17 Apr Do I need to do spring cleaning in an apartment?
It’s overwhelming. The idea of spring cleaning is sometimes more than we can handle. It’s days of scrubbing, dusting, and cleaning nooks and crannies you haven’t thought about for a year–or maybe ever. Washing windows and cleaning out closets are likely not tasks anyone really looks forward to. Many of us remember growing up and working through these mundane, “prepare for spring” chores with dread.
And now, you live in an apartment. You may wonder, are these jobs really necessary? You don’t even own the place where you’re living.
But spring cleaning doesn’t have to be overwhelming. You’ll likely find that taking control of some of the little messes you’ve left growing in the back of your closet or hiding under your bed will help you in more ways than you realize. Let’s break it down, with reasons why it’s important. Then, we’ll give you a strategy for tackling the tasks that make you cringe.
Reasons you shouldn’t neglect spring cleaning
- A clean house is a healthy house. Removing the dust, grime, and buildup in your apartment is important for your own health and well-being. Eliminating the buildup of pollen and other allergens can help you breathe and sleep more easily. Even a study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) showed that regular cleaning makes your home healthier.
- Spring cleaning can help reduce stress. If you’ve ever felt as though the walls are closing in on you, and the clutter is making you crazy, you’ve probably noticed how much more relaxed you are when rooms become organized. Even cleaning itself can be a therapeutic activity, since it increases your heart rate and gives you a sense of accomplishment.
- Regular cleaning will help you get your deposit back. Tackling carpet stains, washing windows, and regular maintenance of your apartment means the wear and tear on your place can be far more minimal than if you let things slide, especially over long periods of time. If you keep your place clean, you’ll spend less on cleaning upon move-out, especially if you hire the work to be done for you.
Since often spring cleaning involves a long list of tasks, an easy way to take care of the chores you don’t do every day or even weekly can be best handled by breaking them up into smaller tasks.
First, make a list of the chores you want to complete. Go room by room and write down all of the areas that need work.
Next, break up the tasks into 20 to 30 minutes segments. It’s not as overwhelming when you do a few things per day. Wash windows in your living room one afternoon. Clean out your dresser drawers and donate clothing you don’t wear another day. Complete the tasks in one area of the house at a time and check them off your list, so you see progress on paper. There’s nothing more satisfying than crossing off items on a list! In just 20 to 30 minutes per day for two weeks, you can accomplish a whole lot without feeling overwhelmed.
Another way to work your way through your list is to write the tasks on small pieces of paper and put them into a jar or bowl. Pick one task each day to complete. When the bowl is empty, your apartment is clean and ready for spring!
Not sure what tasks to tackle? Here’s a cleaning checklist to help you out from My First Apartment.
For residents at any property managed by Orange Property Management, you can also refer to your move-out cleaning checklist, provided to you upon move-in. Contact your local apartment manager if you need a new one.