Step-by-step house cleaning checklist.

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Thumbtack pros told us how to keep your home clean, including a checklist of things to clean (hint: ceiling fan) and a schedule of when to clean them.



Your complete house cleaning to-do list.

Step 1: Make a room-to-room cleaning schedule.

You know the difference between your kitchen and guest room. But dust and dirt don’t. It’s easy to prioritize cleaning certain rooms in your home (like your bathroom and bedroom) while totally forgetting others. Make up for human nature by creating a cleaning schedule that includes every room in your house so you can rotate deep cleaning a new room every week. 

Step 2: Build your own house cleaning kit.

To clean your home right, you’re going to need supplies. Whether you make your own DIY solutions or buy conventional glass cleaner in bulk, your kit should cover everything you need to clean every room in your home, from dusty ceiling fans to your living room floor.

Keep a printable inventory of all the products you use in your house and update it every few weeks. When you’re running low, just print it out and you’re ready to shop. 

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Step 3: Decide what can and can’t wait for spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning shouldn’t be the only time of the year that you clean your house. But it can be the only time you clean some things. For example, your dryer will work just as well if you only get to it once. The same goes for your gutters and curtains.

Instead of deep cleaning items that don’t need it, spend your time on the stuff you touch all the time like light fixtures and doorknobs. 

Step 4: Hire a cleaning service to handle the big stuff. 

If you cook a lot, your oven could probably use some attention. Sure, you could clean it yourself, but you probably don’t want to (which means you never will). Instead of ignoring big messes that could build up, consider hiring a professional to take care of them for you.

“A lot of people will ignore their kitchens for a long time. By the time they hire someone, it’s hours of work,” says Thumbtack Top Pro David Tello, owner of Freedom Cleaning in Grand Prairie, Texas.  

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Weekly cleaning tips for the entire house.

Tip #1: Pay attention to the small stuff.

The tops of your picture frames can get really dusty really fast. The same goes for your couch cushions (over and under) and floor. Get to these problem areas regularly with a broom, condensed air or a microfiber rag. 

Tip #2: Prioritize your list of cleaning tasks. 

Create a top-to-bottom list of what in your house requires the most amount of care and what requires the least, ranking them 1 to 10. Commit to which tasks you’ll do weekly, monthly, tri-yearly, bi-yearly and so on.

“Rotating what you do makes a huge difference in how long it will take you to clean your home,” says Thumbtack Top Pro Paige Rounds, owner of MaidPro Wichita in Wichita, Kansas.

Tip #3: Don’t get lazy with household chores.

Leaving that red wine spill for too long can lead to a permanent stain on your couch cushion. Not washing your laundry can mean a week without clean socks. These are things we know but are too lazy to remember when it’s 8pm on Thursday. Get to spills and stacks right away and save yourself the pain of longer and more expensive deep cleanings. 

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How much does house cleaning cost? 

Most professional house cleaners offer a flat rate based on one of three things: square footage, price per room or price per hour. You might pay more based on how big your house is, how many bathrooms you have, the kind of cleaning you want (in general, a deep cleaning will cost you more) and the kinds of products the cleaner uses. 

The best way to start is to get specific information from the pro on the types of cleanings they offer and how much they cost. If you’re unsure, sharing photos of your space or requesting a free walkthrough is a great place to start.

For more on costs, see “How much does a house cleaner cost?”

Who to hire to help with house cleaning. 

Clean your home the right way. Find someone who will check off every item on your to-do list, from the couch cushions you love to the gunk you hate:

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