I don't like "clear up" in any of your examples.

In (1), I could go with either "clean up" or "tidy up".

1a: I'm going to tidy up the kitchen.
1b: I'm going to clean up the kitchen.

To me, (1a) implies that I'm going to put things away that have been left out, and generally make things look more neat and organized, while (1b) might include those same things, but with the suggestion that there will be actual cleaning as well, like mopping the floors and washing the counter spaces.

I don't really like any of the given choices for (2).  I would go with either of these, both of which, I hope, speak for themselves:

2a: You have to put your clothes away.
2b: You have to wash your clothes.

I think "clean up" works perfectly fine in (3).  If the broken glass is on the floor, "sweep up" also works.


Doc V posted:

4: The sky is cloudy this morning, but we expect it to clear up this afternoon.

And in abstract metaphorical usage, the following transitive case is common:

(5) He needed to clear up the misunderstanding.

Often such sentences are abbreviated like this:

(6) He needed to clear things up.

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