Spring is a time for new starts, and there’s nothing simpler to kick off the season than by giving your home a good spring cleaning. Most renters keep their homes clean for their comfort and to follow the rules of their lease. But if you’re like most people, you probably don’t want to spend hours and hours cleaning every little space. If you’ve been putting off spring cleaning, here are some tips that will make it easier.
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, for services such as carpet cleaning, it is advisable to schedule them beforehand. This measure will facilitate the process, guaranteeing the inclusion of all crucial elements and ultimately resulting in time efficiency.
Set Realistic Expectations
During the process of spring cleaning, homeowners often make the mistake of trying to accomplish an excessive amount of tasks within a single day or weekend, leading to a sense of being inundated with the workload. To mitigate this issue, it may be advisable to decompose each element in your inventory into more feasible and less burdensome assignments. Subsequently, establish pragmatic objectives for every day or week. By following this approach, it is possible to achieve a comprehensive spring cleaning without experiencing exhaustion from the process.
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, you are responsible for ensuring the rental is in good condition when returning the keys at the end of your lease term. For this reason, you may need to double-check those expectations and prioritize cleaning tasks that will make that possible.
Include Hard-to-Reach Spots
Cleaning hard-to-reach areas is important for rental property maintenance and can help your house feel spotless. Be sure to pay special attention to window sills, baseboards, closets, light switches, door handles, and overlooked surfaces like walls and ceilings. 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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