1. Make a list
Start by making of list of everything that needs cleaning in your apartment. I like to let lists like these sit out for a day or two, to adjust and add to them as need be. Give yourself a couple days to brainstorm, and try to prioritize chores based off of how time consuming they are.
You’ll notice that some chores become more time consuming the longer you wait to do them, while others do not. Dishes are a prime example- I try to get them done twice a day at least. Vacuuming my apartment, on the other hand, always takes around the same amount of time, so it doesn’t really matter when during the week I do it, just so long as I get it done!
3. Chore schedule
Basing this next bit off your findings above, plan your “chore schedule”. If you live with roommates and will be dividing chores, you may find it easiest to actually create a hardcopy of a schedule. You’re looking to divide this into three categories:
- Chores that need to be done every day: Dishes for example
- Chores that need to be done once a week: Vacuuming or mopping for example
- Chores that need to be done once a month: Cleaning your refrigerator or closet for example
If you are a pet owner or live with multiple people, you may need a fourth category called “chores that need to be done twice a week”. Things like changing the cat litter or doing a load of laundry.
4. Divide and conquer
I’m adding this bit for those of you who live with roommates and/or significant others. You can look at doing chores two different ways:
- Every man for himself (you do your own dishes, your own laundry, you’re responsible for vacuuming your room or living space)
- Division of labor (my boyfriend cooks, so I do the dishes)
Find a happy medium for all parties concerned, especially if you’re splitting chores with someone you’re sleeping with. I do think it’s important to take into account each person’s business in terms of their work and school load. On days when my boyfriend works eleven hours, I don’t mind picking up the slack and vice versa.
5. Cleaning floors- the complete guide.
- Wooden Floors
- Allow to air-dry
- Use a hardwood cleaner (like Bona) to get any difficult spots out
- Tiled Floors
- Allow to air-dry
- Use a bleach-based cleaner (like Clorox) to get any difficult spots out.
- Carpeted Floors
- Vacuum (use the vacuum’s highest setting)
- Use an all-purpose cleaner (like Meyer’s) to get any difficult spots out.
6.Scented garbage bags
Literally cost the same as regular garbage bags, but help you trash smell fresher for longer. I like to wrap any disregarded food bits (chicken bones, rotten vegetables, etc) in a plastic garbage bag before throwing them in my trash, and this really makes a difference.