February 2, 2010 : Laura Meadows
With such a busy school, social, and personal schedule, it’s often difficult to keep your residence hall room clean. Unfortunately, the messy environment doesn’t only add to the stress, but could in fact contribute to bad health and conflict between roommates. While Liberty’s housing program requires room cleanliness, there are a few ways that you can ensure those days are a little easier for you.
ORGANIZE! If you begin your semester (or the week) already organized, you will be less likely to get things confused and out of place. For example, I keep a file system in the bottom drawer of my desk. I have a folder for each class with its notes, homework, and handouts. You could also do this in a binder, but I find the file folders a little more manageable. Make sure your clothes and toiletries have their own space. Then you won’t wonder where they are each morning.
DON’T MESS IT UP! An easy solution for keeping the room clean is to make sure that you keep the room clean. If you come back to the room and you change clothes, then before you leave, make sure the clothes you took off are in their proper place (and your roommate does not agree that they belong in the middle of the floor). Again, this step goes back to having things organized.
SET ASIDE TIME TO “DEEP” CLEAN! Now, I know you’re probably sighing and saying, “But I don’t want to clean my toilet every two days!” If you do the steps above, then you will be less likely to have to clean so often. But, it is a smart idea to set aside a few minutes each week to straighten things you might not have been able to do. Wash your sheets, laundry, and dishes. Clean your bathroom/sink area (I’m just thinking of your personal hygiene now). Put things where they belong and start fresh each week.
Unfortunately, we are not like the Jetsons with a cleaning robot, so these cleaning steps will have to be done by you. Your parents aren’t here, and you are beginning the process to becoming a young adult. The time has come to be responsible for the things the Lord has entrusted you with, and take care of yourself. It’s not hard, and you’ll get the hang of it! It will help you be calm, relaxed, and at peace with all those you live with.