The Mess Malaise – A Lazy Guide to Keeping Your Apartment Clean


There are a lot of benefits to living in an apartment, such as not having to do your maintenance, lower monthly bills compared to a house, more central locations, as well as a smaller area to keep clean. Cleaning is certainly not something that everyone enjoys and procrastination and laziness plays a big part in your space not always looking its very best. However, keeping your apartment clean and tidy doesn’t need to be difficult or hugely time-consuming.

If you are one of those people who dread dusting or just can’t stand the thought of cleaning, you’ll be glad to hear that you’re not alone. There are a lot of different ways to keep your place clean and fresh. From buying a better vacuum cleaner to optimising your home for ease-of-cleanliness, with the right approach, you can clean your place properly in no time at all and with minimum effort.

Continue reading for some wonderfully lazy ways to keep your place spotlessly clean.

Keep Things Small

The theory of keeping things small really comes down to doing less stuff more often. Your list of daily, weekly or monthly cleaning tasks can quickly become overwhelming if you have been procrastinating and allow things to pile up. With a mountain of cleaning tasks to face into, after not doing anything at all for days or weeks on end, you will be even more hesitant to carry out any of the cleaning jobs at hand. The solution is to stay on top of what needs to be done and clean as you go.

If you just cooked a meal, clean up the dishes right away when you go back to the kitchen after eating. It will take five minutes to clean a handful of dirty dishes three times a day. On the other hand, if you leave them to pile up for three or four days, it quickly becomes a much larger task. Clean as you go and it won’t seem that bad.

Be Prepared

Being prepared cannot be stressed enough. If you have everything you need at your disposal, you can clean when the mood strikes instead of putting it off with the excuse that you don’t have what’s necessary to get the job done. Make sure you have all the cleaning products, towels, and equipment you are going to need for cleaning your space. Your apartment will stay tidier if you keep everything you need to hand so you can’t make excuses not to clean.

Set a Schedule With Rewards

Having a cleaning schedule in place is a great way for procrastinators to keep themselves on track with keeping their space neat and tody. Create a schedule week by week with all of the small cleaning tasks that need to be done. If you really need some motivation to do it you can always set some rewards for reaching your cleaning goals. There’s nothing like relaxing in a nice tidy apartment with a cold beer in hand, a pizza on the way and your favourite movie loading.  

While this method is not going to work for everyone, it is a great way to keep yourself more accountable for cleaning your space. If you are really struggling to keep your apartment tidy, these rewards can help to inspire you to do be more productive.

It Isn’t That Difficult

Cleaning is not something most people enjoy and for good reason. It can be messy, disgusting, hot, and difficult but it has to be done. If you find yourself being lazy or procrastinating, try setting yourself a schedule to get the job done. Keep on top of your cleaning tasks so that they don’t become overwhelming and be sure to keep whatever cleaning supplies you need well stocked. With everything in place, you will be able to keep your space spotlessly clean with minimum effort and welcome your friends and family to your home with pride.