- First, identify where the items do belong. Think regionally. Put every item that should go in the bedrooms into your empty laundry basket. Take it to the bedrooms and leave the items there. If the items belong to you, quickly put them away. Don’t spend a lot of time. You need to get back to your “crime scene”.
- Now, return with the empty basket to bring the next load to it’s proper destination. After everything that doesn’t belong there has been cleared, then remove everything else to clean and shine it.
- Finally, put something decorative, like a vase of flowers or some knickknacks, on display as a visual statement to you and the rest of the family that silently says “do not touch”. It will look so good that no one will want to be the first to mess it up.
Establish good habits early in life. Give your children each a laundry hamper in their own room. Laundry hampers and baskets are sold with cute designs, sports figures and action heroes. If there isn’t one with the exact theme of your child’s room, pick brilliant complimentary colors that fit. Most importantly, teach them what the hamper is for and what to do when it gets full!
Storage: put the dog’s toys or your child’s abundant stuffed animal collection in a colorful laundry basket and make it very portable. It can even disappear into a closet on quick notice!