Students: How to Keep Your Off-Campus Housing Rental Clean

Monday, September 26, 2022

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Moving out and living alone for the first time can be very exciting for students – it brings independence but also responsibility. For some new renters, this may mean it is the first time having to maintain a clean space on their own. has compiled some tips to help students make this necessary task easy and maintainable!



  • Make a cleaning schedule and try to stick to it!
  • Clean up after yourself daily – this prevents messes from becoming unmanageable and a hassle to clean later
  • Share the work – when living with roommates, create a rotating schedule to keep everyone on task and accountable
  • Have basic cleaning products on hand and stored in the rooms most likely to be used in
  • Focus on disinfecting in the kitchen and bathroom, where more germs tend to reside
  • Purge your apartment once per semester to cut back on clutter
  • Work from top to bottom of furniture, etc. to prevent having to double clean areas of each room
  • Pick one day of the month for deep cleaning


Daily Cleaning:

  • Clean doorknobs, faucets, and other commonly touched areas with disinfectant wipes
  • Make your bed – although a small task, it psychologically creates a more productive and relaxing space
  • Empty trash bins
  • Wash dishes and put them away
  • Pick up clothes and put dirty items in a laundry basket


Weekly Cleaning:

  • Vacuum or sweep and mop floors
  • Disinfect bathroom and toilet
  • Dust and polish furniture
  • Keep desk spaces organized
  • Disinfect kitchen sink and counters
  • Dispose of old food in the fridge and wipe shelves
  • Take out garbage
  • Do laundry
  • Clean remotes with disinfectant wipes


Deep Cleaning:

  • Move furniture to vacuum or sweep underneath (where possible)
  • Clean baseboards
  • Vacuum or dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, and cobwebs on walls
  • Organize closets and drawers


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