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Avoid home maintenance overwhelm with this simple Spring home care checklist (with free printable). Follow detailed tips and how-to’s to create (and maintain) a home you love.
Home maintenance. Just the words can feel overwhelming! There’s always something that needs to be done around the house. We’re making it a little bit easier for you, by laying out some of the recommended things you should do for your home in Spring.
(If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, be sure to check out our Fall Home Care Checklist instead.)
Here is our suggested Spring to-do list, along with tips and how-to’s. Pick a few to tackle, and you’ll have your DIY home care projects completely under control.
Remember to download a free version of our Spring Home Care Checklist printable, and cross off the tasks as you do them. (You don’t have to do them all. Just pick what matters to you!)
YOUR SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST
1. Store Seasonal Clothes & Shoes
Time to put away the bulky sweaters, big puffy jackets, and winter boots. (Finally!)
Be sure to wash and mend all of the clothing before you put it away. Empty coat pockets of old tissues, spare change, and whatever else ended up in there. Clean the dirt, mud or salt residue of your shoes.
If you have limited space in your closets, store your off-season items out of the way. Under the bed is a great place to put things. Use vacuum storage bags if your space is really small. These will remove air from your clothing and reduce the amount of space you need to store them. Next winter, your clothes and jackets will just fluff right back.
Under bed bins also help you make the most of your space. Getting some with wheels, or with lids that open halfway, will make it easier to access the clothing should you happen to need a sweater for a couple days.
2. Organize Closets
Now that you’ve made room for your warm weather clothes, take a little time to reorganize your closet. A little time spent organizing can save you a ton of time getting ready every morning, because you can easily find what you want to wear.
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3. Wash the Insides of the Windows
Grab a bottle of effective window cleaner and lint-free microfiber towels and wash the insides of your windows. It’s best to do this when the sun isn’t shining through the window. The heat from the sun can create streaks.
If your windows open, be sure to clean out the tracks, too. You may want to use your vacuum and a toothbrush to help clean out the dirt and bugs.
4. Clean Blinds or Shades
While you’ve got the window cleaning cloth handy, give a quick swipe over your blinds or shades.
One of the easiest ways we’ve found to quickly clean blinds is using this dusting glove. Just grasp each blind in your hand and swipe your hand across. Easy as that.
5. Dust Surfaces & Fixtures
When the sunlight starts streaming into the house again, it can be horrifying to see how much dust has accumulated. Grab a duster and make your way around the house.
I prefer to use something like these dusting cloths, because they trap the dust, rather than just spread it around. You can get a lot of use out of just one. Then you can throw it out. There’s a lot of nasty stuff hiding in dust, and I don’t want to have to shake it out and possibly breathe it in. Or put cloths in with my laundry.
Remember to dust lamps and light fixtures, too. You may be astonished by the cobwebs on your lights!
6. Vacuum Under Beds
It is amazing how much dust can accumulate under a bed. It may even be causing you breathing problems while you sleep, without you even realizing it, because of dust mites.
Grab the vacuum and give the area under your beds a good cleaning. You might need to actually push your bed away from its normal position to really get those dust bunnies that like to hide in the middle.
7. Vacuum Under the Couch (and Under the Cushions)
While you’ve got the vacuum out, clean under your couch, too. You may find food, toys, cash, and other surprises.
If you can, remove the couch cushions. Vacuum under them, and clean the cushions as well.
When you put them back, if you can, turn the cushions over so the other side is facing up. You’ll get more life out of your couch if you spread the wear out more.
This isn’t possible with some couch designs, but I also swap the positions of my couch cushions once in a while. If you always sit in one spot, that cushion will have more wear than the others. Rotating the cushions into different positions will also increase the life of your furniture.
Keep your furniture looking good, and save money! That’s why something like this portable upholstery cleaner could be good to help clean up spills, stains or really dirty furniture. A small investment could save you a lot of money by not needing to replace the furniture.
8. Fluff Throw Pillows in the Dryer
Gather up your throw pillows, and toss them in the dryer on high heat. (Don’t pack it too full.) This will help to fluff up your pillows again.
Bonus tip: put a couple tennis balls or dryer balls in with them, if you have some handy. They’ll come out fresh and fluffy!
I also like to swap out my throw pillow covers for the season. You can get completely different looks with the same pillows, just by putting on a new cover.
Here’s an easy tutorial to make your own pillow covers.
9. Feed the Lawn & Treat for Moss – Or Get Rid of the Lawn Completely!
If you dream of a lush green lawn, Spring is a good time to fertilize and treat for moss. This will help the grass to thrive over the summer.
If you’re like me, and prefer not to use chemicals, want to save water, and don’t want to mow, you may consider getting rid of your lawn all together.
See how I replaced my lawn with wood chips.
10. Weed & Mulch Flower Beds
Start by raking any remaining leaves out of your garden beds. Then take advantage of the moist Spring soil to pull out weeds before they have a chance to grow and spread.
Finish with a layer of mulch. This helps your soil maintain moisture during the dry summer months, and keeps your gardens looking fresh.
11. Prune Trees & Shrubs
Spring is a great time to prune and reshape your trees & shrubs. For blooming varieties, prune just after the blooms fade, but before the new growth starts.
Cut back any branches that are overgrown, or that were broken by heavy snow.
I mostly like to use small clippers. For bigger limbs, or branches that are out of reach, loppers are a good choice.
12. Start a Vegetable Garden (Or Pots)
If you want to start a vegetable garden, pick up a few packets of seeds and read the instructions on the back. The package will tell you when to start each type of seed for your area.
Even if you don’t have room for a garden plot, you can grow some plants in pots. Strawberries do great in pots. So do tomatoes.
13. Get Out Outdoor Furniture
Whether you have a big yard, or just a tiny corner of a balcony, it’s nice to have a place to sit outside. Get out your outdoor furniture now to make the most of the sunshine.
For some fun ideas for creating a yard you love, pick up a free copy of our Outdoor Living Idea Guide.
14. Clean the Roof & Treat for Moss
Cleaning your roof may not be a DIY project, but it’s still something you should have done as needed. Doing preventive care and maintenance is one of the best things you can do for your home. You’ll save money on expensive surprise repairs if you keep up with regular care.
Your roof may not need cleaning frequently. As you’re outside enjoying the Spring sunshine, look up. Check for visible moss growth. Look for any areas that may have been damaged in Winter storms.
If you need to call in a professional, here are some tips for hiring someone you can trust: How to Hire Home Project Professionals
15. Plan Home Improvement Projects
Part of home care is creating a home you love. There may be some things that you want to change about your home with a DIY home improvement project.
While Summer is a great time to do home improvement projects, you should start planning for them in the Spring. This will allow you time to gather tools and materials, as well as create a budget and save up money, if needed.
For more tips on how to plan your DIY projects, be sure to checkout our popular article: How to Plan a DIY Project with Confidence
With the right planning, you’ll be ready to tackle your home improvement projects when Summer rolls around.
DOWNLOAD YOUR CHECKLIST
Remember, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed by the list of home care tasks to do. Just pick a few that really matter to you, and to your home.
Be sure to download your free printable version of this checklist, to help you keep track of what you want to do to care for your home this season.