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room by room cleaning tips

Updated on September 11, 2011



Tackling a dirty house can seem like a huge job. We’ve got some tips on how to break that big task into smaller, more manageable tasks, which in the end will produce the same result—cleanliness!

  • Pre-set the table when you have some down time, so you don’t have to rush around in the mornings, or when you get home from work.
  • Always leave counters and sink clean of food, spills, and crumbs.
  • Wash produce when you get it home and store it properly in the fridge, so you don’t have to clean and scrub it before cutting them up for meals. (It also means less dishes, knives, and utensils used during the cooking process.)
  • As you cook, you should be washing the utensils, pots, and pans that you use.

Family Room

  • Have different sized bins in the family room, one under the coffee table and two smaller ones on the shelf. Designate each for certain items: one for toys, one for mail, the other for lotion, notepad and pens, etc…
  • Designate a certain area in the room for play.
  • As you are watching television, go through any catalogs, magazines, or newspapers and snip out your favorite pages. Store them in an accordion file, by topic type, and then recycle the rest of the book.


  • Sanitize the sink, counter, and toilet often, especially if you have frequent guests—and that includes your child’s play dates. Use Method Flushable Wipes for quick and easy sanitation.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in the toilet bowl and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Flush it down, and you will see a white, and odor-free bowl.
  • Save an old toothbrush to help clean behind the faucets and the drains.
  • Wipe out the tub after a long soak, so that the salts or bubble bath you used don’t make the sides and bottom grimy and slippery.


Leave the bedroom in the morning how you wish to return to it at night:

  • Make your bed each morning, and go ahead and not worry about proper corners.
  • Tuck your pajamas under the pillowcase.
  • Throw your nighttime book on the comforter, so that it is waiting for you when you return to bed that evening.

Laundry Room

  • Get a hamper for each person in the home that they can slip into their closet. No one wants to see dirty laundry when entering a bedroom.
  • Don’t leave dirty clothing on the floor of your laundry room, but rather designate bins for each color type.
  • Keep detergents, dryer sheets, and stain removers on a wall shelf, or in a plastic rolling bin. You will never go searching for that stain removal pen, or worry about a cluttered laundry room, again.
  • Make a rule that laundry must be folded and then put away on the same day that it was washed. This will ensure that your children and husband become active in the laundry process.


  • Designate a certain area in the garage for sports equipment, car accessories and cleaning products, home renovation items, and more. This will reduce clutter and help you find what you are looking for faster.
  • Set up a bin system for garbage and recycling in your garage so that you don’t create a trash heap.
  • Get a rack to hang your tools, bikes, and other garage items for.
  • If you are doing anything crafty in the garage, cut up a few garbage bags and lay them on the floor, to keep it clean. (Trust us, if and when you want to sell your house, those interested in purchase will wonder what that big paint stain on the floor is from, and why you let it get there.)

Following all of these tips might allow you to successfully use the garage for its intended purpose: to store your car.

Tips for the Whole House

  • Each day, cover a different room for deeper cleaning. Do superficial cleaning tasks each day, such as wiping the kitchen counter, making all of the beds, and general tidying up. However, designate each room in the house a different day for vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing, etc…
  • Keep a laundry basket that is just for putting things away. Start in the bedroom in the morning and put anything that doesn’t belong in that specific room in the basket. Continue throughout the house, exchanging what belongs for what doesn’t.
  • “Out with the old, and in with the new.” If you purchase a new anything: lip gloss, light bulb, cooking pot, coaster, etc … you must also then throw it out, or designate it for a sale (for when you have that grand garage sale you keep talking about). This will allow you to remain clutter-free and less overwhelmed.
  • Become friends with vinegar, as it can do all of the following: eliminate water rings, clean your silver, remove carpet stains, unclog drains, and more.

You are well on your way to a cleaner home, congratulations!


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  • RGraf profile image

    Rebecca Graf 8 years ago from Wisconsin

    Great ideas! Just trying to get everyone else to follow is nigh impossible.

  • Ivorwen profile image

    Ivorwen 8 years ago from Hither and Yonder

    I like your ideas.