Keeping your apartment clean can feel like a monumental task. If it’s been a while since your last cleaning, it can be hard to know where to begin. The longer you wait, the more impossible it might feel to get started. At 48 West, we’ve compiled some tips to keep your GVSU off campus apartment clean without getting overwhelmed.
Create A Cleaning Schedule
The easiest way to organize your cleaning is to break-down your tasks by room — you can also group cleaning tasks by time period or frequency. There are some cleaning tasks, such as washing dishes and making your bed, that need to be done every day, some that should be done once a week, and some that don’t need to be done more than once a month. It may be useful to create a list of tasks that are organized in whatever way you find most useful or simple to follow. This way, you can keep track of everything you have to do and cross-off tasks as you complete them.
Students in GVSU housing often don’t have much free time on their hands. Over time, little tasks might pile-up and become big tasks. Completing a select few chores each day will help you keep your apartment feeling homey and tidy throughout the week, even when you don’t have time for a deep clean.
In the bedroom, make your bed every day and keep dirty clothes in a hamper or laundry basket in-between laundry days. In the kitchen, wash dishes as they become dirty, and briefly wipe down the counters to clear-away crumbs and spills. You’ll also want to wipe off the counters and sink in the bathroom. Toothpaste, makeup, and soap scum can build-up in the bathroom sink over time, and simply wiping it down once a day can make a huge difference. Clear out any clutter in the living room, whether on the couches or coffee table.
Once a week, set aside some time for a deeper cleaning than you do throughout the week. If you have kept on top of your weekly tasks, this shouldn’t take more than an hour. Weekly cleaning tasks could include:
- Dusting flat surfaces (tables and shelves)
- Removing spoiled food from the refrigerator
- Washing and changing linens (sheets and towels)
- Taking out the trash
- Scrubbing the toilet and shower
- Vacuuming or mopping the floors
Once each month, it’s time to really knuckle-down on your cleaning ritual. If you are in one of the larger-size furnished floor plans, arrange a day with your roommates to deep clean your student apartment together. If you distribute the tasks amongst yourselves, you’ll be done in no time. Wipe down the baseboards around the apartment — this will brighten-up the entire room and make it look brand new. Clean your windows and dust the window treatments. Now is also a good time to dust and vacuum the areas that don’t get as much attention during your weekly cleaning, such as under heavy furniture and behind appliances. Clean your small appliances like toasters, coffee pots, and microwaves, and run your (empty) dishwasher with a cup of vinegar instead of detergent to keep it smelling fresh.