Hey there, you laid-back, time-savvy reader! So you’re moving out and the very thought of cleaning makes you want to curl back into bed? Well, you’re in the right place. This blog post is tailor-made for those of us who’d rather binge-watch a Netflix series than scrub a toilet.
We get it; cleaning is boring. But let’s face it, that deposit isn’t going to return itself. So we’ve gathered the best tips to get you through move-out cleaning with the least amount of effort. Ready? Let’s roll up those sleeves (not too high, we promise) and dive in!
Step 1: The ‘Minimalist’ Supplies
We’re all about doing more with less. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Multipurpose Cleaner: Why buy five different products when one can do it all?
- Disinfectant Wipes: For quick clean-ups.
- A Broom and a Dustpan: Or a vacuum if you have one.
- Trash Bags: A lot of cleaning is just throwing things away, honestly.
- Paper Towels or a Cloth: We’re going easy, remember?
Optional, but helpful:
- Rubber gloves
- Air freshener
Step 2: The Lazy (Yet Effective) Approach
The “I-Don’t-Want-To-But-I-Have-To” Kitchen Strategy
- Appliances: Use the multipurpose cleaner and give the fridge, oven, and microwave a quick wipe. No need to deep-clean; just aim to make them look presentable.
- Counters and Sink: Wipe them down with your multipurpose cleaner.
- Floors: Quick sweep. If you have a robot vacuum, now’s its time to shine!
The “Quick and Dirty” Living Room Plan
- Floors: Use that broom or vacuum again. Trust us; it’s easier than it sounds.
- Furniture: Use a disinfectant wipe to dust quickly.
- Windows: Use those wipes on the window sills and give the glass a quick once-over with multipurpose cleaner.
The “Five-Minute Max” Bathroom Tactic
- Toilet: Use the disinfectant wipes. Done.
- Sink: Wipe it down with your trusty multipurpose cleaner.
- Mirror: The same multipurpose cleaner will make it shine quickly.
- Shower: Just rinse it with hot water. If it looks bad, consider a quick scrub.
The “Not-Really-Cleaning” Bedroom Method
- Floors: You know the drill—quick sweep or vacuum.
- Surfaces: Wipe down with disinfectant wipes.
- Closet: Just make sure it’s empty.
Step 3: The Final Sprint
- Garbage: Take out all the trash. Seriously, all of it.
- Walkthrough: Walk through the apartment and look for any spots you may have missed. Use your wipes for touch-ups.
- Air Freshener: Spray some around for a clean-smelling finish.
Bonus: Should You Hire Professionals?
If you’re feeling really, really lazy and you have the budget for it, consider hiring a cleaning service. It might be more costly than doing it yourself, but hey, you’re paying for the convenience.
Wrapping It Up
And that’s it! You’ve managed to clean your place for moving out with the least amount of effort possible. Your landlord might not be floored by your dedication to cleanliness, but chances are, you’ll get at least part of that deposit back without breaking a sweat.
Thanks for sticking around and remember, laziness is just efficiency in disguise. 😉 Good luck with your move and here’s to your next adventure! 🎉🏡✈️