Most of us have been spending more time in our apartments lately. Cleaning and reorganizing your apartment can help fight cabin fever and make staying at home more enjoyable. You might be surprised how easy it is to refresh your apartment and make your space clean and new! Start with these simple steps:
Clear Away the Clutter: Get a fresh start by clearing out any clutter that may have collected in your apartment. Throw out junk mail that has gathered on counters and tables, and toss those magazines you never read. It will be much easier to dust tables and clean your counters without these items in your way, and you’ll be happy to avoid the frustration of trying to clean around them.
Open the Windows: Fresh air can improve your mood and boost your energy level, especially while you are cleaning and organizing storage spaces. Opening the windows also improves the air quality inside your apartment while you are dusting or vacuuming. If the weather makes it difficult to open the windows for long periods of time, try opening them for short periods of time in different rooms.
Clean and Refresh Soft Surfaces: No matter how often you vacuum rugs, upholstery, and cushions, soft surfaces can store odors and start to smell musty. Machine wash small rugs, blankets, and sofa coverings, and take larger, more delicate items to the dry cleaner. Treat your carpets with a dust mite treatment to make them healthier to live with.
Reorganize Closets and Cabinets: Optimize your storage spaces and make the things you need and use often easy to find and put away. You will be more likely to put clothes, tools, and kitchen items away if they have a designated spot. It’s also much easier to clean or cook a meal when the things you need are quick and easy to find.
Put Away Last Season’s Clothes: Make room for the clothes you want to wear this season! Saving space is especially important when you live in an apartment, particularly in your closets. Swap last season’s clothes for more appropriate items and pack away outfits that you won’t wear again until next season. As you sort through your clothes, decide which clothes you no longer need and donate anything you never wear instead of packing it away.
Add Some Greenery: You can spruce up your apartment with some ‘landscaping’. Indoor plants improve your apartment air quality and give your mood a lift by adding life and color to your space. There are lots of potted plants and flowers that thrive in an indoor environment with just a little window light. Check out our blog post about different ways to create an Apartment Garden.
A little cleaning can go a long way to make your space fresh and renew your love for your apartment again! Start small with a simple task and spread your efforts over a week to make the job feel less overwhelming, and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the fresh, clean home you’ve always wanted.