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A Northern Student How-To: Spring Clean

By Andrea Nadeau (an avid Spring Cleaner)

If you’ve never been a Spring Cleaner, you might want to start this year. Especially now that finals and the end of the year are on their way. Cleaning your items up now will make moving out of your dorm much easier, too. Or if you aren’t in a dorm, it’ll help freshen up your apartment or house before finals come around and you’re too drained to do more than studying or sleeping.

To start off, it’s always helpful to get rid of the clutter that has accumulated. A trick to help that is to donate items that match what day it is. For example, on April 1st you would be only donating one item, but on April 7th you would be donating seven, and so on. However, if you want to get rid of the clutter now, get together some boxes and start by labeling them “garbage” and “give away.” Next, go through your drawers in your desk and your dresser and take out the items you haven’t thought about or worn in the last six months that have no value to you now.

After de-cluttering your place, sweep it out for any other junk that you need to toss out. Once you’ve done that, you’re going to want to sweep and dust every inch of your place. You’ll be surprised by how much dust and dirt had gathered up when you weren’t paying attention. So start with your shelves and work your way down to counters, tabletop, and then floors and baseboards. After you’ve dusted, it will be a good time to vacuum and gather up all the dust that’s fallen to the floor.

Once you’ve tackled that, move on to the bathroom if you have one. It’s important to get some bleach on those tiles and tub. Get a scrub brush and work the grime from the grout with some heavy cleaner if bleach isn’t your thing. After you do the tub or shower, do the toilet next, and scrub the inside with toilet cleaner and a different brush, and then use Clorox wipes for the rest of it. Don’t forget to lift the seat and wipe that off, too. Leave the sink for last, because you might need it during your spring cleaning, but don’t forget to wash it out afterwards.

With your life feeling a little lighter, consider getting the laundry you have done as well. Wash all of your dirty clothes, and then grab all of your towels that are being used, your bed sheets, and even your pillows and blankets. It’s important to wash all of the items on your bed every once in a while because they collect a lot of dead skin. If you need help on how to wash pillows, check out this link: http://www.classyclutter.net/2015/03/how-to-wash-and-dry-your-pillows/

Next, take out your trash and wash your garbage bins, because they gather germs like nobody’s business. If you’re looking for more ways to deep clean your place, and you definitely should consider it, check out this link for a great check list to follow: http://www.cleanmama.net/2014/03/free-spring-cleaning-checklist.html

Good luck, and may all your dirt be gone!