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February 2, 2023

Whether you have your own apartment, house, or even just a bedroom, they all come along with the same problem: keeping that space clean.


I’ll just come right out and admit that I have a huge problem with keeping my own bedroom clean. It’s very easy for us busy teens to let stuff pile up and then not have a designated time to clean up the mess. Then once your room gets to a certain point, (for me it’s when my room actually looks like it was hit by a hurricane) it can be hard to get the motivation to actually clean your space. 


Being someone that struggles with these problems myself, I’ve brainstormed some prevention methods to keep your room at least decently clean. 


The first prevention method I’ve thought up is to take five minutes each night to tidy up your room. This way you can do a basic sweep of your room and at least get a couple things put away so everything doesn’t start to accumulate. Even just putting away or cleaning a couple of things a night can make your room look better and make it less overwhelming on a day-to-day basis.


For the second prevention method I have a little example (that totally doesn’t happen with me every morning). Let’s say you try on an outfit in the morning before school, but you don’t like it so you change into a different outfit. You notice that you’re running late and rush out the door, leaving the first outfit sitting on your floor. 


Next time this happens, pick up that outfit and put it away. If you seriously are running late, then this should signal to you that (and I hate to say it) you need to be getting up earlier in the morning to allow for extra time in case this happens. Plus, think about all the time and effort you would save yourself later on if you just put away that outfit then instead of letting multiple outfits accumulate on the floor. 


The last prevention method I have differs from the previous two in the sense that it kind of procrastinates cleaning your space, and that method is to set aside one day of the week to do a deep clean of your space. I’m sure you’ve heard of “reset Sundays” and that’s essentially what this is. Basically, with this method you don’t worry about cleaning on an everyday basis, but you do it all in one go instead. Some people like this method because they feel that they get a boost of motivation when it comes to actually doing this, but some people hate it because it could make them feel even more overwhelmed. Sundays are popular days to do these deep cleans because it resets your room for the upcoming week. 


Overall, it really comes down to personal preference on how you want to keep your room clean. Next time you find that you’re drowning in the mess that you live in (come on, we’ve all been there), try out one of these methods!

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Grace Davis is a senior writing and publishing major and is an editor on the Siren. This is her second year on the Siren and the second year for her column, R.E.D.O. Your Room with Grace. When she’s not writing or editing for the Siren, she can be found at her allstar cheer gym, reading, or playing video games.

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