January and February are a thing of the past, and March is officially on the calendar! Along with warmer weather and cherry blossom season, the time to begin your spring cleaning is here. For renters’ this is an exciting opportunity to get a fresh jump on sprucing up your apartment in the front end of the new year!
We know that cleaning and organizing your apartment sounds fantastic, but we also understand that it requires time and energy that a lot you reading this might not have an overabundance of in your everyday lives.
For this reason, we’ve decided to overview three time efficient cleaning tips to make getting your apartment clean super easy just in time for the spring season!
Tip #1: BREAK-DOWN “THE BIG 3” CLEANING TASKS
Cleaning your apartment can be broken down into what we call, “The Big 3” – The kitchen, the bathroom, and the bedroom. These are generally the areas of the apartment that are used the most and are going to take the longest to clean; this makes it super important that these areas are addressed first. Studies show that cleaning at least 1 of these three areas make the most visual difference in the cleanliness of your apartment.
Cleaning is already exhausting enough as it is, don’t make it any harder by tasking yourself with cleaning every closet, nook, and cranny inside of your apartment in a single day. If you’re short on time, break down the significant 3 areas of your apartment as you see fit, and tidy up accordingly.
Tip #2: CLEAR THE CLUTTER
A big factor in organizing your apartment home is knowing when to part ways with additional materials that create clutter; this means trashing the mountain of junk mail, old receipts, and even older grocery lists laying on all of your counter surfaces.
Doing this is a fast and effective way of cleaning your apartment when you’re in a time crunch. You will quickly find that having less clutter makes your apartment home feel more open and most importantly cleaner.
So, say goodbye to clutter, and hello to spring clean!
Tip #3: SMELLS GOOD, LOOKS GOOD.
The smell of your apartment home matters when it comes time to freshen up. We all know that it’s unsettling when your apartment is a disaster area, but it’s even worse when the smell of your apartment matches the look.
Instead of adding insult to injury, try adding in a scent like a candle, a scented plug-in, or an essential oil diffuser to your cleaning process when you’re short on time. In no way are we saying a clean smell makes up for a messy apartment, but the aroma of your place goes a long way when you don’t have hours to deep clean your apartment.
Cleaning will always be a process, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a difficult process.
Welcome to March, and happy spring cleaning!
Most of us spend each January making then breaking resolutions to improve ourselves in the months ahead. We think January is a great time to give your apartment a fresh look for the new year! Here are a few easy ways to upgrade your living space.
Clear the Decks
Start by clearing off every surface in your apartment. Take every decorative item, kitchen gadget, candle and magazine and put them aside in a box for a day or two. After taking in your space with a fresh perspective, start slowly re-introducing items. You’ll have efficiently decluttered your visual and physical space and shifting some items around will give your place a new look with minimal effort and cost!
One of the best ways to refresh your apartment is to deodorize your carpets (especially if you have pets). Simply sprinkle your carpets with baking soda, let it rest for 30 minutes up to a few hours, then vacuum! The baking soda will absorb any lingering odors and is safe on most carpets.
DIY Your Decor
If you have a piece of furniture that no longer makes your heart sing, consider giving it an update with a coat of chalk paint! Chalk paint adheres to almost any finish so there’s no need to sand or strip your furniture, making it an apartment friendly project. Use a tutorial like this one to help you upgrade your outdated pieces.
Nothing freshens up a space like bringing the outdoors in! Pick up one of these house plants to spruce up your surroundings and clean the air around you at the same time.
Personalize Your Space
If you’re like us, there are a lot more photos on your Instagram feed than there are in your apartment. Take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through your photos from 2014 then pick one or two to print and frame!