7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dorm Clean
I am no stranger to dirty dorms. I’m not a neat freak, but I’m not a slob either. I’ve had sparkly clean roommates, a roommate who puked in the sink over Christmas Break and didn’t clean it up till school started back…yeah gross.
Over the years I’ve learned that keeping your room clean, not only helps clear your mind and keep you slightly less stressed but overall it helps keep your college life in some resemblance of order.
So below I have outlined 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dorm Extra Fresh
1. Live Like Your Mom Is Coming Over.
Nothing gets a kid moving faster than the threat of parents nagging. I find it helpful to put stuff away under the threat of nagging. Just keep it clean the way your mother would.
2. Don’t Put Things On The Floor.
I had a roommate whose closet, desk, and plate was the floor. Shirts, shoes, chicken bones, hangers, paper plates, essays all on the floor. There is nothing worse than waking up in the morning, swinging your feet off your bed, and stepping into someone’s boxers. I got fed up and duct taped off our sides of the room. The effect was instant. Keeping a clean floor, gives the room more of a clean appearance leading to my next point.
3. Be Dirty, But Be Sneaky.
I admit I don’t want to hang all my shirts and jackets up when I get home. So sometimes I just chuck them into the closet, and close the door. My room looks clean, but there is still some dirty clothes hidden behind the closet door. Don’t do this all the time though; you don’t want your clothes to get wrinkled so at least hang them up before the end of the day
4. Wash Your Clothes.
As a college student sometimes washing clothes is another chore that just seems to get in the way. I go through clothes fast, so my dirty clothes pile stacks up fast. I have 2 rules. (1) Wash clothes on Sunday. It’s the day you’re most likely doing the least work. (2) Wash clothes in your free time. Watching a movie? Sitting down to study? Going out for an hour? Going to be just sitting around doing nothing for like an hour, just toss your clothes in the washing machine. It takes 2 minutes tops to sort our clothes, toss them inside the washer, and use detergent.
5. Get A BIG Trashcan!!
This is a no-brainer, but you have to use the trashcan. I prefer using trashbags with the trash can. Instead of lugging around the plastic container, just take out the bag. Now get a big one, I mean the biggest trashcan you can find. I’ve had roommates with mini trashcans you couldn’t fit a Chihuahua in.
- Small trashcans fill up FAST
- Big trashcans fill up slow
I recommend getting a big trashcan, one to sit a Golden Retriever in. It takes longer to fill up, and gives you more time to Put Away Recent Tasks You’ve been assigned.
It won’t help your room look clean, but at least when you close your eyes it’ll smell clean.
7. Keep It Tidy.
Simple things like making your bed, placing your books up in a line together. Shuffling papers in desk drawers, pushing things out of sight out of mind. Small little things will make a big overall difference.
Keeping your room clean is a nice activity, that people often overlook or disregard because of time restraints. Yet coming home to a clean room is a great stress relief and also cleaning your room with music on is another great stress relief. Keep it classy, keep it clean.
Leon Langford | Bright Futura Staff Writer