5 Steps to a Clean and Organized College Dorm Room
It’s move-in day, and for many students, going off to college will be their first experience away from home. It also means that it may be the first time they will be responsible for cleaning on their own. As any parent knows, a clean environment is a happy environment, and thus, a happy student.
Cleaning, however, is not the most exciting part of going off to college. It is a daunting task. On a positive note, you will be starting with a blank canvas, aka, an empty room, that can be transformed into an amazing space! So where should you begin? I have provided a simple, yet comprehensive 5 Steps to a Clean and Organized College Dorm Room plan. This step-by-step plan will help you to get started on your road to happiness.
Cleaning Supply Usage Cheat Sheet:
- All-purpose cleaner or other cleaning solutions – Before bringing your things into your room start off by wiping down all surfaces. Wipe down all your countertops, computers, the inside and outside of your microwave and refrigerator, as well as any other appliances.
- Antibacterial wipes – These work best when wiping down door handles and drawer/desk pulls which are often overlooked when cleaning.
- Mini-vacuum – For carpeted rooms, it is important to vacuum the carpet regularly. If you don’t have your own vacuum, the dorm floor or Resident Desk may have one available for check out. Protect your carpet or floors by having two mats: one outside and one inside the door. Use this time to spot treat any carpet stains. For hard surface floors, sweeping, vacuuming, and mopping will be enough to keep the floors clean.
- Paper towels – For cleaning glass surfaces and outside of microwaves, paper towels are a staple. You may want to consider purchasing a box of rags at a local big-box retailer. These cotton all-purpose rags are great for weekend clean-up jobs and will last the entire semester!
- Broom, dustpan, and mop – A small dustpan and mop and broom will not take up too much room in your dorm, especially if you keep them organized by using. Remember to pick up and remove garbage daily.
Essential Organizational and Storage Items:
Below are the five main categories to consider when purchasing organizational and storage essentials. If your budget permits, these items are extremely helpful in keeping your son or daughter’s dorm room neat and tidy all semester and are worth the investment.
- Bathroom storage – Toilet bowl plunger and bowl brush, countertop drawers, cosmetic organizers, toiletry tote, over the cabinet baskets.
- Closet organization – Shoe and closet hanging organizers, legging and scarf hangers.
- Laundry storage – Wall mount mop and broom holder, divided hamper and mesh laundry bag.
- Desk organization – Divided turntable with a cup, vertical file organizer, 4-pocket hanging file folder and desk trays.
- Other storage – Under bed storage, free-standing storage drawers, over-the-door hooks or iron center, and mounted key rack.
Joyce Colovas is a Content Writer at mDesign
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