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Published April 15th 2013
Hate cleaning? Organise yourself and never clean again
I will be the first person to admit that my room is usually a complete mess and I absolutely hate cleaning it. After so many years of having no space to do anything I decided it was time to employ some drastic cleaning measures.
These little tips won't just help you clean your room, but it will help you keep it clean for ages to come.
It's best to try and attempt this on a rainy day when you're stuck inside and have nothing better to do anyways, as if you have any other alternative you're more likely to choose that over cleaning your room.
Warning: Actual cleaning and effort will be involved.
Handy Hint No.1 If you are the type of person who has files and sheets of paper just lying around everywhere, and you've tried putting them all in the corner but it just leads to massive stacks that you can't sort through?
Do you need an office assistant to help you out? No. What you need to do is take a quick trip to Officeworks. There you can buy yourself a crate (or for those who like their rooms to be more slick, a file suspension), and you can fill that crate with lots of file dividers (like the type you see in filing cabinets) now all you need to do is fill in the labels and sort out all your papers so that they're neat and tidy and easy to access.
Handy Hint No.2 If you are a shoe-o-holic then this may be the thing for you. Shoe storage boxes. You can opt for vertical ones like the one seen below (link here) which can easily hang in your closet instead of being scattered over your floor, or you can get these other ones (also from Ikea) which simply fold out for your shoe storage needs. Having a shoe storage place can help with the clutter as you take items off the floor so you can actually move about your room.
Handy Hint No.3 Double layered book shelves. What could I possibly mean by double layered book shelves you ask? Well, have you ever noticed that when you put a book on a typical book shelf there is a whole tonne of space at the front of the book? What are you to do with this space? You could put your nick-knacks in front of your books but sometimes this can make your shelf so cluttered and messy. What I've recently found, whilst peering into a combined wardrobe/bookcase was that you can double pack your books. Put the less read books behind others and as such you save so much space. Losing all the used up space from big bulky bookshelves makes your room feel bigger and the amount of space covered in clutter seem smaller. (Beware, do not use your newfound space just to put in more junk, keep it free and open and clean.)
Handy Hint No.4 This may seem pretty obvious, but chuck out anything that is rubbish or that you don't need. One of the easiest ways to clean up your room is to actually clean up your room. If it can be thrown out, please do it. Getting rid of rubbish is just getting you one step closer to a tidy room. If you don't have one already, you may find that having a mini bin to put in your room greatly helps with throwing out bits of rubbish like wrappers, papers or tissues that you might usually leave on your desk. You can get these from $2 stores such as DAISO in Chatswood Mandarin Centre.
Of course the bin pictured here is slightly larger and goes under your desk, but if you go to the $2 store you can buy cute brightly coloured bins to sit upon your desk.
Bin not much larger than a tissue box for under your desk
Handy Hint No.5 Store things under your bed. No I don't just mean throw things under (that's my next hint), I mean have an actual storage system you can slide in and out from under your bed. What you need is a wide, shallow box, you can buy them as storage space units, and fill them with whatever you need to store (usually blankets or clothes or whatever).
Handy Hint No.6 Ok this tip is a rather sneaky one, but if you really need to clean your room fast for a family visit and you don't have time to set everything up and organise it nicely. Do the sneaky trick of just hiding everything in your wardrobe or drawers. As long as you have a nice clean desk, bed and enough room to walk in without tripping over things on the floor, no-one will be any the wiser.
Under your bed can be a great place to hide things, especially if you have an extra long blanket that can cover most of the space between the bed and the ground. Now this trick isn't going to keep your room permanently clean, but it will help you out in those rushed situations.
Handy Hint No.7 In opposition to my last tip which requires little effort, this is the mother of all effort consuming tasks. What I've found is that if you have to re-arrange your room, firstly, the change in scenery usually makes the room feel a lot larger than it was before, and secondly, being forced to take out all of your junk makes you automatically sort through it, and place it all back in a neat and tidy manner (I mean, you're not just going to dump it in the middle of your room and leave it, you're going to find a little nook or cranny for everything and leave your room spick and span). This does take a mammoth amount of effort, but it really is worth it as it will leave your room looking completely refreshed, redone and renewed.
So now you know some simple tips to keep your room organised, clean, tidy and spacious, and if you follow through with keeping yourself organised hopefully you won't have to thoroughly clean out your room for a long time to come.