When you live in an apartment, you don’t have the luxury of being a slob. Because apartments are smaller than homes, it takes less work to maintain them and keep them clean, as long as you are realistic about how much stuff can comfortably fit into your apartment space. Too much stuff will make any apartment cluttered and provide homes to larger-than-normal dust bunnies.
Scale down your stuff to the minimum when you live in an apartment. If you like to display teapots, vases or other items which tend to collect dust, rotate your collection. Highlight new pieces every few months or to celebrate holidays.
Furnish the apartment with multi-purpose furniture including chairs and ottomans that serve as storage space, or a sitting bench with storage boxes tucked neatly away.
Focus on High Traffic and Visibility
One way to keep your apartment feeling clean is to organize and maintain the entryway. This is the first area you and your guests see and there should be a place for shoes, coats, keys and bags. Also consider which room the door opens into and keep that room tidy. Before heading out, tidy up by putting away extra blankets, stray DVDs, cans or glasses, or magazines.
Must-Have Apartment Cleaning Supplies
Store your apartment cleaning supplies together, in an organizing rack on a door or in a utility closet. The smaller items and bottles will fit in a handled bucket under the sink. You can buy or make your own natural cleaners.
– Cleaner for windows, mirrors
– Cleaner for hard surfaces
– Toilet brush and holder
– Toilet bowl cleaner
– Dusting cloths
– Vacuum cleaner
– Rags (recycle old clothing or socks)
– Paper towels (not a green option)
Oh, The Mess You’ll Make in the Kitchen
Keep your kitchen clean when you cook by cleaning the dishes or loading the dishwasher while cooking. The biggest point of contention in a shared apartment is dirty dishes in the sink. Make it a habit to not leave the house or go to bed before everything in the sink has been washed or put in the dishwasher and the sink has been rinsed and cleaned.
The kitchen counters, stove and refrigerator should be wiped down daily. If you don’t cook every day in your apartment, less frequently will work. Clean out the refrigerator weekly. If you can’t identify what’s in the leftover container, toss it out. Wipe down handles and surfaces in the fridge and freezer.
Apartment Chores for Weekly Cleaning
Schedule one day for dusting and vacuuming, once a week. Do the entire apartment. Remember to dust shelving for electronics as well as TVs and audio equipment.
On another day of the week clean the bathroom. Clean the sink, toilet and bathtub as well as the floors.
You may want to schedule a separate laundry day to clean pillow cases and sheets.