Cleaning Tips for Students
Published on Monday, 08 October 2012
So you've finally moved into your own place. Away from your parents, with a host of new experiences at your fingertips, it's completely normal to feel on top of the world. Unfortunately, being a student also comes with a set of brand new responsibilities and a busy schedule to manage. Balancing university and a busy social life is heard enough without having the added burden of household chores, but, unfortunately, there is no way to get around this. This is why you will need some ideas for balancing your student lifestyle with your chores, so that you avoid falling into the student cliche of doing work at 4AM among empty pizza boxes and piles of unwashed clothes.
1. Talk to your flatmates from the very beginning and arrange to share the chores in common areas. Arranging a rota and cleaning the kitchen or bathroom in teams will not only save time, it will also be a fun bonding experience for you and your new friends. Perhaps one of you can mop the floor while another is washing the dishes, someone else is cleaning the kitchen counters, etc. Similarly, it's a good idea to buy all of the cleaning products in one shopping trip and then split the cost in the interest of fairness. This way, you will be certain that no one is working or paying more than their fair share.
2. Make sure you make a schedule for the day. This will keep you on track with all aspects of your hectic student existence, but it is especially helpful with chores.
3. Balance everything out. You will need to face the fact that you can't have a huge cleaning day every week, or any week for that matter. The best thing to do in this case is to space out your chores and do each one on the most appropriate day. For example, doing laundry is quite time-consuming, so you may want to do it on a day when you don't have a lot of classes or other engagements, maybe every Sunday. On the other hand, vacuum cleaning is quite a quick chore. It is also fairly loud, so you don't want to do it when there's a chance you'll be interrupting someone's rest - the perfect chore for a busy Wednesday. Spacing your work in this way not only helps you manage your time, but it also helps you stay interested in whatever it is you're doing.
4. Make sure you buy all the cleaning products you think you'll need in the first few days after moving in. You might forget something, but something that decreases stress immensely is knowing that you have at least the basics at hand.
5. If you're living in halls, you will have a vacuum cleaner provided for you. However, it is still a good idea to invest in a small, portable one, just because it can get into the small, hard-to-get-at areas of your room. This is where the impression of a well-kept room largely stems from - the details are just as important as the big things. Additionally, vacuum cleaners in halls are usually not that good at picking up anything larger than dust. Just something to keep in mind.
6. Something else you will benefit greatly from buying is a foldable clothes dryer. If you live in an area that gets very cold and damp in winter, the dryers in your Laundromat will still be your best option. However, if you skip using those as much as possible, it will save you a lot of money in the long run.
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