Did you know your kitchen is likely to be the dirtiest room in your house? It’s also one your guests are likely to walk into. Which is why it pays to know how to clean your apartment in a hurry.
Haven’t been cleaning your home, but need it to look like you do? Don’t worry, our guide to quick cleaning is here to help. Read on the get scrubbing.
How to Clean Your Apartment Fast
We’ve all been there before. Your parents come into town unexpectedly, you get asked to host game night when it’s not your turn, or your date opts for a “night in”.
If you don’t have the time or the money to hire a cleaning person, then it’s time for a quick spruce up that will leave the place looking great.
Start with Your Toilet
This is one place your guest is almost certain to go during their visit. And yes, they will be checking it. And yes, they will be judging you.
Give it a quick scrub, and while you’re at it, wipe the toothpaste stains off the sink. Skipping these details will make your home look like a mess no matter how spotless the rest of your rooms may be.
Handle the Dishes
Next up is the dishes. Another area we tend to peak at when visiting another person’s home. If you have time, wash them. If you’re short on time but have a dishwasher at least attempt to stash them in there.
Worst case scenario, fill the sink with water and dish soap for that bubbly “pre-soaking” look.
Back to the Bathroom
When it comes to the bathroom, simple details can make the whole place look clean. This means making sure there’s a fresh roll of toilet paper on the holder (not resting on the back of the toilet), making sure there are no streaks in the mirror and for good measure light a candle in the bathroom.
Spruce Up the bedroom
Making your bed is the fastest way to make the rest of the room appear clean. If you’re really stressed for time, tuck odd items into a drawer until you can get to them later. Organize books and magazines into an orderly pile on your night table and keep dirty laundry out of sight.
Dust Obvious Corners
Dusting may seem like it will take up a bulk of your time, but you only have to dust the obvious corners. Do a quick walk through and find “high traffic zones” like your coffee table, kitchen counter or side tables. Handle these spots and move on.
Removing your trash is a quick way to make your home look freshly cleaned and to avoid any unwanted smell. If you’re finding that trashy smell is still lingering, try filling a small bowl with baking soda and setting it where the trash is.
The devil is in the details and a few design arrangements can make your place look extra clean and put together. Try a bowl of fresh fruit on the table (kudos if they are all lemons), having herb plants in the windowsill, or remove pasta and dried goods from plastic packaging and display them in tasteful glass jars instead.
Staying on Top of it All
Now that you’ve gotten a basic idea of how to clean your apartment, it’s time to stay on top of it so there’s no need to worry about rushing.
We suggest checking out our simple tips on creating an at-home cleaning schedule. This will keep all the work from piling up.