March 6th, 2009 Jamie
As hateful as it is, there comes a time when you have to break down and clean up, even when Mom’s not around to make you do it. You don’t want your room to be known around the building as “the room that the smell comes from.” That’s bad for your social life.
Never fear! If there is any kind of week-old food under your bed, a layer of dust on your shelves whiter than the snow outside, or a stack of notes from last semester still sitting on top of your TV, do I have some ideas for you.
Making it Less Painful
If you’re like most students, you probably don’t want to spend Friday night Q-tip cleaning your keyboard, so I’d suggest breaking down the whole “Spring Cleaning” process over a few weekends. Choose one or two tasks per weekend day, and when you get those done go out and enjoy the rest of your class-free time.
I’d also suggest that you (1) get some really high energy, fun music going and (2) give yourself a reward to look forward to, be it a pint of Ben & Jerry’s or an evening out with your sweetie. Don’t skip give in and skip out early, though, or the whole “reward” technique won’t do much for your cleaning skills.
The To-Do List
Here are a few suggestions for how to break down your clean-up process. Remember to add in cleaning other rooms if you live in an apartment (and get your roommates in on the action!). Thanks to Apartment Therapy for the inspiration.
- First Sweep. Pick up and put away all the junk that has accumulated over the past days, weeks, and months. Throw away old food. Make three piles of stuff you don’t need anymore (i.e. stuff from classes that are over): Garbage, Donate, and Sell. Then deal with those piles accordingly.
- The Bed. Pull everything off your bed–sheets, blankets, pillowcases, etc. and wash it. Remember, duvets and pillows themselves don’t get washed (just their covers do). Flip the mattress (so you don’t get a divet in the middle where you sleep). Remake the bed.
- The Floor. Pick up anything that doesn’t belong on the floor. Clean out the stuff under your bed. Vacuum everywhere, including the bottom of your closet, under your desk, and under your bed.
- Glass Surfaces. Clean windows, mirrors, etc. with a glass or all-purpose cleaner.
- Other Surfaces. Dust everything with dust on it–flat surfaces like tables and desks, picture frames, computer & TV screens and clean any other gunk off them. Wipe down things you touch a lot like light switches and remotes with a good cleaner.
- Window Shades. Vacuum or dust these–they get gross.
- Computer. Turn your computer off. Spray out the keyboard and any ports or fan vents with one of those compressed air cans to get any dust or crumbs out. Wipe your screen with a computer-safe cleaner.
- Other. If you live off campus, you should also deep clean the kitchen, bathroom, and living space. Let me know if you want to-do lists for those, too. (I know “want” is a strong word in this context, but you know what I mean!)
Now, get out there and get cleaning!
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