Even if you always stay up to date with your chores, you can definitely benefit from a deep clean in the spring. By this point in the year, it’s likely your student apartment has started to become messy with all the clutter you’ve accumulated. There are a few ways to tackle your spring cleaning to ensure it’s a success.
1. Do All Your Laundry
No one enjoys doing laundry, but seeing an empty hamper is a great feeling. As well as washing your clothes, use your spring cleaning as a chance to wash your bedding, your towels, and anything you may neglect to wash on a regular basis.
2. Clear Your Desk
Remove everything from your desk and only put back items that should be there — in other words, just the things you use when you’re studying. Find a new home for everything else, including your papers. Now’s a great time to create a new filing system!
Decluttering your bedroom is relatively easy — it just may take time. If you share your apartment, though, there may be clutter in your living room that belongs to someone else. A simple solution is to either put these items away or leave them on your roommates’ beds or outside their doors.
4. Check the Expiry Dates on Your Food
Empty your fridge and the cupboards in your kitchen to clean the surfaces of spills and sticky patches. Before you put any food back, check expiry dates and throw out anything you’re not going to eat.
5. Dust, Vacuum, and Disinfect
Using either a damp cloth or paper towel with some all-purpose cleaner, wipe down all the surfaces in your apartment. Only once you’ve finished dusting should you vacuum, as this will enable you to pick up any dirt that has landed on the floor. Make sure you also vacuum under furniture, the bottom of your closet, and your couch. In addition, disinfect things and places you touch often, such as door handles, light switches, and TV remotes.
6. Switch from Winter to Spring Clothing
Pack all your winter clothing into boxes to either take back home or store — under your bed or at the bottom of your closet is ideal. This will free up space and make it easier to access your spring clothes.
7. Empty the Trash
Once you’ve finished spring cleaning, you may find you have a great deal of trash. For this reason, it makes sense to leave emptying your trash cans until last.
The only way your apartment will stay organized after spring cleaning is if you have enough space. This may mean you need to move into better off-campus housing. Ottawa students can find a new home at THEO. You can choose between your own apartment, a private bedroom in a shared apartment, or a shared room — whatever matches your budget and preferences. All the apartments come fully furnished and have plenty of storage to make keeping your space clean that much easier. Apply now for the type of unit you want.