One of the most important parts of being an adult is taking full ownership over your space. This means that it’s totally your responsibility how clean your area is. There isn’t anybody around to clean up after you anymore. Now you need to wash every dish, wipe down every counter and put away every sock, regularly.

It might be easy to take care of the day-to-day, but it's harder to complete that all-important deep clean to fully cleanse your space. No matter how clean you regularly are, taking the time to fully flush your space of dust and grime will really change the game. Here’s how you can get started with sprucing up your space.

  • Clear out clutter first

  • It’s hard to clean where there are piles of items covering up every surface in your home. The first step to getting a Pinterest-worthy home is making sure that there isn’t random stuff lying around your house.

  • Settle on cleaning tools

There’s no use in having a whole bucket full of cleaning liquids and devices if you don’t know how to use them. Settle on a couple of things that you know will come in handy and that are versatile enough to use for many purposes.

Start top to bottom

It doesn’t make sense for you to vacuum first then move on to dusting, because then you’ll just have a bunch of settled dust on your floor. Take this approach not only literally, but also figuratively. Start with the big stuff and move your way down to the smaller things. That way if you have to stop halfway through, at least the big stuff is taken care of. 

Go room to room

Deep cleaning often isn’t something that will be accomplished in just one day. Depending on your space, it might take multiple hours or days. Save yourself by moving room to room, so that when you finish one room not only do you feel accomplished, but you also have a stopping point. That way when you need to grab a bite or stop for the day, there’s a natural end.

Prioritize high-traffic areas

When you’re cleaning in each room, start with the hardest parts first. If you’re in the kitchen, that’s the sink, stove, and countertop area. The bathroom might be the toilet and shower. Those areas get the most traffic and are likely harboring most of the dirt and grime. Take care of these place with built-up gunk before anything else. 

Turn things upside down 

It’s a good idea to open up and turn things over to catch sneaky hiding spots for questionable areas. Flip your toaster or take out those refrigerator drawers to get to those hard-to-reach areas to scrape up every bit of dirt.

Don’t leave anything out

It can be easy just to pay attention to horizontal spaces that we use to walk, sit, or put things on. However, these aren’t the only places that require your attention. Make sure you're cleaning the windows, emptying out drawers, and polishing picture frames as well.