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Practical Solutions For Cleaning Small Spaces

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Practical Solutions For Cleaning Small Spaces

Living in a small space can make cleaning feel like a monumental task. With less room for storage and organization, clutter can quickly take over. However, with some practical solutions, keeping a small space clean doesn’t have to be so daunting. Here are some tips and tricks for effective cleaning in compact quarters.

Declutter Regularly

Decluttering is key for maintaining cleanliness in small spaces. When items are allowed to accumulate, they take up valuable real estate and make cleaning around them difficult.

Why Decluttering Helps

  • Creates more open surfaces for dusting and cleaning
  • Removes items that are no longer needed or used
  • Frees up storage space for organizing cleaning tools and supplies
  • Prevents clutter from overwhelming the space

How to Declutter

  • Commit to decluttering for a short time each day – even just 15 minutes can make a difference over time
  • Categorize items as trash, donate, sell or relocate to a more appropriate spot
  • Start with problem areas that tend to collect clutter like countertops, sinks and entryways
  • Store season items like winter clothes in the off season to free up space
  • Be ruthless – if you haven’t used it in months, you probably don’t need it

Organize Efficiently

An organized small space is much easier to clean and maintain. Strategic organization creates designated spots for items so messes are less likely to occur.

Storage Solutions

  • Use vertical space with wall mounted shelves, racks and cabinets
  • Invest in stackable storage bins, baskets and boxes
  • Opt for dual purpose furniture like storage ottomans, benches and beds
  • Repurpose household items like crates, jars and baskets for storage

Strategic Organization

  • Group like items together in baskets or bins
  • Store cleaning supplies in one easily accessible area
  • Don’t forget the backs of doors – use over-the-door racks and hangers
  • Purge before organizing new storage so clutter doesn’t fill the void

Clean Smarter, Not Harder

Cleaning a small space doesn’t have to take up your whole day. Use these tips to clean smarter and make the most of your valuable time.

Efficient Cleaning Tools

  • Microfiber cloths are lint-free, attract dirt and reduce need for cleaning sprays
  • Vacuums with attachments make quick work of hard to reach spots
  • Opt for multi-surface cleaners and scrubbers that tackle various needs
  • Durable paper towels that absorb liquid and residue quickly

Streamlined Cleaning Process

  • Start top to bottom to prevent re-cleaning lower areas
  • Tackle visible areas like countertops, floors and furnishings first
  • Create a quick daily cleaning routine – make beds, wipe counters, spot mop, etc.
  • Clean in zones – divide space into sections and set a timer for each
  • Assign chores to family members based on room and schedule

By decluttering regularly, organizing strategically, and cleaning efficiently you can maintain a fresh, tidy small space. With some adjustments, cleaning your compact home doesn’t have to be a monumental chore.

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