Spring is a good time to clean your home. Renters clean their houses to feel at home and adhere to their lease agreement. But if you’re like most people, you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning every corner. Here are some tips to make spring cleaning easier if you have not begun yet.
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, such as carpet cleaning, schedule them in advance. This step will help streamline the process, ensuring you don’t miss anything essential and saving you time in the long run.
Set Realistic Expectations
Many individuals make the costly mistake of trying to manage too much spring cleaning in one day or weekend and end up feeling overwhelmed by the workload. You might wish to break down each item on your list into lighter, simpler to complete chores to prevent this. Next, make daily or weekly goals that are reasonable. This will enable you to complete a thorough spring cleaning without becoming strained.
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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