Many of us set New Year’s Resolutions, often centering on ourselves: we want to lose weight, to quit smoking or to start eating healthier. But what about your living space? If you’re often plagued by clutter and find yourself too tired after a long week of work to really deep clean your apartment, RentSeeker has compiled a few of our favourite ways to get your apartment in tip top shape for 2015. Resolve to get organized this year!
The problem with many resolutions is that they are far too grand in scale. We make sweeping statements like, “I am going to keep my apartment clean all year”. While this is a great sentiment, it can be difficult to maintain with our busy lifestyles. Instead, start with smaller, more achievable goals. The best way to do this is to clean for 5 or 10 minutes every day. Rather than the task of cleaning feeling like an impossible thing to tackle, the time will go by so quickly that it won’t even feel like a chore (OK, we can’t guarantee that – but it definitely won’t feel that bad). Pick one area of a room, like your desk, and focus on tidying it for those 5 minutes. Another option is to clean as you go: for example, as you make a meal, set about washing the dishes you have finished with and keeping the counter wiped and clean while your dinner is in the oven. After eating a big meal, you won’t feel guilty about not having the energy to do the dishes – because they will already be finished.
To tackle some of the bigger jobs, like the dreaded bathroom, set aside a specific day to clean it. You’ll know that it’s coming and will be able to prepare by purchasing anything you need during the preceding days (no more excuses of “I don’t have any toilet cleaner!”). Try purchasing items that have a pleasant smell so it will encourage you to clean. You can even purchase a beautifully scented candle that you can reward yourself by lighting when you’ve completed the task. You’ll soon be so thrilled with the yummy smelling apartment that you call home that you might actually look forward to cleaning.
Make Cleaning Easy…and Fun!
Another obstacle to cleaning regularly is that some of the tools required are, quite frankly, unwieldy. Huge mops with dirty and smelly buckets full of water are never things that people want to spend much time with. To conquer this problem, buy items that make cleaning easy such as a magic eraser or a Swiffer Wet Jet. Not only are these items small and simple to use, but they generally come in a variety of scents. If cleaning your floor is as easy as pressing a button, you’ll be far more inclined to do it. Even an old fashioned feather duster can be a fun and easy way to banish dust from your bookshelves and trinkets.
Remember – start small. Take the cleaning and organization of your apartment one step at a time by introducing cleaning in short bursts. Soon it will come naturally to you and you won’t even have to think about cleaning up. Here’s to a clean and organized 2015!
The RentSeeker Team