The 9-Minute Bin Secret
Grab a bin. . . . or a laundry basket. . . . or a box. . . . something deep and easy to hold.
Going clockwise around the room, pick up everything that doesn’t belong and throw it in the bin. This works great for toys, but clothing can get tossed in there, as well as anything else that simply doesn’t belong on the floor or lying around.
Once you’ve collected it in the bin, go around and put things in their proper storage – toys in the toy chest, jewelry in the jewelry box etc. This really saves time and is the most efficient way to tackle this challenge. It saves you from stooping down repeatedly and making multiple trips from where something lies on the floor to where it’s supposed to go.
Perhaps it seems like an extra step – why would you pick a bunch of stuff up just to put it into other storage areas? Makes more sense to pick up and put away directly. But believe it or not, you’ll save time (and your back) doing it this way!
This will eliminate 90% of the clutter, and take two minutes, tops.
- How to Clean Hall Closets
Are there things from other rooms in there? Great. Take the bin and go to those rooms, and put things back. Stop by the laundry and dump the rest of the clothing in the washing machine. Simple, easy, and hassle free.
If your child happens to be a teenager or rambunctious boy, the room probably smells of dirt, sweat, and dirty laundry.
To remedy this, take a dryer sheet and put one in the bottom of every drawer, at least one at the bottom of a dirty laundry bin, and a few in the closet, wrapped around a hanger or discretely taped to the back of the wall.
Sound extreme? Maybe, but dryer sheets are cheap and easy to replace. Just try it and see the amazing different it makes as they slowly release the scent into the air. Change them once a week to once every two weeks, and you’ll be far more willing to step into your child’s bedroom!
No one wants to step into it. Ugh, you don’t even want to think about it. Cleaning the closet has to be the hardest part of cleaning the house! There’s no room to move, you have too much stuff, and you have no idea what to do with any of it!
Cleaning the closets isn’t a daily cleaning activity however it should be done periodically. You can tackle a closet fairly quickly, but in the interests of speed cleaning, I would say this is probably a task you may consider monthly.
It doesn’t have to be that hard. In less than ten minutes for each closet, you can have it sparkling and like new, with a bit of organization fit in so it won’t get that bad again. Sound like a plan?
Does it seem like the hall closet is where everything ends up? Old jackets, books, movies, snow shovels, forgotten or broken toys, board games… going through one of these babies is like discovering a gold mine of new and exciting things. The traditional way to clean these suckers out is to take everything out and put things back one by one, finding the place for them and throwing what you don’t need away. That’s a hassle! Not to mention it would take hours to get done properly.
Instead, let’s take it section by section, working down.
Grab a stool or small ladder, and get eye level with that top shelf. . .the dreaded one. Stack the board games on the left, largest on the bottom. Gloves should go in a small basket if you have one, along with scarves and ear muffs. Take the ‘hunting’, ‘camping’ and ‘other’ equipment that fits up there and stack it neatly in the corner.
Everything else on that shelf can be stacked in the remaining space if it fits there. If it doesn’t belong, put it in a bin outside of the closet, but don’t leave that area! It will be hard to get started again once you’ve stopped.
Now, check out what’s hanging. There is probably assorted clothing, winter items, a hundred jackets, maybe all kinds of other things. It’s truly amazing it all fit there to begin with, huh?
Be honest with yourself and go through everything. If you haven’t seen this jacket in three years, you won’t wear it – put it in a garbage bag to give away, and move on. Clothes that don’t belong there, like dress blazers, light sweaters, and pants go into your bin outside.
Coats, Jackets and More
Winter coats on the left, light jackets in the middle, and assorted equipment to the right! Going through this quickly, you shouldn’t spend more then five minutes on your coats. It’s not hard, and be honest!
Now, get off the stool and on your knees. Oh yes, the floor of the closet. It’s probably littered with forgotten toys, shoes two sizes too small, and odds and ends you may not have seen for years!
Get rid of everything that doesn’t fit, and put everything else that doesn’t belong in the hall closet into your bin. Stacking neatly and orderly works best, and while this can be the most time consuming part of the cleaning process, it is the simplest!
After you’re done, take your bin around the house and drop off items where they belong. Don’t just dump them in another closet!
De cluttering is almost a separate subject (although it is integral to speed cleaning) and we cover that in far more detail in a separate report. However, to review the most important rule in de-cluttering: if it doesn’t get used, it’s taking up limited space for no good reason and you should “cull”. Give that two year
old coat away if the owner doesn’t wear it. Most of us have “too much stuff”. A home is a lot easier to keep clean if there is room for everything. And there usually is for things we really use.