How to Make Cleaning Simple While Moving
Make it Easy with a List
Moving out cleaning is essential. Cleaning may not be at the top of the list, but we’re pretty sure you realize that when you move, there are a lot of things sharing at the top of the list. That is why it is critical that you make one. A commercial cleaning company like Cleaning4U can help you. We’ve done this before.
Adding cleaning to your list of things to do while you’re trying to move, can be more than you have time for or more than you have the capacity to organize. Let Cleaning4U handle that part.
No matter how well-intentioned you are, being considerate of others requires effort and sometimes isn’t easy. It is difficult to avoid leaving behind some dirt, grime, and dust. As you’ll find when you move into your new place. Sometimes it requires an organized plan.
The List of “To-Do” Things
Start with a list.
This is the start of your stress-free move. Microsoft Word documents are great for typing in a priority list. Microsoft “OneNote” is also great for this. You may try attributing a number to each one of your boxes and record the contents in this document.
You can’t have too many boxes.
Meaning, you need a lot of boxes. Probably more than you think you’ll need. And you might try attributing 10 of them to “last minute items,” or incidentals. Think about the last thing you need before you leave, like cleaning supplies. Don’t forget plenty of packing tape. This is where your list comes in handy. Make sure that the contents of the box match the attributed number on the list. Once you’ve sealed the box with tape, it is aggravating to have to open it again because you have forgotten what you put in it.
Keep similar items together.
This will all make sense on the other end. You can really get a good idea of how your mind works when you begin to unpack. Are small parts affixed to their proper component? Have cables and cords been placed in bags and kept with the right corresponding item?
Protect your valuables.
Place them in a non-descript box and label it “miscellaneous.” Place this box in your vehicle, not the moving van. Check your homeowner’s insurance for coverage.
Make sure to make “need now” boxes.
Each person in your household needs one of these. This is an easy-access way for everyone to have essentials at hand when they arrive.
Cleaning As You Go… Or Arrive
Whether you are moving out or moving in, we have some helpful tips to make the experience smoother.
Start at the top.
This is about gravity. It only makes sense to clean the ceiling fans, overhead lighting, or the tops of shelving near the ceiling first. They don’t get cleaned as often and your cleaning will cause some fall-out. So, start at the top and work down.
Consider the perishables.
Don’t wait on storing your food. Clean the refrigerator out by removing the shelving and drawers and clean those separately with soap and warm water. Clean the inside with equal parts water and white vinegar.
When you’re done with the refrigerator, clean the kitchen.
Once you’re down from the ladder after cleaning up high, take on the appliances; the dishwasher, the stovetop, the microwave, the oven, including the kitchen sink, countertops, and the inside and outside of the cabinets.
Bathroom cleaning is all about disinfecting. Scrubbing and rinsing and getting into the corners and crevices make a difference as does professional training, tools and technique.
End at the bottom! Vacuum and sweep first, to get the debris cleaned up than wet mop with a product that is safe for the surface. For the carpet, start with steam cleaning. This is a better way to start than simply vacuuming.