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Prep This Important Box When Moving Into A New Home

Aside from packing your furniture, clothes, and other essentials, of course

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Moving into a new home can be an exciting and challenging milestone. While it’s fun to look forward to a brand-new space you can spruce up, just thinking about all the packing and unpacking you need to accomplish can be tiring. Aside from carefully grouping your essentials into different boxes—a box for clothes, one for fragile items, and another for knickknacks—you need to have a box of cleaning supplies ready so you can do some cleaning before settling into your new home and decorating it.


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According to an article by Apartment Therapy, “cold viruses can live for days.” No one wants to get sick so it’s best to err on the side of caution and dedicate a day to cleaning every nook and cranny of your new space before sprucing it up.

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NHS.uk says that viruses that cause colds “survive for longer on non-porous or water-resistant surfaces such as stainless steel and plastics.” You can never get an assurance that the former owner cleaned the space before leaving so to avoid getting sick and to make sure your new home is ready to be lived in, it's a must to clean it thoroughly. What do you need to have in your handy cleaning supplies box? Make sure you have microfiber cloths, rags, sponges, cleaning brushes, disinfecting wipes, and your go-to multipurpose cleaners. If you feel like boxes are too bulky, you can always keep these in a plastic bin with a handle that’s readily available in supermarkets and hardware stores.

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How do you get started? Here are the top spots you need to clean and disinfect:

  • Doorknobs: those who left, the movers, and many others have touched this part of your home so it’s a must that you clean it first
  • Light switches
  • Kitchen countertops
  • Bathroom counters
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Once you’re done with these surfaces, you can clean the house per area beginning with the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, the bathroom, and the bedrooms.

RL Tip: As courtesy to the next owner of the house you’re leaving, make sure you wipe down the similar surfaces and that each area is clean before locking the door and turning over the keys.

Source: Apartment Therapy

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