Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What did I come back to?

Ok so it's 2010 and back to work. The semester is just starting, the new year has begun. Time to get (re) organized! Take a minute, look around your space. Did you come back to a wreck of a room? (did you leave one behind for mom?) If that's the case, have no fear. Here's the way to deal with a wrecked room:

1. Make your bed first. If you haven't had a chance to wash your bedding, now's a good time to throw it in. If you have limited money, wash your sheets. If you can, wash your blanket and your comforter too, all in hot water. Your comforter will have to be done by itself and blankets are best done alone as well. Washing in hot will kill any allergens lurking but check your comforter label before dunking it in hot water and wash accordingly. After everything is clean, dry and smelling fresh, make your bed. There. Your room looks better already.

2. Get all the stuff off your floor. Grab your laundry basket and put all your dirty clothes and towels in that and set it aside, out of your way. Now I'm assuming there's still a lot of stuff to be dealt with. With your garbage can and an empty box or container big enough for a pile of papers, sit on the floor and go through all the stuff. Pile CDs, DVDs etc. up on your desk for now. Go through your papers and chuck what you don't need in the garbage. Keep your stack of "keep" papers together and put them in a pile on your desk for now. Empty your garbage and take it to the trash. Put a new bag in. Is everything off your floor?

3. Pick up any stray objects--bobby pins, hair ties, etc. Don't leave any large bits on the floor. Do you have a vacuum? Can you borrow one from a friend or housekeeping? Vacuum your floor next. Take a clorox wipe or a wet washcloth and wipe down all the surfaces of your room . Desk, dresser, cabinet fronts, etc.

Ok--now you should have a clean made bed and a floor that you can see. Great! Your room should be looking much better. Those are the two easiest things you can do to make a big difference. Onto the next:

Do your drawers close and can you find stuff? Make sure all your clean stuff is put away. Go through your "keep" pile and file those papers away. If you don't have a method for keeping them, one of those cute accordian folders will do the job just fine.

Are you using your vertical space? The ceilings can be very high in a dorm room so there is lots of wallspace to use for things other than posters. 3M Command makes heavy duty hooks etc. that you can use to hang practically anything from towels and robes to laundry baskets and mugs. Use your wallspace to keep things out of your way.

Do you have space under your bed? How about a set of bed risers to hoist your bed up 6 inches and a couple big storage drawers for your overflow of stuff? Do you have a lot of stuff in your room that you don't use? If it's no good to anyone, put it in the garbage. If you can't use it yourself, sell it or give it away. If it needs to go home, get yourself a box, keep it under your bed and fill it with the stuff that has to go home to mom and dad. Let them know when it gets full and you can either bring it, ship it, or give it to them when they come for a visit.

Voila! Now your room is neat and you can find your stuff again!

Have a great semester!

Love, Mom

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