Spring is a time of new chances, and there’s no better way to start than by cleaning your home fully. Most renters need to keep their living spaces clean for their health and to follow the terms of their leases. But the idea of spending a lot of time and energy to do a deep clean might not be very appealing. If you are putting off your spring cleaning, the tips below can help you make the job easier and more doable.
Make a Plan
Before you start your spring cleaning, take a few minutes to create an action plan of what needs doing and in what order. Consider using a cleaning checklist to create a task list. Then, gather the required supplies and materials to complete each item. If you plan to include any professional cleaning services, like having your carpets cleaned, plan ahead. This step will help you make sure you don’t miss anything important and will save you time in the long run.
Set Realistic Expectations
Many people make the rookie error of trying to do too much spring cleaning in one day or throughout a weekend and end up feeling stressed by the amount of work. To avoid this, you might want to divide each thing on your list into smaller, easier-to-handle chores. Then, make goals for each day or week that are reasonable. So, you can do a complete spring cleaning without getting too tired from it all.
Focus on Areas that Need Attention First
As you plan your cleaning, it’s crucial to prioritize your cleaning tasks to maximize your time and effort. Generally, rooms with the most significant use, such as kitchens and bathrooms, should be prioritized. However, don’t forget about frequently disregarded spaces, like inside or on top of cabinets, window coverings, and beneath or behind appliances. As a renter, it’s your job to make sure the place is in good shape when you give back the keys at the end of your lease. Because of this, you may need to double-check your expectations and put cleaning jobs in order of importance so that you can meet them.
Include Hard-to-Reach Spots
Cleaning hard-to-reach areas is important for rental property maintenance and can help your house feel spotless. Make sure to pay extra attention to things like window sills, baseboards, closets, light switches, door handles, and walls and ceilings, which are often ignored. These areas can be hotspots for dust and dirt buildup and should be included on your spring cleaning checklist.
Get to Work – But Have Fun!
Once you have your plan, all the necessary supplies, and the right expectations for completing the task, it’s time to put your plan into motion. Use motivators like upbeat music or rewards, like a favorite outing or activity, to keep yourself on track. Also, enlist the help of the entire household, friends, or family members. Working together can make the job faster, easier, and much more fun!
With a plan, attitude, and elbow grease, you can make your spring cleaning a breeze this year! For more spring-cleaning tips or to get information on available rental properties in your area, contact your local Real Property Management office.
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