If you are like most, you’d like your home to be your sanctuary – a peaceful place to escape the pressures and stresses of daily life. The problem is that, especially for us apartment dwellers, our homes rarely remain a sanctuary. Indeed, as time passes and the pressure and stress of daily life begins to spill over into your home, you may find yourself left with an unkempt home and without the energy to do much about it.
But, really…this is no way to live…and you don’t have to! Did you know that you can easily clean your apartment in 30 minutes? It’s true and it’s not very hard; all you’ve got to do is plan it out. Planning ahead is where you’ll save the majority of your cleaning time, and you don’t have to spend a fortune either. Vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and olive oil, and your favorite essential oil (like lemon or tea-tree) all have natural cleaning properties, and each can be mixed with water in varying proportions to create highly effective cleaning solutions. Of course, putting together your own DIY home cleaners will take more than 30 minutes – but again, a little planning ahead of time, and you’ll never need to spend more than 30 minutes cleaning your Apartment.
Here are a few of our favorite DIY cleaners:
1) Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- ½ cup of baking soda
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
- ¼ cup of vinegar
- Mix together in the toilet and scrub away
2) Shower/Bathtub cleaner
- 1 part water
- 1 part vinegar
- 1-2 drops of essential oil (depending on vol.)
- Spray bottle
- Just spray and wipe away
- 2 Cups water
- 2 Tablespoons of liquid soap
- 20-30 drops of tea tree oil
4) All purpose de-gunk-ifier
- 1 part baking soda
- 5 parts hot water
5) Furniture/Wood Polish
- 1 Part lemon Juice
- 2 parts olive oil
Now, on to the actual cleaning. We’ve broken down each area of your apartment based upon how much time you ought to spend cleaning (that is, if you want to keep your cleaning session to a tight 30 minutes). Here goes nothing.
The Kitchen (12+/- minutes)
The kitchen should receive the most time and effort, simply because it gets dirtiest. It’s not out of the ordinary to spend around half of the total time cleaning up your apartment in the kitchen – especially when you’re moving quickly. Here are some steps to quickly clean up your kitchen.
- Gather the dirty dishes and trash from your entire apartment in your kitchen.
- Fill the sink with hot water and soap.
- If you’ve got a dishwasher, use it. While the sink is filling up, throw anything that is not stuck down in there and set it to run. You can unload it later.
- Everything not in the dishwasher goes into the sink for a bath and a good soak.
- Clean out old leftovers and spoiled food from the fridge and dump it. If you aren’t sure if something’s bad, leave it and check back later when you have extra time.
- Whatever’s left is probably trash or unopened mail. Bag the mail and deposit the trash and leave it by your front door.
- Wipe down the countertops, the stove top, the inside and outside of your fridge, and all handles with your all purpose de-gunk-ifier. This portion may require a little elbow grease!
Bedroom (5+/- minutes)
You can quickly and easily tidy up your room. Just prioritize and remember, to clean your apartment in 30 minutes you’ve got stay focused.
- Make your bed. Pull up the sheet and blankets (in that order) and then quickly and gently tug them from the bottom, getting out most of the wrinkles. Toss the pillows to the head of the bed.
- Clean clothes go in the closet, and in your drawers. Anything dirty can go into the hamper. If you don’t have a hammer, grab a trash bag from the kitchen and gather your dirty clothes and leave them near the door with the trash.
Bathroom (5+/- minutes)
- Drop some of your DIY cleaner, or your store bought cleaner, in the toilet and let it sit.
- Spray the shower down with your cleaner spray and quickly scrub it.
- Quickly Scrub out the toilet.
- Bottles, deodorant, razors, etc. into the medicine cabinet and drawers.
- Any other miscellaneous soap, shampoo etc can go into the shower, in the corners of the shower if there’s no shelf.
- Wipe down the counter with your go-to cleaner, it can be the same as what you wiped out your shower with.
- Gather any dirty laundry and toss it into the hamper.
Entryway (3+/- minutes)
- Gather any shoes, coats, or any other clothing. Shoes can be quickly organized in a row along the wall, any coats can go in the closet.
- Sweep your entryway – unless this is your first time cleaning in a year, this should only take a moment.
Livingroom (2+/- minutes)
- Magazines, books, laptop go onto the coffee table into piles (laptop on top of course).
- Backpacks, briefcases etc. to the entry way. Coats, clothing, etc. into the bedroom in the appropriate spot.
- Pillows onto the couches, blankets folded and onto the couches as well.
Time for Yourself (3 minutes)
- Last, but not least, give yourself a once over. Brush your teeth, wash your face, and put on a clean set of clothes.
There you have it – in 30 minutes or less you’re able to have your apartment clean enough to comfortably host guests. Of course, you can always delve deeper and spend much more than 30 minutes cleaning, but if you’re in a pinch, or you just don’t want to dedicate too much of your schedule cleaning, the above checklist is a good way to go.
Cleaning your apartment is important and shouldn’t be neglected, especially when you love where you live. If you’re currently on the hunt for an apartment to fall in love with – check out Osprey Apartments on the South Waterfront.
With a ton of fantastic amenities and social spaces, along with all sorts of floorplans to suit all sorts of lifestyles and layouts, Osprey is waiting for you!