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Well, it’s that time of year folks. Spring cleaning time! It’s almost therapeutic after being shut in all winter to freshen up your space and have it sparkling again. Spring is all about new beginnings, right? Spring cleaning is especially on the front of my mind this year. You may or may not have seen me mention in another post, but Dave and I are moving. We had an accepted offer on our first home last week and, come June, we’ll be packing up and moving! After living in this apartment for three years, we’ve got a ton of stuff, and the place definitely needs a good deep clean before we head out. It might seem like it should be simple to keep such a small apartment clean, right? But if you’re living in one as well, you know it can be more challenging that it sounds! Today I’m sharing a few tips I’m learning from my own experience this year for spring cleaning a small space.
Make a Plan
Before Dave and I start to deep clean our apartment, we always make a plan together. We chat about what needs to get cleaned and who is going to tackle which spaces. I’m lucky to have such a great cleaning partner in Dave, for both deep cleaning and the day to day cleaning, because we always split the tasks up pretty evenly.
Keep in mind which tasks are going to take the longest, and which tasks should be done early on. For instance, what floors will you be mopping? Maybe tackle those rooms first so the floors can dry while you clean the other rooms. I always try to get the bathroom and kitchen done first so the floors can dry while we tackle the living room and bedrooms.
Clutter adds up fast in a small apartment. When you’ve got a small room, just a few pieces of clutter are overpowering and can make your home seem a lot worse off than it really is. I always like to take on the clutter first, because it suddenly makes the whole space seem cleaner. For instance, the kitchen. We’ll usually have some recycling and food packages on the counter after we’ve cooked or after the weekend. They take up a lot of space, but it’s super easy to get that taken care of. Literally two minutes of bagging the garbage and recycling up, and the dishes that are left suddenly seem a lot less daunting!
Other clutter that’s easy to get rid of is shoes and purses. We come home from work and take off our shoes (and I drop my purse) and suddenly a few days later we’ve got multiple bags and pairs of shoes cluttering the entry way to our living room, making it seem like the floors and completely hidden! 30 seconds of picking up and the floor is clear and ready to be vacuumed!
A small apartment means small storage space, and I’m not about to use my precious closet space filling it up with cleaning supplies (because clothes instead). Therefore, I always look for products that I’ll be able to use over and over again and naturally, I head to Target to get them. I’ve got the basics (broom, Swiffer, vacuum, mop), find one good product I can use on the bathroom, then another product that I can pretty much use on everything else! The nice thing about an apartment is there aren’t a lot of surfaces to clean, and no specialty floor cleaning required!
My go-to for the bathroom is my Lysol Power and Free Bathroom Cleaner. My favorite thing about it is that I can use it for every space in the bathroom (toilet, sinks, counter, tub, shower). Nice and efficient, just how I prefer it. Plus, it kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, so there’s that.
For the rest of the apartment, I go for Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist. It can be used on literally every surface in your home, hard or soft. I can use it for cleaning the kitchen, the surfaces in the living room, and even soft surfaces like the couch, chairs, mattresses, etc. It’s especially important to me to be able to get these clean because Leia has essentially claimed them all as her own, and she doesn’t shower as often as I do. Leia is my dog, in case that wasn’t clear.
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If you live in a small space with as few windows as I’ve got, you know how closed in and claustrophobic that place can feel. It’s even more important than ever to get it freshened up so it doesn’t feel like a dungeon or cave any longer! I try to get a candle or air freshener going in every room to get the place smelling great again. My favorite for this is Air Wick Life Scents Room Mist. It’s perfect for eliminating odors, and seriously starts working right away. I always like to have one of these bad boys going in the main living space.
I also love the Air Wick Scented Oil Warmers, and plug those in throughout the apartment. They complement the Room Mist really nicely, consistently keep the room smelling great, and last a long time! I love fresh, neutral scents for my home, so I went with the First Day of Spring scent (because, you know, spring cleaning).
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Use a Checklist
I’ve always been a paper planner kind of gal, so I go crazy for checklists! Not only does using a checklist help me stay organized and remind me of everything that needs to get done, but it also feels awesome each time I get to cross something off!
Are you spring cleaning a small space this year? Leave your own tips in the comments!
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