Moving into a new place is an exciting time. Before you unpack, though, you might want to consider some light cleaning before you take all your stuff out of boxes and place things around the various rooms.
First up, you’ll want to spend some time cleaning the kitchen. After all, because kitchen is where cooking takes place, there’s probably still some lingering smells in there, as well as forgotten spills that need your attention. Go over every surface with a wet cleaning cloth and sanitize as needed. You might also want to wipe down the insides of drawers and cabinets, too, before you load them up with foods and other items.
If you have a heavy duty cleaner, use it to clean appliances like the fridge or stove top. Most people like to feel like their kitchen is extra clean, since they will be using it for meal preparation. Just like you’d wash clothes you bought at a thrift store before wearing them, it makes sense to thoroughly clean a kitchen that used to belong to someone else before you make it your own.
Besides the kitchen area, you might want to clean the walls of the home unless they were recently painted or they already look like they’re in pristine condition. Get rid of smudges and fingerprints. Remove paper borders that don’t match your style. This is also a great time to do some dusting and remove any cobwebs you find. Cobwebs are often found in the corners where walls meet the ceiling. Wipe the molding and baseboards with a wet cloth, as well as light switch plates and door frames, before you unpack your stuff.
Finally, go through your new home and check the floors. Some might need vacuuming before you put down heavy furniture. Certain carpeted areas may require a proper steam cleaning, especially if previous owners had pets who shed a lot of hair and/or had fleas. As for wooden floors, sweep them up and use Murphy’s oil soap to remove dirt/polish the wood if needed.
Some people are very particular about cleanliness and they spend quite a bit of time cleaning their new home before unpacking, while others don’t. It’s up to you to decide what you want to do.