So, you’ve done it. You’ve bought your dream home and now all that’s left is to move in. You are excited to settle in, and likely can’t wait to get all of your belongings unpacked and get decorating. However, before you start tackling all of those boxes, I have a tip. Break out the cleaning supplies. I know! This is likely the last thing you want to do. However, now is the perfect time to give your new home a deep clean while it is empty. It’s impossible to know how the previous owners lived, so this will leave you feeling squeaky-clean. Start with the rooms you will use most, and work your way through each space.

Kitchen

This kitchen is usually the hub of your home, so it is best to get it out of the way at the start. First, gather all of your cleaning supplies. This way, you have everything you need and can focus solely on getting your clean on. Start by tackling the upper and lower cabinets. After the initial move in, the likelihood of these being empty again is slim. So, put some elbow grease into the scrubbing of the inside and outside surfaces. Next, are the appliances such as the stove, dishwasher and refrigerator. Clean the fronts and handles, and use a toothbrush to get into those pesky seals. While cleaning the fridge, remove containers to give them a thorough wash. Wipe shelves down, removing any leftover residue. Give the countertops a good scrub, as well as the backsplash. Not only will your kitchen sparkle, but it will smell fantastic as well.

Bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom isn’t a good time. But, trust me, you’ll feel much better once it’s all done. Clean the toilet bowl, as well as the area around the toilet. Don’t forget about sanitizing the flush handle! Using an all purpose cleaning spray, scrub the shower, sink and countertops. Wipe out the insides of any cabinetry and make sure you disinfect the door handle and light switches and cover.

Washing Machine and Dryer

Before you throw in a load of laundry, clean out the washer with two cups of vinegar and run a regular, hot cycle. Once finished, run one more cycle with just water to make sure that the vinegar is completely washed away. Clean out the lint trap in the dryer while you’re at it. This should be done regularly to avoid a fire.

Light Fixtures

How often did you clean the light fixtures in your previous home? To make sure you aren’t adding extra dust to your home, especially if you have allergies, make sure you get up there and dust off your light fixtures.

Windows

I am a sucker for a clean window! To read more about how to get the perfect pane of glass, read this.

Bedrooms

If you have carpet, this is an excellent time to either clean them yourself, or spend a little extra money to get a professional do it for you. If you have laminate, or hardwood, give them a good clean. While the room is empty, wipe down the baseboards.

Garage

We all know how fast the garage can fill up. This is the perfect time to sweep the floors before you begin storing your vehicles and all of your belongings. Use this as an opportunity to add any storage solutions you may need. This will help ensure that the garage stays neat and tidy.

It’s a big job. However, once you’ve given your new home a thorough scrubbing, you will feel even better about moving in your possessions and your family.

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