The ultimate seasonal cleaning checklist can feel like it’s a never-ending mix of chores that are impossible to tackle at once. While we recommend setting aside a full weekend for a deep cleaning, it’s easier said than done—and there’s always something you’ll forget. Instead of beating yourself up about it, bookmark this page. Our downloadable seasonal cleaning checklist covers all of the basics, including deep-cleaning the bathroom or sorting through your closets, but here’s a few additional items you may be forgetting to add on.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate!
Unless you live alone or have a pact with your partner that you’re the sole cleaner, there’s no reason your entire family shouldn’t get in on the fun. Delegate tasks or specific rooms to family members based on strengths. Does your 14-year-old son hate vacuuming? Have him replace all the batteries in your smoke detectors before he tackles the garage. Have a first grader who loves to help out? Have her sort through her books and toys for 10 things she’d like to donate, then set her loose with the feather duster (but be sure to keep her from anything breakable).
Restock Your Supplies
First things first: Did you remember to restock your supplies? There’s nothing worse than getting in the mindset to clean, delegating tasks to everyone in your household, then realizing you’re running low on bathroom cleaner. A week or two before you plan to jump into cleaning, make sure you’re fully stocked with all the necessary cleaners, sponges, towels, scrubbers, and anything else you might need to get the job done.
Check Smoke Detectors
You don’t want to find out that your smoke detectors are on low-battery by an incessant chirping at 3 a.m. Instead, make time to replace the batteries in them—as well as any other detectors or battery-operated items in your home like your garage door opener. Then, stock up on every type of battery you’d need for the year, too.
Polish & Dust Door/Window Hardware
You’ve swept the baseboards and dusted the banisters, but have you forgotten the hardware on your doors and windows? Doorknobs are high-touch areas that often need more than a quick clean. Even more, curtain rods, door hinges, and window locks and sills can be sneaky dust collectors. If you’re a homeowner, add these to the list right after you power wash your screens.
Go Through The Fridge, Pantry, and Tupperware Drawer
Post-summer cleaning is the perfect time to go through your closets and drawers for items to donate, but it’s easy to forget your other storage units like the pantry and refrigerator. Get rid of anything past its expiration date, and toss anything in the pantry that looks questionable.
Condition Wooden Furniture
After you sweep, vacuum, and dust any wooden furniture, now’s a great time to condition it, too. Our Leather Cleaner doubles as an easy, effective wood conditioner that seals and protects it from splitting or cracking. After you apply it, buff your credenza, etagere, or dresser with a dry cloth. For butcher's blocks and cutting boards, wash them first with a sponge and a little dish soap, then treat with the Leather Cleaner to seal in the moisture.
Wipe Ceilings, Fans, and Walls
Your ceiling fan may already be on your checklist, but don’t forget your ceilings and walls, too. For low ceilings that you can reach with a step ladder, grab a damp paint roller or a microfiber mop. Then, combine one cup of warm water with a tablespoon of Dish Soap and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Lightly spritz the ceilings and walls, then go over it with a damp paint roller or microfiber mop. Once you’re done, go over the area again with water alone.
You may have made a list and checked it twice, but now’s a great time to download our annual SEASONAL CLEANING GUIDE to help you navigate seasonal cleaning and keep you motivated. To make it easier, we like to spread it out over a month and break the whole thing down into targeted cleaning goals that you can do at your own pace over a series of nights or a couple of hours each weekend! By following this guide, you’ll get it all done without getting overwhelmed and you’ll be rewarded with a happier, healthier, and more stress-free home at the end of it.