cleaning the bedroom,living room and dining areas
michelle 'FLAME' kelley
bachelors, tend to clean (if they clean at all) only what they can see from a cursory glance around the apartment. Men do not bother to inspect those areas that are not visible to the naked eye. This is called "The Plain View Doctrine."Solution: Look for it.
It might be scary, but search for areas of the
apartment that are not visible at first glance.(Lord knows the girls sure will) these areas include closets, cabinets, drawers do not speak of (let alone open)
*Wash all bedding.
*Clean UNDER the bed.
*Flip the mattress. Some newer mattresses boast technology where flipping is no longer necessary to distribute weight evenly. Homewizard.com suggests flipping your mattress every 6 months, and rotating it every 6 as well (on a different schedule). If your mattress can't be flipped (it is not double-sided), settle for a mattress rotation to get rid of some of those spots we've slept our way into.
*Go through all closets, drawers, and bookcases and make sure everything is in order.
*Vacuum and dust every crevice. (Don't forget ceiling fans, lamps, or pictures).
*Dust/Wash blinds/curtains & wash windows.
*Go through closets & drawers and purge any items that you no longer wear/use.
The basic rule of thumb for any bedroom is to leave no stone (drawer or corner) unturned!
-Throw pillows in the dryer for a few minutes with a dryer sheet to get them feeling clean and smell fresh.
-Wait to vacuum until you've done everything, including dusting.
-Donate clothes you no longer wear to a nonprofit organization like Goodwill.
*Make sure everything has a place. If it doesn't, find a spot or get rid of it.
*Vacuum out couches, chairs, etc...
*Dust and polish all wood surfaces.
*Dust pictures/TVs/ceiling fan/light fixtures/knick knacks
*Wash any blankets, or throws.
*Vacuum Carpet/Mop Hard surfaces
Living Room Tips:
*The biggest thing is to make sure everything has a place and not to leave your living room too cluttered.
*If you like to seasonally decorate or change things up every now and again, spring cleaning is a great time to make those changes. Box up the old and put it in storage (or if it's a permanent change, get rid of it).
*ZORB Powder is a cleaning powder for carpets that works with all Dyson carpets and is available on both Target.com and Walmart.com. If you have a handheld carpet appliances like the Shark (also available at Target.com), spring cleaning is a great time to get those carpets freshly cleaned-especially if you have pets or someone with allergies in your home.
*Toys: Especially if you have young children it's a good idea to wash plastic toys with soap and water and fabric toys in the washing machine periodically. Spring cleaning is an excellent time to get this chore done and then make sure each toy has a specific receptacle to go to when it is clean.
*Dust pictures, light fixtures, etc.
*Dust and polish curio cabinets and the contents. Make sure any cabinet is organized and only holds what it is supposed to.
*Wash any linens.
*Dust/Wash curtains or blinds
*Wash and polish table (follow care instructions for different types).
*Sweep/Mop or Vacuum
Dining Room Tips:
*For many, the dining room isn't overly trafficked and is only used on special occasions so the cleaning involved isn't as lengthy. Save this for a day when you don't have as much time to devote to cleaning.
*Since the dining room is often underused, dust is its biggest enemy. Use a product like Lemon Pledge Aerosol Furniture Polish that repels dust. Available at most stores like Wal-Mart.