The time is upon us again. It is a necessary event that ushers in the new season of warmer weather and growth: spring cleaning. Some love it, some hate it, but those who ignore it will certainly pay a price, both literally and figuratively.
“Students are required to clean their dorm rooms before leaving for spring break,” said Julia Barber, a senior psychology major who has served as a Resident Assistant (or RA) for three years.
“They just have to cover the basic things like cleaning their bathroom, organizing their rooms, and sweeping the floor,” Barber said. “If they don’t, they get a fine.”
Kimberly McCracken, a senior nursing major, lived in the dormitories for three years before moving off campus for her senior year.
“I don’t think it’s too much to expect students to keep their rooms clean, especially before they leave for break,” McCracken said. “You have to clean at the end of the year anyway, so if you keep up with it you won’t have as much work at the end.”
Vince Kazmierczak, senior accounting major, says the mandatory spring cleaning rule helps him keep his room clean.
“Our room was a mess, and spring break checkouts gave me an excuse to clean a little bit,” Kazmierczak said. “But I don’t know about fining students; maybe they should only do that for the end of the year checkouts. You can’t just leave your room a mess.”
Cleaning might sound like a drag, but Barber encourages students to try to have fun with it.
“Me and my roommate used to put on music and clean together,” Barber said. “It makes cleaning more bearable if you don’t like it, but it depends on what type of relationship you have with your roommate. It’s probably not for everyone, especially guys.”
Barber and McCracken offered some practical tips for students cleaning their dorm rooms.
“Make sure you always clean out your fridge, because it can make your whole room smell,” Barber said. “Also, take as much stuff home early [as] you can. You don’t need 17 pairs of boots and 10 NorthFace coats in the spring. It will make your life easier when it’s time to move out.”
“I think it’s helpful to know who is responsible for what,” McCracken said. “At my house now we have a chore chart, and when I lived in the dorms my roommates and I would always divide the room up and agree on who was in charge of cleaning what.”
With a little planning and discussion, spring cleaning—or any dorm cleaning—can be easy and painless and can help prevent fines or last-minute stress at the end of the year.
Cory Veldhuizen is a contributing writer for The Aviso AVW.