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Okay, listen up, especially you people who haven’t thought one single bit about how to take care of your dorm room. Just because the stereotype is that college students never take out the trash, have rooms that smell like questionable combinations of food and BO, and have sticky, fly-attracting empties lying everywhere, doesn’t mean that it has to be the case. (By the way, this kind of dorm doesn’t make for a good house party. I have been to a couple…they sucked.)

Buy more underwear.

The more underwear you have, the less often you need to do laundry. This is a pretty solid rule, unless you’re being ridiculous and wearing your shirts until they literally smell like armpit before you wash them. Use your judgment, but basically, if you have 7 pairs of underwear, you’re going to have to do laundry once a week.

Vanessa’s Tip: Do laundry every other week and wear your shirts twice before washing, unless you happen upon a paint fight or decide to roll around in the mud.

Cupcakes Crossbones Boxers

Cupcakes and crossbones? Well, whatever works.

Vacuum the @#$% out of your room (and living area, if you’re in a suite)

You’re going to eat in your room – that’s just a fact. Crumbs mean food, and food means flies, mice, and other small animals that I’m too scared to name. Do everyone a favor and clean up after yourself – and that includes vacuuming up the crumbs of your latest “creative food invention”. (Have you tried peanut butter and sriracha sandwiches?)

Vanessa’s Tip: avoid the urge to wipe all the crumbs off of the table and onto your carpet after eating.

Spider In Oreo Cookies Gross Food

But of course, sometimes critters are unavoidable.

Wash the dishes that you use within 48 hours

Don’t be that terrible roommate who uses other people’s dishes and never washes them. Also, don’t be that person with all their dishes in the sink, leaving no room for other people to actually wash their dishes. This isn’t a fly-catching contest. Your sink was not meant to grow mold, nor is it a home for…whatever that black floating in that bowl is.

Vanessa’s Tip: rinse dishes immediately after use and leave them filled with water when they’re sitting in the sink. Otherwise, all the sticky substances will stick epically, and washing them will be much more difficult.

Dirty Dishes Kitchen Sink

You know the rest of your kitchen isn’t that clean. Just admit it.

Do you have any other tips for cleaning a messy dorm room?

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