After all the excitement and effort of moving your family to a new house, you just want to unpack so you can all get settled at the new place as quickly as possible. But if you clean before you unpack, you can keep yourself from doing the same thing later and ensure that you begin your new life in a home that’s neat and tidy. The following are a few tips for doing just that.
Assemble a Survival Kit
To make your first night at home go more smoothly, assemble a survival kit of essential items, which can include:
A roll of paper towel and toilet paper
Soap for the bathrooms
Plastic cups, paper plates, and plastic utensils
Dish soap and dishcloth
Sheets and towels
Chargers for personal devices
Go from the Top Down
Start your cleaning from the top of each room and work your way down. Remember that dirt falls due to gravity. Begin with fixtures attached to the ceiling, such as overhead lights and the ceiling fan, proceed to the corners and walls, and then end with the baseboards and floor.
Clean the Machines
It’s not likely that the previous occupants cleaned the appliances before they left. So put this task near the top of your to-do list. Check the furnace out and either replace or clean the filter. Then take care of the blower assembly, fan, and any exposed areas that are dirty. It's best to contact professionals to handle the ductwork.
Move on to the laundry area so you can sterilize the washing machine with cleaner tablets and clean out the lint trap. Finish with the oven, cooktop, and other kitchen appliances, so you’re ready to cook meals when you get hungry.
Get the Job Done While You Unpack
Any dust and dirt that your possessions gathered on the move will follow them into your home. So, while you’re unpacking, take the time to clean any mess that’s left over using a broom, dustpan, a rag, and a vacuum cleaner. This prevents dirt from appearing in your newly cleaned interior.
Eliminate the Germs
Every surface that the previous occupants touched from light switches to bath fixtures contain their germs. Buy a large container of cleaning solution and use a sponge to spread it as a disinfectant on every surface that is regularly touched, including countertops, doorknobs, buttons, and cabinet handles.
Prioritize the Bedroom
At the end of a long and tiring moving day, you want to just drop into bed and fall asleep to recharge. So make sure that you take care of the bedroom before any other area of the house. Clean light fixtures, switches, window sills, and screens while wiping the walls and either mopping or vacuuming the floors. Your bedroom then becomes a reward of cleanliness and calm after you put on clean bedding.
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