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Tips for cleaning your new apartment (Tips & Techniques)
Aug 30, 2013

A clean home is a happy home - so don't wait 3 years to unpack those bags and start making your home happy. It may be overwhelming, but taking action by following a few simple steps to get you started is all you need to get your new apartment cleaned!

So how do you do that? As an athlete always says, one game at a time, that's the approach you have to take. One room at a time, or in this case, one thing at a time. But which room and what do you do first?

Here are a few simple tips to get you into cleaning mode!

1. Clean the first room you see when you walk into apartment!

2. Clean in order to prep for paint touch ups and remodeling.

3. Clean the rooms you absolutely need (Kitchen and Bathroom).

Take a step back and get focused. All you have to do is begin and everything should fall into place. These tips will get you started on a plan of action.

1. Clean the first room you see when you walk into apartment!

When you walk into your apartment, the last thing you want to feel is overwhelmed. A cluttered, unorganized messy living room is probably the first thing you will see and the first thing that will remind you of how overwhelmed you feel. So start with the first room you see when you walk into your apartment.

The living room has this name for a specific reason; it's assumed that this is the room you will be spending most of your time in - reading, watching TV, entertaining. This is the 'life' of your new apartment and will reflect who you are. So start with a clean living room and let that rub off on the rest of the apartment.

A good plan is always preferred. Start with the living room, move to the kitchen, then to your bedroom, and finally, the bathroom. Give yourself a sense of purpose and work with a deadline so you are not stuck with one room and feel you are not making progress.

2. Clean in order to prep for paint touch ups and remodeling.

Before all your furniture is moved in or unpacked, clean the floors, the walls, and if you need to, this is the perfect time to prep your rooms for a paint job. By keeping your valuables boxed, it keeps them protected. By keeping your furniture out until you are done cleaning or painting, puts the task of covering them out of the equation. You will also have more space to move around the room which means a more efficient way to paint the room. Consider this for all your rooms. Clean the walls and prep each room for your paint job.

3. Clean the rooms you absolutely need (Kitchen and Bathroom).

The kitchen is another 'high prep' area but it is also the area needed for a quick sanitary meal while you settle in. Built-in cabinets, drawers, etc. will need to be cleaned and lined or replaced. If you are moving a refrigerator in, or other appliances, make sure these spaces are exceptionally cleaned as you won't be able to get to them after an appliance is placed.

Once you are done with sanitizing the kitchen, you can begin cooking and make yourself at home.

The bathroom. A new toilet or an old one - clean it, disinfect it, and make sure you feel comfortable with it. If you need it replaced, do it now before you are all moved in. That way, the process of someone replacing it will be during the overall cleaning stages of your apartment. It is just one last thing to worry about after everything is moved in and set. Prep the bathroom as you would the kitchen before you paint.

So there's a start: your living room is the first place you'll probably see and the first place that will give you the feeling of being home. Make this space top priority and work from there. Clean the rooms as you prep for remodeling or painting needs. You'll need to eat so move over to the kitchen!

If you have a good plan, a written one, or in your head, this will lead to a more efficient way of approaching what you have to do and should do now instead of later.

Happy Living!

 

 

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