When you form these five habits, you can forgo spring cleaning once and for all.
If you rent an apartment, you probably don’t have a ton of space, and often, smaller areas are tougher to clean. You can get disorganized and cluttered fast, which doesn’t make your efforts any easier. However, you don’t have to wait around for spring cleaning to get a handle on your home.
Take a look at these five routine cleaning habits to make now so that your place looks terrific year-round.
1. Implement a one-touch cleaning rule
You’re not alone if you want to skip the dishes and head straight to Netflix. Yet, when the sink piles up, it’s even more challenging to summon your will to clean. That’s why it’s important not to leave any messes behind.
When you go to grab an item from your bedroom, put away the clothes on your floor. Before you cook dinner, you’ll want to take a few steps to create a clear workstation, such as disinfecting the counter and clearing out the fridge.
If there’s a basket of dirty clothes, toss it into your washer so that you don’t forget. Break down cardboard boxes the day you receive them instead of creating a pile of old shipping materials.
Implementing a one-touch rule for clutter can prevent chores from piling up. This way, you’ll be able to reduce your messes and maintain a tidy house. After all, most renters will agree that a 5-minute task is mentally easier to tackle than two hours of deep cleaning.
2. Get rid of clutter
Let’s face it — like the rest of us, you probably own too much stuff. Over time, those things become a bit of a burden. They take up a ton of space and make it a lot harder to clean. Why not take a weekend to reassess your items?
You’ll typically find clutter behind cabinets and inside drawers, so start there. Take out every piece and consider its use. For example, do you need to keep those board games you haven’t played in years? Don’t let them collect dust. Instead, donate to your local thrift store. You should do the same for other objects, like clothes and toys.
Decluttering is a habit you can build into a monthly or semi-monthly routine. Try seasonal tasks, such as donating unused winter gear before you store it for spring. Renters can also plan to go through their belongings after the holiday season or a birthday when new gifts can replace old junk.
3. Keep products on hand
You’re finally about to tackle that massive load of laundry when you realize that you don’t have any detergent. To make sure your apartment stays clean, try to stock up on wipes and sprays at intervals throughout the year. When you have certain products within reach, you’re more likely to use them.
Dedicate a cabinet to all of your cleaning-related materials. Keep sponges and dusters together. A container of disinfectant wipes and a bottle of all-purpose spray work wonders. You don’t need to fill up your pantry, as a small set of supplies can go a long way. Whenever you’re about to run out, try to purchase a refill as soon as you can.
One way to handle restocks is to set up a subscription on a site like Amazon, which can help you automate household management. If you’re not sure about the frequency you need, however, a simple running list on your fridge can create a useful reminder for shopping trips.
4. Create a schedule
It’s OK if you don’t dust your shelves and scrub your countertops daily. We’re all human, and a lot of us don’t have the time to stay on top of these tasks. That said, you should make an effort to clean more often than not.
A terrific way to build a routine is to formulate a schedule. Some people like to follow monthly agendas, but it’s also smart to stick to a plan that tackles one room every day. On Mondays, focus on your floors — sweep, vacuum and mop everywhere in your apartment. Then, head to your bathroom on Tuesdays to sanitize the toilet and shower. Maintain the same system throughout your home over the week.
Here’s a sample schedule that covers some weekly basics:
- Monday: Sweep and mop hard surfaces
- Tuesday: Scrub the toilet and shower
- Wednesday: Wipe down the refrigerator and oven
- Thursday: Wash the bedroom linens
- Friday: Dust furniture and clean windows
Eventually, you’ll know your habits by heart. It’s much easier to manage a few daily duties instead of an annual deep clean.
5. Make your bed
If you make your bed when you wake up, you’re more likely to complete the rest of your responsibilities. That’s because you feel a sense of accomplishment and motivation. A tidy bed can also create a much cleaner room.
When your bed looks put together, so does the rest of your space. Do your best to fluff your pillows and straighten your covers. You’ll also find that you notice spots and stains more clearly when you get up close and personal with your sheets.
Try to wash your bedding at least once a week. As a result, you’re able to sleep more soundly. Who doesn’t like to cocoon themselves in a warm duvet?
Use these cleaning habits to keep your home spotless
Spring cleaning is exciting for some and dread-inducing for others. Fortunately, there’s no reason you have to save all your cleaning tasks for one month out of the year. Instead, tackle your apartment 10 minutes at a time by implementing habits, routines and rules that make cleaning easier.
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