Spring Cleaning: Dorm Room Edition

With the weather (hopefully) getting nicer, that means for a lot of us it is time for spring cleaning. Unfortunately in a dorm room living with a friend and away from parents, the junk can pile up. After all year, it's probably time to clean up a bit. But where do you start? When you moved in, the room was empty of course and it seems ridiculous that in under a year you and your roommate have gotten it to this point.

Of course, it doesn't stay this baron forever, and now you can hardly find a single matching pair of shoes. However, you can't let this overwhelm you! Tidying up can be easy if you take it one step at a time. In no time, you and your roommate won't even recognize the place.

One of the best things to do is start small. Don't try to do everything at once. Focus on a small section of the room like just the closet or your desk and start there. Throw out old assignments you are positive you will never need again but keep the ones that are important to you. This will help eliminate quite a bit of the clutter around your dorm. Donating old clothes or other items that could be reused can give you more space.

Work with your roommate! Chances are, the mess isn't one sided and the two of you working on it together will make cleaning up more fun and easier. The two of you may discover things one needs that the other was going to throw away or be able to trade clothes. This can be a great bonding experience and get the job done faster.

Organizers can really help you keep everything together for the future. Staples, Target, or any other similar store has great things to pick up that can make your life easier when it comes to organization and keeping yourself from losing things. This will help you get into a better system of keeping track of things and keep you sane.