Before you can start vacuuming or dusting, you need to get rid of the excess clutter and belongings that don’t have a place in your new home. Go through all of your belongings and decide what you really need and what can be donated or sold. Decluttering your belongings is a key factor to decluttering your mind
Don’t Buy What You Don’t Need
Knick-knacks and chachkies can hold lots of sentimental value, but really think about it next time you buy a souvenir coaster or snow globe. These will take up space on your horizontal surfaces, which have a snowball effect on attracting other clutter (and dust).
Clean a Little Bit Everyday
You’ll feel better if you clean as you go rather than letting dirty dishes and laundry stack up to the ceiling. If your place is spotless except for a couple dishes from your last meal, just do a couple of dishes. Otherwise, you’ll be tempted to add to the pile and add to the clutter.
Designate a Cleaning Day
Whether it is weekly or biweekly, schedule a day that you will designate as cleaning day. Take the day to do vacuuming, dusting, and other deep cleaning activities. It may seem monotonous, but throw some music or podcasts on and you’ll find that it’s relaxing and provides decent exercise.
Set Up Your Apartment for Cleanliness
Keep your floors 100% clear. Avoid storing things under tables, desks, and your bed. It will look better and will make vacuuming much easier and more effective. It will also keep fresh air flowing throughout your apartment.
Designate a Place for Everything
Having a place for everything means that everything has a place to be put away. This way, you don’t have random stuff accumulate on flat surfaces (coffee tables, desks) that can be thrown away or filed away in a neat, orderly manner.
Manage Paperwork and Mail
Important paperwork like paystubs, bank statements, and letters can pile up quickly. Keep a paper shredder handy so that you can destroy important documents you no longer have practical use for. Also, buy a file cabinet for the paperwork that you do want to keep. This will ensure it is organized and completely out of the way.
Clean While You Cook
Cooking at home is one of the best ways to save money while living in New York City. Unfortunately, some of the best meals require lots of clean up, making them less appealing to cook often. One solution to this issue is cleaning while you cook. This way, you’ll have minimal dishes and clean up once the meal is ready.
Make Your Bed
I’m sure we can all hear our parents or guardians nagging us to do this, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. It makes things look more neat, and really starts your day off on the right foot. In fact, U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McCraven advises that making your bed can change the world. The idea is momentum: if you make your bed, you’ve completed your first task of the day, and this is a great way to keep positive, productive momentum going throughout the day.
The average New York resident moves every six months. With all this mobility, it is important that your belongings are moved in an orderly, organized fashion. By taking away the burden of heavy lifting, you can do more organizing and delegating on your move-in day, resulting in less clutter and a more sensible setup. Metropolis Moving has had a 5-star rating on Yelp because we understand what it takes to move successfully in New York City. We are professional and efficient, but also courteous and friendly, resulting in a positive move-in day that starts your new journey off on a great note. Get a quote today.