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How to Get Ahead of Your Spring Cleaning in 2023

2023 March 13
Written by Make Space Storage

It’s that time of the year again! Winter is (slowly) coming to an end and now it’s time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the better parts of the year. Although the groundhogs predicted another 6 weeks of winter – this gives us a chance to get ahead of our spring cleaning! 

While you can easily find spring cleaning checklists or 30-day spring cleaning challenges any where on the internet – most of these only tackle cleaning surfaces and dusting hard to reach areas. In this post, we’re going to cover that of course, but we’ll take it a step further providing decluttering and organization tips to help you create a home that you’re proud to show off all year-round! 

Preparing for Spring Cleaning 

Before we get started, we want to be sure that we have all the right supplies and materials. Don’t worry, you won’t have to break the bank here, these are all simple and relatively inexpensive items you can pick up from any hardware or grocery store. 

  • Storage Containers 
  • Boxes 
  • Bubble wrap 
  • Glass cleaner 
  • Disinfectant spray or wipes 
  • Sponges 
  • Dusters 
  • Microfiber clothes, rags, paper towels 
  • Your preferred bathroom cleaner 
  • Mop 
  • Broom and/or vacuum

Spring Cleaning Room Checklist 

Now that we have our cleaning supplies, let’s walk through what needs to be done in each room of your house. We also recommend that while you’re going through every room in the house, consider setting up separate boxes to sort your extra or unneeded belongings into the following categories;

  1. Things you don’t need
  2. Things you don’t have room for
  3. Things that should be discarded

This will come in handy later when we tackle some of the tips to keep your home clean all year-round. You can also download this guide as a PDF and take it around the house with you.Once you have everything set up, it's time to get started!

Entire Home 

  • If possible (and safe to do so), clean windows from the outside 
  • Spot clean walls and baseboards
  • Check all smoke detectors
  • Check carbon monoxide detector 
  • Check and replace furnace filter 
  • Ensure that drains are not clogged 
  • Replace any burnt out light bulbs 
  • Clean and sanitize door handles and cabinet hardware
  • Sweep / vacuum and mop floors 


  • Clean countertops and backsplash
  • Clean out old or expired food in fridge
  • Clean shelves and drawers in fridge
  • Clean small appliances 
  • Clean oven 
  • Clean stove top / underneath stove top 
  • Clean underneath large appliances
  • Clean shelves in cupboard
  • Remove unused dishes, cups, plates, etc.
  • Throw out or clean old rags, sponges, etc. 
  • Clean windows with glass cleaner 
  • Clean and organize pantry
  • Empty all drawers and clean

Living Room 

  • Vacuum rugs 
  • Move/lift furniture and clean underneath 
  • Wipe / clean tabletops 
  • Dust furniture and electronics 
  • Clean windows 
  • Dust blinds or vacuum curtains 
  • Dust and wipe ceiling fans
  • Sanitize light switches and remotes 
  • Remove cushions from couch and vacuum 


  • Clean bathtub 
  • Clean tiles and grout 
  • Clean showerhead 
  • Clean / disinfect toilet 
  • Wipe down walls and baseboards 
  • Replace the shower curtain liner and curtains if necessary 
  • Clean mirrors with glass cleaner 
  • Clean sink and countertop 
  • Discard any old makeup, medicine, and other products that are still in the bathroom 


  • Set aside any unused or unwanted clothing 
  • Discard any old or ripped clothing 
  • Clean bed sheets and pillow covers 
  • Flip over mattress 
  • Dust blinds or vacuum curtains 
  • Dust all furniture and table tops 
  • Dust and wipe fans / ceiling fans 
  • Clean windows with glass cleaner 
  • Wipe walls and baseboards 

Dining Room 

  • Clean tables and chairs 
  • Clean tablecloths and linens 
  • Dust and clean china cabinet or hutch 
  • Clean windows and glass with glass cleaner 
  • Clean walls and baseboards 
  • Dust and clean chandelier or other fixture 
  • Wipe down blinds or vacuum curtains 


  • Wipe and clean off desk and shelves 
  • Organize drawers and file cabinets 
  • Recycle any old papers or documents 
  • Dust pictures, lamps, electronics, etc. 
  • Sweep / Vacuum and mop floors under desk 
  • Sanitize desktop, mouse, keyboard, laptop, light switches, etc. 

Laundry Room 

  • Clean outside of washer and dryer 
  • Clean inside washing machine (if necessary) 
  • Clean inside dryer (if necessary) 
  • Empty lint traps and dryer vent 
  • Clean any shelves or cupboards 
  • Dust and clean any countertops 
  • Discard any empty cleaning product bottles 
  • Wipe walls and baseboards 

Front Entryway or Foyer 

  • Vacuum, shake out, or sweep mats
  • Lift floor mats to clean underneath
  • Put away or store winter boots, jackets, hats, etc. 
  • Mop floors
  • Clean glass on doors and windows
  • Wipe any dirt or residue off walls and baseboards


  • Set aside any unused items or boxes 
  • Dust any furniture, light fixtures, tables, etc. 
  • Clean basement windows with glass cleaner 
  • Sanitize light switches
  • Wipe walls and baseboards


  • Sweep out garage (with door open) 
  • Sort and put away tools or equipment 
  • Power wash or spray garage door 
  • Organize storage and shelving 

Tips for Decluttering and Keeping Your Home Clean All Year-Round 

After putting in all this work, you’d hate to have it undone in a matter of days, right? Not to worry, here are some tips to help you keep your home looking like the ending of an HGTV show all year-round. 

1. Set a Daily or Weekly Cleaning Schedule

By setting a cleaning schedule you can simplify your home cleaning process and end up saving a lot of time and effort by splitting it into bite-sized tasks. For multi-person households you can also delegate the tasks, so it all doesn’t fall on you! 

2. Keep Extra Storage Containers or Bins

This may seem counter-intuitive to the decluttering / cleaning process by bringing extra items into the home, but having these on hand will allow you to start packing things away that you don’t need anymore, but don’t want to get rid of. Storage bins are also quite affordable as well! Your local hardware store will likely have some heavy-duty ones (in a variety of sizes) ranging from $10-20 a piece. 

We also recommend these over cardboard boxes as they are much more durable, easier to lift, and waterproof. 

3. Drawer and Closet Organization 

If you haven’t already, we highly recommend investing in some organizers or closet shelving units as these will help ensure that every item in your home has its own place. Much like a utensil organizer in your kitchen, you’ll be able to use these in desks, bathroom vanities, cupboards, etc. to effectively organize all your items. 
Closet organizers are great as well, as they’ll allow you to store items that were once taking up all your table or shelf space, along with any overflow clothing from your dressers (or floor). 

4. Consider Storage Options 

One of the best options you have for keeping your home clean is to store away any excess items or boxes that we’re previously just taking up space. No matter how clean everything is, a cluttered home will always look messy and while we understand that it’s difficult to get rid of some items as you never know when you’ll need them again – you should know that you have other options available to you. 

Many people rely on self storage lockers to organize their homes and preserve any extra, unneeded, or sentimental items. You can also investigate indoor / heated storage lockers so that you won’t have to worry about items becoming damaged due to the extreme temperatures in Canada. 

Even if you aren’t sure if you still want something or if you just want to put it away until next season (much like winter gear, or holiday decorations that are only used for ¼ of the year at best) you should consider investing in a storage unit to keep them from taking up all the storage space in your home. 

Make Space Storage has many options to store your valuables such as portable containers, on-site self storage, and more! To learn more about our services, or to get a quote, please reach out to one of our helpful representatives today. We’re happy to help!

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