40+ Cleaning And Home Projects That Are Super Satisfying

Ashley Dennis | 29 Mar 2022 | Clean

Large home renovation tasks can feel daunting and can quickly become overwhelming, leading you to put them off, sometimes for good.

Fortunately, you can start by completing small, simple tasks and gradually work your way up to more time consuming ones. We've put together a list of projects you can do in each room of your home. Grab your cleaning supplies and turn on your favorite playlist, because we're sharing 40+ DIY cleaning tasks you can do around the house that are quick, easy, and oddly satisfying!


  • Polish faucets so they shine! A bit of rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth is all you need.
  • Squeegee shower doors after each use.
  • Wipe down your mirror. Clean mirrors can make a room feel even bigger.
  • Deep clean or strip towels to remove any built up calcium deposits that affect their absorbency over time. Plus eliminate stubborn odors. (here's a cool tutorial)

bathroom with composite shutters

Pictured: Composite Shutter in Pearl. Photo via @lemonleafhomeinteriors.

bathroom with woven wood shades

Pictured: Premium Woven Wood Shades in Zuma Flaxen. Photo via @building.delight.


  • Use a mild dish soap and scrub the caked-on grease off your cabinet doors
  • Add or upgrade your cabinet knobs to something elegant or stylish
  • Clear the junk mail and miscellaneous clutter off the counters
  • Give the counters and backsplashes a wipe down to remove crumbs and spills
  • Organize the fridge or pantry and throw out anything past its expiration date
  • Run a cup of white vinegar run through your dishwasher on your normal cycle for a deep clean
  • Wipe fingerprints off stainless steel appliances
  • Sort and purge that junk drawer (everyone has one)
  • Run a few lemon rinds through your garbage disposal. Keeps things clean and smelling fresh!
  • Sort the spice rack
  • Steam clean your microwave by zapping a bowl of water and vinegar for 30 seconds. Steam helps caked-on stains easily slide off.
  • Clean your coffee maker by running hot water through it (without the coffee grounds this time)

kitchen with premium woven wood shades

Pictured: Premium Woven Wood Shades in Zuma Flaxen. Photo via @peonyinteriordesigns.

kitchen with woven wood shades

Pictured: Woven Wood Shades in Antigua Natural. Photo via @theboyerhome.


  • Dust or vacuum blinds and shades. You'd be surprised how much dust they can hold onto!
  • Let in more light and wash windows (inside + out!)
  • Wipe any dog slobber or cat snot off window glass (why do they have to get so close to the glass?)
  • Wipe the mildew out of those window casings
  • Replace any blinds that are broken or hard to lift. If you get frustrated always wrestling your blinds to get them to go down, it's time for new ones.


  • Wash your sheets! (yes, the fitted sheets are a pain, but climbing into a fresh bed is so nice)
  • Downsize cluttered closets - donate clothes you're no longer wearing
  • Dust the ceiling fan. Use this pillow case trick to keep the dust from falling into your sheets
  • Clear off the "laundry chair" (you know exactly which chair we're talking about)
  • Install blackout shades or drapes for better sleep. Curtains and drapes are one of the easiest home upgrades you can make

Living Room

  • Rent a steam cleaner and shampoo the carpet
  • Use a magic eraser to scrub your light switches
  • Hang art or pictures so they're super level
  • Touch up any paint scratches or scuffs
  • Sort your bookshelves by color (or alphabetically, or by genre!)
  • Round up and corral shoes into one basket or shelf
  • Disinfect your TV remote(s) and game controllers

living room with woven wood shades

Pictured: Woven Wood Shades in Capri Maple. Photo via @stefaniejean_.

living room with woven wood shades

Pictured: Premium Woven Wood Shade in Barcelona Sand with Light Filtering Privacy Liner. Photo via @ourmoonstonehome.


  • Pressure wash paths or driveways. No pressure washer? Try a pressurized nozzle for your hose. (Is this how grown adults have fun? Maybe. No one's judging!)
  • Blow leaves off your patio
  • Water the garden (or any houseplants). This feels more like a calming meditation than a chore!
  • Shake out the rugs to loosen any ground-in dirt the vacuum can't reach
  • Pull weeds
  • Put down a fresh layer of mulch
  • Pressure wash a fence

patio with outdoor shades

Solar Outdoor Shade in Outback Walnut 5%

sunroom with outdoor shades

Coolaroo Solar Outdoor Shade in Sydney 5% Bronze


  • Lint roll everything and/or anything: curtains, cushions, lamp shades... especially satisfying if you've got hairy pets!
  • Shred old, sensitive documents and junk mail. It's super satisfying and keeps your info safe!
  • Wipe down dusty baseboards (wait, was this trim supposed to be white??)
  • Vacuum AC vents
  • Change your AC's air filters. Look at all the grime the old ones filtered out!
  • Clean your dryer's lint trap
  • Steam a wrinkled shirt or sheet
  • Clean your keyboard, phone, and phone case
  • Change that one lightbulb that's been out forever

Feeling overwhelmed?

This list may feel long, but choose one easy task to start with and slowly build momentum over time. Skip multi-tasking for now and look for a simple cleaning task you'll enjoy!

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  • About Author

    Ashley is a Blinds.com Social Media Specialist. A weekend-warrior, she and her husband spend their time fixing up their townhome together. She is an artist and DIY craft fanatic who has converted her dining room into a tiny studio where she hangs out with her two assistant-cats. Sci-fi books, video games and hula hooping are also her jam. Follow her on Instagram @Adenn.fox or Youtube.