How to Start Cleaning a Dirty House

Cleaning a dirty house is usually not a task that you will find on most people's list of favorite things to do. Unfortunately, however, it's a necessary job that must be completed regularly. The key to tackling a messy home is getting organized before even beginning. Through organization, planning and focused, hard work, you can transform a dirty house into an inviting one that sparkles and shines.

Step 1

Make a checklist of things that must be done. Organize your checklist by room. Keeping a list will help you stay focused and motivated as you see yourself accomplishing your tasks.

Step 2

Gather all of your cleaning supplies and place them in a bucket or organizing tote before you begin. Running back and forth to get supplies while you clean wastes time and can be tiring.

Step 3

Remove clutter. You can't really clean until you clear the area of clutter. Put stray items in a laundry basket or similar container. Return the items to their places or drop them in a box or bin to be donated or given away later. If you don't really use the item, it's only getting in the way.

Step 4

Focus on one room at a time until you complete the checklist for that room.

Step 5

Follow general cleaning guidelines, such as dusting from top to bottom. This spares you from having to dust lower objects again when debris falls as you dust higher objects. Vacuum last.

Step 6

Delegate responsibilities, if possible. If you have other people living in your home, assign tasks to each person to make the work go by more quickly. If family members share in the responsibilities of cleaning, they also will be more likely to make an effort to keep the house clean later.