Your 2021 Cleaning Checklist

A clean and tidy space is essential to starting the new year off on a good note. Our surroundings affect our moods, so if your home is riddled with old junk, it’ll be a lot more difficult to get into a healthy headspace. And with the dumpster fire that was 2020, we think a solid deep clean would probably be beneficial for everyone. Out with the old, in with the new! Follow this 2021 cleaning checklist to get your space, and your mind, in the right place for the year ahead.

2020 cleaning checklist

Living Room

  • Clean and dust your ceiling fans.
  • Vacuum/dust vents.
  • Dust lamp shades.
  • Dust blinds.
  • Wash windows.
  • Dust curtain rods.
  • Vacuum carpet or rug.
  • Vacuum couch and/or chairs.
  • Sweep/mop floors.
  • Shampoo rugs.

Extras: Have your carpet professionally cleaned if necessary. If you use a slipcover on your couch, the start of a new year is a good time to wash it. The same goes for your duvet on your comforter, and even the comforter itself, depending on the last time you gave it a good cleaning. You may even want to wipe down your walls (because when’s the last time they got any attention?).

2020 cleaning checklist


  • Discard old toiletries.
  • Take out the trash. Clean trash can.
  • Clean shower curtain.
  • Scrub shower/tub.
  • Clean walls.
  • Wipe mirror clean.
  • Clean sink.
  • Clean toilet.
  • Mop floors.

2020 cleaning checklist


  • Discard expired foods.
  • Empty and clean out the inside of the fridge.
  • Clean out the freezer.
  • Clean stove and oven.
  • Wipe the microwave clean.
  • Do dishes.
  • Clean sink.
  • Clean countertops.
  • Mop floors.

Extras: If you want to get your kitchen extra clean, take everything out of your cabinets. Dust them and make sure they’re clean before putting everything back.

2020 cleaning checklist


  • Sort through clothing. Donate what you don’t need.
  • Organize closet.
  • Flip your mattress.
  • Wash bedding and make your bed.
  • Dust blinds and curtain rods.
  • Wash windows.
  • Vacuum/mop floors.

Extras: Now is a great time to show your mattress some extra cleaning love. After you flip it, give it a good vacuum before making your bed up with clean sheets. If you need some extra help cleaning your mattress, check out this post.

And that’s it for our 2021 cleaning checklist. For more cleaning help, check out some of our previous articles below:

Common Cleaning Mistakes To Avoid
Cleaning Tips For Studio And One-Bedroom Apartments
DIY Natural Cleaning Solutions For Your Apartment
Shaving Cream Cleaning Hacks For Your Apartment


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