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Moving in cleaning checklist

January 19th, 2013 - 7:42 PM

A Clean House is a Happy Home

It’s always good to give your new home a good clean before you unload and unpack. Use this simple cleaning checklist from U-Pack to make sure you cover every inch of your home before you move in!

The Kitchen

  • defrost, behind, underneath
  • exterior (top, sides, bottom, handles)
  • interior (shelves, drawers, ice cube maker)


  • run through the self-cleaning cycle if available
  • oven racks, burners, oven drawer, knobs, grease filters, range hood

Everything Else

  • Cabinets and drawers, microwave, dishwasher, countertops and backsplash, sink, space above cabinets, underneath sink, ceiling for spider webs

Living Areas (bedroom, office, hallway, living room)

Closet, floors, windowsills, windows, doors and doorframes, light switch plates, walls, baseboards, molding, air vents, light fixtures, drawers and cabinets, ceiling fans, blinds, fireplace, floors, ceiling for spider webs

The Bathroom


  • Exterior, interior, shower curtain and rod 


  • Inside toilet bowl and under the rim
  • Base of toilet, top of toilet, handle
  • Walls around toilet


  • Sink, mirror, underneath sink, floor, drawers, medicine cabinet

Everything Else—see “Living Areas”


Cleaning Supplies

All-purpose cleaner, all-purpose wipes, baking soda, bleach, broom with dust pan, bucket, dishwashing soap, disinfectant wipes, drain cleaner, dusting spray, cloths for dusting, glass/window cleaner, grease remover, microfiber cloths, mop, oven cleaner, paper towels, rags, rubber gloves, scrubbers, shower cleaner, sponges, toilet bowl cleaner with brush, trash can with bags, vacuum, and white vinegar.

Where to Start? It’s really up to you. What’s the room you’re dreading most to clean? Start with that one. Once you’re finished, take a break and reward yourself for cleaning that dreaded room, and then tackle the rooms that don’t make you feel like you’re in a never-ending cleaning nightmare.

Two good rules to follow: 1. Always do your dry cleaning (like vacuuming for crumbs) before you start your wet cleaning (like mopping). 2. Clean from top to bottom

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