Tuesday, March 15, 2016

How To: Tackle Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning may seem like a daunting task. Or maybe you don't do "spring" cleaning, but rather keep things as clean as possible weekly/monthly. There are a ton of resources out there that provide a complete checklist for you to print out and go through, so a little bit of Googling will find you many options. But most of them are for home owners, i.e. this list from marthastewart.com. You can glean which elements apply to you. If you live in an apartment, there's an easy way to go about it.

Just think of it as cleaning for move out. That way, you'll know what lies ahead of you and can plan accordingly by working on one room at a time. Talk to your roommates and figure out who will take on what responsibilities. Make sure to grab any missing cleaning supplies you will need from the store beforehand. You can never have too many paper towels! If your roommates happen to be leaving over spring break, and you stay behind for whatever reason, this is a chance for you to take a couple hours here and there to get some major cleaning done. Then you've got some leeway for when everyone else gets to cleaning (might not be till move-out), but at least you can say, "yeah I cleaned all that last time, and that, and that too...". Important parts to clean during spring:
  • Bathroom(s) - mirrors, toilets, showers, floor, counters, rugs, and even vents & drawers. If you clean out the drawers, you can throw away anything old and used, and when you put stuff back in you can decide how to arrange each drawer to make things more organized. Maybe your (or your roommates') toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving stuff, etc. always get left on the counter. Well, this is a good time to talk with them about their habits -- make it clear that it will make everyone's lives easier, especially down the road when the next major cleaning will need to be done.
  • Kitchen - counters, sink, stove/oven, fridge (inside, behind), floor, cupboards/pantry, microwave
  • Living Room - vacuum, dust furniture/decor/shades/light fixtures, move furniture out and vacuum those areas, vacuum between chair/couch cushions
  • Your Room - dust all furniture/shades, vacuum, change bedding, pick up/organize closet, desk, etc.
  • Anything else, like taking out the trash, dusting fans/ceiling fans, picking up clutter, washing hand towels, walls, etc.
Again, it's no reason to get overwhelmed, especially if you have a free weekend or two, roommates to help, and/or a couple days of your break. After all is said and done, your place will look better, be more organized, and will give you more of a reason to love where you live :)

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