Spring Cleaning
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by Katrina Avila

If your dorm room looks anything like mine, you’re in trouble.

There are clothes thrown everywhere and it’s not quite clear whether they’re clean or dirty. Papers have found their way to every corner of the room and long forgotten, half-emptied water bottles cover every possible surface.

Does this scene sound familiar? If so, you are in serious need of a good spring cleaning. Find out how to do this with these 10 easy steps:

  1. Put on some tunes. For most people, music is the least distracting form of entertainment. You can sing along without losing focus on the task at hand. Turn it up a little louder than normal and have a private concert in your room. Maybe sing into one of those water bottles. Hey, we’ve all done it.
  2. Open a window. This is the easiest way to make your room feel clean without actually picking anything up. Fresh air will circulate any unpleasant smells out of the room and leave you feeling refreshed.
  3. Do your laundry. Put in a load of laundry, or five, before you start cleaning. This way, you’ll be killing two birds with one stone. Just remember to use Laundry View, the texting service (look for the sign in your laundry room), or set an old-fashioned alarm on your phone. Don’t be the person who leaves his wet clothes in the washing machine all day unless you want them thrown on the laundry room floor.
  4. Make your bed. This is probably the easiest way to make your room look neat and organized. Tidying one part of your room will motivate you to keep cleaning. If it’s been a while since you last washed your bedding, put it in the laundry and make your bed when it’s done.
  5. Clean off surfaces. Cleaning off your surfaces first saves you from having to clean your floors twice. Work smarter, not harder! Walk around your room with a garbage bag and throw out any unnecessary items. Just remember to recycle any water bottles and papers. Also, throw out any unused items in your shower caddy or bathroom (if you have one).
  6. Empty your fridge. We’ve all been guilty of keeping milk in the refrigerator for too long. Check expiration/sell by dates and ditch anything that’s past its prime. Then, wipe the fridge down with some Lysol. Let it dry, and put all of the good food back. Don’t forget to clean your microwave while you’re there.
  7. Clean your floors. Pick up all the large items (backpack, chair, etc.) off the floor before you break out the broom or vacuum. Get rid of the hair balls and dust bunnies and mop or Swiffer your floor. Believe it or not, the floor is something a lot of people overlook when cleaning.
  8. Fold those clothes. Don’t let your clean clothes sit in the hamper! This is the easiest way to let your room get messy again, so take care of it while they’re still hot.
  9. Make your room smell good. While you can’t burn candles or incense in the residence halls, you can use Febreeze. Pick out your favorite scent and spray away.
  10. Keep up with it. Put your dirty clothes straight in the hamper when changing and recycle your water bottles right away when you finish them. Cleaning a little at a time is the key to keeping your room neat and tidy and will prevent you from having to do a big cleaning all over again.