How to Do Whole House Cleaning (Now That You’ve Got All This Time)

How to Do Whole House Cleaning

The average American spends six hours per week cleaning their home.

If you feel like you spend more than the average amount doing housework, then maybe you aren’t using your time wisely. Instead of playing catch-up and cleaning a little bit every day, consider doing one deep clean. After you invest the time and energy in a deep clean, your weekly chores will become more manageable and you’ll have more free time to spend with your family.

The weather is nice and you’ve got plenty of at-home time these days. So, why not take on a whole house cleaning project? Keep reading to learn how to get it done.

Separate the Task Room by Room

The most important tip of any cleaning guide is to break down the task into manageable parts. When you start to think about a whole house cleaning, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the work that needs to be done.

Instead, break down the work from a whole house cleaning checklist to a room-by-room checklist. Decide on which room you want to clean first and get to work. Then, once you’ve completely finished with one room, move onto the next one on your list.

Not only will this method help you from getting overwhelmed, but it will also keep you focused.

Work on Decluttering First

Every house cleaning guide will recommend that you focus on decluttering first. A room is much easier to clean once it is organized and emptied of unnecessary items.

Start three piles for each room, one for items you wish to keep, one for items to donate, and one for items that are trash. Pick up and consider the proper place for each item individually. While this will take some time, it will ensure you’re making the right decision.


One of the best cleaning ideas is to consider renting a dumpster for your disposal needs. If you’re decluttering a whole house, your trash pile may quickly turn into a trash mountain. A dumpster is an easy way to get rid of the mess quickly, so you can concentrate on cleaning other areas of your home.

For example, a 20-yard dumpster can hold around six pick-up trucks worth of materials. This means that instead of taking six trips back and forth with your truck, you can rent a dumpster to hold everything at once. And, you won’t have to worry about disposing of the materials, the rental company will take care of the disposal for you.

Do a Deep Clean, Focusing on the Details

Once the room is uncluttered, it’s time to focus on a deep spring cleaning. This deep clean should be more detail-focused than general cleaning you perform on a weekly basis.

Here are some deep cleaning tasks to add to your checklist:

  • Wipe down baseboards, windowsills, and doors
  • Wash windows, both inside and out
  • Dust everything, from your vents to your light fixtures
  • Move all furniture to clean the floor underneath

Here’s a room-by-room deep cleaning checklist if you need more guidance.

Now Is the Perfect Time for a Whole House Cleaning

Using these tips, you can easily tackle a whole house cleaning without getting overwhelmed.

Start by separating the task room by room, to make the job more manageable. Then, declutter the room before cleaning to get rid of items you no longer use or need. Finally, once the room is uncluttered, you can do a deep clean before moving on to the next area.

If your house cleaning is going to involve a lot of decluttering, we recommend renting a dumpster to make the job easier. Get a quote from Portable Services today so you can enjoy your clean house.