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How To Clean A Messy House In One Day

Wondering how to clean a messy house in one day?

Sometimes, we get busy with work and things start to pile up around us. By the time you know it, the sink is filled with dirty dishes, the laundry basket is overflowing, and your space is utterly cluttered.

You decide to use your day off to clean up, but then you’re met with the important question – where do you start?

Don’t worry, cleaning your house in one day is completely doable – using the right strategies.

Here’s how you can get started.

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How To Clean A Messy House In One Day

1. Have the right tools

A knight needs his sword. Likewise, we need the right cleaning tools! Having the right tools can make cleaning way faster and less stressful.

This is especially important when you’re trying to clean up quickly.

Here are a few essentials for home cleaning:

Cordless vacuum

This is such a life-saver! Instead of lugging around a bulky vacuum cleaner that you need to unplug and plug in again as you move from one room to the next, invest in a lightweight cordless vacuum.

It’s easy to maneuver and move from one place to another. Plus, most cordless stick vacuums easily transform into handheld vacuums that can be used to clean tight spaces.

Spin mop and bucket

Once you use this, there’s no going back! I hate mopping with a vengeance, but spin mops have been a game-changer for me.

With the bucket attachment, you can easily wring out your mop and remove any excess moisture. This is especially useful when you’re cleaning hardwood floors that shouldn’t get too wet.

Spray bottles

There are so many cleaning products out there in the market these days! Buying separate cleaning solutions for different parts of the house will cost a pretty penny.

Instead, you can just buy floor and toilet cleaners. For the rest of your cleaning needs, you can get empty spray bottles and fill them up with affordable DIY cleaning solutions.

For example, fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and vinegar, plus lemon rinds to create a quick and easy all-purpose cleaner. You can use this to clean countertops, tables, and windows.


how to clean a messy house in one day

Using a squeegee is great for that streak-free finish on mirrors and windows!

Scrub brush

Scrub brushes are great for scrubbing sinks and tubs.

2. Clear the floors and tables

Alright, now that we have all our cleaning essentials, let’s get down to business!

Start by making your way around the house. Carry a trash bag with you. Any trash you see goes straight in.

Plates and cups scattered around the house go into the kitchen sink, and dirty clothes go into the laundry basket.

As you go along, put things back where they belong to declutter your space.

3. Load the washing machine

Before you start cleaning room by room, load the washing machine and turn it on. Let it clean your clothes in the background as you proceed to clean your house!

4. Do the dishes

Next, do the dishes and clear your kitchen sink. If you have a dishwasher, load it and turn it on.

5. Clean the windows

Windows can get pretty grimy over time. Wipe your windows with a rag to get rid of any dirt and dust before going in with a cleaning solution and squeegee.

Don’t forget to vacuum and wipe down your window sills as well.

6. Clean one room at a time

how to clean a messy house

The best way to clean a messy house is to focus on one room at a time.

After your initial walk-through to clear trash, dishes, and laundry, it’s time to move room by room for a more thorough cleaning.

Here’s a checklist of things to do for each room.


  • Wipe down the countertops, kitchen tiles, and stovetop.

  • Wash & scrub the kitchen sink (you can use baking soda and water for this).

  • If the trash can looks grimy, give it a wash and wipe it down as well.

  • Wipe the exterior of your fridge.

  • If your fridge is full, clear any old food and wipe down the interior shelves.

  • Wipe down the interior and exterior of your microwave.

Living room

  • Wipe down the coffee table and any shelves.

  • Vacuum the couch to remove any dust or crumbs in the gaps.

  • Change the cushion covers.


  • Fold and store any clean clothes in the dresser or closet.

  • Wipe down the bedside table, dresser, and headboard.

  • Vacuum your mattress.

  • Change the bedsheets.


  • Disinfect the toilet.

  • Wipe down the sink, mirror, and shower products.

  • Scrub the tub and shower.

  • Change the towels and floor mats.

Prefer a printable checklist to refer to as you clean your house?

Download and print our free Clean A Messy House Checklist.

clean a messy house checklist
clean a messy house checklist

Vacuum and mop the floors

Finally, vacuum and mop the floors for a clean, dust-free finish. Depending on the size of your house, you may want to break this up into parts.

If you stay in a relatively large double-story house, you can vacuum downstairs, then charge your cordless vacuum and mop the floors before making your way upstairs.

If you stay in a one or two-room apartment, you could probably vacuum the entire place and then move on to mop the floors.


If you’re stressing over how to clean a messy house in one day, follow these steps, and you’ll have a clean, decluttered house in no time!

Don’t forget to download and print our free Clean A Messy House Checklist that will guide you step-by-step as you move from one room to the next.

Alternatively, you can download Tody, a home cleaning app, and create your own customized room-by-room cleaning checklist. It’s such a handy app to have on your phone!

Check out this recent blog post on easy house cleaning tips to learn more about the Tody app.

Alright, it’s time to put on some music, get your family involved, and let’s get cleaning!

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