How To: Spring Cleaning Tasks in 30 Minutes or Less

Man vacuuming steps with leaves. Spring cleaning tasks from Crate it Storage. Calgary, Alberta.

Spring is when all things become fresh again — including your home! But the thought of a big cleanup can be intimidating, especially if you’ve got a larger home. 

Let’s break down your spring cleaning plans into tasks that won’t take you more than 30 minutes each. You can do one a day. And we’re not talking about tidying up or decluttering. We’re talking REAL cleaning. 

Don’t worry, you’ll get the same results as if you had spent the whole day cleaning… without actually spending the whole day cleaning! Let’s get into it. 

1. Cleaning Out Your Closet 

First, pick up all those stray clothes that are on your floor. While you’re down there, organize your shoes, too. 

Once everything is in, remove everything that’s not meant for your closet, which should only be for storing clothes anyway. 

If your closet is still too crowded. Do a quick keep-or-throw session. Get rid of duplicate items, clothes that no longer fit, and clothes you simply don’t like.

Place them in a box and get ready to have a full heart when you donate to those who need it.

As for your closet, reorganize all of your clothes by type and colour. Put like-with-like (pants with pants), then get your colour-coding on.

2. Clean Your Baseboard, Walls, and Doors 

If you’ve got small kids, all of the above might be a problem. Dirty walls are not a pleasant sight. To start off, you’re going to want to use a dust room on all your baseboards, walls, and doors. 

After a quick pass, wipe any noticeable spots with a dampened cloth. This might do the trick. If you have tougher stains, go in on those with some all-purpose cleaner or dish soap and scrub down. 

3. Clean Your Refrigerator

A refrigerator cleanup is not as challenging as it often seems. It just requires some focus. First, remove all items from your fridge. Then, take a rag and dip it in a mix of one part vinegar and two parts lukewarm water. 

Wipe inside your fridge. Meanwhile, remove the parts you can and clean them in your dishwasher. 

While you’re waiting for your fridge to dry, throw out all expired food and organize your containers. Again, do a like-with-like method. Additionally, combine anything you have duplicates of. Put all your ketchup into one.

Store leftovers that you want to keep. For aesthetics and preservation, consider using stackable bowls. Once your fridge is dry, all that’s left to do is to put everything back! 

4. Clean Your Cabinet Doors

While your fridge has to be opened for you to see the mess that’s in there, your cabinet doors are on display for the world to say. These can build up a lot of grime over time.

Using common household items, you can get rid of dirt on your cabinet doors. Mix one part coconut oil and two parts baking soda in a bowl. Then, use a cloth to spread along your cabinet. 

Take a toothbrush and use it to scrub all those tiny, hard-to-reach corners. Focus especially on the handles, since there’s where most of the buildup likely is.

5. Clean Your Mattress 

The importance of cleaning one’s mattress is understated all too often. Ensure you include this one in your spring cleaning session. 

The first step to mattress cleaning is to remove the blankets, memory foam topper, sheets, and all other layers. 

Again, take some baking soda. This time, combine it with 4-5 drops of essential oil in a jar. Give the concoction a good mix. Use more if you have a large bed.

When you’re done, either sprinkle or sift the mixture onto your bed. Let it sit for an hour before vacuuming with your upholstery attachment. For any stains, try using hydrogen peroxide for a deeper clean. 

6. Clean Your Carpet

Cleaning the carpet is not an uncommon task, but a regular pass with your vacuum might not get out all those pesky stains. For most of those, it’ll take another go with your white vinegar and baking soda. 

This time, you’ll use them separately. 

First, pour some vinegar on the desired stain you want to get rid of. Next, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on top. By doing this, you allow the vinegar to loosen up the stain, and then the baking soda to pull it up and deodorize.

Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes before blotting the stain with a damp cloth. After it dries, feel free to do your regular vacuum clean-up.

7. Clean Your Windows 

A good window cleaning can make your house feel brand new. All you need are vinegar — again — water, q-tips, and an old rag or some old socks. 

First, fill a bucket with warm water. Put in half a cup of vinegar. Take your rag or sock and pass it through the mixture. By using the sock, you can more easily clean any blinds. 

Dip the q-tip in vinegar and use it to get rid of the gunk found in those nooks and crannies on the side of or at the bottom of your window.

Finally, go in with some good old Windex and clean the glass on both sides. As for the curtains, take them down and throw them in the wash. 

Until you have to put those back up, which shouldn’t take long, you’re pretty much done! Each of us has different spring cleaning needs. Here’s a checklist if you’ve got more to do and want to keep track of it all.

Pack It Up for a Smooth Finish 

Now that your spring cleaning is out of the way, you might be inspired to taking things up a notch. If you want your home to have an even cleaner feel, get rid of all the things you don’t use every day. 
Have too much clutter to handle? Reach out to us for professional storage services that will leave you with less to clean the next time spring comes around!