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When people think of spring cleaning, they often think of cleaning inside the home. However, it’s just as important to focus on the outside as well. Read on to learn 20 outdoor spring cleaning chores that you won’t want to miss, as well as plenty of tips, tricks, and helpful habits to help you along the way.


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Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist


Because each office environment and situation may vary, we recommend moving at your own pace and doing these chores in whichever order works best for you.

However, you may find it easier to work in an order that will help you avoid extra steps, such as dusting and cleaning from top to bottom or moving around the room in a counterclockwise or clockwise fashion to reduce missing spots, depending on what you’re doing.

Time It

You can use a timer as a challenge to yourself for a set amount of time to focus on cleaning the room or on an individual chore. Setting a timer will help you stay on task, which can mean faster cleaning times. Best of all, you’ll learn to hustle or move faster, as well as be able to determine how long things might take you in the future, which might take less time than you think.

Customize and Motivate Yourself

Some of these outdoor-related spring cleaning tasks may take longer or be more in-depth than others. Take your time and break things up if you need to. If you find that you’re low on motivation, consider adding activities you enjoy to the mix, like listening to music or a podcast or enjoying a good audiobook.

Renters vs. Homeowners

If you rent, you’ll likely be able to customize or even skip a few of these tasks. Lucky you! You can also ask your landlord what items you might be responsible for or what they might be willing to do if anything. Again, whether you own or rent, you can tailor or skip tasks to suit your environment or situation.


In this post, we covered 20 ultimate outdoor spring cleaning chores that you can do in whatever order or timeframe you see fit.

You can also do these tasks at your leisure throughout the year or as needed, and customize them to suit your needs, schedule, or type of environment, regardless if you own your home or rent.


  • Gutters
  • Cobwebs and debris
  • Patio, deck, balcony
  • Sidewalks
  • Lawn care
  • Flowerbeds, trees, and shrubs
  • Repair, repainting, and resealing
  • Windows, screens, and doors
  • Furniture and decor
  • Siding
  • Fencing
  • Inspection
  • Drainage
  • Birdhouses, birdbaths, and feeders
  • Pet areas
  • Kid areas
  • Game areas
  • Entertainment areas and features
  • Light fixtures
  • Plumbing (i.e., sprinklers, hoses, and hose bibs)
  • Restocking and refueling
  • Grill maintenance

Motivation Tips

  • Listen to music, your favorite audiobook, a podcast, or another form of entertainment as you spring clean.
  • Ask for help if you and turn it into a bonding experience.
  • Reward yourself once you’re finished, and use it as goal-oriented motivation as you clean up.
  • Consider redecorating as an incentive to keep the area clean, whether you decide to use new or repurposed items.
  • Break larger projects or areas up as needed.
  • Consider using wireless headphones or earbuds as a distraction-free way to immerse yourself in your entertainment comfortably as you focus on your work and without disturbing the neighbors.
  • Adopt maintenance cleaning routines to keep your yard or outdoor space clean, tidy, and in tip-top shape year-round.
  • Consider timing yourself or working within a set timeframe, which can help you focus and move more quickly. You can use your phone or even chapters from an audiobook, video, podcast, or playlist.

And if you plan to tackle the rest of your home next, feel free to check out our other posts from the rest of our spring cleaning series here. Thanks for dropping by! Good luck, and happy cleaning!

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