Many of us have been spending more time in our apartments these days. Cleaning and reorganizing your space can reduce your feelings of cabin fever and make staying at home more enjoyable. You might be surprised how easy it is to refresh your apartment and reenergize your space! Start with these simple steps:
Reorganize Closets and Cabinets: Optimize your storage spaces and make the things you need and use often easy to find and put away. You will be more likely to put clothes, tools, and kitchen items in their place if you designate where that place should be. It’s also much easier to clean or cook a meal when the things you need are quick and easy to find.
Put Away Last Season’s Clothes: Make for room for the clothes you want to wear this season! Saving space is important when you live in an apartment, especially 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, decide which clothes you no longer need and donate the things you never wear instead of packing them away.
Clear Away the Clutter: Get a fresh start by clearing out the “extra stuff” that may have collected in your apartment. Throw out junk mail that has gathered on counters and tables, and toss out those magazines you never read. It will be much easier to dust tables and clean your counters without these items in your way, and you’ll be able to avoid the frustration of trying to clean around them.
Open the Windows: Fresh air can improve your mood and boost your energy level, especially when cleaning and organizing storage spaces. Opening the windows also improves the air quality inside your apartment while you are dusting or vacuuming. If the weather makes it uncomfortable to open the windows for long periods of time, try opening them for short intervals in different rooms.
Clean and Refresh Soft Surfaces: No matter how often you vacuum rugs, upholstery, 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 reduce allergy symptoms and keep your apartment healthy.
Add Some Greenery: You can freshen up your apartment with some ‘landscaping’. Indoor plants improve your apartment air quality and life your spirits by adding life and color to your space. There are lots of potted plants and 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.
A little cleaning can go a long way to make your space fresh 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.