Cleaning is the process of removing clutter, disorder and filth. In general, large to microscopic objects are moved to where they belong. In the living room for example, litter is first thrown away. Items such as books and coffee cups are put away, and decorative objects are arranged. The room is dusted and vacuumed and occasionally shampooed and polished. If there is too much furniture and knickknacks in the room, some of them are sold, given or thrown away for the room to seem bigger. Cleaning tools and supplies are sold in various stores. Books, magazines and websites have been written on the subject of cleaning. They all recommend reading the package and bottle of cleaning products because some products are dangerous, containing strong acids or bases. A little cleaning each day is often recommended for dealing with lack of enthusiasm, energy or time.
- Good Housekeeping. 2005, 2007. The Complete Household Handbook: The Best Ways to Clean, Maintain & Organize Your Home. New York, NY: Hearst Books, A Division of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. ISBN 1-58816-596-5