Ah, apartment living. On your own. Now is the time to learn how to do all the little things your parents used to do for you. It’s kind of like being in a college dormitory, but this time, there is no dining hall or Resident Assistant to help you do the things you don’t know how to do.
The most important thing about apartment living is keeping the space clean, so that you make the most of the small quarters. Here are my tips on just how to make the best of your apartment living (with some help from my mother).
- Practice good housekeeping: “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” – Mumsy
- Any sort of clutter gets amplified, so keep the decorations to a minimum. No need to put out every tchotchke you have ever bought or were gifted. Keep them in a box if you are that sentimental about such things.
- Clean up after yourself every single day – i.e. putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher (not just in the sink), clean dishes in the cabinets (not still in the dishwasher), dirty clothes in the laundry bin (not on a chair, or the bed, or the couch, or the floor, or on the TV, or in the bathtub) and clean clothes on hangers in the closet (trust me – you will appreciate it the next day when you don’t have to dig through a pile to find clean clothes)!
- Wipe the sink with a paper towel after every use. You won’t have to clean as massively when you do clean.
- Put away food in its proper place. Rats, ants and (ew!) cockroaches love leftover food.
- Spend at least one hour a week dusting, vacuuming, swiffering and mopping every surface you can reach, find, or see. Things in an apartment get dusty fast!
- Throw out the garbage every day when you leave the apartment. That way you never forget and the house doesn’t smell like rotten banana peels all the time.
If you follow these simple tips, apartment living can be fun, independent and not make you feel like you are living like a sardine in a can. Yes, they can seem tedious, but in the long run, you’ll be grateful!