Finding the Time to Clean Your Apartment/Dorm

On average you have about four classes a quarter on the UC system, possibly a part time job, and all your extracurricular activities.  Where is the time to do the basic, but essential, cleaning up?  There’s a few different times when cleaning can actually be a good way to relieve pent up stress.

  • Study Breaks 

You get up in the morning and go to your classes just to come home and start studying for hours on end.  If your room is a mess, and you’re like me, you can’t possibly concentrate on studying.  All you keep trying to do is multi-task and clean up while you study.  This isn’t really going to help in the long run.  What you should do instead is study for a good hour, then take a break and clean up some.  You don’t need to rush through cleaning or studying in order to complete the other.  Focus on one task at hand, especially when it comes to how important studying is.  Then, when you reach that break you’re still accomplishing something while resting your brain.

  • Those Sleepless Nights

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt tired and went to bed only to find myself staring at the ceiling.  I feel like I’ve wasted hours just lying there no longer tired.  It was then that I decided to get up, turned the light on, and figured out something to do instead of just wasting time.  I would walk into my bathroom and realize it could use something cleaning.  So there I am, past midnight, cleaning my bathtub.  This may not be for everyone, but by the time I got done cleaning I was so tired I passed out right away.  I woke up to a sparkling bathroom, and it helped me get to sleep in the process.

  • Lazy Weekends

We all have those weekends where we may still have leftover homework from the week, but generally more time to relax.  This is the ideal time to get those pesky chores out of the way.  Take a part of your Saturday to clean the kitchen, your bathroom, maybe your room – even the whole apartment/dorm if you feel that ambitious!  It’s about not wasting any time that you may have and taking full advantage it.

Key To Cleaning: Talk to your roommates when you first move in to discuss cleaning schedules that you can all do together.  The idea is to try to find a Saturday/Sunday every couple weeks or so where you can all get together and clean.  Six hands are better than just two, remember this!

Also, remember to clean periodically, or else a pricey bill could ensue.  I do mean for you to take this seriously, because when you move out at the end of the year they will inspect your apartment/dorm.  In my case, if my apartment isn’t up to their cleaning standards they will have to pay a cleaning business to come in and clean what you may have missed.  This can cost me $25 an hour, with a minimum of at least one hour for the cleaning business to be there.  As a student, any money saved is a great thing.  So don’t let any unnecessary charges happen to you if you can help it!

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Kali White

Kali White

Kali White is a junior at the University of California, Davis pursuing a degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Her goal is to have a career working for a publication company writing and editing. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, reading, playing and listening to music, and travelling.