Moving into a new home is a big job, and it involves quite a bit of planning and work. Not only do you have to think about packing and making sure the big day goes as scheduled, you also have to think about the aftermath. Settling into a new house is almost as much work as the move itself, and it can take a while to do.
One of the best ways to help the process go quickly and smoothly is to make sure your new place is nice and clean, from the floors to the air quality. You will likely have already had the home inspected before purchasing, which will help when it comes to making sure the vents and heating/air system are in good shape.
Think about the details, such as possible allergens in the backyard that can come into your home on your pet’s feet or through the windows on a nice spring day. Cleaning a new home in preparation for your family is about more than just vacuuming and wiping down countertops; it’s also important to wash the walls, scrub the tiles and clean out the cobwebs in closets and cabinets.
Keep reading for tips on how to get started.
Use natural cleaners
Many cleansers made for household contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful for your family to breathe in. Look for alternative cleaners for your bathroom and kitchen such as lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar, and hot water.
Find the right vacuum
The right vacuum will allow you to keep your new home clean without breaking your back or your bank. Consider a cordless vacuum for cleaning up messes quickly and efficiently, without having to worry about hauling a heavy piece of machinery up and down stairs. These are convenient and efficient battery-operated models for homeowners who have limited mobility or a lot of rooms to clean.
From brushing your pet outdoors to prevent hair and dander from floating on the air to keeping the windows closed when pollen and other irritants are at their highest, you can utilize many ways to reduce allergens in your home. You can also wash overlooked fabrics such as couch pillows and curtains to keep dust at a minimum. Consider investing in a good air filter that will help draw out allergens and bacteria to keep your home clean and smelling fresh.
Make sure your cleaning supplies are ready to go
While packing for the move, it’s important to keep all your cleaning supplies handy. Pack these at the last minute so you can not only clean your old home, but will also have them ready to go at the new place. Stock up on paper towels, trash bags, disinfectant and your preferred cleansers, as well as sponges and rags; throw away items once they’ve been used up in one room to prevent bringing dust or bacteria into a new room.
Cleaning up your new home will likely take some time and patience, so plan on working in each room for a while before moving on to the next one. Get your family involved in the process so you won’t have to worry about it all yourself, and remember to take plenty of breaks to avoid becoming stressed or overwhelmed. With the right tools, you can finish the job in no time and enjoy your new, clean home with your loved ones.
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