The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning Your Dorm Room (+ Free Printable!) - Honestly Hannah

The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning Your Dorm Room (+ Free Printable!)


Hi friends! I'm excited for today's post because it involves one of my favorite things: Cleaning! Weird, right? I don't know about you, but I feel so much better when things are clean, and cleaning makes me feel super productive. I wanted to share a post all about cleaning your dorm room. Before I went off to college last year, I didn't really think about the fact that I would actually need to clean my room. Once you get to school though, you quickly realize that things pile up pretty quickly in your dorm room. Hopefully this guide will help you with the daunting task of cleaning your dorm, and don't forget to grab the PDF at the end of this post for a complete cleaning schedule to post on your wall or even divide up tasks with your roommate!


Make your bed.

One of the most important daily tasks I can think of is making your bed. If I don't make my bed in the morning, my brain feels scattered and I feel like I can't get any work done. Also, making your bed prevents you from crawling back in it later when you don't feel like doing work! Making your bed is a really small and easy thing to do in the morning that is going to keep your dorm room looking neat and clean.

Put away miscellaneous items.

Sometimes when you're running out the door in the morning, you might accidentally leave a pile of clothes on the floor, or a bit of a makeup-mess that you don't have time to clean up before you leave. One thing I always like to do at the end of the day is make sure that I've cleaned up any random piles, notebooks and pens that might be lying around, or whatever else may have accumulated throughout the day. If you do this daily, you won't have to deal with an unmanageable mess later down the line.


Disinfect doorhandles.

There's a part of me that's a bit of a germophobe, and the fact is, people at college can be gross. Even if you're like me and you're obsessed with washing your hands and using hand sanitizer, sometimes merely touching the railing when you're walking up the stairs can lead you to a sickness. I love these disinfecting wipes, because they smell really fresh and definitely get the job done. If you want to be even quicker about it, simply grab a can of Lysol and spray down the doorhandles quickly.

Wipe down surfaces.

While you're wiping down the doorhandles, it's also a good idea to wipe down any surfaces in your room. For example, I always like to give my desk a good scrub with some Lysol wipes, and also the microwave and fridge.


I don't know how college students can get by without a vacuum. If you don't want to buy one, however, you can usually borrow one from the RA in your building. I use this vacuum and it does a great job and it's the perfect size to keep in your dorm room!

Take out trash.

I don't know why, but I never feel like taking out the trash. I pretty much walk right by the trash bins outside my building when I leave, but somehow I always forget the trash. I resorted to setting a weekly reminder on my phone so I don't forget! I also always spray the trash can with Lysol so it smells fresh.

Lysol all frequently touched surfaces.

I know, clearly I'm a bit obsessed with Lysol, but it's definitely a dorm room necessity. Along with the doorhandles and surfaces, I like to basically just Lysol...everything. Kidding. Kind of? I like to spray the outside of my drawers that I touch daily, and the handles on my closet, desk drawers, etc.

Wash sheets and pillowcases.

I know not everyone does this (trust me, I've seen people go a month without washing their sheets in college- yuck!). I always keep one or two spare sets of sheets so that when I change my sheets, I don't have to do laundry right away, I can just switch to a fresh pair! This can also be done biweekly if you really don't have time to do it once a week, but I love the feeling of clean sheets, so I like to do it weekly.


Wipe down windows and mirrors.

It's definitely a good idea to clean off the inside of your windows each month just to keep them looking nice. The mirror should also get Windexed each month as hairspray, dry shampoo, and fingerprints tend to accumulate throughout the month.

Go through all your food.

If you're like me, you probably keep a ton of snacks in the room. Don't forget to go through everything each month to make sure that nothing is expired or stale. Leaving old food around leads to bugs... Yuck. No one wants that. Also, go through your fridge to make sure any old food is thrown away into the garbage. This will make things much easier (and less gross) when it comes time to move out for the year.

Wash all your bedding.

I can't believe that some people don't wash their bedding often... *shiver*. I have this under monthly only because I know life gets busy and not everyone has time to do it every 2 weeks. As I said, I recommend washing sheets weekly (biweekly if absolutely necessary) and then washing your comforter and any throw blankets at least once a month. It's not the most fun task but it's always nice to have clean, fresh bedding!

Click here to download the PDF of the dorm cleaning schedule!

Have I missed anything? Do you have any extra tips?


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