Once you are done marking the remaining boxes – which should be moved and which to stay – it is time to clean up your home. If you have not made plans to rent it out, it is important to keep your vacated house clean until your next return. Ask yourself – would you rather return to a welcoming home or one that is covered in cobwebs and creepy crawlies?
Cleaning your entire house may sound like a major task to undertake, but there is certainly a way to go about doing this. Just like how movers pack your belongings into the packing boxes, the method to clean your home isn’t much of hassle. Hurry! No time needs to be wasted. Read on to find out what are the best ways to clean your home.
Get ready all your cleaning gear
Your cleaning materials do not necessarily need to be brand new, so just use what you have at the moment. If you are missing some cleaning items, simply improvise and you will save the time and effort that is needed to travel and purchase something that you need. Moving is all about keeping to schedule and the cleaning process must not hinder your progress. You cannot expect your movers to wait for you until you are done. Without further ado, here are some of the important cleaning materials you need:
• Mop, broom, dustpan and comfortable rubber gloves.
• Cleaning rags (you can use old clothing that’s either tattered or torn) and paper towels.
• Scrubbing tools such as unused toothbrushes, sponge with a scrubbing layer and a scrubbing brush.
• Vacuum cleaner, carpet cleaner, bathroom cleaner, tile cleaner and glass cleaner.
• A big enough box to house the above items. Remember to mark it as “Don’t Move This” in capitals for obvious reasons.
If you still feel that you can’t handle the following tasks alone, you can always seek the help of your friends. The more hands you have on deck, the faster you complete your tasks.
The challenge starts now
Leave your floors as well as anything in your bathroom untouched. You do not want to clean them at the start. If you do, you will need to clean them all over again when you are done with the other parts of your home. That includes your sink, toilet bowl and bathtubs. You should clean these places before you are ready to leave, so any possible traffic to these areas is voided.
Room by room
Start with one room first – the Master Bedroom – and make sure it is clean from top to bottom. Stains on the walls and floors must now be spotless and smooth to the touch. If you become distracted and clean a little bit of here and there, you will feel the urge to do it over and over again because you won’t feel the cleaning has any effect. Hence, sticks with one room first and only proceed when the room is cleaned.
If you are not careful when cleaning carpets, you may get abrasions on your knuckles and hands from the rapid scrubbing movements. Put on your gloves and get a proper scrubbing tool that’s able to elevate your hand above ground.
Finally, when you try to eliminate pet odors, using cleaning materials that contain alcohol or baking soda helps a lot to take away the funky smells. It is also proven that these simple household items are super effective!
What should you do over at your new house?
A simple inspection on your cabinets, bathroom fixtures and any other heavy duty furniture will suffice. Check to see if they are free of pests and are working fine. Your boxes should soon arrive from your movers and you can start unpacking and settle down into your new living environment!
If you are living in a shoebox apartment in New York City, the whole process is going to be a lot easier. Ask the movers to shift what you do not need in your new place to an external storage facility and you are all good to go!