As a student, you will likely be used to the stereotypes that are assigned to the person in higher education. You will understand that people will jokingly refer to your kind as lazy, unclean and on a diet of junk food. For many students this is unfair, but the lifestyle does lead to a certain amount of sleeping in, and eating badly, which never really makes for a good environment to work hard in. If you are hoping that you can get your student home looking amazing so that you can throw off the shackles of being considered a lazy student type, then you are in luck. It is not hard to make the place look great, but it can be difficult to maintain it to a high standard on a regular basis, so we’ll look in to how you can spruce up and retain the place in which you live.
First off, do a spring clean, and get the whole place looking amazing. If you are pushed for time, get a cleaner in for a few hours and split the bill between those living in the student house. When this is done, you will hopefully have a blank and clean canvas to work on, which means that the jobs going forward will not be tough or difficult if you make them regular enough. Things like mopping the floor every Wednesday will mean that the place looks great all the time, rather than leaving it until it looks disgusting and then finally getting around to the task, when it will be a harder job to get done easily or quickly. You will most likely need to rally your housemates around a rota type situation, but if you can get them excited about the prospect of a clean place then you should not have that much trouble. If you are having issues, then you can use the monetary aspect of paying a cleaner vs the relatively low amount of work that each of you will need to do as leverage. dropping £40 a week on cleaning is a lot of money over the course of a month, when ten minutes a day with a hoover, cloth or mop would likely do the trick, especially if there are a few of you living there. Work the jobs in to the day, and delegate them fairly amongst the group, but keep an eye on who is doing what and when. You will need to work hard to maintain the dynamic as otherwise the flow of upkeep will slip and become redundant.
Get a large bin, and large recycling bins, and place them somewhere strategic, so that the bins don;t need to be emptied too often, as this is often a cause of difficulty amongst housemates. A larger bin will hold more stuff, but be sure to remove is when it is full or it will certainly start to smell and the house will be full with a disgusting stench.
Keeping your student place nice will mean that people want to be there as much as possible, which is exactly what most students want. You may have thought that atmosphere was to do with lighting and decoration, but keeping a place clean will mean that it smells nicer and is more healthy to be in, which people react very well to, even if they do not notice it at the time. It is worth keeping your place nice at all times therefore!