One-Day Warriors: Tips for Cleaning Your Whole Home in a Day
Even if you happen to be a Monica Gellar type—someone who spends their free time dusting and sweeping—spending an entire afternoon indoors cleaning is still way less fun than, well, just about anything. It’s really no wonder that so many people make a habit of putting off cleaning until it’s absolutely necessary, i.e. until you’re suffering from either out-of-town visitors or out-of-control allergies.
Oct 22, 2016
9 Signs Your Home is Cleaner than You Think it Is
Keeping your home clean and put-together is hard work. Throw a full-time job, kids, and/or pets into the mix and it’s dang near impossible. Yet somehow you manage to pull it off. Whether it’s because of daily wipe downs, weekly chores, or even monthly cleanouts, you’re making it happen—even if it doesn’t always feel that way. Chances are your place is a lot less cluttered than your headspace, and most importantly, it works for you.
Oct 16, 2016
Getting Along While Getting It All Done: 7 Fun Ways to Divide Up Roommate Chores
Chores aren’t fun, and unless you’re lucky enough to get along with all your roommates, having the conversation to divide them up might not be easy, either. Good news: Apps can help, and you can add a little variety into your cleaning routine by trying some fun DIY takes on chore charts, and by turning your chores into a bonding activity.
Oct 9, 2016
3 Mind Tricks that Will Get You Going on a Big Clean—Without Realizing It
Just like the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, the journey to a totally clean apartment—from floorboards to ceiling fans—likely begins with just a ten-minute timer. Even if you don’t feel up to tackling the chores you need to handle, you can get your mind in the mood for cleaning with a simple mental motivational exercise. Here are three to try that help keep “cleaning house” from seeming like an overwhelming task.
Sep 28, 2016
Get Off the Internet! 10 Things You Can Clean in the Next 15 Minutes
Are you still online? You’ve been here for hours! Those listicles can be addicting, but you’ve got to come up for air sometime. Stretch your body a bit. Get something accomplished. Hey! How about doing a little cleaning? You can get some serious sprucing-up done in just 15 minutes. Then you can watch YouTube videos with abandon. Promise. When people come to your home, do they know you have pets? It’s likely not because of the wagging or purring.
Sep 18, 2016
Who’s Cleaner: Men or Women? We Finally Have Answers
Moving in with your significant other isn’t all sunshine, rainbows and picking out throw pillows. It’s a struggle to learn to live together. Think about it: You’re two different people who grew up in different houses around different people, and you’re coming together under one roof for the first time—bringing with you two totally distinct sets of home habits.
Sep 11, 2016
The Grocery Store Purchase that Helps You Keep a Neater Home
In my post, 5 Apartment Therapy Tips I Use All the Time, I noted that keeping fresh flowers around the house inspires me in unexpected ways—it lifts my mood and helps me keep a neater home. Makes sense? Sounds hokey? A little of both? Turns out there’s some science behind this! We’ve included buying flowers in the Cure assignments for years. Maxwell has promoted this simple practice as an easy and affordable way to add beauty to our homes and lift our spirits.
Aug 21, 2016
This Is How Much Time I Actually Spend On Housework in a Week
Since moving out to the prairie a few years ago, I’ve had a hard time finding full-time employment. I have, however, taken over our family’s housework almost completely (I do not mow). It seems to take forever because housework is boring, but truthfully, I have no idea how much actual time I contribute to the household each week. So, I decided to find out once and for all how much time I actually spend cooking and cleaning.
Aug 2, 2016
Smart Ways to Keep Sand at the Beach (and Out of Your House!)
Despite all the love we have for beach hair, beachy cocktails, and creating a beach house vibe at home—even in the middle of Denver—the beach needs to stay at the beach. Frolic on the sand all you want, but then try these nine tips for keeping sand out of your home and at the beach where it belongs. The number one thing I came across whilst Googling “how to get sand off feet” was “baby powder.
Jul 28, 2016
The Sandless Beach Blanket: Urban Legend or Must-Have Invention? We Tested One to Find Out
Have you ever heard of a “sandless” beach blanket? Well, we hadn’t either until recently. When I first introduced the idea, my fellow AT staffers threw out words like “sorcery” and “urban legend” but mostly, it was a barrage of ???s. No one could wrap their head around it, so we had to take it to the test lab (my local beach) and find out if, in fact, someone could stay sand-free on the shoreline while using one.
Jul 26, 2016
A 2-Hour After-Work Clean Routine to Maximize Your Summer Fridays
Abbreviated summer hours are a great perk in any workplace; they offer you the chance to get out of the cubicle and kick off your weekend early to enjoy some of the great weather. Or—hear me out on this—you could take advantage of the extra free time on summer fridays to get a head start on housework.
Jul 13, 2016
The “Must Clean” Daily Routine: 5 Quick To-Dos to Keep Your Home Consistently Spic & Span
There’s no big secret to keeping an impeccable home. It just requires diligence. So we put together a five-part plan that targets the areas of your home most likely to collect dirt, grime and clutter. If this list is all you get to do in the day, consider it a major win, and know that you’re making the best of your homekeeping time. Nothing will take over your home faster. Nothing. First, go through today’s mail and shred or toss unneeded mail into trash or recyling bins.
Jun 23, 2016
7 Super Common Dishwasher Mistakes You’ll Want to Stop Making, Right Now
I grew up without a dishwasher in the house, so nobody really ever taught me how the whole thing was supposed to work. After a few years on my own in dishwasher-equipped apartments, I’ve got the big lessons down (it only takes one occurrence of covering your entire kitchen floor in 2-foot-deep suds to know that dish soap and dishwasher detergent are not the same thing). But there are lots of finer points of machine-washing life that even experienced homekeepers might not know.
Jun 7, 2016
The Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning Your Whole Apartment in Half the Time: 3 Rules to Clean By
There’s a reason they call cleaning up a “chore.” Nobody wants housekeeping to take up their whole weekend, so we all go looking for shortcuts to clean house in half the time. But here’s the truth: The secret to a speedy cleaning routine is just that – routine. You need to establish a system of rules that gets the work done not just quickly, but efficiently.
Jun 1, 2016
30 Things You Can Get Squeaky Clean with a Toothbrush
You don’t need fancy, expensive tools to keep your home clean. In fact, it turns out you can get a whole lot done with just a toothbrush (preferably not yours… or that of anyone you love).
Mar 31, 2016
This Weekend: Spruce Up Your Messy, Tired Entryway
Your entryway is the gatekeeper to the rest of your home, fighting against the road salt, melting snow, and mud tracked in this time of year — not to mention all the people passing through with mail, coats, groceries, and other gear. This weekend, help this hard-working space do its job by giving it a little TLC, clearing it of the mess and dirt. But don’t worry, it won’t take long to make it through this checklist and turn this high-traffic spot into a sparkling clean zone.
Feb 20, 2016
Easy Ideas for Making Your Entryway Work Better for Winter
Kerstin & Andy’s Colorful and Happy Family Home in Australia With snow, salt, mud, and the other sloppy aspects of winter, it’s all too easy for the entryway to become a mess. Whether your door deposits you right into your living space or you’re lucky enough to have a mudroom, there are some things you can do to make your entry as winter-friendly as possible. Handmaid Tales Shoe storage First things first: boots.
Feb 1, 2016
5 Ways You’re Ruining Your Towels Without Realizing It
Are you hanging up your towels after every use and giving them a good wash at the end of the week? Well stop it! As well-intentioned as your bath linen routine might be, you could be sabotaging your towel’s inalienable rights to life, longevity and fluffiness. Here are five ways you’re ruining your towels without realizing it… You don’t use bleach in the laundry, but you’re still seeing white specks all over your colored towels?
Jan 26, 2016
An Easier Clean, Every Time: The Thing To Do Before You Blast Your Bath
Before you scrub the grout. Before you wipe down the mirror. Before you tackle the scum on the shower doors. Before you get in there to clean whatever it is that collects all over the toilet (try not to think about that for too long). Before you start on any of it, there’s an easy–and actually quite delightful–task that you should do first… People pay good money for steam cleaners because the hot vapor loosens grime from all kinds of surfaces.
Jan 22, 2016
Get Rid of Christmas Clutter: 5 Things to Toss Right Now
Before you mindlessly pack up all of your holidays decorations, and store them out of sight for the year, take a moment to toss things that have no business sticking around. You’ll be happy next December when you don’t have to wade through three storage bins full of glitter and gold. Get rid of these five things, and maybe you can even get it down to one small box. Instead of holding onto lights that no longer light up, get rid of them.
Jan 4, 2016
How a Handheld Vacuum Changed the Way I Think About Cleaning
It took me a long time to get here but I finally moved into the tiny apartment of my dreams, and I’ve been enjoying outfitting it with all the perfect things. But my favorite thing that I’ve bought for my home is not my beautiful new velvet sofa or my gorgeous antique Moroccan rug. It is a vacuum cleaner. It might be reaching a bit to say that a handheld vacuum cleaner has changed my life, but it has definitely changed the way I clean — and I’m not going back.
Jan 1, 2016
Decorating Choices That Make Your Home Look Cleaner Than It Actually Is
This isn't about practical storage or clutter, but the decorating choices we make that contribute to either a sense of disorder or calm.
Dec 27, 2015
An Easy Way to Clean Pine Needles from the Floor
Pine needles are part of the deal that comes with bringing a real, living tree into your living room over the holidays – hell, even fake trees shed their tinsel. But that doesn’t make the resulting mess any less annoying to deal with, especially when the tree seems to be shedding everywhere.
Dec 19, 2015
5 Things That Should Never Happen in Your Living Room
Your living room is a place for connecting with friends, spending time with family, relaxing by yourself and more. What it shouldn’t be is a place for any of these five things. Take a look at this list and banish any of these if they’ve been taking place in your living space. Do you start apologizing for a mess, for the pet hair, for the unfinished DIY projects, for the sofa that isn’t quite your dream sofa yet?
Nov 28, 2015
The 10 Commandments of a Clean & Happy Fridge
The difference between an organized fridge and a messy, stinky, ugly one is simple: Focus, discipline and a strong foundation of good ideas. We’ve collected ten excellent guiding principles for keeping your refrigerator clean, healthy and happy, and they’re all right here for you to implement at home. Set your refrigerator’s temperature to 40°F (5°C) or below. If it doesn’t come with a label, give it one. Add dates for extra credit.
Nov 22, 2015
How To Get Your Bathroom Ready for Houseguests
Whether you have one shared bathroom in your place or a half a dozen, when you’re hosting for the holidays you want to get those spaces ready for houseguests as soon as possible. We’ve put together a totally doable, slow-paced two-week plan that will have you clean, ready and–most importantly–relaxed. The time frames are just a guideline, of course. You can get these five steps done in any order and on any timeline before your guests arrive.
Nov 12, 2015
Can You Really Use Ketchup to Clean Copper and Brass?
From the knocker on your front door to the extra-special necklace you brought home from the craft market, brass and copper goods are showing up everywhere. Over time, these shiny treasures will start to tarnish, and we heard that ketchup can help get them back in shape. But does it really work? we gave it a try… Ketchup Small bowl Buffing cloth Small brush 1. For small, dainty pieces of jewelry like chains and earrings, it’s easiest to submerge them and let them sit for a while.
Sep 21, 2015
The 5 Unexpected Benefits of Rearranging a Room
If your furniture is in the same spot it’s been since you moved in, it might be time to shake things up a bit. Rearranging your room’s layout has a way of freshening up a space and giving you new life at home. There’s also a handful of benefits to a layout shake-up that you might not have ever expected… That sofa that hasn’t moved in millennia?
Sep 9, 2015
5 Different Ways to Keep Your Glass Shower Door Clean for Good
There are two types of people in the world: Shower curtain people and glass door people. No matter which you prefer (which do you prefer?), we can all agree that glass shower doors are kind of a pain to keep clean. Here are 5 tips, products and solutions that make it a cinch to keep your shower door spotless around the clock. Without a doubt, this is the most effective way to keep a clean glass shower, but it’s also the most demanding.
Sep 1, 2015
10 Things in Your Home You Should Toss by the End of Summer
Spring cleaning is overrated, y’all. The best time to purge around the house is right now. The end of carefree summer offers the perfect framework to really re-assess your needs and determine exactly what products, items and pantry staples you want to bring with you into fall. If you need a jump start on the Autumn Ablution (we’re trying to make it happen), here are 10 things around the house you should throw away by the end of summer.
Aug 30, 2015
10 Things to Get Done Before Labor Day
This is a public service announcement: The Halloween stuff is already out at craft stores. And I’m not sure how fall came to have a mascot, but I know that autumn is on its way when I hear people start talking about how much they miss pumpkin spice. While there are still several weeks left to enjoy the summer, it might be a good time to start thinking about the tasks you need to get done before cool weather really sets in.
Jul 31, 2015
Your Cleanest Home Yet: 4 Just Possibly Life-Changing Habits to Adopt Today
Want a cleaner home? One that gets cleaner easier, stays cleaner longer, and doesn’t feel like the act of cleaning dominates your life? There are four habits that can be life-changers; could they change yours? We have provided you with a lot of different cleaning schedules over the years. What they’ve all got in common is that at some point in time you’ve got to carve out time where you pull out cleaning supplies and do a little scrubbing.
Jul 10, 2015
20 Last Minute Ways to Make Your Home Look Guest-Ready (When It’s Actually Kind of a Mess)
Are you a robot who is always ready for spur-of-the-moment guests? Good for you! The rest of us humans need to fake it once in a while. Here are twenty easy ways to do just that. Make your home look loads better in a hurry with one or two (or more if you’re feeling motivated!) of these low effort, high-impact (and dirt-hiding) tips. 20. Sweep clutter from all visible surfaces. 19. Make the bed. 18. Clean the bathroom mirror. 17. Light a candle. 16. Putting out a store-bought snack?
Jul 9, 2015
Do These 6 Things Now for a More Carefree Summer
The middle of the year is an optimal time to do a little planning to have a great summer ahead. Whether you’ve already been to the beach a few times this year or you haven’t even thought about your summer plans yet, cleaning and clearing out these six areas of life and home just might be the secret to a more carefree summer.
Jun 21, 2015
The Biggest Reason You’re Still Drowning in Clutter (And What to Do About It)
Do you regularly put in real, genuine effort to declutter your home, but still find yourself being overwhelmed by all the stuff? Do you ever wonder where it all comes from? There could be one thing that you’re doing that’s keeping the clutter levels high; see if it’s something you can eliminate from your life to help eliminate your clutter. In other words, you’re keeping things just in case.
Jun 16, 2015
A Marie Kondo Swap: Turn Your Decluttering into a Party
Chances are, you’ve heard of Marie Kondo by now. Her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, seems to be everywhere these days. If you haven’t heard of Kondo’s philosophy, in a nutshell, it promotes cleansing your life of all the things that don’t give you joy. In the spirit of spring cleaning, my friends and I recently had a Marie Kondo party to collectively motivate ourselves to clean out, tidy up, and share some joy.
May 28, 2015
10 Things to Do in 10 Minutes Before Work to Make Coming Home Much Nicer
Think you can’t accomplish all that much in ten minutes? You’re wrong. In fact, taking just ten minutes before you dash out the house to head to work can allow you to tackle a whole set of tasks that might make coming back home a pleasant treat at the end of a long, hard day. Tomorrow, take ten minutes to cross off these ten easy items of your morning to-do list! Do you like to make a bit of a mess when you fix breakfast?
Mar 29, 2015
How To Set Up an Annual Home Maintenance Calendar
Whether you own or rent your home, whether it’s an apartment or a house, it’ll need maintenance this year. Make your life easier and a little less stressful by planning out your home’s maintenance for the whole year all at once, filling out an annual calendar and setting yourself reminders so you stay on track all year long! A yearly calendar (paper or digital) A copy of your lease (if you rent)Your smart phone or computer 1.
Feb 8, 2015
5 No-Fail Tips for Uncluttered Counters All Year Long
Countertop space is precious, and clutter stands in the way of glorious, wide-open spaces that help you function in the kitchen. When stuff is everywhere, you have to move it every time you wipe the counters. You sacrifice precious prep space. And that same stuff subtly clouds your thinking and saps attention from the task at hand. When you banish clutter from the kitchen, you’re more likely to use the room as intended, make dinner, and eat at home.
Jan 25, 2015
Worry-Free Decluttering: 8 Things to Get Rid of that You’ll Never Even Know Are Gone
It’s one thing to get rid of items that have a lot of sentimental value. It’s easier to ditch stuff that you don’t care about, have duplicates of, or just don’t really need. If you are starting a long-overdue purging process, start with this list. Trust me: you won’t miss a thing once they are gone. Coffee Mugs: Many people mindlessly collect mugs, much like business cards or matchbooks.
Nov 12, 2014
How to Wash a Down Comforter
You just need few materials, including a mild detergent, a few hours spent at the laundromat, and lots of patience.
Dec 18, 2023
9 Cheap (or Free) Ways You Can Make Your Home (& Life) Better This Weekend
It’s the weekend! Time to relax, maybe slow down a bit, maybe work on a renovation or DIY project. You can improve your home a little (and maybe even make your life a little better). We’ve rounded up some recent good ideas that would be perfect to try out this weekend while you’ve got this extra time. And don’t worry — none of these ideas will cost an arm or leg! In the mood to clean but not clean from top to bottom?
Jul 12, 2014
The 10 Commandments of Keeping a Small Space Organized
Living in a compact (read: tiny) one bedroom with my fiancé and our two dogs sometimes resembles a giant game of Tetris. When it comes to cramming our lives, complete with hobbies, home cooking and my photography business, into 450 square feet organization is key. Here are a few of the ways that we manage. 1. Build upwards.
Apr 15, 2014
10 Tips & Tricks for Keeping a Small Space Clean
If you live in a small space, you know that it’s tough to keep it clean from day to day. Smaller spaces just seem to collect more unwanted clutter, dirt and dust! Why is that? Well if you’re a clean freak like me, take a look at some of these tips to keep your small space sparkling every day… 1. Declutter. This is rule number one for a reason! If you don’t love or use an item—why do you still have it? Ditch the clutter and free up space.
Apr 8, 2014
How to Clean Old Paintbrushes
Your walls are gleaming with new paint, but only three days later do you remember that you forgot to clean the brushes. Blame the chaos, the kids, the fact that you don’t have to be old to forget the obvious. Either way, that expensive paintbrush is trash for sure, right? Wrong! With a little patience — and minimal elbow grease — you can restore your brushes to their former glory. Paint tends to build up right near and inside the metal band, called the ferrule.
Feb 3, 2014
Avoid Weekend Burnout: 6 Ways to Not Be Exhausted on Monday
I can get a little ambitious when the weekend comes around sometimes (all the time). It’s easy to say yes to events and parties (or dream about hosting my own), create DIY project lists a mile long, think I’ll finally have time to deep clean every corner of my house and plan on organizing my closet to boot. What I do to avoid weekend burnout? Try and use my home, as it is, as a recharging retreat, so that when Monday rolls around I’m more energized than exhausted.
Feb 1, 2014
We Tried It: The Miracle Grout Pen Test, Before & After
We’re always on the hunt for the latest and greatest (and easiest) cleaning tools, so when our Apartment Therapy Office Manager Nelly came into work the other day raving about a project that transformed her dingy, rental bathroom grout, our ears perked right up. No doubt it has to do with the fact that she’s expecting, but Nelly’s been doing all sorts of nesting lately.
Jan 27, 2014
Fresh Start: 5 Things You Should Do Every January
I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions, but I am always interested in rejuvenating my space, work and life in the New Year. January is a great month for cleaning up problem areas, whether they are physical problem areas in your home, or work and financial issues. Here are a few of our top tips for simple tasks to help get your new year get off to a great start! 1. Declutter your desk or work area and go through important papers. Tax time is coming!
Jan 16, 2014
How To Clean Stuffed Animals
Is it completely germophobic to be cleaning your kids’ stuffed toys every month? Of course, I’m asking for a friend of mine (wink)! I completely understand that our kids need to grow their immune system by being exposed to various degrees of bacteria, still, I can’t look at these toys and remain calm. It makes me cringe. Just like that tiny chalk mark the teacher used to forget to erase on the board back in school. Ok, there goes my free-spirit reputation!
Jan 16, 2014
12 (Okay 13) More Items You Probably Own Too Many Of
There’s something about the new year that puts me into declutter mode. So, it’s not surprising that Thursday morning, the New Year’s Eve hangover now thankfully a memory, there I was, donation box in hand, tossing, tossing, tossing, starting with my favorite gotta-goes, the multiple multiples.
Jan 7, 2014
Before & After: An Organized Mudroom
I love before and after projects that involve a good afternoon of organization — no paintbrush, no tools… just some motivation, a vision, and some hard work.I recently came across this mudroom makeover and thought it was a great example of how a before and after doesn’t have to be a super-expensive or super-involved affair. It’s encouraging to see how little changes can have a big impact!
Feb 26, 2013
Sleep Soundly: Mattress Care 101
It’s hard enough to get a good night’s sleep nowadays what with kids, work, stress, and other things we do to ourselves (food, drink, television). Our mattresses shouldn’t be one of these culprits! Here are a few tips to keep your mattress in tip-top shape.1. Dust mites. A typical mattress can contain tens of thousands of dust mites. For most people, dust mites are not harmful, but for some, allergies and asthma can be worsened by the presence.
Feb 11, 2013
Quick Cleaning Tip: Keep Baseboards Cleaner With Fabric Softner
Even though my house might not reflect it sometimes (hey, I’m human too), I actually greatly enjoy cleaning. That said, I loathe cleaning baseboards. Sure to do them right it involves buckets and cleaners, rags and… ugh. Just ugh.Forget all that drama and do this less than desirable task far less with the help of a fabric softener sheet.Remember when we talked about some tricks and tips on taking care of a home with pets?
Feb 15, 2012
How Long Should You Keep Electronics and Appliance Packaging?
All it took was two episodes of “Hoarders” and I knew that the next morning I was going to…had to…go downstairs to clean out our apartment basement storage area. Hidden downstairs was a slowly expanding Jenga pile of boxes, the majority of them empty, but all kept under the presumption I’d need them later for moving or resale. It was time to get serious and clean house for 2012…The biggest source of empty boxes were for electronics and appliances.
Jan 10, 2012
Small Project: Sprucing Up Inside the Cabinets
Tackling the smallest projects in my home always seem to create the most happiness. Sure giving a room a new coat of paint is exciting, but most of us live with some silly repair need for far too long, so when it’s finally fixed, it’s like this marvelous miracle. So today, I’d like to talk about the area under your sink. Did you know it could make you happy? Oh it totally can.
Nov 29, 2011
How To: Make Your Stainless Steel Sink Shine
Cleaning Stainless Steel Sinks has always been a pet peeve. Once it was discovered how clean and shiny they REALLY could be, the OCD about keeping them that clean….hasn’t stopped. And why not when it’s so simple to do? Click through the jump to check out how to use common household items to clean even the dirtiest sink naturally and in under 5 minutes. Stainless Steel sinks always seem to deceive you.
Jul 29, 2008
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