How to Clean Your Apartment With Minimal Effort

We know you're not going to deep-clean the bathroom every week, so here are the areas you need to hit (and ones you can avoid).

Your first apartment is both exciting and overwhelming—you finally have your own space, but maintenace is a big undertaking. When it comes to cleaning, you may groan, but it has to get done. This week on "Adulthood Made Easy," host Sam Zabell talked with Real Simple home editor Stephanie Sisco about the cleaning secrets and shortcuts every apartment-owner should master.

First, you know that you need detergent, paper towels, and a sponge, but Sisco has a few items that will change your cleaning game. She recommends buying microfiber cloths (like e-Cloth), Lysol Dual-Action Wipes, a vacuum (like the Electrolux Ergorapido), a mild abrasive (like Barkeeper's Friend), and a squeegie for the bathroom walls—these five tools will become apartment cleaning superheroes. Another tip? Don't forget to disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and the handle of the refrigerator at least once a week—they are the touch points of the apartment, and as a result, accumulate a lot of germs.

For a weekly cleaning routine, areas you're definitely neglecting, and an emergency plan for when guests are headed over and you haven't had time to vacuum, listen to the full episode below. Don't forget to subscribe to all of our podcasts on iTunes!