Adjusting to living in a small place can be overwhelming for even the most neat of neat-freaks. I live in a “split double” at Syracuse, meaning there’s almost an entire wall in between my roommate and I. I have the TV on my side, and because of this, I have to do a lot of extra cleaning.

Move In

You never know who lived in your dorm before you. People are gross, so before move in I made sure to clean clean clean. Vacuuming and dusting is essential, and if you’re going to use command strips, you had better make sure your walls are clean. so I recommend wiping them down with some sort of chlorox wipe.

Daily

  • Make bed- this makes all the difference. I try to make my bed before class, but if I’m running late I make it a point to do it when I get home
  • Put away clothes in hamper- clutter fills up quick in the dorm
  • Wash dishes- man I miss sinks. Dishes get gross if not handled immediately, so I try to not slack on this
  • Pick up loose items- people can and will leave your room messier than they found it. The sooner everyday clutter is handled, the better
  • Fill Brita- man I miss sinks part two. You never want to be the roommate who leaves the Brita filter empty and the other is left to fill it up whenever they need water.

Weekly

  • Wash clothes, sheets, and towels- some people might say doing this so frequently is excessive, but I do not like letting things build up. The sooner things are out of the hamper and back in the drawers, the better.
  • Dust- I have ~allergies~
  • Wipe down surfaces- you never notice how many drinks have been spilled on your furniture until you take a chlorox wipe to your desk
  • Take out trash- people are always putting their stuff in my trash, so it fills up fast
  • Vacuum- I still have ~allergies~
  • Clean off desk- over the course of the week, my desk gets pretty cluttered. Aside from every day pickup, I usually clean papers and study materials that may have piled up.
  • put away clothes- it can be hard to find things in such a small space, and making sure your clothes are back in their specific spot can really make a diff

Monthly

  • Wash bedding- my mom stopped doing my laundry when I was six, so I’m used to having to remember this, but if you’re not, don’t be nasty. Clean your sheets.
  • Wipe microwave and fridge- there have been many times when spills have happened in my microwave and fridge and I haven’t noticed. Its good to be in the habit of wiping them down just to be safe.
  • Clean windows- windows can get gross.
  • Go through fridge- living off dining hall food, it isn’t hard to forget things are in there. I always like to check just to make sure there’s no fruit going bad or anything like that

Happy cleaning!

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