A lot of us, especially the bachelors among us, could really use some help in the cleanliness department. Sure, we’d help out with some chores around the house when our parents told us to, but now that we’re on our own, many of us haven’t realized that our parents were trying to help us out! I’ve been in enough dorm rooms and college houses to know that Mr. Clean would not approve, so I thought I’d present a few tips to show you that it really isn’t that hard to have a good smelling, dirty-dish free apartment.
When you wait several weeks to clean, it’s too late. At that point, it becomes a several-hour task that you really don’t want to do. Then, either a weekend is ruined, or you procrastinate even more, leading to an ever-growing mess. So, like many of my other posts on The Millennial Type, I’ll break it down into some essential habits that, once established, make keeping a clean residence a piece of cake.
With only several minutes each day, you’ll prevent those huge “spring-cleaning” Sundays that you so dread.
- Make the bed upon waking. It literally takes 5 seconds to throw the comforter back to the head of the bed to look somewhat decent.
- Wipe down the bathroom sink/counter to prevent those toothpaste stains from forming. I keep a tube of Clorox wipes under my sink to make this easy.
- Spray your shower to prevent shower gunk from appearing. Make your own with just 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water.
- Quick sweep (I have a shedding dog, so a quick sweep gets the worst of it off my floors)
- Clean dishes as you use them. Dishes not only get much harder to clean if you leave them in the sink, but it creates another task you have to do later. By washing pots and pans right after you’re done with them, you finish dinner with only your plate to clean. It sounds simple, but I’m amazed at how few people clean as they go.
- Pre-bed clutter pick up. Clear those counters, put dirty clothes in their place, and just spend 5 minutes looking for easy things to put away or clean.
I suggest assigning each day a task and make it constant. Put the schedule on your refrigerator or somewhere you can see it while you build the habit. For example –
- Monday – Wipe down the stovetop and microwave
- Tuesday – Vacuum/mop
- Wednesday – Clean mirrors and windows
- Thursday – Scrub toilets, sinks, etc.
- Friday – Clean out the car (trash, vacuum, Armor All wipes, etc.)
- Saturday – Clean out refrigerator leftovers and anything that’s leaked
- Sunday – Wash sheets and pillowcases
It’s that simple. You’ll feel so much better coming home each day to a clean apartment or house, and it only takes a few minutes each day!