Spring has sprung, which means that it’s time to begin spring cleaning! Windows can be opened, laundry can be line-dried, gardening can begin. Opening a window and hearing birds chirping and kids playing outside is enough to bring a smile to my face!

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What do you do for spring cleaning, aside from the typical dusting, wiping, scrubbing toilets and vacuuming? I’ve compiled a list of 10 things that I personally like to do once or twice a year outside of my normal routine.

1. Light fixtures

I do dust my light fixtures regularly, but some collect dust and dead insects (and Nerf darts) on the inside of them. I like to take down the fixtures and give them a good wipe down. If you have ceiling fans, cleaning the blades is also a good idea. Inserting the fan blades into an old pillowcase is effective and ensures that fewer dust bunnies end up on your floor or in the air.

2. Molding and doors

This is my favorite application of magic erasers! Baseboards collect dirt and grime, but what about door frames? My kids grab the door frames to swing themselves into rooms. I am always surprised when I get down to their level and see how much dirt has accumulated! Don’t forget the doors themselves, too. Knobs and handles can get sticky, and decorative insets collect dust.

3. Window screens

Window screens are exposed to both inside and outside grime: dust, pollen, and dirt. In most cases they can be removed pretty easily. You can then clean them in the bathtub with a gentle soap and a cloth, or hose them off outside.

4. Cabinets & drawers

I don’t just mean the outside, but the insides too! When was the last time you removed everything from your drawers and vacuumed them out? Crumbs, dust, hair… yuck! This is a good opportunity to wipe out cutlery organizers and any little baskets you may keep in drawers, too. As you put things back, take some time to declutter and purge as well.

5. Dryer vents

Did you know that your lint trap doesn’t get everything? The tubing that connects your dryer to the outside of your home collects lint as well, and if it builds up, it can become a fire hazard. The vent can be removed from the back of your dryer. I bet you’ll find a lot of lint just inside the back of your dryer alone! But the entire tube should be cleaned regularly as well, and the vent on the outside of your house.

You can purchase dryer vent cleaning kits to do it yourself or, if your vent is very long, it may be worth it to call in a pro.

6. Mattresses

If you don’t use mattress protectors, get some! They will save you a ton of hassle. Otherwise, you may have to clean stains from your mattress, which is a lot more time-consuming than just machine washing the protectors. For the Love of Clean provides great instructions on how to specifically clean a mattress.

7. Under furniture

Do you clean under your bed? What about your couches? Or those book shelves and dressers that have a single centimeter of clearance? You might be surprised by what you find. Mostly dust, but also maybe some money or long-lost treasures!

8. Behind appliances

My stove is built-in to my counter, so I don’t have to move that. But, my I didn’t even think about moving my fridge until recently, and I’ve lived in this house for seven years! Yikes! Not only did the fridge itself need to be vacuumed out (it will run more efficiently), but under my fridge I found old candy, magnets, and broken glass.

9. Gutters & downspouts

If you live in an apartment complex, congratulations: you can skip this one! Hop on the roof and clear leaves and debris from your gutters. You should also ensure that your downspouts are free of clogs as well.

This one is by far my least favorite spring cleaning task, because it involves getting up on the roof!

10. Blinds & curtains

Cleaning blinds is tedious, but they have a lot of surface area to trap dust. You can buy specialty blind cleaning tools, but I prefer to just use a damp microfiber cloth.

Curtains, of course, can be laundered according to the directions. Tip: drying in the dryer is unnecessary. After all, you already have the perfect place to hang them to dry!

What are your least favorite spring cleaning tasks?

10 spring cleaning tasks to jump-start the season