Sparkling Spaces: Cleaning Tips for University Students

January 16, 2024

Hey there, it is us - we’re back! We get it - juggling classes, socialising, and maybe even a part-time job can leave little time for cleaning.

But fear not, because we’ve got your back! In this blog, we’ll share some super helpful cleaning tips that will keep your dorm room or apartment in tip-top shape without taking up all your precious study time. So, let’s roll up our sleeves and get cleaning!

Create a Cleaning Schedule:

The first step to maintaining a clean living space is to create a cleaning schedule. Dedicate a specific day or time each week to tackle cleaning tasks. Break it down into manageable chunks, like Mondays for laundry (special shoutout to The Wash Bar), Wednesdays for dusting, and so on. A schedule will help you stay organised and prevent chores from piling up.

Declutter Regularly:

A cluttered space can lead to unnecessary stress. Before you start cleaning, take some time to declutter your room. Sort through your belongings and donate or discard items you no longer need. A clean and organised space will help you focus better on your studies.

Invest in Cleaning Supplies:

Stock up on essential cleaning supplies like an all-purpose cleaner, microfiber cloths, a broom, a dustpan, and trash bags. Having these supplies on hand will make it easier to handle spills, stains, and general cleaning tasks quickly and efficiently.

Tackle One Area at a Time:

Cleaning can be overwhelming, especially when you have a lot on your plate. Take it one step at a time. Start with one area of your room, like your desk or closet, and work your way around the room. Completing small tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to keep going.

Embrace the Power of Multitasking:

As university students, multitasking is practically second nature. Apply the same skill to your cleaning routine! While waiting for your laundry to finish, wipe down surfaces or tidy up your desk. Combining tasks will save you time and make cleaning less tedious.

Quick Clean-Ups:

Don’t let messes linger. Whenever you spot spills, crumbs, or dirt, address them immediately. Quick clean-ups take less time than deep cleaning and prevent messes from becoming harder to clean later.

Enlist Roommate Participation:

If you share space with roommates, consider establishing a cleaning rotation. Each roommate takes turns to handle different cleaning tasks. This shared responsibility will make the workload lighter for everyone and maintain a harmonious living environment.

Reward Yourself:

Cleaning isn’t the most exciting activity, we get it. Treat yourself after completing your cleaning tasks. It could be enjoying your favourite snack, watching an episode of your favourite show, or having a quick chat with a friend. Positive reinforcement will make cleaning a more pleasant experience.

We also think that you should set up a playlist while you’re at it, or even before you begin cleaning! Here are a couple of songs to keep you going, it’s giving versatility:

“Jerusalema” by Master KG ft. Nomcebo Zikode – This hit song became a global dance sensation, and it’s perfect for keeping the energy high while cleaning.

“Tito Mboweni” by Cassper Nyovest – This upbeat track will have you dancing and singing along as you tidy up your space.

“Huku” by Sho Madjozi – Sho Madjozi’s vibrant energy and catchy beats will make your cleaning experience a joy.

“Soweto Blues” by Miriam Makeba – For a more soulful vibe, this classic by the legendary Miriam Makeba will keep you motivated.

“Collide” by Lady Zamar – A smooth and melodic track that will keep you in the cleaning zone.

“Akanamali” by Sun-EL Musician ft. Samthing Soweto – This song’s laid-back rhythm will make cleaning feel like a breeze.

“Vulindlela” by Brenda Fassie – An iconic South African hit that will lift your spirits while you clean.

“Impilo” by Sjava – Sjava’s soulful voice and soothing melodies will create a relaxing atmosphere for cleaning.

Keeping your living space clean as a university student might seem like a daunting task, but with a little planning and dedication, it’s totally achievable. Remember, a tidy environment can positively impact your overall well-being and productivity. So, get your cleaning supplies ready, follow these tips, and watch your living space transform into a clean and cozy haven that supports your academic success and a balanced student life.

We know you’re not keeping your laundry on the chair, right? (Bombastic side-eye), we hope you’re not also procrastinating and letting it pile up, right? (Come on mntase, come on). We’ve got an amazing setup for you – It’s our amazing Wash Bar! The Wash Bar offers affordable laundry services. Located in the student hub of Hatfield, this 24-hour self-service laundromat is open to the public. We offer easy cashless Zapper payments and a relaxing chilled space while you wait, with cool graffiti! Also, residents at The Fields get four washes and four dries, so no need to add to the pile.

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