Ignorance is bliss. Unless that ignorance means a less-than-blissful living space. Don’t be in denial about your dorm, check out these five warning signs to see if you’re messier than you think.
Everybody expects you to be a little messy during your college years. But in a tiny dorm room, clutter can get out of control in a hurry. If you’ve experienced any of the following scenarios, it might be time to reconsider your organizational options.
1. Friends Avoid Hanging Out At Your Place
When you send a text message inviting people over, how long does it take them to respond? If your friends always seem to have a convenient excuse as to why their dorm is a better place to study / avoid studying, it might be time to clean up your act.
2. It’s Hard to Concentrate
Yes, clutter can be a sign of genius, but when was the last time you focused long enough to produce an assignment worthy of the term “da Vinci-esque”? If you find yourself too anxious to hit the books, try purging your excess stuff.
3. Your Parents Always Seem Worried
If your parents answer your phone calls with, “What’s wrong?” or “What do you need?” congratulations! They think you lack the necessary skills to keep yourself alive. One of the easiest ways to combat this is to Skype them from a spotless living space. They’ll be so impressed that they’ll assume you’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing. Silly parents.
4. Getting Up in the Morning is Difficult
Obviously waking up for class has never been easy, but if you’ve found yourself developing a particularly poor morning routine, a quick cleanup could do wonders. It’s easier to roll out of bed feeling refreshed when you enjoy your living space, and if you really want to go for the gold, studies show that made beds means a much more effective night of sleep. This could make all the difference during your next morning exam.
5. You Spend Most of Your Time Out and About
There are many reasons you might prefer being away from your dorm, whether it’s because of a weird roommate or a tight living situation. But never coming home can get expensive and tiresome. Having a place to call your own can greatly decrease stress levels and unnecessary spending. Spend a day tidying up – you might even start to enjoy your freaky roommate’s company. (Maybe.)