Ugh. Just the two words “spring cleaning” can make anyone feel defeated before they’ve even started. You want a clean house, but spending hours, days, or (god forbid) weeks to make everything tidy seems incredibly daunting. Sure, the Marie Kondo method promises results, but even she admits that her system takes approximately six months (!!!) to complete.
But there is a much easier way to get your spring cleaning done that requires much less effort, and will take way less time. All you’ll need is a garbage bag, a cardboard box, and a desire to tidy up quickly. The bag-and-box method will let you return to your binge watching quickly and easily.
STEP 1: GET A GARBAGE BAG AND AN EMPTY CARDBOARD BOX
The size of the box depends on just how messy your house is, obviously, but for most cases, a medium-sized box should do.
STEP 2: START IN ONE ROOM OF YOUR HOUSE WITH THE BAG AND BOX
In each area, put any garbage in (duh) the garbage bag. If anything there that belongs in another part of the house, put it into the cardboard box. Don’t worry about sorting it right now; just toss it in there! Whatever’s left over should belong there, so just do some basic arranging of the area to make it look like it should.
STEP 3: WHEN YOU’RE DONE WITH THAT ROOM, TAKE THE BAG AND BOX TO THE NEXT ROOM AND REPEAT STEP 2
Just keep sorting everything into the garbage bag or the box, and rearranging anything left over as you go. When you’ve made it through the entire home, you’ll have a bag of stuff to be thrown out and a box full of miscellaneous stuff that needs to be sorted.
STEP 4: CARRYING THE CARDBOARD BOX, RETRACE YOUR PATH THROUGH YOUR HOUSE, RETURNING EACH ITEM IN THE BOX TO ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE AS YOU GO.
Simple, eh? Now you just have to take one trip to put everything back instead of constantly moving back and forth through your home as you clean. No need to spend days reorganizing, and you’ll spend less time on your feet. That wasn’t so bad, was it?
Happy spring cleaning!