Moving into a new home or apartment is a lot of work! Use this list to help make move-in day and the days after survivable. Listed are some items that will help you keep your home functional and clean.
- Moving Day Essentials
- Be sure to pack a kit filled with items that will help make move-in day a little easier.
- Bottled water and snacks
- Napkins or Baby Wipes
- Phone numbers for your Property Management Company as well as the address to pick up keys.
- Phone numbers for a local Pizza or take out restaurant (no one wants to cook after a long day moving boxes)
- Cleaning Essentials
- Scrub Free Clean Shower Daily Cleaner (helps to keep soap scum from accumulating)
- Toilet bowl cleaner and brush
- Magic erasers (works great for showers and sinks as well as scuffs on walls, use a light touch on painted surfaces so as not to mark the paint) Read precautions
- Window cleaner (use on mirrors and outside of appliances)
- Paper towels
- Sanitizing wipes
- Kitchen garbage bags/ Trashcan
- Broom and Dust Pan
- Mop and bucket (Swiffer wet jet is a two in one system, just use their disposable cleaning pads)
- General purpose cleaner or Vinegar, Baking Soda and a spray bottle for the recipe below.
- Rubber kitchen gloves
- Other Essentials
- Toilet Plunger and soft bristle scrub brush
- Hair trap for bathtub (helps to prevent costly bathtub clogs)
- Toilet Paper
- 2-9 Volt batteries (use in smoke detectors, when needed)
- Flashlight W/extra batteries
- Basic Tools (hammer, flat and Philips screwdriver, 1-inch nails for hanging pictures)
- Pencil and Pad for notes or shopping list
- Oven Mitt’s / Potholders
- Kitchen towels and washcloth
- Dish Soap/ Dishwasher Detergent (Remember not to put liquid dish soap in the dishwasher)
- Frying Pan/Sauce Pan
- Laundry Detergent/ Basket
Remember, it is much easier to maintain a clean home and not play catch up later.
The following are a few tips to help you.
Soap residue, minerals, dirt, oil, skin cells and bacteria…… the scum coating bathroom fixtures worldwide is more than just soap. It builds up shower after shower, bath after bath, and becomes increasingly difficult to remove if you don’t deal with it. For easy solutions to this sticky situation, consider the tips below.
Preventative Measures – Most liquid bath gels are detergents rather than ‘real’ soaps, so they are less likely to cause soap scum. Ditch the bar and lather up with a liquid instead. Avoid oily bubble bath products, which are notorious for causing ‘ring around the tub.’ Finally, purchase a shower squeegee to help dry shower walls and doors. This will help to prevent soap scum build up as well as get rid of mold-inducing moisture.
Store sanitizing wipes, toilet cleaner and brush under the bathroom sink. Keeping these items handy is the key to doing quick cleanups.