The time for ‘new year, new me’ has passed, but one of your new year’s resolutions may be to keep your spaces clean and clutter-free. We understand that, as students, your bedrooms are your sanctuary and with the arrival of the new term, you’ll be moving back into your student accommodation, providing you with the perfect opportunity to get your home clean and fresh. Here are some tips and tricks to help you out…
Have some fun in your student home
Get some of your favourite music playing, set a timer and see what you can get cleaned in that time. Cleaning an entire room or house can seem overwhelming at first, so doing it in small bursts can make it seem more manageable. Plus, what greater motivator is there to get you moving than your favourite tunes playing in the background? Don’t forget your friends too. It can be fun to all chip in and help out when you’re in an off-campus house living together and everything seems easier when there are friends working together, especially in a student house.
Another way to make decluttering more appealing, is to sell some of the items you no longer want or need. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and there’s bound to be someone out there who loves what you’re selling! If you’re wanting to sell your items online, websites like eBay, Depop, or even Lancaster Seek and Sell on Facebook are a perfect place to start, especially if you all come together as a student house. In Lancaster there are often car boot sales too, if that’s something you would prefer, you can see the list of upcoming car boot sales here.
Don’t forget to look after yourself when looking after your student house
Allow yourself small treats for accomplishing a task that you’ve been putting off. Maybe you’ve returned to your Lancaster student house with all your Christmas gifts and now have nowhere to put them. Giving yourself a reward for doing a task makes it seem a little bit more achievable, even if it’s something as small as treating yourself to a takeaway once you’ve gotten rid of some unwanted bits and bobs.
Do it the ‘Marie Kondo way’
We’ve all heard of Marie Kondo and her now famous mantra of ‘if it doesn’t spark joy then get rid’. And it’s a good mantra to follow! Following her guidelines can help you declutter so much from across your entire student let. If you want to learn more about her methods, click here.
Try to keep on top of your cleaning. Whether you live in a swish student flat in Lancaster City Centre or a more traditional big terraced student house near the University of Cumbria, there’s nothing worse than having to do huge daunting cleans every few months because you’ve let it build up. Whereas if you keep on top of it and clean it little and often it’s much more sustainable for the long term.
Make sure to look after yourself
The last thing you want to do after attending a long university lecture is to come home to a messy, dirty house. Having a cluttered, untidy study bedroom can really affect your mood. And sometimes being an undergraduate student and working is hard enough, without having where you live getting you down too. Your room in whatever kind of student accommodation in Lancaster you have gone for is your safe space, a place for you to relax and unwind, and something as small as making sure that it’s clean and tidy can help your mental health massively.
Sometimes, Lancaster student housing can feel a little like a blank canvas and not personalised to you, so getting your bedroom/home fresh and clean, is the perfect opportunity to add the small touches to make it feel perfect. Plus, it might incentivize you to keep on top of the tidying!
We hope these tips and tricks encourage you to get your homes and rooms tidy and fresh as well as helping you to feel more settled and motivated in your chosen student accommodation.