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A Room-by-Room Cleaning Checklist for New Homeowners

Room-by-Room Cleaning Checklist


Becoming a new homeowner is an exciting and often overwhelming experience. Your new home is a blank slate waiting to be painted into a cozy and inviting residence. Cleaning your home thoroughly is one of the first steps to making it genuinely yours. We've created a thorough room-by-room cleaning checklist for new homeowners to get you started.


  • Cabinets and Drawers: Start by cleaning the interior and exterior of cabinets and drawers.

  • Appliances: Clean the oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and all other kitchen appliances.

  • Countertops: Disinfect and clean your countertops thoroughly.

  • Sink: Clean and disinfect the sink, faucet, and drain.

  • Floors: Sweep and mop the kitchen floor. Pay attention to any grout lines or stubborn stains.

  • Pantry: Organize and clean out your pantry, discarding any expired items.


  • Toilet: Clean and disinfect the toilet, including the bowl, seat, and exterior.

  • Shower and Bathtub: Scrub tiles, grout, and surfaces. Clean the showerhead and faucet.

  • Sink and Vanity: Wipe down the sink, faucet, and clean the mirror.

  • Cabinets and Drawers: Clean and organize bathroom cabinets and drawers.

  • Floor: Sweep and mop the bathroom floor. Consider a deep clean for tile grout.

  • Medicine Cabinet: Dispose of expired medications and organize your supplies.

Living Room:

  • Dust: Dust all surfaces, including shelves, electronics, and decorative items.

  • Couch and Furniture: Vacuum and clean upholstered furniture and cushions.

  • Windows and Blinds: Clean windows and blinds to let in more natural light.

  • Floors: Vacuum and mop the floors. Consider professional carpet cleaning if needed.

  • Electronics: Wipe down and organize electronics and cords.


  • Bed and Bedding: Change bed linens, flip the mattress, and vacuum under the bed.

  • Closet: Organize and declutter your closet. Donate items you no longer need.

  • Furniture: Dust and clean bedroom furniture, such as dressers and nightstands.

  • Windows: Clean windows and curtains or blinds.

  • Floors: Vacuum or sweep and mop bedroom floors.

Dining Room:

  • Table and Chairs: Wipe down the dining table and clean the chairs.

  • China Cabinet or Buffet: Clean and organize your dining room storage.

  • Floor: Sweep or vacuum and mop the dining room floor.

  • Light Fixtures: Clean chandeliers or light fixtures if applicable.

Hallways and Entryway:

  • Walls and Baseboards: Wipe down walls and clean baseboards.

  • Doors: Clean and disinfect door knobs and handles.

  • Floor: Vacuum, sweep, or mop hallways and the entryway.

Laundry Room:

  • Washer and Dryer: Clean the exterior and lint traps.

  • Shelving: Organize and clean any laundry room storage.

  • Floor: Sweep and mop the laundry room floor.


  • Light Fixtures: Clean and replace any burnt-out light bulbs.

  • Air Vents: Dust and clean air vents and filters.

  • Cobwebs: Check corners and ceilings for cobwebs and remove them.

  • Safety Checks: Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.


Cleaning every room in your new house will take time, but it is necessary if you want it to seem like yours. You can make sure that your house is spotless, clean, and prepared for you to begin creating memories there by using this detailed room-by-room cleaning checklist for new homeowners. Greetings on your new residence!

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