Tips to Tackle Your Apartment Spring Cleaning

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Along with Spring’s warm weather and refreshing breeze comes a task that everyone tends to put off from weekend to weekend… and that’s spring cleaning! Getting into every nook and cranny of your Glenwood apartment can be an all-day event, but there’s no better feeling than sitting back and relaxing in a squeaky clean room. We’ve rounded up go-to cleaning tips to make this process less of a chore – so you can get back outside and enjoy sunny New York!

Plan Out Your Cleaning 

The key to productive spring cleaning in your Barclay Tower apartment is to create a scheduled plan of action. Before you get started, decide how much cleaning you can handle. Having a clear list will help you determine your schedule – because you’ll definitely need to take breaks to relax! Here are a few points to keep in mind to manage your time and cleaning load accordingly:

  1. Will this project take you an afternoon? One whole day? A long weekend?
  2. Write down the tasks you plan to tackle – from rearranging your master closet, to washing and ironing living room curtains, and even cleaning under beds and furniture.
  3. Do you have all of the cleaning supplies you expect to use?
  4. Can you manage all of this cleaning by yourself?

TIP: Before doing more than sweeping/vacuuming your hardwood floors, check with your building manager about acceptable ways to do polishing, etc. Flooring is an expensive investment, and you don’t want to accidentally damage them by using a chemical or method that reacts negatively with the stain or coating that was done before you moved in. Preserve your security deposit!

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Stock Up on Supplies

Before you put on your yellow rubber gloves, make sure you’re fully stocked with necessary cleaning supplies. There’s nothing worse than running to the nearest general store with messy hair and bleach-stained clothes because you need more window cleaner! Depending on your neighborhood, check out local stores that have the cleanest stock of supplies for every room, surface, and fabric.

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Tackle One Room at a Time

I’m the kind of person where if I start a project, I just need to finish it all in one day – which can translate into a very long day of cleaning! It’s best to develop a plan of action for your spring cleaning process, and it starts one room at a time. Rather than running back and forth from room to room at your Emerald Green home, you’ll feel more accomplished when you’re able to check one off and see progress.

The best tip is to start with the room you dread cleaning the most. It will be done and out of the way instead of leaving it until the very end of your cleaning spree – which you know you’ll be exhausted by the time you reach it!

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Recruit Cleaning Help

From studios to penthouses, cleaning is a lot of work! But with a little elbow grease and a lot of willpower, it can be a lot easier than what you imagine… Especially if you recruit help. There are a few options to ease the chore with some helping hands:

Scrubbing with Roommates – If you live with roommates (this includes family members, too!) equally split up the cleaning list and have everyone clean their fair share. Each person should be responsible for cleaning their own bedroom, of course, and communal areas like the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms will be shared. If you have little ones in the house that would like to help, sweeping is a great task that will keep them busy!

Ask Friends to Lend a Hand While this method of recruitment may result in buying a few pizzas for lunch, asking friends to stop by to help whip your apartment into shape will turn your full day of cleaning into a half-day event. Who wouldn’t love that!?

Outsource the Big Stuff – Let’s be honest, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the list of cleaning you’ve created for yourself. Don’t be afraid to check with your building manager for recommendations on nearby cleaning services to lend a hand.

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Go Beyond Cleaning

Every window has been washed, every dish has been scrubbed, and every shoe in your closet has its place. Phew… You tackled spring cleaning your Midtown East apartment! Now it’s time to reward yourself with a little something to really make it feel like spring has arrived in your home. From adding a colorful accent wall to new throw pillows to your couch, reward yourself and your home with a décor update.

What are you go-to cleaning tricks to get your apartment ready for Spring? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!

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