Do you ever walk into a room to clean it, get overwhelmed and think this room is so messy, I dont know where to start, then walk right back out? Ive had that feeling (too many times) when I was in a rush and needed to clean a really messy room fast.
I dont get that feeling anymore because Ive learned how to keep my house clean and how to clean a room super fast. Heres some tips and tricks Ive learned through trial and error to clean up a messy room quickly.
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Table of Contents
- How long does it take to clean a very messy room?
- How to clean your room fast
- How to clean a messy room
- Take out the trash
- Put things back where they belong
- Want more tips that make life easier?
- Thank you!
- Dust and make the room look nice
- Clean the floors
- Final touches
- How do I stop being so messy?
How long does it take to clean a very messy room?
The short answer is it depends.
A messy room that is already organized to accommodate everything in it is easy to clean in 20-30 minutes or less. Under an hour at the most if its a really dirty room.
If you have things piled up everywhere because theres nowhere to put them, it can take a few hours or maybe even a full day or more to clean an extremely messy room.
Rooms that are full of clutter, or the household dumping ground, may take longer than a day to organize the clutter before you can tackle cleaning it. It could take that long because you would need to find storage solutions and set them up before even beginning to clean your room.
Its darn near impossible (and incredibly frustrating) to clean a very messy room when you have piles of random stuff in your way.
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How to clean your room fast
The best way to clean your room fast is to have a place for everything and everything in its place. The number one barrier to cleaning your room quickly is moving all the stuff! Picking it up, thinking about where to put it and then actually putting it away takes time. When you put things away as you use them, you save time cleaning.
How to clean a messy room
Before you start to clean a messy room, turn on your favorite upbeat music or your favorite podcast to motivate you to get going!
Take out the trash
Start cleaning your messy room by grabbing a garbage bag. Go through the room from corner to corner and throw out anything you dont want or need food wrappers, water bottles, receipts and other paperwork, packaging from new purchases all of it!
After youve picked up all the trash you can find, place the bag just outside of the room youre cleaning so you have somewhere to place any other garbage you generate while cleaning.
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Put things back where they belong
Once again, start in one corner of the room and work your way to the other corner. Anything thats in the room that shouldnt be there needs to be put away where it belongs.
Put dirty clothes in the laundry wash them while youre cleaning to be more efficient. If you have a pile of clean clothes, hang them up or put them in drawers. If you dont want them, throw them away or donate them.
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Dirty dishes go in the dishwasher or, at least, in the kitchen sink to be washed. If theres any food packages lying around, put them away in the kitchen cupboard or fridge or, if its empty, throw it out.
Toys should be put away where they belong. You may want to consider putting toy boxes in each room where the kids play with them to make cleaning them up easier.
Books should go back on shelves, TV trays should go back in their holder and keys should go where they live. Any mail you need to keep should be filed in its place.
If there are many things that belong elsewhere, use a basket to collect them to save time walking back and forth to different rooms. If youre cleaning a really messy room with lots of clutter, you may need more than one basket.
Once youve finished this step, you should have a fairly clutter-free room to finish cleaning.
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Dust and make the room look nice
Living Room: Clear tables, shelves or other surfaces and wipe them down with a damp cloth. Neatly arrange anything that lives on these surfaces the way you like them. Fluff up any cushions that need fluffing and fold any blankets that need folding.
Bedroom: Make the bed. Clear the surfaces of dressers and night tables and wipe them down with a damp cloth. Neatly arrange anything you like to keep on these surfaces. Put everything else away.
Bathroom: Clear those counters and wipe them down, along with the sink, toilet and tub. Put stuff away that shouldnt be out on the counters. Arrange clean towels the way you like them. Dont forget to clean your toothbrush holders.
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Kitchen: Clear the counters and wipe them down, then arrange the counters the way you like them. Wash any dishes that are in the sink, dry them and put them away, or just put them in the dishwasher if you have one.
Clean the floors
If you have carpet, its time to pull out the vacuum cleaner and vacuum the carpet. Be sure to vacuum under all the things and remember to put the vacuum cleaner away when youre done.
If you have hard floors, you need to sweep them before mopping. Once youre done sweeping, you can give them a quick damp mop.
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Take a look around the room to see if its cleaned to your satisfaction. If not, put those extra items away where they belong and arrange everything the way you like it.
You can add some fresh flowers to brighten the room up, or use a room freshener to make it smell nice and fresh. Open the windows if its nice out to air the room out. Light some candles and enjoy your clean room!
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How do I stop being so messy?
Can a messy person become neat? Yes you can! All you need is a little discipline and consistency so you dont end up with a really messy house.
I was a messy person for the longest time. It took me years after moving out of my parents place before I had my house under control. I was always looking for the easy way out of cleaning. I became overwhelmed and did nothing.
After living in chaos for so long, I finally realized that organization is the foundation to cleaning a room fast even a really messy room. If everything has a place, it should be in that place.
The next most important thing is maintaining that organization. If you take something with you every single time you leave a room and put it away, you will have less to do later.
If you wipe things down as you use them, like the bathroom and kitchen sinks and counters, you wont have to do it while cleaning everything else.
If you clean your toilet every morning, you wont have to worry about it when guests are coming over.
If you do your dishes (or run the dishwasher) every day, they wont pile up and become a huge mess you have to clean.
Try these steps to cleaning a really messy room fast and see if it works for you.
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