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Friday, February 27, 2015

Keeping your dorm clean

I wouldn't describe myself as a neat-freak, but I was certainly raised with cleanliness standards. Rather, I won't keep my space perfect, but there's a point where I just can't stand my own mess anymore.

Over the years, I've found that there is a minimum of cleanliness that I need to work. If my room is too messy, I won't be able to get anything done, or I'll just be frustrated with it and then spend a lot of precious time cleaning it.

Although my dorm is actually pretty spacious, there are a few things that I do at a minimum of weekly - the ones I do daily are specified - to keep it manageable (and to be considerate of my roommate!):

1. All dishes
Yes, all of them. Every day. If you do them daily, it is very unlikely that a large amount will accumulate. I usually have my Keurig coffee filter (I use the reusable filter because K-cups are so expensive), whatever mug I used that morning, and I might have a bowl if I had a meal in my room, or a water bottle if it's time for one to be washed.

2. Change and wash all linens
This makes my room feel a million times better. I change my sheets, bath towels, and dish towels out weekly and wash them all on the hottest option possible on the washers here at school. I am a complete germaphobe, and having the things that touch my face, my dishes, etc. clean makes a big difference to me.

3. Clear your desk
I would be lying if I said I got around to this every day, but I can never let it go longer than every other day. I put all miscellaneous papers away or in a neat pile to be put away on the side of my desk, clear off all trash, put anything I took out back where it goes, and move all the various cords that accumulate back where they go. My desk also serves as my nightstand, so this is important when I'm trying to get ready for bed and need a place to put a cup of water, my phone, etc.

4. Laundry
It's a joy, isn't it? I am very lucky that the laundry room in my dorm is only down the hall from me, and I think that certainly helps when I need a little motivation to go do my laundry. Between my clothes and all my towels/sheets, I do about 2 loads a week. I found out the hard way that if you don't fold it all shortly after it gets out of the dryer, you have to put it back in the dryer because everything will be super wrinkly, so sometime during the week if I have a lighter day (I don't like doing laundry on the weekends because everybody else is and it's hard to find an open washer!) I'll just do it all then.

5. Fix your closet
Does anyone else have a nasty habit of just chucking whatever you wore back in your closet, regardless of where it lands? If I wear shoes, I just leave them somewhere around my room until I feel inclined to put them back in my closet. This is another one of those attempted daily tasks that doesn't always happen daily, but it helps because a) my clothes don't get completely crumpled and b) I can find all my shoes when I need them. And everything isn't in a huge pile on my floor.

For the sake of being honest, I'll admit that I don't always get all of these things done when they're supposed to be done, they're just goals that keep my room manageable for myself and my roommate as well. I'm usually pretty good about finding 15 minutes to tidy up at the end of the day, but it's also important to not get caught up in cleaning when you have studying to do!

xx, Victoria

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