5 Tips On How To Clean Your College Apartment

5 Ways To Help You Tidy Up Your College Apartment

My room is a mess as I'm writing this.


Honestly, this might be a little hypocritical for me to write considering I do have clothes all over my bedroom floor and haven't unpacked my suitcase since I got back from Christmas Break. Regardless, I'm going to tell you anyway because I do like to use these tips when I clean and the rest of my apartment is in pretty decent shape. I like to try to keep my apartment as clean as possible because I get quite anxious otherwise. I already have enough going on in my life, I don't need to come home to a sink with piling up dishes that I don't have any desire to load. And if you're anything like me, then it's often really hard to muster up the energy to do something as simple as that.

Fortunately, these hacks have made my life a little bit easier and I encourage you to make these simple changes to your lifestyle because they do take less energy and you still get the same effect of a tidy apartment that will make you feel a lot better.

1. The KonMari Method

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Recently, the new Netflix show "Tidying Up" with "Marie Kondo" has taken a lot of people by storm. Her method involves organizing by category rather than by room and it is meant to help us gain perspective and be more introspective. I wouldn't necessarily call this easy or quick by any means, but on those days when you get a surge of energy and an intense desire to be productive, then is a great way to organize your apartment. She also gives great tips on how to stay organized so it doesn't feel like your life is falling apart within a week after that cleaning burst!

2. Use Mason Jars


I. Love. Mason jars. You can do virtually anything with them, they're cute and so, so, so versatile. I use them to store coffee and snacks, to drink out of, put leftovers in, store meal prep and to decorate with. Here you can get a dozen of them for less than $20. Pinterest is a great way for you to get ideas so you can personalize your Mason Jars and figure out how you can adjust it your personal style!

3. Storage containers for kitchen organization.

Ditch the cardboard and bags and use storage containers for EVERYTHING. Bonus if it's collapsible because that takes up less space. Those odd-shaped and bulky bags we get for things like coffee, frozen fruit/veggies, chips and anything else you can think of...all of that makes it hard to keep things visible and organized. Storage containers help us stack things much easier and it just looks cleaner.

Plus, food will stay fresh for longer because it's sealed off. I have a cat and her food bag was just so annoying, I opted to buy a container for her food and now it's much easier and faster to get her food out. On top of that, I don't spill her food as much and that means less of a mess for me. Now, I'm not saying it has to look as clean and aesthetic-looking as the picture above, but you get the idea, right?

4. Magazine holders

Never in my life did I ever think these things would be useful. In fact, for a really long time, I didn't even know what they were, and I thought they were the ugliest office supply in the world.

But, you should get some.

You can put them under your sink, or you can use velcro strips to put them on the back of cabinet doors to hold things like hair styling tools, makeup. You can put them in your drawers to hold socks or underwear, to organize t-shirts or books. They are so much more versatile then I ever gave them credit too, and if you are looking for a way to tidy up your apartment and make it look unique and stylish in the process, I recommend this idea. Here is some inspiration!

5. Get some discipline


You're probably questioning this one. But, honestly, it's the most important thing you need to keep an apartment clean. As difficult as it can be sometimes, discipline is how people keep organized. People who let their apartments get messy and whine about it lack the discipline to keep up with it. If you want to have a tidy home and a tidy mind, it takes work. Just like it takes work to lose weight or ace a semester of hard exams.

Your home is a reflection of your mind, taking care of it and keeping it clean is just as important to your mental well-being, as eating healthy and exercising frequently is to your physical well-being. You need that same kind of discipline to keep your apartment tidy. You don't deserve to live in a messy environment, the kind that causes you to go slowly mad. Nor do you deserve to add another thing to that "list of tasks you need to do," when there aren't enough hours in the day for them all.

It's okay to have those messy days, though, I mean I'm having one right now. But now it's just much easier for me to clean since I have adopted all of these various cleaning methods and organizational ideas.

Happy cleaning!

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So, You Want To Be A Nurse?

You're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.


To the college freshman who just decided on nursing,

I know why you want to be a nurse.

Nurses are important. Nursing seems fun and exciting, and you don't think you'll ever be bored. The media glorifies navy blue scrubs and stethoscopes draped around your neck, and you can't go anywhere without hearing about the guaranteed job placement. You passed AP biology and can name every single bone in the human body. Blood, urine, feces, salvia -- you can handle all of it with a straight face. So, you think that's what being a nurse is all about, right? Wrong.

You can search but you won't find the true meaning of becoming a nurse until you are in the depths of nursing school and the only thing getting you through is knowing that in a few months, you'll be able to sign the letters "BSN" after your name...

You can know every nursing intervention, but you won't find the true meaning of nursing until you sit beside an elderly patient and know that nothing in this world can save her, and all there's left for you to do is hold her hand and keep her comfortable until she dies.

You'll hear that one of our biggest jobs is being an advocate for our patients, but you won't understand until one day, in the middle of your routine physical assessment, you find the hidden, multi-colored bruises on the 3-year-old that won't even look you in the eyes. Your heart will drop to your feet and you'll swear that you will not sleep until you know that he is safe.

You'll learn that we love people when they're vulnerable, but you won't learn that until you have to give a bed bath to the middle-aged man who just had a stroke and can't bathe himself. You'll try to hide how awkward you feel because you're young enough to be his child, but as you try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, you'll learn more about dignity at that moment than some people learn in an entire lifetime.

Every class will teach you about empathy, but you won't truly feel empathy until you have to care for your first prisoner in the hospital. The guards surrounding his room will scare the life out of you, and you'll spend your day knowing that he could've raped, murdered, or hurt people. But, you'll walk into that room, put your fears aside, and remind yourself that he is a human being still, and it's your job to care, regardless of what he did.

Each nurse you meet will beam with pride when they tell you that we've won "Most Trusted Profession" for seventeen years in a row, but you won't feel that trustworthy. In fact, you're going to feel like you know nothing sometimes. But when you have to hold the sobbing, single mother who just received a positive breast cancer diagnosis, you'll feel it. Amid her sobs of wondering what she will do with her kids and how she's ever going to pay for treatment, she will look at you like you have all of the answers that she needs, and you'll learn why we've won that award so many times.

You'll read on Facebook about the nurses who forget to eat and pee during their 12-hour shifts and swear that you won't forget about those things. But one day you'll leave the hospital after an entire shift of trying to get your dying patient to eat anything and you'll realize that you haven't had food since 6:30 A.M. and you, too, will be one of those nurses who put everything else above themselves.

Too often we think of nursing as the medicine and the procedures and the IV pumps. We think of the shots and the bedpans and the baths. We think all the lab values and the blood levels that we have to memorize. We think it's all about the organs and the diseases. We think of the hospitals and the weekends and the holidays that we have to miss.

But, you're going to find that nursing isn't really about the medicine or the assessments. Being a nurse is so much more than anything that you can learn in school. Textbooks can't teach you compassion, and no amount of lecture time will teach you what it truly means to be a nurse.

So, you think you want to be a nurse?

Go for it. Study. Cry. Learn everything. Stay up late. Miss out on things. Give it absolutely everything that you have.

Because I promise you that the decision to dedicate your life to saving others is worth every sleepless night, failed test, or bad day that you're going to encounter during these next four years. Just keep holding on.


The nursing student with just one year left.

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5 Ways To Make Registering For Classes Simple

No one has time to sit on the course catalog all day.


As the school year comes to an end, we have the opportunity to register for classes for the following year. Naturally, this seems like the rudest thing the school could do to us, considering that I'm already drowning in this semester's classes. How could they possibly think I want to plan my death out for next year?

However, despite registration being the worst time of year, there can be several ways that you can make it easier to get all the classes you need in time for next semester. Here are my tips and tricks to registering for classes.

1. Know the requirements for your major.

Everyone's major is different and requires that you take different classes for each. While this is a blessing and also a curse, you need to make sure you graduate on time and that means you must fulfill all the requirements. If you forget even one little small class, you could find yourself as a 5th year. There probably will be some dumb classes you'll be forced to take no matter what, but just make sure you're aware of what's in store for your future years.

2. Plan all your classes in advance.

Something that I find really useful is coursicle.com to create my schedule. They have exact times and classes that are found in your school, and can even notify you when a seat in a class opens up. Know what classes you're interested in taking, and see if they offer it in the upcoming semester.

Chances are, they probably do. Try and figure out what you might be involved in next semester so you can plan your classes around those times, like a job or clubs. By doing this, you'll minimize the amount of time you have to spend on the course catalog right before your registration time and gives you a better chance at getting the classes and times you want.

3. Try to finesse your way into getting an easier registration time slot.

This might not be a trick meant for the rookies, but definitely try and get a better registration slot! You might be able to talk to your advisor and get him/her to agree to give you an easier slot. Student assistance offices usually have the ability to move up your time slot. And if not, you can try and speak to professors about reserving a seat in a class, which guarantees you the spot no matter what.

4. Have your classes ready to go in your shopping cart/enrollment cart.

This goes along with planning your classes in advance, but make sure that you have all your classes ready and prepared before your time slot. Keep them in the shopping cart way before your time slot if possible. This makes it easier during the day of, so you can click one button and be done with it in just under a minute.

5. Don't be afraid to approach your advisor.

Although the advising office is a frenzy during registration week, it is a good idea to get a second opinion and speak to someone who's well-educated in what you're studying. Plus, if it doesn't work out with a class, advisors can give you great advice on how to move forward. I was definitely scared to use this resource, but it's more helpful than you think it is. They usually have drop-in hours throughout registration week so don't be scared to go in and say hi!

Although this is the most frustrating time of the school year, it can be made just a tad bit simpler. Either way, you probably will be unhappy with at least one class on your schedule, and it's better to know ahead of time. Is it too late to rewind and go back to high school?

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