How to Clean Your Dorm Room or Apartment: A Guide to the Basics

Maggie Burlison – Contributing Writer

As you are starting off your second week back, or are here for the first time at Oneonta, you are most likely still adjusting to living in a dorm room, apartment or suite. A major aspect of living on your own is that you no longer have your parents to pick up after you. Keeping your “space,” even a 12 x 15 foot room, clean and organized is all up to you.

If there is one item that you need to stock up on it is Clorox Wipes. I recommend an extra-large container, which you can purchase at Wal-Mart. By using these daily to wipe down your desk, tables, counter-tops, and sinks, you are automatically creating a healthier environment to live in. Another part of cleaning is doing your dishes. Since you only have to take care of yourself there is no reason why you can’t rinse and wash your dishes. Anytime you are finished eating go into the kitchen, or wherever you have a sink, and rinse your dishes. All you need is some hot water, a drop of Dawn, and a sponge. Your dishes are now clean for next time you go to use them rather than growing a small family of mold. The next major part of keeping your dorm room clean is doing your laundry (ehem, boys…this one is for you!). We all get that you work out, but we do not need to smell your sweaty gym socks all week. You should be doing your laundry, at least once a week. In addition to wiping down surfaces and doing laundry, the other things you should be doing at least once a week include:

1. Vacuuming/Sweeping the floors

2. Vacuuming any furniture

3. Cleaning the bathroom (e.g. Cleaning the shower, sink, mirror, and even the toilet….buy gloves)

4. Empty all garbage cans


To keep your dorm room or apartment organized there are a few things you should be doing daily rather than weekly:

1. Make your bed (do it right when you get up so you don’t forget about it)

2. Organize your desk space (this will help when you are trying to do homework)

3. Fold any blankets or throws you have on your bed or couch

Between classes, clubs, hanging out with friends, and trying to fit in sleep, cleaning can seem like an unnecessary chore. But cleaning your dorm room or apartment is necessary. Remember, the people you live with do not want to live amongst your mess; be respectful and keep your area picked up. As a result, you will find yourself more organized, healthier, and if you stay on top of it, you will not have to do that last minute

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