How to Clean a Messy Room Quickly
When you think about cleaning your room, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it that you don't have time to clean? Is it too overwhelming? Is there just too much stuff?
Believe it or not, you CAN clean your messy room quickly, and still find everything that you need when you need it! These four easy steps will have it done in no time!
Step 1: Get Rid of What Doesn't Belong in the Room
The first step in cleaning your room quickly is to get rid of everything that doesn't belong in your room. Throw everything in that belongs in another room into a laundry basket or a box.
To make sure you find everything, make a sweep of the room looking for what doesn't belong. Start at the door and move along the walls, starting to the right of the door. As you go, look on furniture, on the floor and under the bed. Anything that isn't yours or belongs in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, etc., goes into the box or basket. Don't worry about where it will end up for now - just know that this is your holding bin for everything that needs to get out.
Once you've made it all the way around the room and back to the door take the box out of your room. We'll deal with it later! For now, all that stuff just needs to be outside of your room.
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Step 2: Organize What's Left into Piles
Now that your room only has the things in it that belong, make another sweep of the room and create piles of things that belong together. As you did before, start with the room and keep moving to the right, looking on top of furniture, on the floor, and anyplace else you might have stashed things. These piles should have one thing in common - they will end up in the same place when your room is clean. Here are some examples:
- Clean clothes
- Dirty clothes
- Books and school stuff
- Jewelry and other small items
- Computer-related items
As you go around the room again, throw each item you come across into a pile with other items that will end up in the same place.
By the time you finish this second sweep, your room will be organized, even if it doesn't look like it yet!
Step 3: Tackle the Piles!
Now that your mess is somewhat organized, it's time to tackle the piles! Each pile contains things that belong in the same place, so it will be faster to clean up one pile at a time. Here are some examples of how to get rid of the piles quickly:
Clean Clothes: Take all the clothes that belong on hangers straight to the closet and hang them up. That should make a sizable dent in the pile! Then take all the clothes that need to be folded (jeans, etc.) and fold them and put them into drawers. Finally, take all the little items (socks, etc.) and put them away. In five minutes, that pile should be gone. One down!
Dirty Clothes: This is an easy one - they all go into the laundry hamper or to the laundry room. Done!
Shoes: Match up the pairs, then line them up on the closet floor.
Books and School Stuff: Stack them neatly on your desk or dresser, or on the floor (as long as it's a neat stack). Keep it all together.
Each pile should take no more than a few minutes, now that you've organized them by where they are going. Your final "pile" is that box you stashed in the hallway. Drop those items off into other rooms where they belong.
Step 4: Organize for Next Time
Now that you've finished the piles and remember the color of your carpet, it's time to plan ahead so this doesn't happen again. Even if you aren't interested in keeping your room perfect, you can take steps to make your clean-up time even shorter next time.
Keep the "piles" strategy in mind. Try to keep things together that belong together. Even if they aren't put away, make sure that like items are together. Instead of throwing that shirt onto the bed, at least throw it into a pile with the other clothes. Of course, hanging it up is even faster in the long run!
Schedule a nightly clean-up. At the end of each day, set aside five minutes to put away the mess from that day. Follow the same steps as above, and you will see progress quickly. If you do this every day, you won't have big messes to tackle any more.
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Questions & Answers
My room is really messy, how do I keep it clean?
There are many tips in this article! I definitely think starting in one location and moving around the room is a great way to start. Plus, I think using piles to sort quickly is the way to go.