By Brooke Schultz
Elm Staff Writer
Who has time to be clean? After a long day you just want to throw your clothes into a pile, toss your books somewhere, and ignore it all. Eventually though, that’ll start to pile up, and can become a distraction when you’re trying to study. Having friends over may be a challenge as well because they won’t be able to naviagate your room without stepping over your mass of stuff. There are a few easy ways to keep your room clean, your roommate(s) happy, and your mind clear.
Use your hamper or closet
If your clothes are dirty toss them in the hamper. If they’re clean, hang them up. According to Dormco.com, “Always remember that any small mess building up over time can eventually become a big mess later. Take the extra five seconds to toss your dirty clothes in a hamper, and you’ll be surprised at how much cleaner your dorm room looks without things all over the floor.”
Where you place your hamper/trashcan matters
Who knew? Making sure that your trashcan or hamper is easy to get to means you’ll actually put your trash or dirty clothes away instead of letting them pile up. “Keeping your hamper next to or in your closet will make you more likely to toss dirty clothes in it when you change. This will make it simple to keep your place looking clean,” according to Hercampus.com.
Create a cleaning schedule
This might seem kind of silly, but creating a schedule will help you consistently keep the room clean. Hercampus.com recommends creating a schedule for particular day so you’ll get into the habit and won’t have to think about it. “A cleaning schedule will be particularly useful if you have to clean your own bathroom as well. If you live in a suite, you and your suitemates can take turns cleaning the bathroom. Create a rotating cleaning schedule so it’s fair.”
Have too many summer clothes now that it’s getting cold? Storage bins. A wide variety of shoes? Storage bins. According to Dormco.com, “Cleaning your dorm room means nothing if you’re just going to stuff everything in one big pile and call it a job well done. College trunks or underbed storage are great ways to store away your extra dorm items or seasonal clothes while still having them available whenever you need them.” Lofting your bed will give you space to store your bins and keep them out of your way.
Bust out the Febreeze
The final component of having a clean room is having a room that smells clean. You can buy Febreeze spray or plug-in refresher to keep the room smelling fresh. You can either get it in some scent similar to candles, like vanilla or stick to the plain old linen scent. These are only two out of thousands of options. According to Hercampus.com, “So if you just don’t have time to clean, then spray some Febreeze around your room. It will hold you over until you have the time to really clean your room.”
College dorms are small enough. With the addition of the clutter of you and your roommates combined, living in such a small space can be even more overwhelming. The stress of a messy room seems miniscule, but it can add immensely to the stresses already brought on by schoolwork and life in general. You can always go to the library to study and complete homework, but it can be stressful if you don’t have the option of sitting at your desk because it is being swallowed up by old papers and clutter you don’t need. By following a few easy steps you might be able to make the tiny rooms feel just a little nicer. Cleaning doesn’t have to be reserved for spring, for it helps to tidy up throughout the year.