Some people think that maintaining a small apartment is more straightforward than handling a house or a bigger flat, but they couldn't be more wrong. Even if cleaning a small flat doesn't take as much time as cleaning a two-story house, it doesn't mean that people living in small apartments have it easy when cleaning. A spring cleaning can be just as challenging when using a small flat, especially when storing winter items.
Even the tiniest mess can become a challenge to tackle throughout the day if you have limited living space. Sil All Services Northampton performs spring cleaning services no matter how big or small your living space is. Our cleaners execute a wide range of deep cleaning services, such as the end of tenancy cleaning, after builders cleaning, move-in/out cleaning services, after party cleaning, etc. We know that spring cleaning can be tedious work, even if the living space is small. The following ways to tackle spring cleaning will reduce the amount of work you need to do and make your flat ready for the summer.
Take it one step at a time
Being meticulous pays off when cleaning, especially when it’s a deep cleaning before the summer. For example, professionals at Sil All Services don’t rush in the process and spend as much time as needed to clean an apartment. We recommend you do the same and pay attention to the most minute detail.
1. Talk to your property manager, if applicable
Some spring-chores such as carpet cleaning, changing the HVAC filter, replacing batteries in smoke detectors could be the maintenance team’s responsibility. We advise you to get in touch with the property manager before solving these tasks.
2. Gather the cleaning supplies
You need to have all cleaning tools and products on hand. We talk about all-purpose cleaner, cleaning sponges and cloths, rubber gloves, bathroom cleaning, extendable duster, vacuum with various attachments, oven cleaner, and heavy-duty scrub brush.
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3. De-clutter first
We might not have a lot of time on our hands, so it makes no sense to clean something that you won't keep anyway. You should plan a whole day to check out all your drawers, cabinets, and closets. More details about de-cluttering a small apartment come down below.
4. Go room by room
Even if your apartment doesn't have many rooms, we recommend not to move to another room unless you finished cleaning. Work from top to bottom and clean everything: dust ceiling fans, blinds, light fixtures, vents, shelves, mouldings, wall art, baseboards, top of cabinets--- every surface that has dust. Needless to say, you should remove the items from countertops and shelves before dusting.
Don't forget to wipe door frames, doors, doorknobs, light switches, lampshades, etc. Use an all-purpose cleaner and sponge to clean.
5. Clean windows and electronics
TVs, computers, electronic devices, and windows tend to collect a lot of dust. Use a microfiber cloth or a duster to wipe them off. Start by vacuuming the blinds, curtains, window sills, and window tracks before cleaning the sills and tracks. Use a multi-purpose cleaner and a brush for cleaning and a glass cleaner to wipe down the windows.
6. Clean the kitchen
Spring cleaning a kitchen, even if it's one of a small apartment, is entirely different from regular cleaning. You have to empty all drawers, cabinets, and refrigerators. Throw away anything expired and clean the freezer as well.
7. Flip the mattress
Your mattress will last for a longer time, and you will sleep better when you flip and rotate it at the end of a season. Wash the mattress pad and pillow protectors, if applicable.
8. Clean the bathroom
When you have a small apartment, cleaning the bathroom is about organizing and cleaning. Throw away the expired products, wash the bathroom accessories, and replace the shower curtains.
9. Vacuum and deep clean the carpets
Go underneath the furniture and along baseboards. Sil All Services Northampton includes carpet cleaning in the spring cleaning service and leaves all carpets freshly smelling and nicely colored. Alternatively, you can rent a carpet shampooer or contact the property manager for help.
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What’s the best way to de-clutter a small apartment?
When you have a small apartment, clutter seems to collect very quickly. If you don't have a generous space, it's pretty challenging to organize everything from winter duvets to cash receipts. It will help if you start by looking around and identifying which areas are messier. Follow our tips to keep your small apartment well organized at all times:
Re-organize the storage places
You will obtain more space for your papers and you should be creative to get the best out of your limited space. Drawers and cabinets aren't the only options to organize your documents. You could use a larger container in your drawer to store the bills and records.
Reduce the laundry
To some extent, spring cleaning a small apartment isn't any different from cleaning a two-story house. For instance, you have to take out the summer linens and garments and put away the thick clothes and winter blankets in both cases. When you don't store them correctly, your belongings will start to smell weird, become dusty and all wrinkly. Suddenly, the spring cleaning will become a no-ending job with you doing loads of laundry for several days in a row. Plus, you will need to iron everything.
How you store your clothes in a small apartment is crucial for cleaning and organization:
- Store blankets and linens in bags that you can vacuum and sealed in to keep them dust-free and save space.
- Get vacuum-sealed bags so that your winter linens and blankets don't get dusty until winter comes.
- Store the summer clothes on hangers and wrap them in clothing cases. This way, you skip the washing and ironing when you have to use them.
Now it’s time to do some renovation work!
As long as you have a smart renovation, you will be able to tidy up and clean more efficiently next spring. A fresh coat of paint and some decorative and functional objects can take the organization in a small apartment to a whole new level. Lack of space and tricky access to some areas make for some of the most severe issues in cleaning and organizing a small apartment.
Here are some tips for you to try if you plan to renovate:
- Install extra shelves to organize everything in your house: books, pots, canned foods, etc.
- Put shoe holders/small racks on the inside of cabinet doors keep your accessories, spices/tools organized
- Hang a cabinet above the bedroom door to win more space
- Replace old furniture with lighter models
- Get collapsible tables and desks, foldable chairs—anything that can be folded/collapses works in a small flat
- Buy furniture with built-in storage space
No mercy for things you don’t use
When you have a large apartment, you can store all kinds of things in the garage throughout the years. It’s a luxury that people living in small apartments cannot afford. When you lose control over the storing/cleaning/organizing, you end up with piles of stuff, bugs, mice, mould, etc. Having said that, we recommend you examine everything in your apartment and decide its utility.
- Make an inventory of your belongings
- Try to throw away everything that you haven’t used in a year
- Sell some of the things you don’t need
- Recycle as much as possible
- Donate valuable items to local charities
Do you need professional cleaning services?
When you lack the time for spring cleaning and want the best cleaning results, you should hire professionals. Sil All Services Northampton is one of the most reliable companies in the Northampton area, providing you with spring cleaning services and many forms of such services: end of tenancy, move-in/out cleaning, after builders cleaning, one-off cleans, etc. There is no such thing as too small a cleaning job for us so call us for further information. We will also give you a free quote over the phone.