Where to Start Cleaning a Messy House

Messy Houses Happen, We Can Help

Let’s be honest, a messy house can be overwhelming and leave you wondering where to even start. Life has a way of throwing curve balls, forcing you out of your routine and taking time and focus away from maintaining your home. In fact, a 2009 study found the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, are higher in mothers whose homes are cluttered. But, if you are going through this, don’t let the stress of a messy house keep you from getting your house in order. We will provide you with a step-by-step guide on where to start cleaning a messy house to help you regain control and create a clean and organized home. 

woman hold cleaner ready to clean her home

Assess the Mess

Before diving into the cleaning process, take a few moments to assess the situation. Walk through your home and identify the areas that require the most attention. This will help you prioritize your tasks and create a plan of action. 

Create a Cleaning Plan

To avoid feeling overwhelmed, break down the cleaning tasks into a plan. Allocate specific days or times to focus on different areas of the house. Following a schedule will make the process more manageable and prevent burnout.

Gather Cleaning Supplies

Make sure you have all the necessary cleaning supplies before you begin. Stock up on essentials such as cleaning solutions, microfiber cloths, sponges, gloves, and trash bags. Having everything within reach will save you time and frustration later.

woman decluttering and organizing household items

Start with Decluttering

A cluttered space can hinder the cleaning process, so it’s essential to declutter first. Begin in one room and work your way through each area, focusing on one section at a time. Sort items into three categories: keep, donate/sell, and throw away. This will help you create a more organized and manageable space. 

Start a Load of Laundry

Get a load of laundry started so it can clean your clothes while you clean your home. In between steps, move laundry to the dryer and start another load. As you finish steps, fold and put away loads so you avoid creating a pile of laundry that you have to tackle after you’re done cleaning.

Tackle High-Traffic Areas First

Start by cleaning the high-traffic areas of your home, such as entryways, living rooms, and kitchens. These areas tend to accumulate the most dirt and clutter. Clear out any unnecessary items, dust surfaces, vacuum or mop the floors, and organize as you go.

woman mopping with cat

Move Room by Room

Once you’ve addressed the high-traffic areas, move on to cleaning each room individually. Start by removing any visible clutter and organizing items. Dust surfaces, wipe down windows, clean mirrors, and vacuum or mop floors. Ensure you clean each room thoroughly before moving on to the next.

Don’t Forget the Neglected Areas

When cleaning a messy house, it’s easy to overlook the neglected areas. Remember to clean behind furniture, inside cabinets, under the bed, and in other hidden corners. Set aside dedicated time to tackle these areas to ensure a deep and thorough clean.

Maintain a Cleaning Routine

Once you have successfully cleaned your messy house, the key is to maintain it. Implement a regular cleaning routine that includes daily tasks such as making beds, doing dishes, and tidying up. Schedule weekly or monthly deep-cleaning tasks to prevent a build-up of clutter and dirt.

Consider a Cleaning Service

When life gets busy, a cleaning service can be a lifesaver. We are available to provide recurring cleanings weekly, biweekly, or monthly. We also provide deep cleanings to get your house back on track after a hectic season. As homeowners and renters too, we understand how the mess can quickly multiply! That’s why we started H&R Cleaning, to help busy and overwhelmed people a service to get life back on track. 


Amanda is the founder and owner of H&R Cleaning, a thriving cleaning company she established more than a decade ago armed with just a vacuum and a handful of flyers. Today, Amanda leads a dedicated team of 17 highly skilled cleaning technicians, serving 357 recurring clients. With an impressive track record of 6,900 households cleaned, Amanda aims to improve the lives of her fellow residents in Bryan/College Station, Texas by promoting a healthier, cleaner, and happier home life.