Spring Cleaning – Apartment Edition

We’re catching glimpses of the sun…
Spring Break is almost here…
Do you have Spring Fever yet or what?? We totally do! So, throw open those windows and get ready to do some spring cleaning – the apartment edition!

There’s nothing quite like a well-cleaned house at the beginning of spring. The suggested length of this project is approximately 8 hours. So, find a free day, maybe a cleaning partner, and let’s get to work! We recommend working through this process as we have outlined it for efficiency. We may have you guys working on 1-2 areas at a time. For example, spray the tub and let it sit while you’re starting a load of laundry. Let’s get started!

General Tips:
1. Clean top-to-bottom and left-to-right. This ensures that you aren’t dirtying up something that you’ve already spent time and energy cleaning.
2. Stay hydrated and don’t be afraid to take a quick snack break to refuel.
3. Have three bins handy for clearing out clutter – Keep, Donate, and Trash. As you move through each area of your apartment, try to consider when you last used an item. If you can’t live without it, place it in the “Keep” bin to put away. If your item is gently used – because you hardly ever use it – place it in the “Donate” bin. If your item has lived a great life but seen better days, is broken, etc. then place it in the “Trash” bin.

 Bathroom(s) – 1 hour
o Declutter the bathroom using your bin system. Don’t put things away yet, we’ll get to that in a moment.
o Spray a mixture of equal parts Dawn dish soap and warm white vinegar all over your tub and/or shower. Secure a bag of vinegar around your shower head to remove limescale build up (leave for 30 minutes – 12 hours depending on the amount of buildup).
o Spray the Dawn/vinegar mixture in your sink as well. Let this sit while you move on to the next step.
o Dust the ceiling corners and work your way down to the trim. We love using a broom with a microfiber rag fastened around the broom bristles to dust high and low areas with ease.
o Clean your toilet – inside then outside.
o Put away the items in your “Keep” bin.
o Scrub your tub/shower and sink – we grab a dish scrubbing brush from the Dollar Tree for this task.
o Use a glass cleaner and a microfiber rag to clean the fixtures in your tub and sink. Makes them sparkle like new!
o Wipe down your mirror and all counters.
o Sweep and mop your bathroom floor.

 Bedroom(s) – 1.5 hours
o Open your windows.
o Declutter the bedroom using your bin system. You can go ahead and put away items that you plan to keep in their proper place.
o Dust ceiling fan blades, ceiling corners, blinds, all surfaces, and then the trim.
o Clean and disinfect switch plates and the edges of your doors – you’d be surprised at the dirt that can build up from repeated use!
o Strip the linens off your bed and toss them in the washing machine.
o Wash your windows. Clean the glass, the frames, everything!
o Vacuum your floors.
o Shampoo carpets/rugs. You can typically rent a cleaner from supermarkets or hire a professional cleaning service if your budget allows. This will need to dry for 4-6 hours before placing items back on the carpet.

 Take a break! Rehydrate, grab a snack, and then get back to it!

 Kitchen – 1.5 hours
o Declutter your kitchen using your bin system. Don’t put things away yet, we’ll get to that in a moment.
o Throw dish towels and used cleaning rags into the washer.
o Put dishes in the dishwasher and start a load.
o Pull all items out of your fridge and freezer – ensure you are tossing items that are expired – check those condiments! Wipe down all surfaces inside your fridge and freezer. You’ll need to work quickly on this step so that your food is not sitting at room temperature for too long. Dry the surfaces well then place items back in the fridge and freezer that you will be keeping.
o Degrease cooking appliances. Your Dawn and vinegar solution will work well for this area as well. Let that sit on tough spots.
o Put away items in your “Keep” bin.
o Pull all items out of your cabinets – ensure you are tossing items that are expired. Wipe down the inside of your cabinets, dry them well and then place the items you’re keeping back in their place.
o Put away clean dishes from dishwasher.
o Go back to your appliances and wipe away the grime and cleaning solution.
o Wipe down all counters.

 Living Room – 3 hours
o Open your windows.
o Declutter your living room using your bin system. You can go ahead and put away items that you plan to keep in their proper place.
o Toss throws, blankets, and area rugs in the washing machine.
o Dust ceiling fan blades, ceiling corners, blinds, all surfaces, and then the trim.
o Clean and disinfect switch plates and the edges of your doors – you’d be surprised at the dirt that can build up from repeated use!
o Clean and dust electronics. You can use compressed air to clear dust from crevices – make sure you’re spraying away from the machine; you don’t want to push dust into your electronics. Use a screen-friendly cleaner for your electronics or they can end up foggy/damaged.
o Wash your windows. Clean the glass, the frames, everything!
o Sweep and mop your bathroom floor.

 Finishing Up – 1 hour
o Box up all items in your “Donate” bin and drop them off at a local donation center.
o Take all trash out to the dumpsters.
o Sit down, relax, and enjoy your super spring-cleaned home – you’ve earned it!

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