Hop Into Apartment Spring Cleaning With These Simple Tips

By Jessi Stickel on March 28, 2016

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Living in a college apartment can be difficult when it comes to keeping up with the cleaning duties. Luckily, it is now spring, which means you have an excuse to grab your roommates and hop on that spring cleaning!

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Let’s be honest, there’s not a room in your apartment that couldn’t use a deep clean. From the bedrooms and bathrooms to the kitchen and living areas, it can seem a little overwhelming having to clean all of these areas, even with your roommates’ help. Here is a guide to spring cleaning your apartment or house, along with some helpful cleaning and organizational tips!

1. Bedroom

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Wash: Your bedding

Although you may wash your sheets quite often, when is the last time you washed your comforter, mattress or pillows? While you are cleaning and organizing other parts of your room, throw your comforter, sheets and blankets in the washer — you would be amazed by how much dust and germs get on your comforter over time. Other items that gather dust and germs are your bed and pillows, and since you cannot fit those in the wash, you can spray them down with disinfectant spray before dressing your bed again.

Organize: Your closet & drawers

If your closet is overflowing with clothes and you are still planning on getting a new wardrobe for spring and/or summer, then I have the perfect fix for you. There’s a rule you can go by when cleaning out your closet and dressers: if you haven’t worn it in a year, donate it.

You can make three different piles: “Keep” (clothes you wear often), “Try on” (clothes you’re unsure about), and “Donate” (clothes you haven’t worn in a year/don’t like). This will not only give you extra room in your closet and drawers for new clothes, but also may help someone in need! It’s really a win-win.

Vacuum: Your carpet & rugs

Make sure vacuuming your room is the last step of your spring cleaning; this way you’ll only have to do it once. Those who had a messy floor and room will really get to see your progress once you have vacuumed and can finally see the carpet again! This may also help your motivation to keep your room clean.

2. Bathroom

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Wash: Your shower & toilet

Your shower can get pretty disgusting when it hasn’t been scrubbed in a while, so get out your sponge and bath cleaner and get scrubbing! You should also clean your toilet bowl with toilet cleaner, along with wiping the outside surfaces with disinfectant to get rid of all the germs.

Organize: Under your sink

The messiest thing in your bathroom is most likely the cabinet under the sink that contains cleaning supplies, and other items like hair tools and personal care. You can easily organize this area with the use of stackable baskets, which allow you to use the vertical space that is wasted. This task will take some time to complete, but it will definitely be worth it in the end when you can actually find what you’re looking for in under a minute.

Vacuum/Mop: Your floor & rugs

3. Kitchen

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Wash: Your dishwasher & sink

Some recommend that you should clean your dishwasher every now and then. Yes, I said clean your dishwasher! You can simply clean your dishwasher by putting a cup of white vinegar in the upper rack and sprinkling a cup of baking soda on the bottom, then running it through a hot water cycle. This removes grease buildup along with any odor. Scrubbing the inside of your sink is also good to do to remove all the grime and buildup as well.

Organize: Your cabinets/pantry

There are probably containers without lids and dishes you do not use anymore in your kitchen cabinet, so why not clean out the unused items? This will allow you to have more room and better organized dishes and plasticware. You should also clean out the expired food in your pantry as well in order to make room.

Vacuum/Mop: Your floor & rugs

It’s always a hassle to mop the kitchen floor when you always have your roommates walking through, but you would be surprised just how dirty a kitchen floor can get. A thorough mop will do the floor and your socks some good. Actually vacuuming the rugs instead of just shaking them out will also give your rugs a refreshed look.

4. Living Area

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Wash: Your blankets & curtains

Your curtains probably only get washed, hopefully, once a year, so while you’re doing your spring cleaning it is a perfect opportunity to wash your dusty curtains and any blankets you have laying around the couch.

Organize: Your DVD’s & books/magazines

Some college students have a DVD or video game collection or even a pile of magazines laying on the living room floor. This can make your living room look messy and cluttered, so you can either invest in a DVD or magazine rack or figure out a neat way to keep them in the living room, like stacked neatly on the TV stand or in a basket of some sort.

Vacuum: Your carpet, rugs & furniture

Of course, save this step for last. You probably vacuum your living room often, but vacuuming your carpet, rugs and furniture as well will make your new and improved living area look perfectly neat. You can also see your progress and all the hard work you and your roommates have put in.

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My name is Jessi. I love entertainment news and enjoy writing about my favorite celebrities and films. I love to travel and see different places. I hope you enjoy reading my articles. I am happy to be a part of Uloop's national team!

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