We all have to clean our house at some point. It can be a boring, difficult, or even daunting task depending on how much filth we have allowed to accumulate. It is best to try not to look at your residential mess as being one large task. Instead, take each room into account and set out what needs to be done in each. Most apartments and houses will have the same groupings of the kitchen, the living space, the bedroom, and the exterior. Now each of these spaces seems much more manageable when you take them on by themselves.
Clear out the Clutter First
The first thing that you have to do when you are looking at a huge task ahead of you is to clear up all the clutter that is sitting on top of the actual mess. Clothing, papers, plastic grocery bags, candy wrappers, just about anything that can be thrown away should be. Removing this top level of mess can expose the rest of your task, and sometimes is actually the bulk of the work you have to do. Once you have removed the clutter, you can focus on attacking the real cleaning.
If you have already dealt with the clutter mess like dishes, it is time to use ammonia based cleaner to clean the counters, sink, and stovetop. Certain countertops may be better suited for bleach. Do not mix both bleach and ammonia, as it is hazards to your health.
The Living Area
A quick vacuum, dusting and polishing any hard surfaces with the appropriate cleaner, and wiping tidying up the arrangement is all it takes to make a front room presentable. For the most part, the living area is more of an esthetic arena than a mess-filled one.
Soap scum build-up is the number one problem in any bathroom. There are large assortments of cleaners that can attack this mess. Be extensive with your cleaning of it as getting rid of it all now means quicker cleanings later. If your bathroom develops mold, use bleach and water in a spray bottle to kill the mold, then wipe away the remaining gunk. For any steel fixtures, use steel wool to remove scuffs and build-up.
This includes wiping down windows, the exterior fixtures like lights and statutes, and sweeping. Use soapy water to clean windows instead of window cleaners for a more thorough clean. Wipe down all exterior figures and banisters to remove both grime and any spider webs that have been developed since the last time you have tidied up. When sweeping, make sure to move any furniture or items off the porch first to get a thorough clean;else, you will have piled mess later on.
There is a good chance that most of your bedroom mess is due to clothing being thrown about. Nevertheless, when you are already in the midst of a clean, take the time to dust and/or wash your sheets for a full clean. Again, soapy water on the windows and mirrors can make a sparingly noticeable difference.