Clean top to bottom and left to right

Do you vacuum or sweep the floor first then wiping down the counter? Cleaning from top to bottom is the best way to go. Start high dusting (ceiling corners, fans, and high walls) and then horizontal surfaces and counters (mirrors, shelves, counters, dressers) before vacuuming and mopping your floors. This will save your time and not undo the same tasks. Likewise cleaning left to right will ensure that you cover the entire room instead of darting from place to place.
House cleaning is more efficient if you pick one task such as dusting and do the same task in every room of the house. Focusing on one task will save you time in the long run and help you not to start the same task repeatedly.

Spring cleaning list

Living rooms/bedrooms

  • Vacuum carpets and floors and damp mop floors
  • Dust baseboards and move your furniture to dust and vacuum behind and under
  • Wipe down door trims and remove fingerprints and wipe down door patio
  • Clean interior windows and wipe down windowsills and ledges
  • Remove cobwebs and spot clean walls
  • Dust pictures frames, bookshelves ceiling fans and light fixtures (within a reach)


  • Thorough clean your fridge interior and exterior and discard unwanted and out of date food
  • Empty and sanitize inside and out drawers, cabinets
  • Clean behind and beneath the refrigerator
  • Thorough clean kitchen countertops, cabinets and clean inside out microwave
  • Clean oven and scrub stovetop
  • Scrub the kitchen sink and shine faucets
  • Remove backsplash
  • Clean underneath sinks and sanitize bins


  • Thorough clean bathrooms, sinks, toilets, wall tiles, shower doors and shower drains
  • Discard products and cosmetics that you no longer use
  • Discard expired medications
  • Clean showerhead
  • Scrub and deep clean wall tiles, toilets, sinks shower door and tracks