An Ultimate Guide to Spring Cleaning for Christian Homemakers

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Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a new homemaker, this spring cleaning guide will help you get your home clean and organized. Spring cleaning is one of my favorite yearly traditions as it provides an opportunity to refresh and renew my home, declutter and organize my space, and create a peaceful and welcoming environment for my family and loved ones.

Be sure to download my free printable Master Spring Cleaning List at the bottom of the post!

Originally published March 2023. Updated March 2024.

Spring cleaning is a yearly ritual that a lot of homemakers look forward to – including me! It’s a time to refresh and renew our homes, and it can be a spiritual exercise as well.

Beyond the physical tasks of washing and scrubbing our homes, we can meditate on spiritually preparing our hearts for the new season as well. It’s a time to reflect on my blessings, give thanks, and create a peaceful and welcoming environment for my family and loved ones.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NIV

related: Spring Cleaning for the Heart and Home

Have you ever wondered why they call it spring cleaning? Or how the tradition of spring cleaning got started? Historically, spring cleaning was necessary because homes were heated with wood or coal, which would leave behind a layer of soot and ash over the winter months. As the weather warmed up, it was time to open the windows, air out the house, and give everything a good cleaning.

Additionally, in some cultures, spring cleaning was tied to religious or cultural traditions, such as preparing the home for the Jewish holiday of Passover or the Chinese New Year.

Today, while many homes are heated with more modern and clean-burning methods, there are still several reasons why spring cleaning is a good idea. First, it’s an opportunity to refresh and renew our homes after a long winter. This can include things like washing windows, deep-cleaning carpets, and decluttering to create more space.

Spring cleaning can have mental and emotional benefits as well. Studies have shown that a clean and organized environment can improve your mood and reduce stress. Having a neat and tidy home creates a sense of pride and accomplishment that can positively impact our overall well-being.

While the reasons for spring cleaning may have changed over time, the practice remains a good idea for many reasons.

For me, spring cleaning is a time to let go of the clutter that tends to accumulate over the winter. I personally love spring cleaning because it gives me a sense of accomplishment and a fresh start. I love walking into a room that is sparkling clean, polished, and organized!

And, as a Christian homemaker, I also see it as an opportunity to recommit myself to God and His plan for my life. Praying over my home and asking God to bless each one who steps through the doors of my home is something I love to do each spring.

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Putting Things in Order

In 1 Corinthians 14:40, Paul exhorts us to do all things decently and in order. In Leviticus 14, the Bible gives detailed instructions for cleaning and purifying a house that has been defiled by disease or mold.

And in Proverbs 31, we see the example of the virtuous woman who is diligent in caring for her household. And while the saying “cleanliness is next to godliness” is nowhere found in the Bible, we do understand that God is a god of order and not chaos.

Finding Joy in Spring Cleaning

As Christian homemakers, we can find joy in the yearly ritual of spring cleaning by focusing on the deeper meaning behind this practice.

Spring cleaning isn’t just about scrubbing floors and washing windows, it’s also an opportunity to honor God and care for our families. Here are some ways you can find joy in this yearly tradition:

  1. Spring cleaning as a ministry of homemaking: Spring cleaning can be a way to serve our families and create a peaceful, welcoming environment for them. In Colossians 3:23-24, we are reminded that whatever we do, we should do it as unto the Lord. By approaching spring cleaning as an act of ministry to our families and to God, we can find joy in the process.
  2. Reflect on your blessings: As you clean and organize your home, take time to reflect on the blessings God has provided. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, we are reminded to give thanks in all circumstances. When we take time to give thanks, it’s so much easier to find joy in the midst of the cleaning process.

5 Bible Verses to Encourage Your Spring Cleaning

  1. “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10
  1. “Let all things be done decently and in order.” – 1 Corinthians 14:40
  1. “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” – 1 Corinthians 14:33
  1. “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” – Philippians 2:14-15
  1. “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15

When is the best time to start spring cleaning?

The best time to start spring cleaning depends on your schedule and preferences. Some people like to start as soon as the weather starts to warm up, while others prefer to wait until a specific date or holiday.

Ultimately, the best time to start is when you have the time and energy to commit to the process.

I usually spend the month before Easter deep cleaning my house so that when everyone comes over for our Easter Sunday celebration. We always have a house full of family and friends for Easter and I love to have the house fresh and clean for the season. tressful!

Master Spring Cleaning Checklist

Kitchen:

  • Clean and disinfect countertops and sink
  • Scrub stove top and oven
  • Clean out and organize pantry and cabinets
  • Clean out refrigerator and freezer, disposing of expired items
  • Scrub floors and baseboards
  • Dust and clean light fixtures and fan
  • Wipe down small appliances, such as toaster and coffee maker
  • Clean microwave
  • Wash dishes and utensils

Living Room:

  • Dust and clean all surfaces, including coffee table, end tables, and entertainment center
  • Vacuum or sweep floors
  • Clean upholstery and pillows
  • Dust and clean light fixtures and fan
  • Clean windows and window treatments
  • Polish wooden furniture
  • Clean out and organize bookshelves
  • Vacuum or wipe down vents and air filters
  • Wash throw blankets and pillows

Bathroom:

  • Scrub and disinfect bathtub and shower
  • Clean and disinfect toilet
  • Clean sink and countertops
  • Clean mirrors and windows
  • Scrub floors and baseboards
  • Dust and clean light fixtures and fan
  • Wash and replace bath mats and towels
  • Clean out and organize cabinets and drawers
  • Stock up on toiletries and cleaning supplies

Bedroom:

  • Wash and change bedding
  • Vacuum or sweep floors
  • Dust and clean all surfaces, including nightstands and dressers
  • Clean windows and window treatments
  • Dust and clean light fixtures and fan
  • Organize closet and drawers
  • Donate or dispose of clothing items no longer needed
  • Polish wooden furniture
  • Wash throw blankets and pillows

Home Office:

  • Dust and clean all surfaces, including desk and shelves
  • Vacuum or sweep floors
  • Clean windows and window treatments
  • Dust and clean light fixtures and fan
  • Organize paperwork and files
  • Shred or dispose of unneeded documents
  • Clean electronics, including computer keyboard and mouse
  • Restock office supplies, such as printer ink and paper
  • Wipe down phone and other frequently used items

Overall, the key to a successful spring cleaning is to prioritize tasks based on what needs the most attention and to break down the cleaning process into smaller, manageable chunks.

Spring Cleaning Outside

Spring cleaning is also a good idea outside. After a long winter, sprucing up your yard, patio, and porch will make the exterior of your home more inviting.

  1. Lawn: Rake leaves and debris from the lawn and aerate the soil to encourage healthy growth.
  2. Garden beds: Remove any dead or damaged plants, weeds, and debris from your garden beds. Turn over the soil and add compost or fertilizer as needed.
  3. Patio, porch, or deck: Sweep or power wash your patio, porch, or deck to remove dirt and debris. Clean outdoor furniture and cushions.
  4. Grill: Clean your grill thoroughly to remove any leftover food or debris from previous use.
  5. Outdoor lighting: Clean outdoor light fixtures and replace any burnt-out bulbs.
  6. Fences: Check and repair any damaged areas of your fence. Clean and stain or paint your fence as needed.
  7. Gutters: Remove any debris from your gutters to ensure proper drainage during spring rain showers.
  8. Outdoor equipment: Clean and inspect any outdoor equipment, such as lawnmowers or hedge trimmers, before use.

Tools to Use for Spring Cleaning

Here’s a basic list of tools you may want to use while spring cleaning your home:

  1. Microfiber cloths: These cloths are great for dusting and wiping down surfaces. They are also reusable and environmentally friendly.
  2. Vacuum cleaner: A good vacuum cleaner is essential for cleaning carpets, rugs, and upholstery. Look for a vacuum with multiple attachments and a HEPA filter for the best results.
  3. Mop and bucket: For cleaning floors, a mop and bucket are a must-have. Look for a mop with a removable, machine-washable head for easy cleaning.
  4. Scrub brushes: Scrub brushes are great for cleaning grout, tile, and other tough-to-clean surfaces. Look for brushes with ergonomic handles and sturdy bristles.
  5. Cleaning solutions: Depending on your cleaning needs, you may want to have a variety of cleaning solutions on hand, including all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, and disinfectant spray. You can find some of my favorite homemade natural cleaners here.
  6. Rubber gloves: Protect your hands while cleaning with a pair of rubber gloves. Look for gloves that are durable and easy to clean.
  7. Step stool or ladder: For cleaning hard-to-reach areas, such as ceiling fans and high shelves, a step stool or ladder can be very helpful.
  8. Garbage bags: As you declutter and clean your space, you will likely accumulate a lot of garbage and recycling. Be sure to have plenty of garbage bags on hand for easy disposal.
  9. Storage containers: Finally, consider using storage containers or baskets to help keep your newly cleaned and organized space clutter-free. Look for containers that are stackable and easy to label for the best results.

With these tools on hand, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle any spring cleaning project with confidence and ease.

Get rid of clutter

Clutter can make cleaning more difficult and it can make your home feel cramped and disorganized.

Start by going through each room in your home and getting rid of anything that you no longer need or use. This could be old clothes, toys, or household items that are broken or no longer serve a purpose.

related: Declutter Your Home Checklist

One great way to get rid of clutter is to use the KonMari method. This method was created by Marie Kondo, a Japanese organizing consultant, and author. The KonMari method involves going through all of your possessions and keeping only the things that bring you joy. By using this method, you can simplify your life and create a home that is filled with things that you truly love.

related: Should Christians Use the KonMari Method?

Commonly Overlooked Areas in Your Home

Here’s a list of places in your home that people commonly forget to clean or dust:

  1. Ceiling fans: The blades of ceiling fans can accumulate a lot of dust over time, so be sure to clean them with a microfiber cloth or duster.
  2. Light fixtures: Dust and cobwebs can accumulate in light fixtures, especially in high or hard-to-reach areas. Use a microfiber cloth or duster to clean these areas.
  3. Baseboards: Baseboards are often overlooked during regular cleaning, but they can accumulate a lot of dust and grime. Use a damp cloth to wipe them down.
  4. Window sills and tracks: Window sills and tracks can accumulate dirt and debris, so be sure to vacuum them out and wipe them down with a damp cloth.
  5. Behind appliances: Appliances such as refrigerators and stoves can accumulate a lot of dust and debris behind them. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to clean behind these appliances.
  6. Curtains and blinds: Curtains and blinds can accumulate a lot of dust and allergens, especially if they are not cleaned regularly. Use a vacuum with a brush attachment or a duster to clean them.
  7. Mattresses and pillows: Mattresses and pillows can accumulate a lot of dust mites and allergens over time. Be sure to vacuum and clean them regularly to keep them fresh and clean.
  8. Under the bed: Under the bed is a common place for dust and debris to accumulate. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment to clean under the bed.

By paying attention to these commonly overlooked areas during your spring cleaning, you can create a truly clean and welcoming home.

Action Steps to Take Today

  1. Prayer: Begin by asking God to cleanse your heart and renew your mind. Pray for self discipline and wisdom as you go through your home and decide what needs to be cleaned and decluttered.
  2. Declutter your heart: Just as it’s important to declutter your physical space, it’s also important to declutter your heart. Take time to reflect on any negative thoughts or emotions that may be weighing you down, and ask God to help you let go of them.
  3. Deep clean your home: Set aside time to deep clean your home or certain areas in your home that need some TLC. Focus on areas that may have been neglected over the winter months.
  4. Practice gratitude: Finally, take time to practice gratitude and give thanks for all the blessings in your life.

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Conclusion

By following these tips and using the cleaning lists provided, you can make the process easier and more enjoyable. Remember to take breaks, enlist help, and reward yourself for your hard work. And most importantly, remember that by cleaning our homes, we are glorifying God and creating a peaceful, welcoming space for ourselves and our loved ones.-

What is your favorite part of spring cleaning? Do you have any tips or tricks for making the process easier and more enjoyable? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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