Many of us are spending more time in our apartments these days. Cleaning and reorganizing your space can help you fight cabin fever and make staying at home more enjoyable. You might be surprised how easy it is to get a fresh start and make your apartment more livable! Start with these simple steps:
Open the Windows: Opening your windows is a great way to air out your space. Fresh air can help improve your mood and energy level, especially while you are cleaning and organizing storage spaces. It can also help the air quality inside your apartment while you are dusting or vacuuming. If heat or cold make it unpleasant to open the windows for long periods of time, try leaving them open for short intervals in different rooms.
Pack Up Unseasonable Clothes: Make room for the clothes you want to wear right now! Saving space is even more important when you live in an apartment, especially in your closets. Swap your clothes for more seasonally appropriate items and pack away outfits that you won’t be wearing until next season. As you sort through each season’s clothes, you can also determine which clothes you no longer need. Donate any clothes you never wear instead of packing them away.
Clear Out the Clutter: Get a fresh start by clearing any clutter that may have gathered in your apartment. Throw out junk mail that has been sitting around and get rid of 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.
Get Some Greenery: Even in an apartment, you can spruce up your space with some ‘landscaping’. Indoor plants can improve your apartment air quality and help boost your mood by adding life and color to your space. Many potted plants and even flowers can thrive in an indoor environment with just a little window light. Check out our blog post about different ways to create an Apartment Garden and choose Apartment Friendly Plants.
Reorganize Closets and Cabinets: Take the time to optimize your storage spaces so that the things you need and use regularly are easy to find and put away. You’ll be less likely to leave clothes, tools, and even kitchen items like spices out if they have a designated spot. It’s also much easier to do chores or cook a meal when the things you need are quick and easy to find.
Clean and Refresh Soft Surfaces: No matter how often you vacuum or clean rugs, blankets, and cushions, soft surfaces can start to smell musty and old. Machine wash small rugs, blankets, and sofa coverings, and take larger or more delicate items to the dry cleaner. Treat your carpets with a dust mite treatment to refresh them and make them healthier to live on.
A little cleaning can go a long way to renew your space and make you love your apartment again! Start small with a simple task and spread your efforts over a week to make the job feel like less of a chore, and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying the fresh, clean home you’ve always wanted.