Cleaning and tidying up all rooms may seem like an overwhelming task, but in reality, you can quickly sort out the garbage and clutter in the bedroom, living room and kitchen if you get rid of unnecessary items and clean all surfaces. Remove blockages and put similar items together. Then wash everything around and you will have a clean and tidy room.
Method 1 of 3: Tidy up your bedroom
Step 1. Remove unnecessary things from the room
If you have a table, wardrobe, and other pieces of furniture that you no longer need, remove them from the room.
- Everything in the bedroom should be sleep-friendly. Too much stuff will not only build up debris - it will also make it more difficult for you to fall asleep in such a room.
- Removing unnecessary furniture and other items will make it easier for you to understand what you need to wash and where you should clean up.
Step 2. Prepare trash bags or sorting containers and detergents
You have to divide things into three categories: throw away, leave, give. Bring the detergents you need to keep everything close at hand.
- You may need 2-3 trash bags. Everything will depend on how much excess you have.
- Also prepare a vacuum cleaner, broom, dust rags, spray and paper towels, a floor rag, and a mop.
Step 3. Turn on the music
Listen to music you can sing along to.
Music will make it easier for you to focus on cleaning, and the process itself will be less frustrating
Step 4. Collect clothes and other items from the floor
Pick up anything that shouldn't be on the floor, that is, anything that isn't furniture.
- Fold dirty clothes separately and load the washing machine. Place bed linen and bath towels in the dirty laundry basket.
- If you have a lot of dirty clothes, put them in a trash bag and transfer them to the washing machine.
Step 5. Fold everything else in the middle of the room
This will allow you to focus on subsequent tasks and determine which things you don't need.
If all things lie side by side, it will be easier for you to understand how many things you have and which of them you do not need
Step 6. Come up with a sorting system
Put garbage in one pile, the things you want to give away in another, the things you want to leave in the third, and so on.
- Put all the trash in one bag. You may have to throw away things that you no longer need, but which you cannot give to others. Be honest with yourself and try to remember the last time you used this item. If more than six months ago, then you do not need this thing.
- Place the items you intend to give in another bag. All of these things must be in good condition.
Step 7. It is worth trying to fit all the things that you need, but which should not be in sight, in one container, bag or box
This will make it easier for you to maintain order.
Put whatever you want to keep (stuffed toys, watches) in the box and place it under the bed or in the pantry
Step 8. Dust, sweep, vacuum, and mop floors and other surfaces
Now is the time to wash the cleared surfaces. First dust off everywhere, then sweep the floor, vacuum the area and wash with a rag.
- A rag or duster will pick up most of the dust from the surfaces, but it will also fly to the floor. Be sure to wipe down your ceiling light and other lamps.
- Then sweep the floor to pick up debris from the ground. Look into every corner, including under furniture. Pay special attention to the space under the bed.
- After that, vacuum the floor and wash it with a rag.
Step 9. Fold up the remaining items and make sure they are clean
Look through the items in the closet and dresser and arrange the garments in three piles. Set aside the things you need but shouldn't be in plain sight.
- Sort your clothes. Do the same with her as you did with the other items. Leave part, discard part, give part. If you are not wearing something, get rid of those clothes. The fewer things you have, the easier it will be for you to keep them clean and tidy.
- Move away from things that you want to keep, but that you don't need all the time. Think about why you don't wear these clothes all the time and why you need them. If you can easily answer this question, leave things, and if not, get rid of them or put them away.
- Always put dirty clothes in the dirty laundry basket. When the basket is almost full, wash your laundry. Do not overfill your shopping cart.
- Put similar things together. Think about which things don't suit you anymore, which ones are out of fashion or worn out. Pick out clothes that don't fit well on you, as well as items that you could replace with what you bought recently. You can get rid of unnecessary things.
- Make your bed daily. This takes less than a minute, and a tidy bed will add a finishing touch to the room. Making your bed is a healthy habit to help you keep your bedroom clean.
Method 2 of 3: Clean up your living room
Step 1. Think over a sorting system
To put things in order in a room, you must first get rid of everything you don't need. Prepare three containers or simply arrange things into three piles: leave, give, throw away.
- The living room is a common room where items from other rooms can collect (for example, dirty dishes from the kitchen or pillows from the bedroom).
- Walk around the room and take out what should not be there. Return things to their places.
- Divide everything else into containers or stacks. Look at everything you have. You might want to give or sell DVDs of movies you no longer watch. Perhaps you have not used this lamp in the corner for a long time, and you do not need it.
- Don't take your things away yet. First, you need to remove everything from the surfaces.
Step 2. Free all surfaces
Remove all things from there, from cup trays to large items that you can move.
- Cleared surfaces will be much easier to clean, and you can arrange things neatly there.
- Place each of the items you remove in one of three stacks.
- To understand exactly which stack you should put an item in, think about when was the last time you used it and what is its purpose. Try to keep only the things you need that you use often.
- You don’t need to throw away your blanket or decorative item, but it’s important to think about whether too many of these items have accumulated. It may be worth keeping some of these items in your pantry or closet.
Step 3. Add some storage locations
If you have furniture that can also store things, it will be much easier for you to keep order.
- Do people constantly put their feet on your coffee table? Do you have toys, blankets, pillows and other items all over the place? It is important to take this into account when organizing the space in the living room. Buy an ottoman in which to hide toys and blankets. You can put your feet on the ottoman instead of a coffee table.
- You can buy a rack and put it along the wall. It will be possible to insert boxes with toys, blankets and other items there.
- If you're ready to experiment, try hanging a shelf under the ceiling and storing blankets, books, or discs that you need but rarely use. Thanks to this, things will not get in the way, and you can always get them quickly.
Step 4. Get rid of things that you no longer use
While everything is in your sight, put aside what you don't need and don't use. Put these items in a trash bag and throw them away or give them to someone else.
- A lot of old electronics often accumulate in the living room. Think about what you use the most. Do you have a bunch of DVDs, videotapes, players and stereos that you stopped using? If so, all of these things are just collecting dust, so it's time to get rid of them.
- If you want to keep something (for example, discs), everything can be stored on a separate shelf.
- Take everything except the furniture to the other room. Move the stacks of belongings to another room while cleaning. Now you can see how much better the room looks without blockages.
Step 5. Organize the wires
Dust often accumulates on wires and makes rooms look messy.
- Go through all the wires and make sure they are all connected to something and working. Remove wires that are not in use.
- If you do not know what this wire is from, do not throw it away. Roll it up and tie it with an elastic band, fold it into a ziplock bag and put other wires to it. This will make your room look tidier.
- Sweep the floor, vacuum it and wipe it down with a rag. Now is the time to wipe down the surfaces and clean the floor. First dust off all surfaces, then sweep the floor, vacuum, clean the floor with a rag.
- Combine as many wires as possible. The wires that lead to the TV, speaker system, game consoles can usually be bundled together. This will make the room look neater and the wires will not be visible.
Step 6. Sweep the floor, vacuum it and wipe it down with a rag
Now is the time to wipe down the surfaces and clean the floor. First dust off all surfaces, then sweep the floor, vacuum, clean the floor with a rag.
- A rag or duster will pick up most of the dust from the surfaces, but it will also fly to the floor. Be sure to wipe down your ceiling light and other lamps. Wipe dust behind TVs, game consoles and routers.
- Sweep the floor to remove debris and dust. Look in all corners, especially under furniture (under the couch and wherever you can get it).
- When you're done with this, vacuum the floor and wash it down with a rag.
Step 7. Return the things you want to keep to the room
Put everything in its place.
- Store similar items in one place where you plan to use them. Place extra blankets and pillows in closets or in a basket.
- If your sofa moves freely around the room, place a small storage rack behind it.
Method 3 of 3: Clean up your kitchen
Step 1. Free your work surface
Clutter on the work surface makes the kitchen clutter. Put all things in their places.
- Attach rails to the wall above the work surface and hang baskets or buckets on them for storing sugar, butter and other things. This will keep your kitchen tidy and tidy.
- You can also hang a shelf on the wall and store spices and everything on it so that a lot of things do not accumulate on the work surface.
- Store electrical appliances that you do not use every day in a closet. If you don't make toast every day, put the toaster in the closet.
- Clean up while you cook. To keep the kitchen clean, dirt should not be allowed to accumulate. When preparing food, wash food, bowls, pans, and utensils when you no longer need them.
- Arrange spices and foods when you're done cooking. If you've stirred anything in a bowl, wash the dishes right away or put them in the dishwasher.
- Wash the dishes immediately after eating. Anything that you do not have time to wash during cooking should be washed immediately after eating. It will take a little time, and you won't have to wash the whole sink afterwards.
Step 2. Get rid of unnecessary things
Go through all lockers and drawers and throw away anything you don't use.
- If you have six shoulder blades and only use three, get rid of the rest.
- Remove the cups you no longer use from the cupboard and give them away. The more cups, glasses and cutlery you have, the faster you will build up mountains of dishes.
- Go through all plastic containers. Make sure each container has a lid. If a lid is missing, discard it. Dispose of objects and electrical appliances covered with grease and dust.
- Throw away old food and disposable plastic utensils.
Step 3. Place similar items together
To keep order easier, it is better to put similar things next to each other.
- Mugs and glasses should fit together, as should plates and bowls. Cutlery should be stored next to spatulas and other cooking utensils.
- Store things where you use them. It is best to keep plates and glasses near a sink or dishwasher. This will allow you to keep your kitchen clean.
- Store the lids from plastic containers in one large container and stack the containers together.
Step 4. Wash the grocery cabinet and refrigerator
Get everything out of there, throw away the spoiled food.
- Before putting everything back, wipe the surfaces with a disinfectant. It is necessary to clean the surfaces from stains and accumulations of bacteria.
- Store similar products nearby. Put all the cereals next to each other in the closet. Place the snacks in a different place. You can try to divide the closet into two parts - with healthy and unhealthy food. You can also divide the shelves as follows: breakfasts on the top, lunches on the middle, dinners on the bottom.
- In the refrigerator, place milk and other perishable liquids on the shelf instead of in the door. Milk may spill out because the door is opened frequently. In addition, liquids there are more exposed to heat, due to which they can deteriorate. Store foods of similar colors nearby. Store meat on the bottom shelf. Juice sometimes leaks out of meat, so it is better to take care that this juice does not get on other foods.
Step 5. Dust, sweep, vacuum and mop the floor with a rag
Now you need to wipe the freed surfaces, stove and floor. First dust off and wipe down all surfaces, then sweep the floor, vacuum and clean it with a rag.
- A rag or duster will pick up dust well, but some of the dust can get on the floor. Remember to wipe down the top of the cabinets.
- Then sweep the floor to collect dust and debris. Clean every corner, including under the refrigerator, dishwasher, and oven.
- When you're done with this, vacuum the floor and wipe the floor with a rag. The outside of the sink and cabinets should also be cleaned.
Step 6. Keep your kitchen tidy every day
There is someone in the kitchen all the time, but even if you spend at least 5 minutes a day on cleaning, it will be clean all the time.
- Wipe down the stove after cooking so that grease does not accumulate on it.
- Don't go to bed without washing the dishes.
- Check the expiration date of the products every day. Before going to bed, check the refrigerator to make sure there are no spoiled foods. Thanks to this, the refrigerator will always be tidy and clean.
- Make sure the items you give are in good condition.
- Remember to tidy up your room once a week and change your bedding every two weeks. If you don't have time on weekdays, do it every Sunday.
- Try not to accumulate dirty clothes and dishes. If you notice that you've started throwing your clothes on the floor, it means it's time to start cleaning.
- Try to clean at least a little every day. Five minutes a day cleaning will help you keep your home tidy.
- Always put things in their places. Store your keys in the same place.
- If necessary, take breaks during cleaning, but no more than 30 minutes. If you take a long break, you won't be able to return to cleaning later.
- The methods described in this article apply to any room in the house.