The Lazy Girl's Guide To Spring Cleaning

Slide1Illustrated by Jenny Kraemer.
From her laid-back, effortless style to a fresh, ahead-of-the-trend beauty aesthetic, Lauren Conrad is a girl after our own heart. So, each week, the born-and-bred California girl and editor-in-chief of will share with us her insider secrets and personal musings. Plus, check out her visually stunning guest pinning here! Next up, Team LC share their top spring cleaning tips.
It’s hard to believe that spring is only a few days away. I hope you’re as excited as I am for sunny skies, spring fashion, and fresh, seasonal produce. And then there’s spring cleaning. I know I might be the only one who actually gets excited at the thought of scrubbing and dusting. But, even if you’re not as obsessed with organization as I am, spring cleaning doesn’t have to be scary.
One of the biggest tips I’ve learned as a lifelong neat freak is that if you keep up with routine chores on a regular basis, things will never get out of hand. So, to make things easy, I decided to put together a simple cleaning chart designed to keep you accountable on a daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal basis. If you can spend just a few minutes each day tidying up, you will never have to clean like crazy just before guests come over or when you’ve finally reached your limit.
Slide2Illustrated by Jenny Kraemer.
Make your bed
Do any dishes left in the sink
Hang up any clothes left around your room
Take out the garbage if it's full
Wipe up spills while they're fresh
Slide3Illustrated by Jenny Kraemer.
Vacuum, sweep, or mop
Do laundry
Wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters and mirrors
Change towels and sheets
Scrub and disinfect toilet
Disinfect doorknobs, phones, keyboards, remotes, etc.
Slide4Illustrated by Jenny Kraemer.
Dust bookshelves, appliances, light fixtures, and other surfaces
Wash bath mats
Launder duvet cover or quilt
Wipe down microwave and fridge
Clear and disinfect showers and tubs
Slide5Illustrated by Jenny Kraemer.
Wash windows
Reorganize kitchen, bathroom, and desk clutter
Deep clean the oven
Wipe down baseboards and molding
Slide6Illustrated by Jenny Kraemer.
A Few More Tips
If it’s been a while since you’ve done a deep-cleaning, it might be worth paying a professional to come in once just to get you started. After that, you can take over and just maintain the level of cleanliness you started with.
If you have pets, babies, or dust allergies, you will want to clean a little more frequently.
If it feels like you’re doing laundry too often, splurge on another set of sheets, towels, or socks.
If it helps motivate you to actually check things off, frame this list and then use a dry erase marker to check things off on the glass.
I hope this checklist helps you to keep your space spick-and-span! Do you have any spring cleaning tips of your own?
Happy cleaning!
xo Ilana
Team LC

More from Living

It's safe to say that a home — especially in New York City — will be one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make in a lifetime. But let's be real here: ...
Lady Gaga is known for her unique, eccentric, and sometimes downright insane sense of style. So it makes total sense that she would purchase a mansion ...
Four years ago, my life was exactly where I wanted it: I was working as a senior editor at a major glossy magazine. My first young adult novel had just ...
S'mores are a messy dessert favorite. But why not skip the sticky situation and enjoy yours in a cone
You're at 20,000 feet, and you realize your flight doesn’t have WiFi — which wouldn't be a big deal, except you forgot your book at home, and none of your ...
DIY cotton candy ice cream that doesn't require an ice cream maker? Winning
It's a sad but true fact that a bad commute — one where you just miss the bus or subway — has the power to ruin your day. More often than not, these near...
(Paid Content) Scrambled eggs for breakfast? Yawn. Standard-issue pancakes? Predictable. To effectively get us out of bed in the a.m., we prefer a morning ...
When you think of playing a video game, what comes to mind? Is it a raucous game of Wii Bowling when you were in college? Hours spent on your Game Boy ...
Whether you're brunching or, uh, dinnering, etiquette is of the utmost importance when dining out. And no, we don't mean keeping your elbows off the table...
Once in college, I had a friend Google "how to make a grilled cheese," and I remember being completely baffled that someone would need a step-by-step ...
There's a reason engagement rings — buying, losing, hating — are a common rom-com plot point. Because they're not just jewelry: In our society, they're ...
Jenn Im makes one of Kate Albrecht's DIYs from her new book, A Hot Glue Gun Mess. This minimalist wall-art piece is perfect for decorating an apartment
Take a peek at any design-forward apartment, and we dare you not to spot at least one Ikea item. Like classic wardrobe staples, there are certain pieces ...