Deep clean your house for a fresh start to spring with this simple schedule that spreads out the chores over a week! We've also included a printable cleaning schedule to help you stay ahead of the mess.
“I love spending all day doing chores!”……said no one, ever.
But we do really love having a clean home. It’s such a satisfying feeling looking around and seeing a tidy fresh dust-free house before crashing on the couch for the evening.
In the end, taking the time to keep on top of the household messes is always worth it. Spring Cleaning is a great time to do a deep clean as a fresh start as we head into the beautiful season of blooming trees, ripe produce, and outdoor activities! Sometimes we don’t have the luxury of HOURS upon hours in a row to devote to chores, which is why we totally support a cleaning schedule that allows you to accomplish bite-sized tasks each day over the span of a week.
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1-WEEK SPRING CLEANING SCHEDULE
Years ago, we shared a (fairly unconventional) system for being able to deep clean your house (and keep it deep-cleaned!) with 30 minutes or less of cleaning per day!
We know from personal experience with little ones running around our house that sometimes it’s simply not realistic to spend two days straight deep cleaning our house for spring unless you have someone else helping care for the kids during that time.
Once we started assigning a single TASK (zone, chore…whatever you want to call it) per day to focus on, everything changed. I now decide which room needs that TASK the most that day, and voila! Each month my house somehow gets magically deep-cleaned, and it feels less overwhelming and much more manageable!
This system has gone viral on Pinterest and has worked for thousands of people. We thought it was time to update and re-post these amazing and super simple tips on how to clean your house! PLUS…I'm sharing a FREE PRINTABLE cleaning schedule to help you stay on track with this system.
I encourage you to print it out and hang it on your fridge to keep you motivated to accomplish this Spring Cleaning schedule!
Let's get to it, shall we?
SPRING CLEAN YOUR HOUSE WITH 60(ish) MINUTES PER DAY
The idea of doing an annual overhaul on your home’s dust and clutter in one day or one weekend might seem overwhelming. So here are the specific tasks you can break out into daily action items to keep this effort manageable! But first…
DEEP CLEANING TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND
This system focuses on DEEP CLEANING, so you will do this in addition to typical daily chores (dishes, taking garbage out, picking up your floors, wiping up spills, etc.).
Give yourself something fun to look forward to during your daily chores by popping in your headphones and turning on an audiobook or a podcast!
If you’d like to make your own all-purpose cleaning solution, here is a simple recipe:
- 1 part water
- 1 part rubbing alcohol
- 5 drops essential oil per 1 cup of solution (lemon, peppermint, orange, etc.)
- 1 squirt natural dish soap per 1 cup of solution
Combine all of the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray onto the surface and wipe with a clean cloth.
USE THE PRINTABLE CLEANING SCHEDULE TO STAY ON TRACK
GRAB YOUR DEEP CLEANING SCHEDULE
DON'T CLEAN ON THE WEEKEND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO
Saturday and Sunday are DAYS OFF for so many people! So you can decide if you’d like to incorporate these days into your Spring Cleaning schedule or not. The items listed on our printable under the “weekend” category are BONUS items. But you can also feel free to add them into your Monday-Friday schedule if time allows.
Now, let’s get detailed on each day!
MONDAY SPRING CLEANING TASKS
Monday kicks off the week with some fresh linens, clean floors and tidy areas so that clutter doesn’t disrupt the rest of your weeks’ tasks.
In addition to your normal weekly laundry, we’ll be adding in some extra spring cleaning loads. Bedding, comforters, throw blankets, pillow shams, slipcovers covers. Any linen items that aren’t regularly in rotation in your washing machine should get a clean fresh wash today! Your washing machine will likely be running ALL DAY, so set timers on your phone if you need to remind yourself to constantly move your loads from washer to dryer.
Fold your laundry while watching TV or enlist the kids to help. Whatever you do, make sure all clothes & linens are put away before you go to bed. That way they don't haunt you tomorrow, when you’ve got a new set of tasks to do!
Note: Yes, you'll probably need to do laundry throughout the week as well. I usually start one load every morning (it's just a part of my routine) But this is your day to FOCUS on extra non-regular laundry!
Pro Tip: Use a quality detergent like Tide so your clothes get as clean as possible. Laundry detergent is ONE product where I'm picky with brands.
TIDY THE HOUSE
Go through every room in your house and put everything away. This will set you up for success for the upcoming tasks this week that require you to dust and declutter.
Never leave a room empty-handed! As you walk throughout the house ALWAYS pick at least one thing up as you come/go. Keep a laundry basket handy to put things in and carry them to and from each room. Your house will be picked up before you know it.
VACUUM MAIN ROOMS
As you walk through the house picking things up, drag a vacuum behind you. Get all the dust, hair, and crumbs off of your floors, but also bust out the vacuum attachment to also suction up any drawers that accumulate hair and food in the kitchen and bathrooms!
Sometimes instead of formally vacuuming, I'll make it a point to run my Roomba in different areas of the house throughout the day. (I got my Roomba from Costco for Christmas one year, but Amazon has several options as well.)
TUESDAY SPRING CLEANING TASKS
This may be my least favorite day of the week… but it's gotta be done!
DEEP CLEAN BATHROOMS
Today is all about the bathrooms. No other chores are included on today’s schedule. Clean the tubs/showers, toilets, sinks, floors, and mirrors. Refill the hand soap, restock the toilet paper, and take inventory of any bath products that might be running low. Spray some good-smelling stuff in there when you are done for that extra satisfying feeling at the end of the day!
Pro Tip: Take your cleaner in with you while you shower, and give it a good scrub while you're already in there! If you are wary about bathing with cleaners, make your own homemade cleaner that's safe and non-toxic.
WEDNESDAY SPRING CLEANING TASKS
Today we are covering anything that can be dusted, mopped, swept, wiped, etc. This chore will take you into every room in the house.
CLEAN THOSE SURFACES!
This is the primary dusting day! I love using Ecloth disinfecting microfiber cloths (use code JORDAN for 10% off!). They are basically a cheaper version of Norwex but clean just as well! All you need is water and you can clean/disinfect just about every surface in your house without chemicals or cleaners. I just keep one slung over my shoulder and wipe EVERYTHING down as I walk around!
This includes: mirrors, cabinet fronts, coffee tables, the dining room table, TVs, shelves, etc. Focus on those surfaces that you normally don't get to, or use it to give your surfaces a good, hard, disinfecting scrub.
THURSDAY SPRING CLEANING TASKS
DEEP CLEAN KITCHEN & PANTRY
Keeping your kitchen clean is likely a daily or weekly task for you. So to kick things up a knotch for this spring cleaning schedule, make sure you are incorporating any area that doesn’t always get attention. For me, this includes the vent hood or cabinets above the stove that accumulate a film of cooking grease over time.
This can also be a time to empty out the fridge, dispose of anything that is spoiled, and clean the fridge shelves and drawers before refilling with your food. You might also check if your fridge needs a filter replacement or a fresh box of baking soda to trap food odors.
Another spring cleaning kitchen chore can include a cleaning cycle on your dishwasher. You can also include a cleaning cycle on your oven, for that matter.
If you have a coffee pot in your kitchen, give it a deep clean by brewing a pot of diluted distilled vinegar (followed by several pots of pure water before your next batch of coffee).
FRIDAY SPRING CLEANING TASKS
We are almost done! There’s just a few major tasks to wrap up the spring cleaning marathon.
WINDOWS, BLINDS, AND BASEBOARDS – OH MY!
These are three areas of my house that don’t always get regular attention. They sure do like to attract dust and fingerprints though!
Make one last tour around your house to tackle the windows, blinds and baseboards room by room. If the size of your house makes this unrealistic to accomplish in one day, then focus on the primary living areas and squeeze in the remaining rooms when you can over the next few days.
DRAG THE VACUUM BEHIND YOU
Again, you may not need to do this, but if you love vacuum lines as much as I do and you're tidying up anyway, you might as well!
Woot woot! Don’t you love the feeling of a fully-cleaned house!? Stick to this list, my friend! That way you can tackle other house cleaning jobs over the weekend that are hard to get to! Or you can always just enjoy a fresh, clean house and your family instead of stressing about cleaning the house. Saturdays and Sundays are meant for a little fun and relaxation!
DAY OR NIGHT, DOESN'T MATTER
Whether you are a stay-at-home-mom, a work-at-home-mom, or both (whew!), you will have to determine the best time of day for YOU to schedule in chore time. If you have very small kids then that might look like a nap time hustle. If your kids are in school it could be before pick-up. And if you’ve got a whole array of ages you're juggling, then it might just have to be after the kiddos are in bed for the night. You decide what time of day you will carve out for these deep cleaning tasks and add them to your Block Schedule™!
GRAB YOUR DEEP CLEANING SCHEDULE
GET YOUR FAMILY INVOLVED
Who says YOU have to be the one to keep your house deep-cleaned?
The entire family enjoys the home, so we encourage you to delegate age-appropriate tasks. Get everyone involved on the chore each night before dinner, before school, or whenever it works for you, and it will be done in no time.
So there you go! Not too tricky, right? Give the cleaning schedule a try and let me know what you think! I'd love to hear how you adapted it to work for your home, or if my schedule works for you!
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