Saturday Steps to a Cleaner Apartment

Saturday, January 30, 2016

By the time the end of the week comes I am usually embarrassed by the state of our apartment. Daniel and I both have very different schedules and each of us seem to run through our apartment like a tornado during the week in the few moments we spend there. 

I am most guilty of leaving my clothes on the floor. Especially before work or school, when I can't find something I want to wear I'll put on four to five different outfits that somehow end up on the floor in both the bedroom and the bathroom. Multiply that by 5 days a week and suddenly I think I have no clothes even though I probably stepped on half of them on my way to the closet. Daniel is guilty of "cleaning" by starting one area of the apartment, moving onto something else and then never finishing what he started. The two of us together make for a very bad pairing when it comes to our tiny one bedroom apartment because things pile up so quickly. 

By the time Saturday morning comes around, I usually get bitten by the cleaning bug. I need a clean space because it helps alleviate any anxiety I might have been feeling throughout the week. Now don't get me wrong, I have no desire to spend the first three-four hours of my weekend by cleaning. But if I put in even an hour, maybe two to fixing up the space I'm always amazed by the results. If you're anything like me, try this easy steps to cleaner apartment that will leave you feeling accomplished and relaxed for the rest of your weekend.

1// Grab a large trash bag and pick one room to start with. I suggest starting with the messiest room so you get it out of the way while you still have some motivation. Set a timer on your phone for three minutes and throw away anything that's lying around that you know for sure you no longer need. Repeat this step in each room, three minutes each. Grab a couple more trash bags if you need to. This step is huge in eliminating some of the most unnecessary things lying around in your space.

2// Once the trash is out of the way I try and pick up all the clothes. If i've thrown them on the floor its too hard to go through each piece of clothing and try to decide whether or not they need washed, so just to be safe I wash anything lying around. Laundry, although an obnoxious chore, is something that is nice because it can be done while you're doing everything else. My biggest struggle with the laundry is getting it put away! 

3// After throwing in some laundry I move onto my least favorite of all the chores, the dishes. When you're constantly eating on the run, its so easy to let the dishes pile up in the kitchen. I hate, hate, hate them. If you're like me, get them out of the way early on in your cleaning day. In our tiny kitchen, dishes can take up so much space if we let them get out of control but the second they're clean we suddenly have so much counter space open. 

4// If you have a few more minutes at this point, you can finish your morning of cleaning with a quick dusting of the counters in both your kitchen and bathroom. If you don't have the time, move onto the last steps.

5// To finish off my cleaning I try to sweep the kitchen floor (we have hardwood) and vacuum the living and bedroom. I make our bed and light a candle and suddenly, although not perfect, everything seems a little bit better. 

What steps do you take for a cleaner home? 

1 comment

  1. These are awesome tips! I am all about cleaning, it's the best feeling.


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