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How to Deep Clean and Organize Your House

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Tired of constantly feeling overwhelmed by the chaos in your home? If you find yourself buried under mountains of clutter, unsure where to even begin the daunting task of deep cleaning and organizing, help is here with this guide to productive cleaning hacks.

When it comes to figuring out how to deep clean and organize your house, let’s delve into the art of transforming your living space from a chaotic mess into a serene sanctuary. From tackling those forgotten corners to revamping your storage solutions, get ready to embark on a journey towards decluttering bliss.

how to deep clean and organize your home

What to Expect:

  • What is the best order to deep clean a house?
  • How do I start cleaning and organizing my house?
  • How can I make my house look clean and organized?
  • How do you deep clean a house when overwhelmed?

What is the best order to deep clean a house?

When it comes to deep cleaning your home, having a strategic plan is key. Tackling each room in the right order can make the process more efficient and ensure you don’t miss any important areas. Here is the best order to follow for a thorough, deep clean:

1. Entrance

Start with the entrance of your home, especially if you’re cleaning with a purpose, like hosting a party. Let the entrance of your home make a great first impression. Declutter and clean any coat racks, storage areas, etc. so your entrance is welcoming.

2. Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it deserves special attention. Begin by clearing out the refrigerator and pantry, followed by wiping down the shelves. Then move on to the countertops, stovetop, oven, and all other surfaces.

3. Living Areas

Once the high-traffic rooms are clean, focus on the living areas like the living room, dining room, and entryway. Dust all furniture, vacuum the floors, and clean the windows.

4. Bathrooms

Bathrooms require the most intensive cleaning, so it’s best to tackle them next. Scrub the tubs, showers, sinks, and toilets. Don’t forget to clean the mirrors, countertops, and cabinets as well.

5. Laundry Room

Tackle the laundry room next, especially if your guests may need to enter it. Wipe down the washing machine and dryer, organize the shelves, and sweep or mop the floor.

6. Bedrooms

End by decluttering and organizing your bedrooms. Strip the beds, wash the linens, and vacuum under the beds. Wipe down all surfaces, including windowsills, baseboards, and light fixtures.

By following this strategic order, you can ensure a thorough, deep clean that leaves your entire home sparkling. Tackle one room at a time, and you’ll be amazed at the transformation.

Another trick to simplify your cleaning is by doing it in the best order is to work from the top down when cleaning. Especially if you’re cleaning quarterly or less frequently, you need to make sure that the dirt from high things, like ceiling fans, isn’t falling on your freshly scrubbed floor!

How do I start cleaning and organizing my house?

Follow a cleaning routine

Following a cleaning routine (and a handy checklist) is the perfect way to whip through your cleaning. It takes the guesswork out of what you need to do next (and in what order). It also helps distracted mommies (raising my hand!) stay on task.

In case anyone wants to help (husband, kids, anyone?), they can jump right in!

I also really like the Motivated Moms Chore Planner. It’s a checklist and planner in one with cleaning tasks for every day of the year. By doing one extra task a day, your home will be whipped into shape in no time.

Break your cleaning into sections

Break your home into sections when you clean.

When most people come to your house, they don’t go parading around your bedroom, peeking into closets, and looking in bathroom cupboards (unless they run out of toilet paper, which is why you should always get out a fresh roll before someone comes).

If you’re doing a quick weekly cleaning, start with the sections of the house that people will see, like the kitchen, family room, etc.

However, if you’re doing a deep cleaning, start with the areas least likely to be seen, like the bedrooms. Then, by the time company comes a week later, the main living areas will still be clean.

I normally spend a week deep cleaning, so it makes sense to end with the high-traffic areas, like the kitchen. This ensures that the most-used areas of your house are still fresh when company arrives.

How can I make my house look clean and organized?


Cleaning will be much easier once your home is decluttered.

This may seem out of order, but I don’t typically worry about decluttering when I’m deep cleaning.

Especially if you’re cleaning for a purpose, like a party or holiday, and you’re on a timeline, it’s essential to clean as quickly (but thoroughly) as possible.

That said, I’ve been trying to be more intentional about keeping clutter out of my house. A few months ago, I spent some time decluttering based on Marie Kondo’s principles in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up (read my review here).

However, if you still need to declutter and aren’t on a time crunch, take an extra day to declutter each room as you go.

Maintain a tidy home

Once your house is decluttered, you’ll want to maintain that clutter-free status.

Try to stay clutter-free by doing things like this:

  • Keep two bags in the bottom of your closet: a bag of clothes that need to be dry cleaned and a bag of clothes that need to be donated. If clothes need to be sewn, keep them with your sewing kit or start a third bag if you need to take them somewhere else. Once those bags are full, take care of them.
  • Keep empty, clear plastic tubs under your kids’ beds. As you notice that your kids outgrow clothes, place the clothes in the tubs (discard worn or irreparably stained clothes). Once those tubs are full, place the clothes in labeled containers (the clear, zippered blanket bags are great, as are empty diaper boxes) and store them for the next baby. If you’re done having kids, still take the time to place the clothes in labeled boxes to save for a garage sale or donation.
  • Declutter the kids’ toys as you wash them. After an illness (or quarterly if we’ve been healthy), my kids and I give the toys a bath. That’s my opportunity to throw out broken toys and put away toys that are no longer age-appropriate.
  • Try not to let clutter enter your home. Go through the mail, newspapers, magazines, etc., and discard whatever you don’t need. Make sure that everything has a home, and get rid of anything that doesn’t belong or is broken.

How do you deep clean a house when overwhelmed?

It’s difficult to find the motivation to clean when you’re overwhelmed. However, I also like to have an incentive to deep clean my house.

I normally do my “spring cleaning,” or “deep cleaning,” quarterly. This is my chance to get to all the weird things that I fully intend to clean but never do.

While I have my master cleaning list broken into sections (daily, bi-weekly, weekly, etc.), sometimes I don’t get to everything.

To make sure I get everything done, I schedule something at the end, like one of my kids’ birthday parties, a holiday gathering, or a fun evening with friends.

A little bribery is always nice, too!

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