Let’s be honest: Spring doesn’t put everyone in a cleaning mood. If sunny days and blooming flowers do not inspire you to pick up a mop and broom, then all of those organization blogs with super-detailed guides to elaborate spring cleaning projects probably don’t get you too excited.
If you want to do some spring cleaning but you’re not the HGTV-watching, Martha Stewart Living Magazine-reading type, these projects are for you. Each one is easy. Most can be tackled in less than an hour. Read through them and choose one—or a few if you’re extra-motivated—and you discover the spring cleaning goddess that lives in you.
- Organize Your Junk Drawer
Wait, don’t click away yet. Yes, this sounds like a big task, but it’s deceptively so. Your junk drawer is small, so in reality, this won’t take as long as you think. Dump the contents out, clean the inside of the drawer, and only put back in what you actually need.
- Clean Your Mattress
A mattress isn’t one of those things you think about cleaning on a regular basis, mostly because...well, how do you clean a mattress? Turns out it’s easy. Strip the sheets, sprinkle baking soda liberally over the mattress, wait a few hours, and then vacuum it up.
- Take Items to Dry Cleaning
You know that coat you bought that says dry clean only? You know, the one you never dry clean? Take it—and everything else that needs to be dry cleaned—to the dry cleaners once and for all.
- Clean Your Microwave
Stop living with a microwave that looks like it belongs in a college fraternity house. Fill a bowl with water, squeeze about half of a lemon into it, and microwave for 2-3 minutes (or as long as it takes to loosen the grime inside your microwave). Wipe down the inside of the microwave and leave the door open so it can air-dry.
- Wipe Down Light Switches
This one takes about 10 minutes, and it is very effective at preventing the spread of germs. Using your all-purpose cleaner of choice and a towel, wipe down every light switch in your home.
- Dust Your Blinds
Gently remove dust from blinds with one of two methods. You can use a microfiber cloth or a vacuum attachment. If opting for the former, be sure to vacuum the floor afterwards.
- Clean Out Under Your Couch Cushions
What exactly is lurking under your couch cushions? Rather than wondering, take the time to remove couch cushions, vacuum each thoroughly and then vacuum underneath. Who knows, you just might find a lost remote and some spare change in the process.
- Replace Your Shower Liner
This is one of the easiest spring cleaning projects because it technically requires zero cleaning. Get rid of your old shower liner and replace it with a new one. If your shower curtain and bathmat are due for an upgrade, you can purchase new versions of these too.
- Wipe Down Your Keyboard
Computers need spring cleaning too! Turn off your computer and use canned air to get debris and dust out of your keyboard. Next, clean out the keys with a damp cotton swab. After that, gently wipe down the keyboard with a microfiber cloth.
- Declutter One (Only One!) Closet
If cleaning out every single closet seems like an insurmountable task, why not just do one? Go through your closet of choice and separate items into piles you want to get rid of (i.e. recycle, sell, donate, or throw away), keep, or store. Rent a storage unit and use it for the items in the “store” pile. These might include winter coats, special occasion dresses, holiday decorations, and other things you can’t part with but can’t toss it either.