Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The Tidy Apartment Checklist
No matter the size of your apartment, it can be hard to keep it clean if you aren’t careful. What starts as one small pile of dirty laundry can spiral into a pig sty if you don’t stay on top of things. Follow this checklist from day one, and you can always enjoy the free and liberating feeling of a tidy apartment in Ottawa:
Some things should be done daily. Even if you don’t want to. Especially if you don’t want to. Daily cleaning is the most important step in maintaining a clean environment that is safe from bugs, mold, and those funky unidentifiable smells.
✓ Clean dishes
✓ Put away dirty clothes in a hamper or basket
✓ Light sweeping of the floors
✓ Light dusting
✓ Separate garbage, compost, and recycling
✓ Make the bed
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to scrub away at baked-on stains? If you clean early and often, they won’t get the chance to become permanent stains.
✓ Heavy dusting
✓ Change sheets
✓ Do your laundry
✓ Mop the floors
✓ Scrub the bathroom (toilet, tub, and sink)
✓ Clean mirrors
✓ Wipe down oven and fridge
✓ Remove cobwebs
✓ Clear out old/expired food from fridge
A month can go by awfully fast, especially when it means there’s new cleaning tasks to do. Once you get into a routine, it’s not so bad.
✓ Wipe down cabinets
✓ Scrub bathroom tiles
✓ Wipe down and disinfect doorknobs and light switches
✓ Clean out oven and microwave
✓ Deeper vacuuming (baseboards, behind appliances)
✓ Clean and disinfect garbage, recycle, and compost bins
✓ Clean bath mats
Give yourself a fresh new start every season (about every three months) with these next steps.
✓ Air out rooms
✓ Clean out your closet, donate clothing that doesn’t fit or isn’t worn often
✓ Clean pillows, blankets, and mattress cover
✓ Clear stale/expired items from pantry
✓ Wash windows
✓ Wash walls and baseboards
✓ Wash shower curtain
✓ Flip your mattress
✓ Test smoke detector batteries
✓ Sort and purge files, papers, and documents
If you’re the forgetful type, this checklist can help you stay on track. Once you get in the habit of having a clean and comfortable apartment in Ottawa, you’ll never want to go back to your old ways.