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I don’t know if it’s a good thing or not, but I feel like I’ve become a bit of an expert on moving. I’ve moved four times in the last two years. I’ve done whole family moves, divorce moves, moving in together moves, across town moves, and across several states moves. I’ve learned through trial and error how to make sure the move into your new place goes as smooth as possible.
Moving in starts with moving out. If you can manage some over lap between your moves, that is ideal. It give you a chance to thoroughly clean you new house before moving every thing in. Of course, you won’t always have that luxury, so be prepared to do a quick, but thorough cleaning of the most important parts before you start moving furniture into your new home.
Next, as you start packing up your old place, be aware of the things you will need first in your new home. Make sure those items are packed together and are easily accessible. See the printable below for a list of my “can’t miss” items. (To print, simply click on the image to open the full size version, then right click on the image and select “print”.)
If you’re in the position to do a top to bottom deep clean before you move, great! If you’re not, you’re like most of us. Instead of starting in one room and trying to clean everything, I suggest hitting a few key items through the whole house and save the items you can easily handle later for later! The deciding factor for me in what I clean and what I come back to is “How easy will this task be to do once all of my furniture is in the house?”.
Let’s start at the top! It makes sense to start at the top and work down, otherwise you’re just knocking dirt and dust down onto areas you may have already cleaned.
The previous owners of our new home left us these wonderful window treatments. They also left us 10 years of dust piled up on top of them and in the folds of the valance. Gross! Taking down and thoroughly washing all of the draperies/curtains in the house is step 1 for me. Tide® PODS® Laundry Detergent has is 3-in- 1 laundry solution — detergent, stain remover and brightener. They also contain 90% cleaning ingredients, versus the 15% cleaning ingredients of the leading bargain detergent, making them an excellent choice for heavily soiled items. And no matter what type of washing machine your new home has, Tide® PODS dissolve in any temperature and can be used in all types of washing machines.
While you have the curtains down, you have the perfect opportunity to clean your windows and window sills. I use a simple all purpose cleaning solution of 50% white vinegar and 50% distilled water and Bounty® Select-A-Size paper towels. You can add a few drops of essential oils for fragrance, but I prefer the straight mixture myself. I love these paper towels because they are absorbent and I can use more or less as I need. They are great for cleaning pretty much any hard surface.
You can use Bounty® and the cleaning solution for your next task too, cleaning the baseboards. Let’s be honest…if you move your furniture into the house and your baseboards get covered by a couch here and a table there, you’re going to forget about them or put off cleaning them because you don’t want to move furniture.
Don’t forget the TP! Most people don’t think about their toilet paper holders until they realize they don’t have what they need at a certain moment… So, while you’re cleaning, swing through your bathrooms and wipe down your toilet paper holders and pop on a new roll. Charmin® Ultra Strong Double Rolls are perfect for that task. They come in a 24 pack, giving you 48 rolls worth of that precious paper, and it’s 4x more absorbent than the leading bargain brands. More absorbent toilet paper means you use less, and using less means you save money!
After you’ve tackled curtains, windows, window sills, and baseboards, you can move on to your floors. You will want to thoroughly vacuum or sweep your floors to pick up any large debris (and trust me, after taking down the curtains, there will be dust bunnies/tumbleweeds). After you’ve done that, grab your Swiffer® WetJet Mop and give your hard surface floors a good cleaning. The tile floor in our finished basement was ridiculously dirty, but my Swiffer® WetJet made quick work of cleaning them up. As you clean, you can see the dirt getting trapped inside the pad – not pushed around – and not having to run back and forth to wet and rinse a traditional mop makes the job go so much quicker.
Once you’ve hit these major spots, take a deep breath. Your house smells cleaner, right? But, does it smell amazingly fresh? No? A quick spray of Unstopables™ Air Refresher will fix that. The Fresh Scent has a crisp, bright smell that will make your home feel like home! It reminds me of a fresh load of laundry and really makes home feel homey. The scent lasts for up to 6 hours, so you can enjoy the refreshing scents all afternoon long.
Moving can be a stressful time, trust me – I know, but quality brands like Bounty® , Swiffer® , Tide® , Unstopables™and Charmin® make your move clean and simple. You can pick up all of the products mentioned above as well as other great products offered by these brands at your local Walmart.