So let’s be honest, Uni students are pretty unkempt. They wear the dopest clothes and perfumes but their rooms are another story. And yes, I’m looking at you too, ladies. But I’m not here to point fingers. And I know it’s not everybody that has this problem. If you don’t, this isn’t for you. I also know it can be difficult to maintain an orderly or clean room when you’re not used to it or if you have a really uncooperative roommate. But you can do it. You can do anything you put your mind to. Which brings me to my first tip;
You have to want it. These things aren’t going to last very long if you don’t really see why you should be clean in the first place. I’ll give you a few reasons;
- You’ll know where your stuff is. No endless “where did I put this thing sef?”. No more messing up the whole room to find one top.
- You could get sick. You already know this. With germs flying everywhere, you’re putting your life in danger.
- It looks nice. It really does.
Now you know. This is where you choose, am I going to be this person or that person? Your choice. Decide.
2. Make your bed every morning.
Yes, I know you’d rather not, ’cause you’re already running late and you haven’t even taken a shower yet. Here’s a quick hack, immediately you get up from your bed, make it. You shouldn’t leave your room without making it. Would you leave your room without brushing your teeth? Then, you definitely shouldn’t leave your room without making your bed.
3. Have a cleaning routine.
Of course, the point is maintenance. Most people clean their rooms from time to time, but they have a problem keeping it clean. This is how to do it. Categorize your cleaning into three routines. Daily, weekly and monthly + other cleaning. Make a list of stuff you should do daily. Sweep your room, make your bed, wash dishes etc and in the same way those you should do weekly; cobwebs, toilet wash, bed spread and then the monthly clean, fan blades, curtains etc.
If you can keep to the plan, I assure you your room will always be clean.
4. Let everything have a home.
It’s better when everything you own has a home. Like for your bags, home is in the left corner and your books always go in the shelve, or are arranged neatly in a corner except your assignments that are always on your table. Your jewelry in a trinket on the top of the counter. Do you get my drift? Let everything have a home, so that when it gets misplaced you’d have a place to return it too. A permanent place. It helps to keep things orderly.
5. Wash dishes immediately.
For real, this is like the best thing you could do for yourself. No mould, no stink, no sticky plates. No mountain of dirt to subdue. If you struggle with this, see it has the last part of your meal. the same way you would take your plate to the sink when you are done eating. Wash your plate and utensils when you get there, you’d be happy. See it as the last thing to do. The sink will always, always be clean.
6. Trash or give out stuff you don’t use.
If you have too much stuff, your room will always look clumsy, even when it’s clean and then you’ll begin to think what’s the point of cleaning the room at all, if it’s only going to keep looking like an ugly fat woman. Here’s what you do, give your room an overhaul. Put your stuff into three groups. 1) Stuff you like and use 2) Stuff you don’t use and 3) Stuff you are not sure about. Trash or give out those you are sure you don’t use. Wait on those you aren’t sure about for 30 days, if you didn’t need anything in that stark in all that time, then trash or gift them too. You don’t need stuff to be happy, trust me. You’d be happier with those things you use and love and not to mention how light your room would be. It’s a total win-win.
Have a badazzling (I don’t think that’s a real word) April ahead, and remember you can do anything you put your mind to.
What is your biggest problem with cleaning your room? Anything you find particularly daunting?