A new year is the perfect time for a fresh start. As you and your roommates head into the spring semester, get together to rid your apartment of things that you don’t need. Whether it’s cleaning up or cleaning out, dedicating a couple hours to really cleaning your apartment will make your living situation more manageable for the rest of the semester.
Start with your own bedrooms and work your way into shared spaces. Take out the trash and break out the vacuum. Put away any clothes that have found their way into a pile on your floor and take the coffee cups left on desks and nightstands into the kitchen to be cleaned. This process can be relatively quick or may take all day, depending on how well you and your roommates maintained your apartment throughout the course of the fall semester. Once everything is cleaned up, you are ready to start cleaning out.
Cleaning out is a little more involved than cleaning up, but can really help you get your space back to basics so you can make a fresh start. A great place to start is your closet and drawers. If you haven’t worn an item in over a year, it’s probably a good time to donate it. Go through your room and get rid of old notebooks and study materials that you no longer need, as well as any other odds and ends you may have accumulated. Donate anything that could be useful to someone else and throw away anything that has served its purpose. By getting rid of the things you no longer need, you can clear space for the things that are useful to you day to day.
Refresh Your Furniture
To make your space feel fresh and be more functional in the new year, think about how you can make your furniture work in a way that provides a more open environment and allows your apartment to flow from room to room. Change up the furniture to maximize light and make your rooms seem bigger. If a key piece is missing to complete your room, consider renting furniture for this next semester without weighing you down in your next move.
Setting aside time to deep clean your apartment is the perfect way to get into a productive routine for the new year. By cleaning out what you don’t need and rearranging your living spaces to fit your lifestyle, you can prepare for a fun and fresh 2018.