Apartment Housekeeping Plan

In an apartment of your own, housekeeping can be a free-for-all. No parents or responsible adults to empty the dishwasher, vacuum the living room and remind (nag) you to clean your room. What does that mean for us? Time to step up!

Luckily for me (and my boyfriend-roommate, Matt), I am a bit of a neat freak. I like my things picked up and the apartment smelling fresh when I get home from work, so I’m happy to put in the effort to get us there.

However, recently Matt and I have found ourselves busier than earlier this summer. We’re constantly running back and forth from our parents’ houses, work and nights out in the city. This means that our apartment has been a wreck more often than it has not. I take a lot of responsibility for this, so I decided that today is the day. Time to shape up. And what better way to create long-term (clean) change than to organize?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with new chores in an apartment of your own, feel free to use the below schedule to get and stay on track and enjoy a spotless apartment with only a little effort. I’ve broken down my schedule so each day, I spend less than 20 minutes cleaning! And the benefits have been enormous!



  • Clean up clutter (Doing this will make a HUGE difference in the feel of your apartment!)
  • Make your bed


  • Laundry
  • Change bed linens
  • Empty all trash bins (we have three…too many!)


  • Closet clean-out (Toss clothes you haven’t worn in the last few months. Or better yet, take them to a consignment store and get a little $$ back!)
  • Organize pantry
  • Wash comforter/pillows

Feel FREE to print the schedule and post it on your fridge. Having all your chores laid out (in less than 20 minutes a day!) will help you and your roommates split the work and get it all done without any drama!

Also, check out my fellow MFA blogger Chloe’s list of green and natural products for all your cleaning needs and her room-by-room cleaning guide.

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Sarah is a dog lover and advocate for conversation & laughing at your own jokes. Since finishing her college career in communications, she began working (and living) in Atlanta. After living in a few different apartments over the last few years, she's ready to share experiences. Stay tuned for adventures, tips and advice!

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