Spring is a season of renewal, and what better way to start it than with a thorough spring cleaning of your home? For most tenants, keeping their house clean is about personal comfort and meeting the terms of their lease. However, for many people, the idea of spending hours scrubbing every nook and cranny is unappealing. If you’re one of these people, don’t worry! Here are some tips to make your spring cleaning tasks much easier.
Make a Plan
Before you start cleaning, take some time to create a cleaning checklist. This will help you to keep track of what needs to be done and in what order. Make sure to include all the required supplies and materials you’ll need to complete each task. If you plan to use professional cleaning services, such as carpet cleaning, schedule them in advance. This step will help you to streamline the process, ensuring that you don’t miss anything important and saving you time in the long run.
Set Realistic Expectations
Many people make the mistake of trying to do too much cleaning in one go, leading to feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work. To avoid this, break each task down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Set realistic goals for each day or week. This way, you can accomplish all your spring cleaning tasks without feeling exhausted by the end of the day.
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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