Spring welcomed us with a cold front and a little snow but quickly bounced to the breezy and Sperry-appropriate weather students have come to relish this time of year. Along with breaking out those Salmon-colored Chubbies, spring is a good time to clean up your dorm room. Here are some tips for spring cleaning — college style.
1. Most students choose to keep their toiletries in a shower caddy of sorts. It is best to keep your caddy elevated and away from the dirt that builds up on the floor. To keep your caddy from collecting bacteria, it is good to wipe it down with a disinfecting wipe, as well as the shelf where you place it. You also should replace your loofah and razors to prevent them from collecting bacteria as well.
2. After midterms, folders and books tend to be overflowing with notes and extra papers. It is best to clean out your folders of all material from the midterm and set it aside until the final. This way your course work will be nice and organized when finals week has you in a scrabble to inhale all the information from the past 15 weeks. It is also a way to give yourself a clean slate going forward with the rest of the semester.
3. Spring is when we slowly start to ditch our boots and break out the open-toed shoes. A shoe organizer that hangs on the back of your door is a great way to utilize space. I recommend using the metal Command hooks for a strong hold. Also, you can store your boots in an under-the-bed box or put them in your suitcase. That way, when it’s time to pack up for the summer, the task is a little less daunting because your winter shoes are already packed up.
4. It can still be chilly in spring, so I don’t recommend packing up your sweaters, but rather organizing them from light to heavy. Thick sweaters can be put at the bottom and furthest in your drawers, which leaves your light sweaters toward the front. That way, when it’s cold in the morning you can grab your cardigan and go. I chose to keep my sweaters in boxes under the bed to efficiently use my space and use my drawers for my excessive amount of t-shirts.
5. To keep your winter coats out of the way and make room for your warm-weather clothes, I suggest rolling your coat burrito-style and placing it at the top of your closet. That way, it’s neatly tucked away, and the space in your room is maximized without your coat hanging in the way.