Clean Up Your Room!

If your mom walked into your room, would she say it’s clean?  Don’t worry, tomorrow May 10 is National Clean Up Your Room Day, so just tell mom to show up on the 11th.  Here are a couple things you can do for this “holiday” as well as things that, should you do them daily, would make this event unnecessary.

1-Right Closets: they are the number one saver and challenge for most people.  Either your closet is the best thing that happened to you since sliced bread, or you can’t wait until someone comes up with something better.  Even with a specially designed system like ClosetMaid or something else, you could still be challenged by your closet.  If you have a bad relationship with your closet, this is one of the first things you’ll have to tackle with this event, and every day.  Work with an organizer or get a system put in that does work for you.  Once you’ve got the closet handled, you can begin to work on the rest of your room.

2-Right Rooms: this simply means, to the best of your ability, keep the kitchen stuff in the kitchen, the clothes in your bedroom and bathroom stuff in the bathroom or hall.  Doing this on a daily basis will help reduce the general clutter around your home and you’ll be less frustrated because things will be where you expect them to be.  Most importantly, if at all possible, don’t store things in the room where you don’t use them.  This means that your kitchen cabinet shouldn’t be the home for your shoes, bath soaps shouldn’t be in the bedroom and your pots and pans shouldn’t be in the bathroom.  Ok-maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but take a look at where you’re storing things and see if it really makes sense.

3-Right Options: you know how you throw stuff on the floor, desk, counter or table because you don’t have time to put it away?  The biggest reason you do this is because you don’t like your options and how you’ve got your storage set up.  If you can’t easily access your clothes hamper, your clothes more frequently than not will end up making a mess on the floor.  If you don’t have room in your closets, give stuff away so there’s room.  If you simply don’t have a place to put something, you need to either reevaluate what you’ve got or invest in a place (bookshelf, hamper, boxes) to give your strewn items a home.

4-Right Actions: since we’re assuming your room is messy, let’s start with picking everything up and putting everything in the organized closet, room and option that we’ve set up in #1-3.  It will take you a little time to figure out how things work best for you and when you work best with cleaning up.  Don’t get frustrated or give up if it takes a few weeks to really get the hang of it or get things in the places that work best for you.

Going Forward:

-If you’ve got a system that works for you, organized closets, and rooms with room it will be a lot easier for you to keep up with it on a day to day basis.

-Make it a game or have rewards.  This is a great idea for your kids, or for you!  Everyone needs encouragement, so why not plan it into your organizing?  Plan that you can watch your favorite TV show if you pick up the house. Plan that your kids can have 10 (more) minutes of video games (or something they really like) every time they clean/pick up their room.

Where will you start with cleaning up your room today?  Share your first steps and any questions you have below.

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