Get out the duster–moving into a new home can be a dirty job. don’t leave the cleaning up to the previous owner or landlord, listen to the old adage that says, “if you want something done right, do it yourself”. Dirty elements like dust mites, bacteria or just plain stuffiness needs to be addressed before moving all of your things into your new place.
Pull our your sponge and organic natural homemade cleaners because you need to scrub out that lingering smell that the previous owners cooked into the walls and counters. Things like oil and smoke can stick around longer than appreciated to new owners or tenants so make sure that you really get some elbow grease and work on this area to feel your kitchen is really your fresh new place to cook.
Yuck. This is where all of the bacteria has grown from a variety of functions that are quite normal when it comes to cooking and cleaning, but how do you really know how clean something is? Bottom line is that you don’t. So to make sure, clean it. Make sure to thrown in some cleaner down the disposal to start fresh.
This area is probably the most important and also in need of the most effort. This may take some heavier cleaners that can cut through some heavy baked on grease and other mysterious goos and gunks. Make sure to move the appliances and clean behind and under them to really get the clean start you are looking for in your new place. Appliances include the oven, refrigerator, stove and any other electrical appliance included in your new place.
Kitchen Cabinets and Counters
Cabinets can collect dust and mold from dishes and lack of use. Make sure to wipe a heavy cloth through each shelf of the cupboards to make sure you aren’t taking anything in when using your glasses cups, bowls and plates. Counters are pretty obvious, the most used surface in the house.
These can get gunky quick. As you may know heat rises and can take up some pretty goopy elements with it and once cooled gets hard and builds up a residue. Get your heavy cleaner with your cloth again and clean up those walls.
Mop it! Mop it good! Chuck the disposable mop and pull out the real deal to get up those scuff marks and stains.
Overall, moving into a clean new kitchen is the only way to go. Otherwise you are looking to move in to a dirty scummy place filled with other peoples grease and dirt.
Finding green solutions in every situation can be hard, but for moving your community can make it easy if you know where to look and know what to do. Follow these guidelines for moving responsibly for the new tenant in your old place, for your community and most importantly for your environment.
Sorting through your things can be liberating but more importantly, it gives you a chance to give your unwanted items and become a treasure for another needy individual. Check out your local charity or donation centers.
Electronic Recycling, or eCycling, is a wonderful and easy chance at moving green. According to the EPA, over 100 million pounds are recovered and reused every year from eCycling. Doing this reduces the manufacturer’s needs for making new parts and products. For more information on eCycling, visit their site.
Once you are moved out, cleaning out the nooks and crannies can be annoying, but just knowing that doing it responsibly can be rewarding enough in itself. Using homemade vinegar based products and solutions can provide you with incredible cleaning power and is safe for the homeowner. Also, mixing in Grapefruit Seed Extract can help in making a solution even stronger.
Your moving company is prohibited by law from shipping hazardous materials such as paint, drain cleaner, batteries, antifreeze, gasoline, motor oil, pool chemicals, rodent spray, etc., so you will need to dispose of these materials in a safe manner. Call the local collection facility to find out what the requirements are for proper disposal.
Finally, if cleaning your house after a long moving day doesn’t sound that fun, you can always hire a green cleaning service to give your house a final cleaning. There are plenty of green cleaning services there to be of service.
Organizing your unit can really make a huge difference in your move. Being able to leave your unit knowing that your items are properly stored, labeled and accounted for can leave you feeling confident that your things are safe, organized and clean. Follow these guidelines and your storage unit will be one less thing to worry about in your move.
Cleaning: Before you start moving anything in, make sure to clean up spills, cob webs and other messes. Remember, you are going to be storing your things in this unit for some time and want things to be set up on clean surfaces and spaces. Vacuuming and laying down protective floor coverings can allow your things to stay clean and safe.
Large Furniture and Appliances: These items are the first to go in (protected in their plastic covers of course). Make sure when these items are placed in your storage unit that they are at least an inch away from the walls to allow proper circulation for your space.
Boxes: That’s right, now it’s time for the stuff. Your boxes should all be approximately the same size. This makes things much easier for stacking and re organizing/moving your storage unit items. Make sure more importantly to label all of your boxes. This way your boxes are easily accessible and they are easily recognized in your storage unit.
Stacking: When you are stacking your boxes in your storage unit you should start by putting them on top of furniture and appliances whenever possible. This will maximize your space efficiency. However make sure not to stack boxes too high otherwise you could be creating a dangerous situation.
Inventory: Now that you are done with all of the manual labor, write everything that you have stored in your unit down in an inventory list. The number of boxes, furniture items and appliances should all be items included in the list. Keep the inventory list, the insurance policy for your storage unit and contact information for your storage unit in a safe place to ensure that you will have quick and easy access to your things. You never know when you are going to need any of this information.