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Spring Cleaning Checklist

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What time is it? It’s spring cleaning time! You are probably groaning about doing some cleaning around your place. It’s time to get out of your bed and clean up some of your clutter. We know it can be overwhelming, so here are some tips we put together to help you tidy the dorm/house.

Spring cleaning checklist graphic made by Jenny Nguyen.

1. Scheduling
Plan what you will clean in the over several days. If you do it in one day, it can be overwhelming and stressful. This is supposed to be a time to start fresh.
2. Label your boxes
Before you start cleaning, label your boxes. It’s a way to be more organized and is less worry when you are actually cleaning and putting things away.
3. Store winter clothes
You don’t need the cozy sweaters and winter jackets. Those can be packed away in storage boxes. When you go home to visit family, take the boxes with you. Bring in the spring clothes. It’s time for the rain boots and umbrellas.
4. Clean your inbox
Have over 100 unread emails? It’s time to start cleaning out your cluttered inbox. This is the perfect time to sit down and get rid of the spam messages or unsubscribe to some companies you don’t want to receive emails from anymore.
5. Sell your textbooks
Are there a few textbooks from years ago and you haven’t sold them yet? Now, you can put them on eBay or Amazon to sell. They may not go for much, but it’s time to get rid of unwanted books and make some money.
6. Recycle
You probably have tons of research papers, essays and assignments out on your desk or stuffed in a drawer. Recycle the papers that aren’t useful or lack relevant information. Not only are you wiping your chemistry class out of your life, but you are also doing something good for the environment since you are recycling.
7. Bathroom
“I hate cleaning the bathroom, because of what accumulates on the floors, behind the toilets and tub,” Katie Strubberg, sophomore, said. One of the worst rooms to clean is the bathroom, but it has to be done. Better to clean it now, than later when it’s even worse.
Melissa Maker’s bathroom tutorial will help those who don’t know where to start cleaning.
8. Bedding
Time to change the bed sheets, pillow cases and comforters. You might’ve forgotten to wash the sheets since you started school, but it’s not too late! It probably has food crumbs on it or has been thrown on the ground. Simply, throw it in the washing machine and your bed will feel fresh as ever!
9. Fans
“I dread to clean fans! Mostly because fans have too many fan blades to clean dust off of,” Breanna McJunkin, freshman, said. It’s spring, the windows are opened and you have the fan going. You’ve probably forgot about dusting the fans. If your fans are up high on the ceiling, be careful when climbing the ladder to sweep the fans.
10. Vacuum/mopping
There are crumbs, hair and footprints all over the floor. You’ve probably haven’t thought about vacuuming/mopping since the semester started. Drag out your vacuum/map or go borrow one, throw in some headphones and get your room clean.

Click here to download and print the spring cleaning checklist.

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