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Adulting + 5 Things/Places You Forget to Clean

Can we talk about how even in the tiniest apartments, there always seems to be something to clean? Matt and I do not have a tiny apartment, but even so it takes at least two hours for us to really clean our apartment.

But who actually wants to deep clean their apartment? (At least Matt and I never really want to) There’s always another bar, TV show or even card game to entrain ourselves with. Here are five places/things that shouldn’t take you that long to clean, and you can get back to your regular scheduled programming.



5 Things/Places You Forget to Clean

Baseboards: In your defense, who actually looks at those anyway? However, dust and allergens can really build up there, and you’d be surprised what it looks like when you clean them. Dust them, then take some disinfectant to them, it’ll help with the air quality in your space! We try to do this every couple of months, or randomly when I can really see it building up.

Fridge Shelves/Drawers: You mean you can’t just clean out the take-out, leftovers, and rotten produce and call it done? Nope, every month (really every two weeks but I’m no clean freak) wipe down your shelves with hot soapy water, or with some sort of disinfectant. If you use the disinfectant, wipe it down with hot soapy water, especially if you put food straight on the shelves and drawers of your fridge.

Back of Your Closet: No matter how big or small you closet is, I guarantee it probably isn’t the neatest. (If it is please come do mine, I’ll pay in beer, coffee, wine and/or chocolate.) Take sometime to at least make the random piles look pretty, dust and vacuum. Trust me, it’ll make you feel better.

Dishwasher/Washer/ Dryer: If you’re lucky enough to have any of these you really need to clean them sometimes. Like twice a yearish. Here is how you clean your dishwasher. This is how you clean your washer, and this is how you clean your dryer. Pick up some vinegar, baking soda, and distilled bleach ( I like the lavender smelling kind). Cleaning these can help things smell better, actually be cleaner, and stop a fire.

Under the Sink: This may be the grossest of all of them, but so necessary. Pick up some rubber gloves, some disinfectant wipes and start scrubbing. Maybe you try to convince your roommate to do it because you did the other four things. But seriously take everything out and scrub. You’ll thank who ever did it later.

Look at you adulting, cleaning those often forgotten places, and having a clean apartment when family members visit. I’m proud of you!

Are there any places you think I missed? What you do hate  to clean?



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  • I definitely needed this post and I’m saving it later to look at the dishwasher cleaning! I usually clean my baseboards even though I HATTTEEEE IT!

  • Yep, definitely need to clean basically all of this haha.

  • Jamie

    I remember this past summer when I moved out of my college apartment I was surprised at all the random spots I should have been cleaning… baseboards included!

  • I definitely always forget about the baseboards haha. I just looked at mine and they’re gross! LOL

  • I’m pretty OCD about all of these things and cleaning your dishwasher is on the TOP of the list!

  • Miss ALK

    I definitely forget to clean these places, but this is such a handy list to remember!! Oh, adulting! 😉

    xoxo A

  • I hate cleaning haha and totally forget all of these haha

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Anna Hubbard

    Literally went through and was like “nope, nope, nope…” – I need to up my cleaning game!
    -Anna |

  • This is such a helpful post! I don’t think I’ve cleaned any of these places as well as I could have, but I will take extra precaution when I move into my new place 🙂

  • I always forget to clean the back of my closet and I end up finding clothes I forgot I had haha.

    Alix |

  • Omg the fridge is the worst! Cleaning it takes so long!

  • Ashley Mason

    The fridge and sink are THE WORST! Especially bathroom sinks with the hair and toothpaste!

  • Adriana

    The back of the closets and under the sink – YES! Soooo true! I think that’s what I’ll be doing this morning haha!