Although it may not feel like it quite yet, the warm weather is just around the corner! That means it’s a perfect time to start to invite some new, brighter energy into your apartment rental. Putting a plan into place to declutter, clean, and organize can help to lift your mood from the depths of winter weariness to the sunshine-filled horizon of spring and summer!
1. Dust, Dust, Dust
Your apartment rental has likely been closed up like an air-tight submarine in an effort to keep the cold, gloom, and snow of winter at bay. This also probably means that you’ve accumulated a few layers of unwanted dust on many surfaces. Start at the ceiling and work your way down to the floor, dusting every surface you come across. Don’t forget fans, light fixtures, heating vents, shelves, pictures, TV’s, and computer screens!
Even though you still may not love what you are seeing outside, paying a little extra attention to your windows is a great way to liven up your apartment rental. Clean both the inside and outside (if accessible) of your windows with a streak-free glass cleaner. Launder or spot treat window treatments, dust blinds, and wipe down sills with a wet sponge. You will be left with a clear path to let the sun shine in!
Your bed is a common hibernation spot in your apartment rental throughout the winter months, so shake things up by shifting the energy in your bedroom. Wash all of your bedding, maybe even adding a few drops of citrus or flowery essential oil. Flip your mattress and spray it with an essential-oil infused mist or an odor-remover (like Febreeze) to freshen it up. You might even invest in a cheery, bright, new comforter or duvet cover that will make it feel more like spring every time you enter your room.
If you have mounds and mounds of clothing that you don’t wear taking up space in your apartment rental, now is a great time to purge! Go through your drawers and closets (linen closets too) and start making some space! The dress you’ve been holding onto since high school in the high hopes that you will one day fit into it again? Maybe it’s time to move on! Find a donation drop-off near you and let go of clothes, books, shoes, linens, and anything else that is simply adding to the clutter.
The bathroom in your apartment rental can quickly become a cluttered mess as lotions, potions, makeup, cleaning solutions, hair accessories, and hygiene products are shoved haphazardly into any available storage. Time to fling open the cabinet doors, dump the baskets, and upend the drawers! Look for expired medicines, prescriptions, makeup, toiletries, and anything else that seems to be taking up space rather than serving a purpose. Finish it off by spraying down the storage spaces with a gentle cleaner and reorganizing whatever is left!
6. Carpets & Upholstery
As your apartment rental sits closed off from the outside during the winter, the more absorbent surfaces in your home are clinging onto all kinds of odors, dust, and dirt. Give these surfaces a deep-cleaning, first vacuuming and then shampooing carpets, couches, loveseats, throw rugs, and any other places where the winter blues might be trapped.
Locate all of the places you’ve been stashing your paperwork throughout your apartment rental and commit to getting it organized. Throw away expired coupons, shred documents you no longer need, and toss old magazines and newspapers you’ve been holding onto.
8. Kitchen & Pantry
One of the most daunting places to clean in an apartment rental is the kitchen, but think of how good it will feel when it’s done. Re-organize cabinets (yes, even the dreaded Tupperware cabinet), and throw away expired food and spices. Empty your refrigerator and wipe down all of the shelves and drawers. Scrub out the oven, microwave, and even the dishwasher. Don’t forget to pull the stove out so that you can clean up any trapped food particles and dust that have potentially gotten stuck there over the winter. Bleach out garbage cans to freshen them up for the coming season.
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