Apartment Living

5 Cleaning Tips

admin - Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Do you have that one friend whose apartment is always clean? Are you envious but don’t know where to start? Follow these 5 tips and you can achieve a freakishly clean apartment too.

  1. Master the Speed Clean

    So, your apartment is messy. And, you simply don’t know where to start, or how to start! Sometimes cleaning your entire apartment in one day just isn’t possible, especially if you actually only have a few hours after work or school and before bed.

    Solution? Write a list of everything that needs to get done. Then, set a timer for 30 minutes, and whatever tasks you get done in that allotted time is what you get done for the day. The timer adds pressure so you’re less likely to get sidetracked by social media, that call from your mom, your roommate etc. And if someone bothers you while you’re on the clock, you can give them a set time on when you’ll be done – because “I’ll be done in 30!” is way more encouraging.

  2. Host Guests

    There’s nothing more motivating to clean your apartment than knowing your in-laws, parents, or friends will be coming over. Hosting can help you get your butt into gear and make your apartment look acceptable.

  3. Keep Wipes Handy

    Your cat knocks over a glass on your coffee table? No problem. Wipe it up as soon as it happens to eliminate annoying residue. Your roommate walks through the front door with muddy shoes? Don’t sweat it – just wipe it up – right when it happens because your wipes are handy.

  4. Don’t let Junk Linger

    There’s junk mail, those holiday cards from your family members, old work papers, or school study guides. Train yourself to touch paper once. If you sort through a pile of mail and realize there is nothing useful, throw it away. Don’t make additional piles or sort junk. Same goes for knickknacks – if it’s only use is cluttering your apartment, it won’t be useful later.

  5. Do Dishes Before Bed

    If you go to bed with a messy house and dirty sink, smells can linger and you’ll be less inclined to handle it in the morning. Don’t let dishes overstay their welcome in your sink. Thank goodness for dishwashers…

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