How to Keep Busy During Quarantine: Cleaning Edition

Being at home, we all have extra time on our hands, so why not get to that cleaning or organizational project that you’ve been pushing off? We at Albuquerque Self Storage know it’s not the most fun, but you’ll feel great and accomplished once it’s finally complete! 

To make it easier, we have a few tips to help you start!

Divide and Conquer When it Comes to Cleaning

Getting everything done in one day, especially for a whole house cleanse, won’t be good for your sanity, your hands or body. Start simple by dividing all of the things you want to get done into easily manageable chunks. For instance, on Monday you could tackle organizing the shelves in the garage; Tuesday could be for tidying the items on the floor, and Wednesday could be used to sweep the garage and clear it of anything you no longer want in it. 

You can also break it down by days of the week, which helps with recurring chores! Like this:

  • Monday: Bathroom 
  • Tuesday: Dusting 
  • Wednesday: Vacuuming and mopping
  • Thursday: Bedroom
  • Friday: Catching up 
  • Saturday: Laundry and vacuum
  • Sunday: Upkeep those basic starter tasks

Not only does separating the work out keep you from getting overwhelmed, it also helps keep you productive throughout the week. 

If you live with your family, you can divide tasks too! You should never have to be the only person cleaning or organizing a room, especially if it benefits everyone in the house. Get your roommates or family involved and make a night out of it.

 For kids, turn little tasks into a game — maybe a race to see who can pull the most weeds the fastest. And for adults, turn up some music, grab a drink, put on some gloves and take the time to reminisce over items or find joy in throwing it all away. 

Clean First, Disinfect Second

This is our least favorite part about household projects: the actual cleaning and disinfecting. It’s tedious and sometimes requires elbow grease, but no one can deny how accomplishing it is when the end result looks shiny and new. 

But did you know that cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing? Cleaning removes the germs and bacteria while disinfecting stops them from reforming! 

Clean first to remove dirt and debris, and then use a disinfectant. Allow the disinfectant to sit for three to five minutes so it can do its job. Do not wipe it up right away!

Do this to all surfaces, including door knobs! And remember, wear gloves only once to stop the spread of bacteria!

Short on Cleaning Products? No Problem 

Shopping during a Stay at Home order is kind of a nightmare, especially in household departments like cleaning supplies. So if you find out that you’re low, don’t worry! You can easily make some products with items you have at home. 

Combine one cup of water with one cup of rubbing alcohol for a multi-purpose surface cleaner. 

For window washing, mix together equal parts vinegar and dish soap! Not only does it remove dirt and grease, but it kills odors and doesn’t leave streaks. 

What To Do with Everything You Find

Big cleaning projects often result in big donation piles or reorganizing to keep the stuff you find. But what do you do if you don’t have room for things that you want to keep, like antique items, or larger decorations that you plan on using when you live in a larger space? 

Why not consider renting a self storage unit? Self Storage is easily accessible and you don’t need the help of another human to access it! We covered the benefits of self storage in another blog, so be sure to check that out for an in-depth review!

Self storage is also affordable in both the short and long term. Many offer month-to-month contracts, so you can use it when you need it and move out of it when you’re ready to go. It’s super convenient for those looking to move into a larger space or those looking to redecorate or reorganize. 

You don’t have to worry about security either — storage units are safe! For example, at Albuquerque Self Storage, we have a well lit and gated facility for you to store your items and every unit is protected by a padlock. 

If you’re interested in using us for your self storage needs, contact us today.