A cluttered dorm room or apartment doesn’t just make it difficult to find that missing sweatshirt or textbook. A messy space can also make us feel stressed, distracted, and sleepy (as a student, you already have enough of that).
So, how can you get your house in order and clear your mind in the process? When spring rolls around, just add a few essential cleaning tasks to your schedule to tackle on the weekends or over spring break. You don’t have to do it all—start small. With a plan of action and a few cleaning supplies for college dorms or off-campus living, you can quickly improve your space and be the best (and cleanest) version of yourself:
1. Declutter Your Closet
Having a different outfit for every party or event is fun, but the result of all that shopping can be a cluttered closet full of stuff you don’t wear. If you have a free morning or afternoon, we recommend starting with your clothes: pull everything out of your closet and start sorting.
Donate items that no longer fit, or you haven’t worn in months. If you’re struggling to decide what to keep, keep a capsule collection mentality and build on your clothing basics by only saving statement pieces that mix and match easily. And don’t forget to attack dusty spaces with a disinfecting wipe before you put your clothes back.
2. Organize Your Desk
When buried under essays and tests, it’s easy to let clutter pile up on your desk. This disorganized eyesore isn’t just annoying to look at; it can also make it harder to focus on your studies.
Decluttering is a pretty big task, so remove everything to a larger space, like the floor, where you can sit and sort. Toss or shred what you no longer need, and use organizers to corral what you keep.
3. Pare Down Your Bedding
Even if your parents forced you to make your bed every day as a kid, you might have let this habit fall by the wayside. Don’t worry; we’re not judging you (we don’t even make our bed all the time). But it’s time to simplify if your bed is a big pile of blankets and you have a mountain of throw pillows.
Keep only the pillows you use, and get rid of the decorative ones that only get in your way. As for blankets, keep one light for Summer and one warm comforter for Winter. And just like that, you won’t be stuck under a thousand sheets.
4. Add Hidden Storage
A thorough cleaning can brighten your whole outlook, but before long, you might be dealing with mess and clutter again. One way to minimize this is with hidden storage, like bins that slide under the bed, baskets to hold extra papers or ottomans where you can stash anything that will fit.
5. Schedule a Deep Clean
Once you’ve decluttered your space, it’s time to eliminate all the accumulated dust and grime. Stock up on cleaning supplies for college dorm rooms, and get to work! If this is too overwhelming to tackle at one time, break it up into smaller tasks and spread it out over several days. By the end, your space will be sparkling, your mind will be clear, and you’ll enjoy a more organized environment.
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