AT Cleaning Habits

AT Cleaning Habits

Heather Blaha
May 23, 2007

The Apartment Therapy Eight-Step Home Cure book is great to refer back to on a regular basis (whether you've actually done the Cure or not). Listed with "Week Nine and Beyond: Ongoing Exercise and Maintenance" (ch. 12, p. 237) are reminders of why maintaining a healthy apartment is really a daily practice...

The reference list is essential, one that you'll likely do on autopilot after a couple weeks (if you aren't already in the habit). Here's a reminder of what the daily, weekly, monthly, and more sporadic rituals should be to keep your home its healthiest:

1. Make bed.
2. Wash dishes.
3. Put clothes away.
4. Sort mail.
5. Clear answering machine.
6. Clean all kitchen surfaces.
7. Take out full garbage.

1. Clear all surfaces (put odds and ends away).
2. Wash clothing, take in dry cleaning.
3. Take out recycling.
4. Change sheets.
5. Water plants.
6. Clean bathroom and kitchen.
7. Quick-vacuum all floors (especially if you have pets).

1. Vacuum, sweep, or mop all floors.
2. Flip mattresses.
3. Clear out refrigerator.

Every Three Months:
1. Wash windows.
2. Declutter refrigerator, bulletin board, etc.

Every Six Months:
1. Spring cleaning (April)
2. Fall cleaning (October)
("Perform Deep Treatment on bones and breath levels: clean and declutter through apartment; change seasonal clothing; clean out drawers, closets, and under-sink storage; purge clothing, extra CDs, books, furniture.")

Okay, so we're blogging Spring Cleaning a little later than usual, but otherwise we are wondering how diligent most of you are (and, is your spring cleaning treatment already long past?). Comment below...

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