Jump-start Your Spring Cleaning With a Weekend Purge + Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Semiannual Cleaning Checklists

How to Plan a Weekend Purge

And after you’ve successfully purged, try incorporating this handy dandy cleaning checklist into your routine!


  • Clean kitchen counters.
  • Clean bathroom counters and wipe down the sink and toilet.
  • Spray the shower with a shower mist.
  • Make your bed.
  • Straighten the living room sofa and coffee table.
  • Vacuum floors (should be done every three to four days depending on number of children and pets).


  • Thoroughly clean toilets and showers.
  • Sanitize kitchen and bathroom floors.
  • Change bedding.
  • Dust all surfaces.
  • Put a bleach-water solution on door handles—more often during the sick season.


  • Vacuum bed.
  • Vacuum ceilings for dust and cobwebs.
  • Clean the inside of your microwave.
  • Dust all baseboards and moldings.
  • Dust ceiling fans.

Every three to sixth months:

  • Clean vents.
  • Clean ovens.
  • Reorganize and clean out closets and draws of unworn clothing and donate what you can.
  • Clean windows and windowsills.
  • Remove all sofa cushions. Vacuum pillows, fluff, replace pillows and vacuum entire sofa as well. If your cushion covers are removable, remove and wash the covers before replacing. If not, you may spot treat them for stains.
  • Remove and clean all blinds and curtains. You can launder curtains, and dust and wipe blinds.
  • Go through kitchen cabinets, trash anything old, and wipe off the shelves. This should also be done in the bathrooms.
  • Empty refrigerator and clean the shelves, walls and drawers.
  • De-clutter and get rid of anything you haven’t used in six months to a year.