Keeping your apartment clean and free of clutter isn’t an easy job when you have a busy life. At the end of a long day, scrubbing the kitchen floor or putting away laundry is probably the last thing you want to do. Unfortunately, the longer you put off cleaning, the messier your apartment gets. These tips will help you keep your carpet clean and give you more time to spend on the things you enjoy most.
Follow the 15-Minute Rule
You may not have the energy to clean for an hour or two after you get home from work, but you probably can handle 15 minutes. Every evening, set the timer on your phone, then pick up clutter, stack dishes in the dishwasher and put coats and shoes in your closet. Some people prefer to devote the nightly 15-minute period to a different task every evening. One night they may drop the sheets in the washer and put fresh ones on the bed, while the next night may be devoted to washing the kitchen floor and cleanings the stovetop.
Don’t Ignore the Mail
Is your coffee table or dining room table covered by stacks of mail? Mail can pile up more quickly than you might realize. Soon, that stack becomes too overwhelming too tackle. If you sort your mail every day, the job will take less than five minutes and will reduce clutter in your home. Sort the day’s mail into three piles: junk mail, bills and correspondence, and important documents. Immediately place the junk mail in your recycling container, bills and correspondence on your desk or in your office and important documents in your files.
Take Advantage of Technology
Technology can help you keep your home clean and neat. If you rarely have time to vacuum, consider buying a robotic vacuum. Robots work on carpets, tile and hardwood floors and can be set to run while you’re asleep or at work. They can even be controlled remotely with your smartphone. Other high-tech gadgets, such as self-cleaning blenders and HEPA air filters, reduce the amount of cleaning you’ll need to do. Air filters not only remove allergens from the air, but also remove dust.
Buy an Extra-Large Hamper
If your hamper is too full, clothing tends to overflow on to the floor or even a nearby chair. Why not prevent the problem by buying an extra-large hamper that offers plenty of room for a week’s worth of dirty laundry?
Ideally, weekends should be spent doing exactly what you want when you want. Unfortunately if you don’t have a staff to prepare your meals and clean your home, some portion of the weekend must be devoted to cleaning. The longer you put off cleaning, the less likely it will get done. When you block off an hour or two on Saturday morning for cleaning, you can spend the rest of the weekend doing exactly as you please.
Make a Schedule
It’s easy to overlook the little details when you’re in a hurry to finish cleaning. Creating a cleaning schedule that lists every task for every room in your apartment will help you ensure that you don’t miss a key area.
Clean From the Top Down
You’ll create more work for yourself if the last area you tackle when you clean is the dust at the top of the refrigerator. Avoid dirtying your freshly cleaned floors and countertops by cleaning the highest items in the room first.
Deep Clean Twice or More Each Year
Deep cleaning is an essential part of keeping your apartment fresh or clean. Whether you prefer to clean in the spring or fall, or any other time of the year, make sure you:
- Dust and wash ceilings, baseboards and walls.
- Remove items from your kitchen cabinets and wash cabinet interiors.
- Clean the interiors of refrigerators, washers, dryers, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers.
- Wash your windows and curtains and blinds.
- Clean out your closet and donate or trash clothes you haven’t worn in the last year or that no longer fit.
- Wash dust ruffles, quilts, comforters, blankets and duvets.
- Remove dirt and grime from your range hood and the exteriors of kitchen cabinets.
It’s hard to keep your apartment clean if it’s just too small. The spacious apartments at Fairway 28, a Country Classics Rental Community, offer all the space you need to prevent clutter from overtaking your life. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your apartment, contact the friendly staff at Fairway 28 today.
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