You’re probably spending a lot more time in your apartment during the pandemic. And, if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably noticed that your apartment is — well, messy. Really messy. You might have looked up in the middle of a Netflix session and realized you need to clean. But where do you even start? Here are a couple of ideas to help you conquer the task of cleaning during the pandemic.
Text by Claire Manasco
Don’t Do It All At Once
Don’t try to clean your whole living space from top to bottom in one day. This will just tire you out, and you’ll still have a mess to deal with later. Instead, put together a list of what you want done and divide it into days of the week. During the week, you can live by this list and do all of your laundry, sweeping, and tidying up bit by bit until your entire apartment is sparkling clean.
Divide and Conquer
Cleaning your whole living space alone can be exhausting, even if it is divided up. So if you’re living with your family or a roommate, enlist their help with cleaning. Agree that one of you does the bathroom while the other cleans the living area. It’s always a good idea to play music as you go to help you get into a rhythm of cleaning.
Put Away Seasonal Clutter
If you still have your summer shorts and sandals in your closet, it’s the time to put them away for now. If you’ve got the storage space in your apartment, you can pack those clothes away in suitcases and airlock bags and put them in their designated place. If not, you can put them in plastic storage boxes that slide under your bed. No room under the bed? Bed risers will solve that problem!
Clean Out Your Drawers
Unfortunately, cleaning out your closet is just one battle in the war against clutter. Now is the time to reorganize your dresser and take out the clothes you don’t fit or wear anymore (actually, it’s a good idea to do the same with your closet). Take a garbage bag or old totes and pack up the old or unworn clothes in your dresser. This will make room for the new outfits you’re sure to buy after quarantine. Label the bags/totes for Goodwill and take them when things settle down.
Disinfect, Disinfect, Disinfect
With COVID cases on the rise nationwide, it can’t hurt to disinfect shared surfaces often. If someone you’re living with has been out recently, it’s important to clean off what they may have touched. Pull out your Clorox wipes and clean off counters, refrigerator and door handles, and light switches. Ask your roommate/family to help out, too.