Springtime is finally here, and after the long, hard winter that blasted most of the country, we know you’re excited! You may be a little less excited for spring cleaning. But no matter how dreaded the cleaning is, the feeling of a fresh apartment afterwards is one to relish in for months to come. We’re here with some simple tips to make your spring cleaning much easier this year, and hopefully less dreaded in the years to come!
When starting your spring cleaning, you need to make sure you have everything you need before you start. There’s nothing worse than being halfway through a project only to realize you don’t have something crucial to the task. Make sure you have plenty of cleaner (all-purpose, toilet, etc.), cloths, paper towels, dusters, rubber gloves, vacuum attachments, mop attachments, etc. Analyze what you’ll be cleaning, and figure out what you’ll need beforehand.
While there can be some argument that finishing one task throughout the entire apartment, like vacuuming for example, is the better way to go, we suggest going room by room. This saves you time from lugging your supplies back and forth and remember what you’ve done in which areas. Room by room allows you to focus on one type of cleaning, in one room, and then move on.
You may not think that there is a strategy to something like dusting, but there definitely is. When dusting your apartment, you want to make sure to reach all of your surfaces, especially the ones not often thought about through your other cleanings throughout the year. Make sure to clean all blinds, lamps, your TV, bookshelves, nightstands, medicine cabinets, your toilet, the top of your refrigerator, and even small things sitting out on your counters like hair products. But the most important thing to remember is to dust high first. Dust your ceiling fans, blinds, lamps, etc. before dusting anything low to the ground or else you’ll just end up re-cleaning.
Throughout the year we’re sure that you vacuum and do other cleaning, but how often do you move the furniture to do this cleaning? Since we reserve big cleanings for once, or if we’re generous twice, a year, it’s important for at these times to move your couch, bed, nightstand, chairs, and whatever other furniture you’re able to move to vacuum and clean around it. Vacuum and clean along the baseboards that they were hiding. If you have a rug, make sure to move it as well to clean underneath. Additionally, remove any cushions from couches our chairs and vacuum.
Spring cleaning is also a great time to clean those things you often times forget, which unfortunately can be a lot. It’s important to give you shower and tub a good scrub every so often, as well as your oven. This is a good time to clean out your refrigerator too. Don’t know how old it is? It’s probably best to toss it. And what about light switches, handles or doors? Have you ever cleaned those? Those are probably the most often forgotten because we don’t think to clean them, but we touch them every day. Last, it’s a good time to clean your sheets, your pillow covers, your mattress cover, and any couch or chair covers you may have. I’m sure we’re all at fault for not washing them as much as they should be washed, but let spring cleaning be one of the times you don’t forget them!
Spring cleaning doesn’t have to only be about physical cleaning. Clean out your apartment too! This is a great time to go through some of the things you’ve been holding on to for far too long that are now just taking up space in your apartment. If you don’t wear it, don’t keep it. If you don’t use it, don’t keep it. There’s no sense in hanging on to it in hopes that that one day will come. It won’t. Your space is more valuable. And for the coming year, try this trick for you clothes: Turn all your hangers around the opposite way (like pictured). Once you wear the item, you can put the hanger back the right way. At the end of the year, you’ll see what you wore and didn’t wear and you’ll easily be able to see what you can toss!
What is a staple in your spring cleaning routine? Let us know in the comments!