the home.
  • Remove snow tires and replace them with All Season.
  • Clean the inside and outside of vehicles.
  • Put up the clothes drying umbrella,

How Spring Cleaning Helps You Stay Organized

While de-cluttering the home, we go through all the items we haven’t touched in a year or more.

What works for us is we have bins or cardboard boxes and label them.

One is for garage sales, online selling (Kijiji, Craigslist, or eBay), donations (Second-hand Stores, thrift shops, to the trash, and winter storage.

Just be careful what you sell at your next garage sale, as Health Canada has a list of items you cannot sell.

This list can continue, and I’m sure you are rhyming off other items you can add to my list.

We must keep up with these chores to maintain our home inside and out.

Our home is our Kingdom and costly, so we must keep it pristine.

Spring Cleaning The Outside Of Your Home

Keep in mind all tasks aren’t necessarily meant for the homeowner.

It’s great to save a buck, but injuring your back is not cool.

Injury= Loss of wages because you might not be able to work and will have to seek short or long-term disability payments.

Safety First!

If you are trying to keep costs low, do the maintenance you know how to do and contract out what you cannot.

This means that if cleaning windows on your multi-story home looks unsafe, it probably is.

If you do your research and check referrals, I’m sure you will come up with businesses that are professionals in your area.

Increasing The Value Of Your Home

Some folks don’t realize that simple upkeep can mean the difference between the list and selling prices when it’s time to sell.

What’s stopping you from spending $75.00 to maintain your wood fence so it doesn’t fall apart?

If you need the money, you must budget yearly using projected expenses.

Don’t wait until it’s time to pay and put it on credit, costing you a fortune in interest if you don’t pay it immediately.

Simply ignoring the work you have to do will not make it all go away.

What will go away is the money you would have made!

First Impressions count, so make it happen!

The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior, and the exterior can Increase your home’s market value.

You don’t want to be that homeowner who is scratching their head, wondering why his house has not sold.

Would you rather pay $3000 for a new wood fence?

If your roof has done its time, get a new one instead of leaving it to fall apart and look unsightly.

Don’t be lazy; get off the couch, turn off the television, put away the video games, and go out and enjoy the sun.  

Get the entire family involved by designating chores and working as a team to complete the jobs.

Check Sale Online Before Buying New

If there are items you see, check that the prices online are comparable or less than what you plan to purchase.

Often, you can earn rewards points, cash-back (Rakuten) paired with a credit card, and sale prices online, making purchases cheaper.

You will be shocked at what people sell in the spring and summer for a fraction of the cost.

Money saved is money back in your pocket!

Stay Organized While Spring Cleaning

This handy free printable Spring Cleaning Checklist by Martha Stewart will guide you to a clean home.

Also, check out the free downloadable money-saving tools on Canadian Budget Binder to help make your life a little easier.

You will be happy you did and happy to show off your home to your friends and family.

Now, I’m off to tackle our spring cleaning checklist!

Discussion: What other chores do you have on your spring cleaning checklist?

Please leave me your comment below.

Thanks for reading,



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  1. I so need to get going on the outdoors!!!!! need to clear out the winter “just put it in the garage” stuff! LOL

  2. I can’t believe it’s that warm up there already! I live in Virginia, not far from Washington, D.C. It’s been 80F for several days now. We usually don’t see this weather until June. Time to get out the summer clothes 🙂

  3. I love spring! Mostly because it means I get to clean the house and throw away the clutter that’s accumulated over the year. Are you guys getting some early warm weather up there? It’s been summer-like here in the south!

    1. Same for us, we get rid of crap we don’t need. We clean everything as we can’t stand dirt and dust! The weather in Ontario has been amazing… I’ve got my veg and herb plants sprouting. My neighbour has flowers blooming in his garden!! Love it! What about you? Where are you from mate? Mr.CBB

  4. Vinegar and baking soda are a great combination! They clean just about anything. We should probably get cracking on spring cleaning – possibly we’ll do some Easter weekend when we have extra time. This is a great list!

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