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How to Make a Spring Cleaning Plan

No matter what part of the world you live in or what kind of weather you’re experiencing currently, now is the perfect time to plan your spring cleaning.  You can plan spring cleaning in as much or as little detail as you want.  The point is to get a plan of action for how you will declutter and clean your house.  Making a Spring Cleaning Plan is an easy process, but if you’ve never done it before, don’t worry!  We’ll walk you through it below with step by step instructions.

Tools Needed to Plan Spring Cleaning

First, you’ll want a pen, paper, and something hard to write on, such as a clipboard.  You’ll be carrying these writing tools with you as you go from one room to the next to make notes, so that’s why a clipboard will come in handy.  If you don’t have a clipboard, you can just use a hardcover book.

How Much Time to Spend Spring Cleaning

Next, you’ll need to decide how much time you can spend on your spring cleaning.  If you have only a little time, such as one afternoon, you’ll have to tackle only the most important spring cleaning tasks.  However, if you have a whole week to spend (or have helpers to lighten your load), you can add more detailed tasks and deep cleaning projects to your Spring Cleaning Plan. 

Decide the amount of time you’re willing to spend on spring cleaning and stick to it.

How to Make a Spring Cleaning Plan

1.  Draw a line down the center of your paper.  On the top left, write “Things To Clean”.  On the top right, write “If I Have Time”.  Make one sheet for each room, and write the room name at the very top of the paper.

2.  Grab your clipboard and go outside of your front door.  Now open the door.  What is the first thing you see that looks dirty or cluttered?  Write it down on the left side of your Spring Cleaning Plan.  Look around the room and write down all the things that must be cleaned on the left side of your Spring Cleaning Plan.  Now put down all the extra projects (repainting the room, having carpets cleaned, etc.) on the right hand side that you will only do if you have extra time at the end.

3.  Go from room to room, taking a good look around for what tasks need to be included in your spring cleaning.  Remember the time limit you set for spring cleaning and be realistic when you write down your cleaning, organizing and decluttering tasks.  Remember to also walk through the garage, attic, back yard, storage shed, etc. looking for spring cleaning jobs.

4.  When finished, read through the sheets and see if any other tasks come to mind.

It’s Time to Spring Clean – with Help

Now that you have a clear plan of what needs to be done, it’s time to carry out your Spring Cleaning Plan.  This is the great part: you get to enlist helpers!  Whether you choose to have your kids and spouse help or pay a neighbor or teenager to help out to earn a little extra money, you’ll speed your spring cleaning. 

Give each helper one room’s sheet from your Spring Cleaning Plan.  Go to the room with them and read through the tasks, explaining how you’d like each one completed. 

When the whole house has been spring cleaned and you still have extra time, you’ll be able to tackle the extra projects in the “If I Have Time” column.  Happy spring cleaning!

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Danelle Ice is an entrepreneur in Los Angeles and mom of 3. She is the creator of and Danelle is also known as internet personality SimDanelle, the first virtual person. Danelle is a beauty guru on YouTube, vlogger, blogger, and new media darling. She is a current brand ambassador for for Keurig and previous AMD Tech Mom, Kraft Foods Delicious Byte brand ambassador, and Purex Insider.


  1. keli
    Apr 15, 2010 @ 18:22:34

    great tips! I hate to clean so I need all the help I can get! :)


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  3. Amy
    Jun 03, 2010 @ 21:28:16

    great tips! I hate to clean so I need all the help I can get! :)


  4. Jen
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 07:25:31

    I finally made a rotating cleaning schedule this year to spread out all my spring cleaning each month! It’s my first year without “spring cleaning”! I’m thrilled. It’s a dirty job, but ya gotta do it! I love how you said to enlist helpers! It makes it so much easier to make a day or two of it with family having assigned duties!


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