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5 Essential Cleaning Items you Need for your Apartment

"You know you are an adult when you ask for the home essentials as presents."

This might be the truest phrase that anyone has ever said. Moving away from home also means moving away from all home has to offer. Being an independent, college kid is all fun and games... until someone has to buy garbage bags. We have all been there. No one is willing to cave - believing the others will. The garbage is beginning to look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Meanwhile, all other areas of the apartment are being neglected just as much. These five essential items will help your apartment go from dirty slob, to an oasis your mom would be proud of.

1. Cleaning Chart

This is number one simply because it needs to be top priority. Each roommate, whether there are four or ten, was raised differently. Each person has a specific level of cleanliness they feel lis acceptable for themselves. This may not always be the same level as others, so it is important to have everyone agree on a system to hold each other accountable.

During my freshman year, we had a monthly chore chart and each week we had a different task. If one roommate missed a task, they would put money in a jar designated to buying more cleaning supplies. This isn't the only system, but it worked really well. During the first week together sit down and communicate to each other the expectations for cleaning the apartment. This will save you from a lot of frustration in the future.

2. Laundry Baskets

I am here to tell you that laundry baskets save lives. Not only will a laundry basket help you keep your dirty clothes off of the floor, it can serve other organizational purposes. Laundry baskets are great for storing towels under your bed, cleaning supplies in a closet, laundry that doesn't quite fit in dressers, and carriers for when you go home for the weekend.

3. Iron

For the first three years of my college, apartment living life, I subscribed to the idea that the way to iron a shirt was to throw it in the dryer for 10 minutes. BOY WAS I MISTAKEN. Having an iron is a total game changer. It may take more time, but gone are the days of waiting for my clothes to be "wrinkle-free" by the dryer. We all know it doesn't actually get out all of the wrinkles, making it look as crisp and clean as it needs to. A good iron is a good investment.

4. Vacuum

Is there anything that makes a home look as put together as nice vacuum lines? The answer is no. We all know we have had those moments where we were binge watching Parks and Rec or The Office and our crumbs make us wonder if we got anything in our mouths. Your roommates will be thanking the stars they got paired with you when they see you wheeling in your vacuum. It not only helps for a clean environment, but it adds to the peace of mind that if you do happen to miss your mouth, the ol' vaccy has got your back. There are a lot fo expensive vacuums out there, but you don't need to try to buy one of those. Click this link to look at a great option, under $50.00.

5. Dish Rack

This is an item I took for granted growing up. Chances are there isn't a dish washer in your apartment either (if there is, you are a lucky one. Live it up for those of us who aren't as fortunate) A dish rack can save you from using more dish towels than needed, and breaking dishes when attempting kitchen-ware Tetris. From experience, not doing dish

es is the one activity that can ruin everything.

I am going to give you the best piece of advice I can give when it comes to dishes: Do them immediately after you are done eating. If you had a bowl of cereal and just have one, hurry and rinse it out, clean it with some soap, and place it in the drying rack to be put away after class tonight. There will be a lot of heartache saved through this process, I promise. This does take a little bit of time, but it is so worth it when you can keep your kitchen sink looking as beautiful as the day you moved in.