College dorms and apartments can become a nightmare if you don’t keep on top of it. If you’ve ever been to a dorm or college apartment a few months after school has started, you’ll know what I mean. Cleaning their living space is the last thing on most student’s minds.
But, as in real life, it’s one of those things that must be done unless you can stand living in filth. If you like having a semi-sanitary, orderly and passably clean space, there are a few things that you can do so that you can still enjoy time with your friends and focusing on your studies.
LOCATION – When you start setting up your space, be it a dorm room or an apartment, keep cleanliness in the back of your mind at all times. For instance, plan the flow of furniture so that it will be easy to navigate and clean in between. Try to utilize your allotted space efficiently and one of the major way to do this is to not bring too much ‘stuff’.
If you’re in an apartment setting, I suggest finding one with wood floors instead of carpet. They are easier to clean and even if you do miss a cleaning session or two, they won’t start stinking. Carpets hold dirt, gather stains and can even breed mold especially if you spill stuff on it. If you have carpeting, it will require a little bit more cleaning effort to maintain but if you keep a consistent green carpet cleaning routine, it could still be manageable.
CLEANING ROUTINE – more than likely, you will have a roommate living with you. Work out a schedule or routine (not necessarily at the same time) when you both clean the apartment and try to stick with it.
If you maintain a daily routine of putting away things as you use them rather than simply dropping them wherever, you won’t have as much to clean up later. Find a home for all your things then just make sure they go back home everyday after you use them.
For major cleaning such as the bathroom and kitchen, I suggest doing it once a week where you scrub all the surfaces and make sure everything is clean. Between the daily maintenance and once a week general cleaning, your apartment or dorm will remain spotless… or at least liveable.