Cleaning up a messy room can be a daunting task. It’s hard to know where to begin and what to think about first when faced with the clutter that accumulates on a daily basis.
I honestly have no idea how I clean up the kitchen and living room after dinner each evening, yet still wake up to a mess in the morning. I guess real people living real life equals everyday messes sometimes. Or all the time.
Throw in the clutter that has piled up over days, weeks, or even years, and it’s almost too overwhelming to handle. As a matter of fact, it’s tempting to let myself be paralyzed into inaction.
But whether I’m tackling a long-overdue disaster zone or simply attacking the mess in my kitchen first thing in the morning, there’s a basic “formula” I usually follow. It helps me take the first step towards cleaning up, which usually leads me to take the next step, and the one after that.
If I can just get started on a cleaning project – big or small – this processes keeps me moving efficiently and helps me follow through all the way to the end of the job.
How to clean up any room:
Throw away any trash.
Throwing away the gum wrappers, empty snack packages, and unnecessary shopping bags will make the room look better with very little effort. The quick success will give you motivation to keep working.
Put away anything that obviously does not belong in that room.
Put the vacuum away in the front closet, return the scissors to the kitchen drawer, toss the dirty towels into the bathroom hamper. Often, a quick look around will reveal things that can be removed from the room without much thought. This is a basic “grab-and-go” before you begin any kind of sorting and organizing.
Put away anything that has a home.
If you see things in the room that just need put in their proper places, it’s usually best to take care of them first, before moving on to the more challenging cleaning, sorting, and organizing. For example, when cleaning up the kitchen, I’ll put away any food items or clean dishes before moving on to washing the dirty dishes and sorting the pile of mail on the counter.
Starting at one side of the room, sort and put away every item, stack, or pile.
I like to create small areas that are clean. This helps me recognize my progress. In the kitchen, I’ll clean off one counter first (even if it means piling everything onto a different counter), then I’ll move on to the sink or the next counter in line. In other rooms, I’ll start at one side and work my way across the room so I can always see how far I’ve come and what is left to do.
Set aside things to put away at the end of your cleaning session.
Instead of continually running back and forth to other rooms once you’ve begun making progress with the sorting and organizing, it’s much more efficient to put everything that doesn’t belong in that room into a laundry basket (or at least into a pile) to be distributed when you’re finished.
Clean up at the end of cleaning up.
If you’ve spent a lot of time working on a messy room, be sure you leave the area looking as nice as possible when you’re ready to call it quits – even though you might be tired or burnt out in the end. Toss the cleaning cloths into the laundry, take out the trash, and tidy up the room so it looks like you’ve been working as hard as you know you have!
I hope these simple tips will help you take on whatever mess you’ve been avoiding. With a little time, you can tackle cleaning up any room or area in your home. You can do it!
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