While I admittedly am in a learning process when it comes to cooking, cleaning is my specialty. I come from a family of neurotic neat freaks. I’m that girl who has one shirt on the floor and apologizes for the mess. My roommates think I’m nuts, but really they should thank me because I do all their dishes. It’s a hard life, but someone’s gotta do it.
Now, I wasn’t always this way. I definitely have to thank my parents for the clean gene, but last year around this time my room was so dirty you couldn’t go in it. Seriously. I would pretty much just spend all my time in the living room and only go to my room to sleep. Now, it’s a haven! Using these seven easy tips, I have managed to keep my room clean almost 100% of the time.
Step 1: Wash your sheets at least every 2 weeks.
Seriously. Do it. I know it seems like a lot of work, but it really is worth it. Not only will it feel and look better, but having clean sheets is better for your skin! (Plus your room will smell bad if you don’t wash them often enough. Trust me.)
It’s probably not very adult of me to have a million stuffed animals on my bed, but that’s not the point.
Step 2: Same goes for vacuuming.
You really don’t want your room to smell, do you? Plus, if you vacuum regularly, you’ll have consistently less mess and won’t have to vacuum for as long. This is especially important if you have wood floors. Dust accumulates disgustingly fast, especially here in Reno. Bonus tip: If you have wood floors, get an area rug. This one was only $19.99 at Ikea!
Freshly vacuumed and ready to collect dust again.
Step 3: Under-bed storage is your friend.
If you have a bed that’s not super low to the ground, take advantage of under-the-bed storage. It’s a great way to save space, especially if you have a tiny room like I do. Measure how tall and wide your bed is, and find bins/baskets that fit accordingly. I would recommend only putting things in here that you don’t use very often, but still want to keep, such as Halloween costumes.
The great thing about a Heisenberg (RIP) costume is that it also doubles as a shield for when you’re cleaning up after your roommates.
Step 4: Bins, bins, bins.
Storage bins are my favorite way to make people think that I’m actually organized. If you’re like me and don’t have a lot of storage space, bins are another way to help keep all of your crap in order. My boyfriend even gets a bin to hold all of his video games and books that he keeps at my house. Like I mentioned earlier, it’s best to only use bins for things you don’t use very often, but there’s exceptions of course. For example, I have a bin filled with pots and pans that I keep under my desk for easy, every day access, but clothes for Fall stay on the top shelf of my closet until it’s time to switch them out with Summer clothes. That’s a twice a year switch.
Step 5: Always put your clothes away immediately after they’re done being washed.
Just do it.
Step 6: Shoe racks & clothing separators.
As you probably know, there’s a huge industry just based around organizing. Ever been to The Container Store? It’s a neat-freak’s dream. Take advantage of the tools that others have created for you. I love shoe racks because not only do they keep your shoes organized, but they also can actually add to the look of your room! I think this one looks pretty sleek:
This is only a very small fraction of the shoes that I own.
If you’re like me, however, one measly shoe rack isn’t going to cut it. The one pictured above is actually stackable, so you could go that route, but if you’re cheap like I am, find other places around your room to store your shoes neatly. I like to keep my stragglers lined up underneath my dresser.
Clothing separators are also great. They’re the best way to keep your dresser drawers organized, and they make finding clothes for the day way easier.
Step 7: Be realistic.
There’s definitely lots of great ways to make space in your room. However, you still have to be realistic about how much space you actually have. There’s only so many bins you can fit in your closet! If you know you have a lot of extra stuff lying around, it’s time to start thinking about doing a mass cleaning. Be realistic about what you will and won’t keep. Haven’t worn it in 2 years? It’s time to get rid of it. It’s much easier to keep a clean, organized room if you only have what you need and what will fit. Don’t waste time trying to cram too much in there, it’ll only be a disaster in the end.
Somehow, I’ve made my closet presentable! Notice the bins?
That’s all for today! Be sure to stay tuned, my next post tackles the subjects I most dread: Budgeting and shopping for groceries.