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College students may not have a whole house to take care of, but apartments and dorm rooms deserve the same spring-cleaning love that a home does.
The start of the spring season indicates the midpoint of the Spring semester, which is a pretty hectic time. Finals are just around the corner, and the weather is getting warmer and warmer, which means all you want to do is go outside. Trust me, I know.
To stay in a healthy mindset and mentally prepare yourself for the changing of the season, it is important to have a clean space to live in. After all, a clean home is a happy home.
Here are 5 ways you can spring clean your college space:
Wipe Down All Surfaces
You may not notice, but many surfaces easily attract dust particles around your dorm room or apartment. If you have a vanity, pencil holder, or decorative plant on your desk, they are most likely dusty. Take a Clorox wipe or some fantastic and go over those dusty areas with a paper towel. Dust can also increase allergies and with Spring allergies starting, you definitely want to avoid any allergies you can.
If you live in an apartment and have a kitchen, do the same thing with the counters and appliances resting on them! Giving your toaster and spice rack a good wipe will make all the difference.
Organize Your Closet and Drawers
The weather during the spring season is very hit or miss, so this is probably the time when you have the most clothes in your drawers and closet. When rushing, it is very common to throw clothes in drawers they don’t belong to or forget to fold them. Going through your drawers one by one and folding each item will make your room feel that much neater. Did a pair of black leggings end up in your t-shirt drawer? No problem. Fold it nicely and place it into the correct drawer so the next time you’re looking for them, you won’t completely lose your mind.
If you’re like me, your closet is tiny. Having only limited space, I recommend hanging all your clothes in color order or by item. For example, put all your blouses, dresses and jackets together, and if you want to really go for it, put it in order from light to dark. Not only is it easier to find what you are looking for, but it looks cleaner.
Change Your Sheets and Pillowcases
This may be a simple and obvious task, but trust me, it goes a long way. Washing and replacing your sheets, comforter, blankets and pillowcases will make you feel like a whole new person. If you have a heavier comforter, try switching it out for something lighter or get rid of any heavy blankets. The heat may keep blasting in your dorm room for quite some time, so try to get infront of the hot nights while you can.
There is no better feeling than entering a clean bed after a long day.
Clean Your Electronic Devices
This task is a crucial one. As a college student, you are constantly using your tablets, desktops and smartphones throughout the day. Whether you are traveling with them or using them in the home, they attract the same, if not more, amounts of bacteria than a toilet seat! Sanitize all your electronic devices a few times a week to stop the spread of bacteria you gain from your long day of class or work. An anti-bacterial wipe would work on most screens, or you can invest in a UV cell phone sanitizer. Just place your phone in and the UV technology removes all bacteria from the surface.
Spring-ify Your Room
Nothing screams spring like cute little plants. Buying some real (or fake) plants to put around your dorm room or apartment will put you in the springtime mood. Not a plant person? No problem. Buying some decorative pillows or spring pictures to hang on your wall can also suffice. A slight change of scenery never hurts!