If you know me at all, you know that I’m not the cleanest person around. After a couple of weeks my room starts to look like a war-zone. There are clothes everywhere, papers scattered all over my desk, and old coffee mugs in the sink. I’m a very organized person in most areas of my life, yet my room has never been very neat. So this year for my New Years resolution I decided to turn it around.
When I left my apartment in December after finals my brain was fried and my room was a disaster, so I was so thankful when my mom decided to drive me down to Baltimore in January and help clean my room.
She scrubbed every surface and I vacuumed every inch of carpet. The apartment was sparkling-cleaner than the day I moved in. I decided I was going to try my best to keep it that way.
It’s been six weeks now and my room is still clean! I have been making a conscious effort to stay organized, but its really not that difficult. Little things such as putting my clothes away right after I do laundry or making sure I do dishes the day of cooking are all it takes.
Hopkins can be very stressful, especially around midterms or finals. Usually when I have a test coming up I let my room become unacceptably messy. I used to think I was too busy to focus on anything other than my tests. But coming home to a disaster of a room after a long day at the library just adds to the stress! No matter how busy I am, it is definitely worth it to have a clean room.
I also was under the misconception that having a messy room was okay, because I was organized in every other area of my life. But trying to stay organized has kept me less stressed and has actually made me a better student. With an orderly desk, it only takes a second to find old notes from past classes or practice tests. I haven’t run out of silverware yet this semester, and trying to find specific items of clothing is no longer a massive scavenger hunt.
I know the transition to college from living at home can be a tricky one, especially when we are asked to suddenly be responsible for cleaning and feeding ourselves with no help (i.e. LAUNDRY). Last fall as a freshman every two weeks my room looked like a bomb had gone off in it. I still feel so sorry for my freshman year roommate. I would let it get to a point where there was not even a clear path to the door through piles of clothes. Then I would do a mass cleaning that took hours until the room was spotless. This semester, I have made an active effort to keep my room clean all the time.
I hated how messy I was freshman year. It definitely did affect my stress level and my performance as a student. Hopefully, I can keep up this behavior for the rest of the semester!