So, you want to clean your apartment in half the usual amount of time. Maybe you’re suddenly entertaining unexpected guests, or maybe you’re like me and just don’t like spending time cleaning when you could be doing literally anything else besides cleaning.
Whatever the reason, we have some tips for you!
Prioritization: the key to completing any task or tasks in a small amount of time. What do you absolutely need to get done now, and what can wait until later? Make a list and number each task by priority, or download a cool printable list, like this one, which already did the work for you.
Organize each task by room, and tackle one room at a time, working on the most important tasks first. That way, if you can’t finish everything, at least you got the most important things finished on time. Another great idea in the same vein is to grab a trash bag and a laundry basket and go around grabbing everything off the floor and furniture. Stash the trash in the bag and any items that need relocated in a laundry basket. If you’re super short on time, you can just hide the laundry basket in a closet and no one will ever know!
How much time do you have to get things done? 15 minutes? 30 minutes? Break things down into increments and set timers for each task. Refer to your list, and write down how much time you’ll need for each item. By setting a timer, you know you won’t go overboard on one single thing, and if you still have an extra few minutes after your allotted amount of time, you can go back and finish up the things you didn’t finish in the first place.
Staying organized is essential if you want to get things done fast. Make sure you have a place for everything in your home—this means shelves, shelves, shelves. Once you know where everything belongs, you won’t have to spend any time deciding where to put what for the moment.
But that’s not it. It’s important to keep your cleaning supplies organized too. Put everything you need to clean your apartment in a caddy or a basket so you’re not running around looking for cleaner spray or dust cloths. Here are some items you should keep on hand:
- Feather duster
- Multi-purpose spray
- Cloths and/or rags
- Lint roller
- Window cleaner
- Bathroom cleaner
Keep it Clean
Ok, so you’re looking for a short-term solution for cleaning your apartment. Sure. It works, but it’s a little bit stressful and there’s always a chance you won’t get everything done on time. The long-term solution is actually pretty easy: keep it clean. Stick to the easy stuff. Make your bed every morning. Wash your dishes as you go, rather than allowing them to pile up. Keep your counters clean and surfaces dusted (it’s so easy to run through with a feather duster and dust everything off once a day—under a minute!) Having these little things already finished will make cleaning your whole apartment about a million times easier.
Store Out-Of-Use Items with UrBin Storage
You know what else would make cleaning your apartment faster and easier? Getting rid of some things you don’t absolutely need hanging around. A clearer, more open space means there will be less to clean when it comes time. Gather up anything you’re not particularly attached to at the moment, and check your items in with urBin Storage. They’ll come to you—no extra time driving around looking for a storage location—so you can get back to speed cleaning.
Once you have your apartment clean, kick back and relax with some company!