A Quick and Simple Cleaning Checklist for Moving Out

A Quick and Simple Cleaning Checklist for Moving Out
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    The time has finally come to move out of your dorm or apartment, but your brain probably feels like mush after finals.

    You might miss essential aspects of cleaning your area when packing up.


Perhaps you haven’t ever moved out before and haven’t the slightest clue what to do. Don’t worry! Here is a quick and simple cleaning checklist for moving out.

Moving Out

Without fail, move-out season occurs every year around the same time, and you can expect to see other college students in the same boat as yourself. But the idea of deep cleaning your dorm or apartment after a year’s worth of dust build-up feels like such an exhausting and insurmountable challenge.

It would be wrong to sugarcoat it. Moving out is quite stressful and tiring when all you want is to get out of town and onto the next thing you have planned for the summer. However, you can ease the process and get things done much more efficiently when you have a quick and simple cleaning checklist for moving out.

Pay Attention

You don’t want to put all this care and attention into cleaning only to find you have done more damage. Before you begin, it is essential to pay attention to the supplies you use and the areas you clean. For example, if the place you are renting has hardwood floors, there are certain dos and don’ts of cleaning them you want to be aware of.

Top to Bottom

The easiest way to clean your space is to work from top to bottom. To put it more simply, this means you will want to start with the ceilings and work your way down to the floors. This is an efficient way to clean because you want your floors to be the last thing you clean before you shut the doors, hand in your keys, and say goodbye. Moreover, when you start with the ceilings and walls, you can overview any areas that need filling and painting.

From the Top

First, remove all decorations and nails on your walls and ceilings. This will help you get a good idea of how much putty you might need. It varies, but you may also need to repaint those areas. Before patching things up, take a slightly damp cloth and give your walls some light cleaning to help do away with the accumulated dust. If you have a ceiling fan, windows, or blinds, wipe those areas and make sure to do so gently.

Hit the Bottom

Once you have finished cleaning and repairing your ceilings and walls, you can now work your way to the bottom. Grab your favorite multi-purpose cleaner and wipe every surface in the area. Do not forget to clean the bathroom—it shouldn’t take you too long to give a nice scrub to the tub and toilet. Finally, all you need to do is sweep, mop, and vacuum your floors. You are well on your way to cleaning and moving out like a pro!

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