Keeping Your Dorm Clean

By Sam, age 19, Massachusetts
Sweet Designs Staff Intern

Moving into a new dorm room can be stressful. You're moving stuff around, de-lofting and re-lofting your bed, hanging up posters, and trying to use up every little amount of space possible. But now it's October and everything's finally in the right place. But the room is beginning to lose that "new room smell". Some easy room cleaning maintenance, however, can easily remedy this slight problem.

As we've come to terms with, going to college means having more responsibility. Our mommies and daddies aren't there anymore to drive us to school when we're late to class or help us figure out #6 on our chemistry homework, or, more importantly, clean up after us. Yes, that's right, when we go off to college we're expected to be (gasp!) neat.

Like many teenagers, I have spent many years perfecting the art of letting my bedroom fall into ruin. I never made my bed. I had clothes and books and things I don't even remember owning thrown across the floor, and an overflowing of who-knows-what tumbling out of my closet. And I realized, very quickly, that I could not have this happen in college. First of all, it wasn't just my room anymore, as I was living with someone else for a year. So, my mess was my roommate's mess too. And there's nothing worse than being labeled the "slob" roomie. No one will want to room with you again!

Some basic cleaning supplies every college student needs are dishwashing soap, a dishrag, laundry detergent, Clorox wipes, and some kind of stain remover. These things can be stored easily in a closest or a container, so they are accessible at a moment's notice.

Two of the first things you can do to be cleanly in college are to know where things are in the dorm and when trash and recycling days happen. In one of your first meetings with the RA, ask if the floor/suite has a vacuum and how frequently the bathrooms are cleaned. Knowing some simple facts like these are very important, so even though cleaning may feel like going to war with your room, at least you'll know where your allies can be found.

Repetition is the best way to keep organized. Once you use something, put it back where you store it. This way, your items won't accumulate in various areas around your room, you'll be able to find your things easily, and you'll get into the habit of being tidy without trying. This works especially well with dishes. After you've finished using a plate or fork, take them to a sink and wash them. Don't let them sit on your desk or by a window with crumbs of food left on them. One of my friends had to throw away three of her plates last year because she didn't clean them for a month and mold grew on them.

However, if repetition is something you just can't seem to master, try setting aside a time during the week to focus on cleaning your room. An hour a week of twiddling around your room looking for things you can put away or throw out is an excellent way to keep your mess under control before is contaminates the rest of the dorm.

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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