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Top tips and tunes for tidying up for spring

It’s that time of year again, when the rest of the country is experiencing a thaw and you haven’t seen your floor since before Christmas break. Even though we live in a place of endless summer, it’s time to do some spring cleaning – dorm style. Pretty soon, you’ll be packing up your things and moving out, so try to make this cleaning count. Trust us, it’ll save you time later.

To help keep your energy up during this year’s cleaning binge, The Miami Hurricane has created a playlist to take you through all the ins and outs of spring cleaning. So turn up the tunes and let’s get started.

“Dirty Laundry” Kelly Rowland 

Start by washing all of those clothes, rags, sheets and towels (not to mention dishes) that have piled up around your room.

“Peanut Butter Jelly Time” (Any remix will do)

Next is time to tackle the great unknown: your fridge and microwave. Throw out everything that is old and that you know you won’t eat. That means all the take-out containers and the half eaten pizza that’s been there since finals. Make your roommate do the same, then wipe down the inside and outside of both the fridge and the microwave. If you do this now, hopefully when move-out arrives they’ll still be clean. Or at least not quite as scary.

“Clean Sheets” The Descendents

While your clothes are in the washer, jam out to this old school tune and make your bed with fresh new sheets. Not only will it give your room a new look, but falling onto those fresh sheets after a long day of cleaning will feel so great, you’ll think you’re back in your bed from home.

Just kidding. But it will feel better.

 

 “Cleaning Out my Closet” Eminem

Take Eminem’s advice and dig through your closet. If you have items of clothing you haven’t touched since move-in, it’s time to donate them, trash them (only if they’re in bad condition) or pack them up and send them back home. Don’t hold on to things you haven’t needed all year “just in case.” Chances are, if you’ve made it this far without them, you’ll last until May.

Throw it in the Bag” Fabulous

Go through your desk space and shelves and trash everything you don’t need. Close all your bottles and jars. Again – if the food is old, throw it out. Sort through papers, organize them by class and put them in folders. Or, realize that it’s time to part with last year’s chemistry notes and toss them. When this is finished, wipe everything down.

“Bye Bye Bye” ‘N Sync 

Last but not least, sweep the floors, vacuum your carpets and take out the trash. Voila! You’re finished. Say “bye bye” to the mess and “hello” to your newly cleaned room.

March 23, 2014

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Nadijah Campbell


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