General Preparation


  • Create a bright, cheerful, and serene environment.

  • Open curtains, drapes, and blinds, and turn on lights in all rooms and closets.

  • Add a welcome touch by putting out some fresh flowers.

  • Water interior plants and throw away old plants and flowers.

  • Put away valuables, money, jewelry, and medicines in a safe or concealed place!

  • Plan to be away from the house for about 3 hours.



  • Remove clutter from the foyer/entry and make sure it welcomes you.

  • Have a clean welcome mat and clean all windows and mirrors.



  • Make beds, organize clothes, toys, and closets, straighten up pillows and bedspreads.

  • Clean wastebaskets, dust blinds, doors, shelves and floors, vacuum carpets.

  • Open all blinds and hang them to a uniform height.


  • Hang clean hand towels, put out fresh soap in clean soap dishes.

  • Remove all personal hygiene products from vanity and close the commode lids.

  • Put out a fresh box of tissues and toilet paper.

  • Clean bathtubs, shower stalls, vanities, sink areas, mirrors, and medicine cabinets.

  • Install new shower curtains, if necessary.

  • Remove mildew from walls and caulking.



  • Clean the kitchen sink and put away all dishes. Make sure everything shines including your windows!

  • Dining Room

  • Consider setting your dining room the table with linen and china

  • Place an attractive centerpiece on your dining room table.

  • Dust the chandelier and replace all burned-out bulbs, dust china cabinets.

Living Room, Family Room, and Den

  • Dust, polish, vacuum, and clean floors and furniture.

  • Adjust couch cushions and pillows.

  • Clean up the wood around the fireplace and light your fireplace during cold weather

  • Dispose of old newspapers and mail.

  • Organize bookshelves, reduce all clutter.

Basements, Attic, Laundry Room, Porches and Decks


  • Reduce clutter, sweep, dust, and organize all areas.