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I Room Cleaaning Problem (its bad)

Question Posted Monday July 23 2012, 10:41 am

My room never stays clean for more than 2 days. I want a friend over and my mom says my room has to be clean before anything happens. My mom also said if I get my room to stay clean for a week with a maximum of 5 things on the floor, I can get a mannequin for my fashion designing. I cant do this!!
Will you give me tips on how??!!

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adviceman49 answered Tuesday July 24 2012, 10:43 am:
Keeping your room clean is actually easier than you think. It is just a matter of changing some bad habits you have gotten into.

Take a look around your room. What is the worst of the problem(s)? For me it was dirty clothes where ever I dropped them. First habit to change was to find one place in my room to change my clothes and put a laundry bag or basket there. I had a big walk in closet so that also became my dressing room.

My desk was my mothers next big problem. She really did not have much of a problem with school books but glasses, plates with leftover food and empty snack bags really caused her to get on me. This was the biggest and hardest problem to break as it required two things of me.

First I had to get up earlier to get dressed and ready for school. Then clean up all the glasses and plates and anything else on the desk and take them to the kitchen where I had to properly dispose of them.

These things took some time. I didn't develop the new habits over night but I was trying. Mom wasn't all that big on bed making except on weekends when the sheets where changed. Change the sheets, dust the room, vacuum the floor.

Once you get a system down you will be surprised that it really doesn't take but a few minutes to keep your room neat and presentable. Saturday cleaning also becomes less of a chore as the room is already 80% done.

Try it you may surprise yourself at how easy it actually is. It is easier to be neat than sloppy.

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KlutzyKim answered Monday July 23 2012, 2:41 pm:
I used to be like you, I could never keep my room clean growing up. I only cleaned it when I had friends coming over because I was too embarrassed about it for them to see lol. As I got older a dirty room started to irritate me more and more until I just started to keep it clean on a daily basis.

-I'll start by saying the obvious, once you're done using something, put it back where you got it. Don't leave things open, out on the floor, or on any random surface in your room.

-If you bring food or drinks in your room, bring them out when you leave. Or just cut out bring food in your room period. If you can't do that, just stop bring food in your room for a week.

-Keep a garbage can in your room. The reasons are obvious. Don't let trash sit, throw it away. Then when the can if full, take out your trash. Leaving your garbage can full will make you start to leave garbage everywhere in your room.

-Put all dirty clothes in a dirty clothes hamper. If you don't have one for your room, buy one. Until you get one, carry your dirty clothes to the laundry room after you take them off.

-When you take off your shoes, put them in ONE spot. Don't kick them off and then let them stay wherever that happen to land. Keep them in your closet if possible.

-Vacuum at least once a week. This can do wonders, seriously.

Here are some ways you can remember to do these things.

-Have a cell phone? Set a calendar notification every day at a certain time you know that you're home that tells you to stop what you're doing and check over your room. Clothes on the floor? Put them in the hamper. Stray trash on your desk? Throw it away. Etc etc.

-Tape a sign up on your door or on the wall next to your door that you'll definitely see every time you leave your room. Write something on it in big, bold letters that tell you to turn around and take a quick look at your room. This can really help you to remember to take any food and drinks out of your room.

Well, that's all I've got. I hope I could help you. If you're still having trouble, Google "how to keep bedroom clean". You're sure to get lots of answers.

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