4. Next is the kitchen. Again, start from the top, wiping each shelf and cupboard clean. Replace shelving paper if necessary and clean all the handles and knobs. Also, make sure to clean around them (especially if you have young kids) because they tend to get all kinds of stains on them. Empty the fridge and clean it out, throwing away any old or expired food.
5. When you clean the bathroom, it’s not just a matter of wiping down some surfaces and freshening things up. You should also go through the medicine cabinet to get rid of any expired medication, clean any makeup brushes, and replace toothbrushes.
6. Clean everything at knee level and below—this includes baseboards, under the oven, and a complete vacuum of the whole house. Dust out any rugs, throw pillows, and mats that you have around the house. Make sure to do this far from doors and windows, or the dust will come right back in.
7. Now that you have most of the house all clean, it’s time to take care of the smaller stuff. Go back to your linen closet and get rid of any towels, pillowcases, and bedding that is old or doesn’t match. Donate what you can and convert the rest to rags to be used around the house.