Small spaces get dirty fast. A sticky spot on the floor or a few cobwebs in the corner might go unnoticed for weeks in a big, roomy house, but quickly become an eyesore in a dorm room. But whereas in that big house you may have cleaning products for days, college students’ supplies are often limited.
Here’s an example: I didn’t always own a mop. I used to loop a hand towel on the end of a broom, dunk it in a bucket (and by bucket, I mean trash can) of soapy water and drag it across the floor, hoping that it would clean something, anything. Those were dark days.
Decorating is basically useless if all of your stuff is covered in trash. There are essentials you need, especially if it’s your first apartment or dorm, to keep your space tidy and clean.
- Mop (you won’t regret it)
- Vacuum (splurge for a nice one if you can afford it)
- Old rags
- Sponges/scrub brushes
- Bathroom cleaner
- An all-purpose cleaner
- Dish soap
- Wood polisher (if you have wooden furniture)
- Air freshener/fabric spray (the kind that kills germs, not just covers up the smell)
It may seem like a chore at first, but most of these items last a long time. You’ll also be more comfortable and be able to study if your books aren’t lost under a stack of empty fast-food wrappers.
What’s your go-to cleaning product? How do you keep your space clean? For more ideas on cleaning and how to keep those small spaces clean, visit: