Pack Clutter Into Trash Bags and Organize Later

Do you feel overwhelmed that your home is a big mess? Just looking at it, you do not know where to begin? Try this: Take a big green trash bag and go in each room, Put everything that is laying around into this bag; clothes, toys, shoes, just what ever is on the floor and such. You will have a clean home in 10 minutes. Then while you are sitting down watching a movie, go through this bag and put everything in place. It gives such peace of mind


By halaluyah77 from MO

September 14, 20090 found this helpful

I do something similar with laundry baskets. While I'm cleaning a room, I toss things that belong in other rooms into the basket. Then distribute them to the other rooms when I can. Makes for fast clean up and fewer trips out of the room your trying to clean.

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September 14, 20090 found this helpful

Thank you for a wonderful plan of action! Good idea.

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

I use a similar idea. I gather all the clutter together and put it in a tote. I then use the tote as a coffee table by my chair. As I sit and rest, I can open the tote and sort out a few items to be put away and when I get up I take those items and put them where they belong.

If I have time, I put up a card table or kids play table and sort the papers into piles. I paper clip each category and put back into the tote. When I have time, I open the tote and grab a couple of clipped piles and file them.

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September 17, 20091 found this helpful

I do the same thing with a clothes basket, or I use a nice woven basket to place articles in. The garbage bag is rather a bad idea in my house as hubby might think it's garbage and toss it. If I have more than one basket to do I dump it out on my bed and sort through the stuff while the news is on et. This way things are organized and fewer trips are made. Also I have a 3 item rule for each room. Before leaving a room pick up 3 items to be tossed, stored. Nothing like company to make us all go a bit nutty! Why is it the one day the kitchen is upside down, it's the day someone comes unannounced? My biggest pet peeve is folks who don't call before they drop in. I always call to see if it's ok, then I say I'll be over like in an hour, just in case. This way if it's a bad time I come another day.

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

Excellent idea! Thank you.

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September 22, 20090 found this helpful

I do this but I don't always find it good. Sometimes I never seem to go through the bag or box that I collected into, and then I create another, and it doesn't get taken care of either! Hooray for another junk box (oops!)

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

This is a good idea for a temporary solution to clutter as long as you go through it later. I have been guilty of doing it just to let bags or boxes sit around for months. It is definitely a good thing to do if you get a call from someone wanting to stop by and you have messes. I think the best thing is to try to avoid the paper messes and clutter in the first place but that is easier said than done.

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

I used to be "overwhelmed" as well; then i discovered it is all in our minds! If you think about it differently it changes it completely!

So: I put on music: and then would race to see how fast I could get done! See if I could not finish before the end of the cd, album, or cassette tape!

Wow! Look at how fast I can whip this into shape! Boom boom boom and it's done!

I used to have huge family gatherings: and more! Used every dish in the house: and then washed while the kids dried and we had the dishes done in less than 20 minutes! This is what I tried to teach my children!

They would say: but look at all the dishes! Every single dish is dirty! And I would say: yea! Let's see if we can't beat our last time! And laughing we would do so!

Change your thinking folks! This is all it really takes! While in a room: do something to clean it; like the bathroom: take time to clean it, perhaps even mop the floor! You will discover how fast it gets done! And cleaning up after you cook, is the easiest way to end up with a cleaner kitchen!

Another tip: cook once, eat several times! Since making a "mess" when cooking a meal: make enough for several meals: and freeze for a "quick" dinner with little mess later. Same for breakfast, etc; and folks: it is incredibly easy once your perspective has changed!

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

I did something similar with the laundry basket. I had a closet just off the kitchen so I put a giant laundry basket in the bottom of it. Every time I headed for the kitchen for a snack, a drink or to cook, I would pick up anything along the way and toss it in the basket. It was also back in the days of one phone with a 50ft cord which was in the kitchen so anytime I was talking on the phone I would walk around gathering misc stuff and toss it in the closet.

The clue to making this work was a set day to put all this stuff away. For me it was Mon, no one seemed to schedule anything for Monday so that was movie and popcorn night, family night.

During this time I would open up large grocery bags, one for each of us and each room in the house. I would then sort through the basket and could ask about trashing some things while we watched the movie. I was also sitting beside my sewing cart so I could mend anything that might need it.

At the end of the movie everyone took their bag of stuff to their room to be put away and I put the others in the correct rooms. It was a rule that the bags had to be back by Sun night or Mom would empty it in the middle of your bed LOL.

I also liked it because I didn't have to hear a lot of "Mom have you seen my......"

Now it is just me and one bedroom so no need for gathering spots.

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September 25, 20100 found this helpful

I love this idea and have been doing this for years! Especially when I had 7 little ones running around and there was company coming! Thanks for the post!

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September 26, 20100 found this helpful

Shall I tell you how many bags and boxes I have to sort now?

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June 28, 20150 found this helpful

I'm with Bette. The times I've emptied a messy drawer into a bag and put it away to do later... :)

Marg from England.

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