The vacuum cleaner was my best friend for the whole endeavor. I used it to sweep the floors, remove the fur coats from the ceiling fan blades, get cobwebs out of the corners, and I even hefted it onto the kitchen counter so I could vacuum all the dust bunnies off the tops of the cupboards.
I mopped all of the floors in the house and cleaned the mosaic tile bathroom floor with a scrub brush. My husband took on the cleaning of all the bathroom fixtures and mirrors. I cleaned out my bathroom drawers for the first time since we remodeled about four years ago.
My new favorite cleaning product is Method hardwood floor cleaner. It's really easy to use, does a lovely job of cleaning (see how shiny my living room floor looks in the picture?) and it smells great. Even our bedroom floor looks pretty good now, and it's almost completely devoid of varnish. Best of all, the product is non-toxic, which is helpful when your cats think nothing of walking over the just-mopped surface.
So now our house is clean enough that it won't be too embarrassing when one of my book clubs comes over on Sunday afternoon. Assuming I can maintain the cleanliness that long. I'm certainly going to try.