Spring cleaning is a great way to help you feel organized and ready to take on the end of the semester. While cleaning itself may not be super fun, the feeling afterwards can resemble a sense of control and calm in the chaos of life. Luckily, this feeling doesn't have to go away after spring ends. This list will provide a few simple ways that you can keep your space clean and neat, year-round.

1. Mini-Clean

This is one of the best ways to get in the habit of cleaning as you go, instead of waiting to do all of your cleaning at once. By doing simple cleaning tasks such as sweeping, vacuuming or mopping each week or every other week, you can save time when you deep clean later on. These mini-versions of full deep cleans can help keep a space neat and save time in the long run.

2. One at a Time

Don't overwhelm yourself by trying to clean everything at once. This will only result in unnecessary stress. Instead, focus on one area or space at a time. This can mean taking time to organize your desk or focusing on specific areas such as a bathroom or closet. Choose one area at a time and work from there.

3. Donate

One of the best ways to declutter and remove unnecessary items is to eliminate as you go. This can be getting rid of one old article of clothing each time you get a new one or throwing away something old as soon as you buy a replacement. This can give you extra space and save time if you choose to clean out in the future. You can also donate anything that is gently used to places such as Goodwill or Dress for Success.

4. It's All in the Details

By focusing on one space at a time, you can pay extra attention to details. Don't just go through the motions when you are cleaning. Instead, make sure you are really getting rid of any kind of dirt or trash that can accumulate over time. Pay attention to those details because they can save you time later on.

5. Phone a Friend

Cleaning doesn't have to be a one-man job! Text a friend and ask them to help. Sometimes cleaning can be a form of stress relief, even if it's another person's mess. Having a friend to help you get the job done can keep you accountable and make the process more enjoyable than doing it by yourself.

6. Make a Routine

After you get in the habit of cleaning as you go, form a set routine for when you will clean what. This will help you remember what you have done in the past and can make the process easier in the future. This routine can be as simple as writing down tasks such as washing your sheets or organizing your desk.

By following these tips, you can keep your space fresh no matter the season. Just by doing a little bit at a time, you can reduce stress and provide a sense of calm and peace that is hard to find in the life of any college student. Break out the broom and get to cleaning!

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