With the New Year, there was a lot of cleaning to be done.
My apartment was a mess because of winter break. Many of my friends came over to stay for the break, so the apartment was an absolute pigsty. There were a whole bunch of electronics and trash on the table and on the floor and there were not enough places to eat for multiple reasons.
To give an example, one of my friends is deathly allergic to peanuts. Therefore, when we had anything with peanuts in it, we had to sit in another room to eat it. The problem with this is that my apartment was only so big, so the solution was to sit at the staircase to eat it. It made for a funny picture, but I can guarantee you that it wasn’t a very nice experience.
Anyways, going back to my main point: my apartment was a complete mess. We had to split up into groups – some people had to sleep up in the loft, while other had to sleep on the floor. Here’s an image of what it looked like:
If you look carefully, you could see the mess that was made.
Aside from that, the New Year also meant no more Christmas decorations.
My roommate and I put up incredibly cute decorations for Christmas – we decorated each and every one of them and it took us at least 2 hours to complete. I don’t think I’ve uploaded pictures of the decorations yet, so here they are:
See how nice those looked? Well, now was the time to rip them off the walls and put them into the trash because there was no way we could take those home back to America with us.
New Year cleaning was quite sad, considering we had to say good-bye to our friends and clean up our pretty decorations. Even so, the apartment was finally clean again and there was finally space for me to breathe. I got to wash my kotatsu carpet and blanket, my bed sheets, and my three piles-worth of dirty laundry. As sad as ripping down the decorations were, I was glad everything was clean again.
Honestly, if you haven’t done your New Year’s cleaning yet, now is the time to do so! As sad as pulling down Christmas decorations is, the reward of having a clean place ready for the upcoming new year is well worth it! Laziness is a no-go for 2020!