The Ultimate Home Cleaning and Organizing Checklist

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Whether you’re moving or just feeling cramped in your home, it’s never a bad time to give your space a deep clean and reorganize your things. If you need the extra room, you may even consider moving some of your stuff into portable storage.

The Box Portable Storage makes storing stuff easy — from furniture to files to holiday decor — and will bring a storage container straight to you. No need to take multiple driving trips to a unit. Once you’ve filled the container, we’ll come pick it back up and take it to one of our facilities in Greeley or Broomfield. When you’re ready to see your stuff again, you can come by the container or we’ll bring it back to you for emptying.

To get started, give us a call at 970-800-3807 or fill out our online form to request a free quote. One of our local customer service representatives will respond within 24 hours and will be able to answer any of your questions.

But in the meantime, check out this cleaning checklist. It outlines room-by-room, the spots you should remember to clean and some of the items you may want to put into portable storage, starting with the kitchen.


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The kitchen is a natural gathering space, which can also make it one of the most cluttered rooms in the house. Not to mention, the dirtiest. Talking to Food & Wine, Dr. Charles Gerba, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson who also goes by Dr. Germ, said the kitchen is often dirtier than the bathroom.

“There’s more E. coli in a kitchen sink than in a toilet after you flush it. The sink is a great place for E. coli to live and grow since it’s wet and moist. Bacteria feed on the food that people put down the drain and what’s left on dishes in the sink,” Dr. Germ said.

Start by vacuuming and wiping everything down with a multi-surface cleaner, then a disinfectant, to remove and kill any germs. Don’t forget the sink!

Once everything is clean, throw out any old or expired food from the pantry, fridge and freezer, and get organized.

Kitchen items you could put in portable storage:

  • Store away big appliances or kitchen tools you only use a few times a year, like a turkey fryer, roasting pans or a large mixer.
  • The good china — you hardly use it, but that doesn’t mean you need to get rid of it. Pack it up and put it in portable storage until you need it.


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Your bedroom is your safe haven. But, if you knew how many germs may be gathering in your pillows, it’s enough to give you nightmares. The National Sleep Foundation recommends replacing your pillows after two years, as they can absorb body oil, dead skin cells and more, which creates the perfect environment for dust mites.

So, replace your pillows if you need to, wash all linens, vacuum any carpet, and start organizing the clothes in your closet.

Bedroom items you could put in portable storage:

  • Store away seasonal clothing and shoes, like bulky winter jackets and boots.
  • Keep extra comforters, curtains, sheets, throw blankets and more in storage until you need them.
  • Get new furniture or a new mattress? If you’re not ready to let go of the old stuff for any reason, keep it in storage.

Living Room

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The most touched item in the living room is probably the TV remote. Give it a good disinfecting and use tech wipes to clean fingerprints and dust off of the television. Then, vacuum under the couch and its cushions. You could probably donate or trash any old DVDs, but there’s a few things you could definitely move to storage.

Living room items you could put in portable storage:

  • Seasonal decorations like Christmas trees, floral spring throw pillows and faux fur blankets can be kept away safely in portable storage.
  • Reorganize your book collection! If you don’t have room for it all, keep some in portable storage until you’re ready to read them again.


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It’s easy for the garage to get a little out of hand, so don’t leave it off your spring cleaning checklist. Organize tools, wash the floor — and don’t forget about your car. Vacuum the car, clean out the console and give it a good washing on the outside, too.

The garage, more than most rooms in the house, probably has a few things you could put into storage too.

Garage items you could put in portable storage:

  • Store away seasonal lawn and snow equipment, from lawn mowers and rakes to snow plows and snow blowers.
  • If you don’t use your bikes every day or even every month, put them in storage util you want to go for a long ride.
  • If you built yourself an at-home gym in the garage during the pandemic, and now your regular gym has reopened, put your equipment in storage until you want it again. Or at least until you decide an at-home gym is better than driving to the real thing.

Home Office

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If you didn’t have a home office before the pandemic, you probably do now. In 2020, more people started working from home. And while a messy desk may seem harmless, it could really hurt you professionally. You don’t want to lose any important notes, reports or documents — so get it organized.

Additionally, you should wipe down your computer keyboard and screen with tech wipes, dust off your modem, give your desk a good sanitizing, wrap up your cords and vacuum the crumbs off your chair.

If you have files stacked, you may be able to put some in storage to make room for new business.

Home office items you could put in portable storage:

  • Store away old files you’re ready to archive, but need to keep on hand.
  • Put your desk or office chair in storage if you’re no longer working from home and want to make space.


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Perhaps the bathroom is the one room you clean the most in your house. It seems the most obvious anyways. But when you’re done scrubbing the shower or the toilet, you can always wash towels, scrub tile grout and clean the drains.

If your bathroom vanity is where all of your beauty products accumulate as well, this is probably as good a time as ever to reorganize. Throw out anything expired or that you haven’t used in three months.

Bathroom items you could put in portable storage:

  • Store away extra linens you aren’t using until you have a load of guests over.

Going through this list, there are probably a few of your own things that come to mind that you could put in portable storage. Contact The Box Portable Storage today and we’ll do our best to make the process as easy as possible. And just think how great you’ll feel when your home is sparkling clean and totally reorganized.

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