Most of us are spending more time in our apartments lately. Cleaning and reorganizing your space helps to fight cabin fever and makes staying at home more enjoyable. You might be surprised how easy it is to refresh your apartment and make your space more livable! Start with these simple steps:
Clear Away the Clutter: Get a fresh start by removing any clutter that may have collected in your apartment. Throw out junk mail that has gathered on counters and tables, and throw away those magazines you never read. It will be much easier to dust tables and clean your counters without these items in your way, allowing you to avoid the frustration of trying to clean around them.
Open the Windows: Fresh air can improve your mood and energy level, especially while you are cleaning and organizing storage spaces. Opening the windows also improves the air quality inside your apartment while you are dusting or vacuuming. If hot or cold weather makes it unpleasant to open the windows for long periods of time, try opening them for short intervals in different rooms.
Put Away Unseasonable Clothes: Make room for the clothes you want to wear right now! Saving space is especially important when you live in an apartment, particularly in your closets. Swap last season’s clothes for more appropriate items and pack away outfits that you won’t wear again until next season. As you sort through your clothes, you can also determine which clothes you no longer need. Donate anything you never wear instead of packing them away.
Reorganize Closets and Cabinets: Take the time to optimize your storage spaces and make the things you need and use regularly easy to find and put away. You will be less likely to leave clothes, tools, and kitchen items out if they have a designated spot. It’s also much easier to clean your apartment or cook a meal when the things you need are quick and easy to find.
Add Some Greenery: You can spruce up your space with some ‘landscaping’. Indoor plants improve your apartment air quality and give your mood a lift by adding life and color to your space. There are lots of potted plants and even flowers that thrive in an indoor environment with just a little window light. Check out our blog posts about different ways to create an Apartment Garden and choose Apartment Friendly Plants.
Clean and Refresh Soft Surfaces: No matter how often you vacuum or clean rugs, blankets, and cushions, soft surfaces can store odors and start to smell musty. Machine wash small rugs, blankets, and sofa coverings, and take larger, more delicate items to the dry cleaner. Treat your carpets with a dust mite treatment to refresh them and make them healthier to live with.
A little cleaning can go a long way to refresh your space and renew your love for your apartment again! Start small with a simple task and spread your efforts over a week to make the job feel less overwhelming, and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the fresh, clean home you’ve always wanted.
For more tips on surviving quarantine in your apartment, check out our Staying Sane At Home blog post!