A Step-by-Step Guide to Spring-Cleaning Your Apartment (and Still Having a Life)

Gabrielle Savoie

Spring-cleaning: We secretly dread it, and we procrastinate for as long as we can until we finally give in. It’s no secret that spending an entire weekend cleaning sounds like an absolute nightmare—but with a little elbow grease and a lot of willpower, it’s actually a lot easier than it sounds. Best of all: Once we finally finish the last task and get to enjoy the results of our blood, sweat, and tears, it’s entirely worth it. Our space feels squeaky-clean, it smells nice, and somehow it seems to bring the warm spring weather inside.

So how can you tackle the spring-cleaning of your apartment without getting overwhelmed? It all starts with clever planning (and a little help from your friends). Start with a schedule that clearly indicates each task, hour by hour, and the scheduling of moral (and physical) support when required. Make sure you can tackle everything in one weekend—no one wants spring-cleaning to take over their lives. Want to be extra motivated? Dangle a carrot at the end—plan a spring cocktail party—and you’ll have no choice but to get it done. Ahead, we tapped three professionals to share their best spring-cleaning tips with us—just pick and choose the tasks that apply to you. Don’t procrastinate until Memorial Day—spring-cleaning starts now.

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