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Home Sweet Home Maintenance: Cleaning Tips for College Students College is a major transition period for many young adults. Among these transitions is a student’s first opportunity to live on their own, whether that be in on or off-campus housing. For some, home maintenance has been ingrained in their routine since they were very young. For others, college may be their first time using an iron or operating a washing machine. Whatever category you fall into, here are three easy, adoptable cleaning tips to incorporate into your routine before you bite the dust. 1. Select a specific day and time for cleaning. As the semester progresses, so do student’s course loads. When it gets to be super busy, it is easy to fall into the “I just don’t have time to clean” narrative. If time is already allotted on a weekly or daily basis, it is easy to avoid this conflict. Picking a specific time and day for cleaning makes developing a routine simple, and also gives students ample time to plan other activities like studying or extracurriculars. 2. Complete a walk through before you start. Often times, before the school week ensues, everything is as it should be. Your home is neat and glossy, like an editorial spread in a home improvement magazine. Come the next day, however, your home may have turned into a completely different story. The dresser, once organized, is ravaged from your morning pursuit for the perfect ensemble. Clothes, both clean and dirty, have mingled and mated on the floor. Grimy dishes fill the kitchen sink. Your left sneaker is sitting lonely in the living room, white the right sneaker has found its way into the fridge. In other words, your home is in total disarray. Before cleaning, make sure to walk through your home and put everything back where it belongs. This will eliminate unnecessary clutter that could get in the way of your cleaning. 3. Take it one room at a time and be thorough. It is tempting to multitask while cleaning, working on multiple rooms at once. While the gratification multitasking and seeing instant results may be great, it is better to take your time and finish one room before starting another. The work may feel tedious, but you will be more thorough if you avoid rushing yourself. It is better to be committed to your cleaning, rather than leave a mess that will accumulate further. College, although challenging, is meant to be a fun and transformative period. The only thing that should be settling in is student’s into their new role, not dust. So be sure to make home maintenance a priority and adopt positive cleaning habits. Mom and dad will be grateful you did. *** This piece was created for academic purposes ***

Home Sweet Home Maintenance  
Home Sweet Home Maintenance  
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