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Clean Your Apartment, Fast!

How to clean an apartment without it taking days.

By
Stever Robbins
4-minute read
Episode #64

Homeless Things Go Under the Rug -- With a Reminder

I’ve saved the scariest for last: stuff without a home that you don’t know what to do with. Some things don’t have a home and have no action implications, but you still want to keep them. For example, that invitation to your best friend’s latest wedding.

It may have no home, but you still need to clean it up. So just stash it anywhere. But add a new category to your tracking sheet called “Swept under rug.” Note the item and where you stashed it. After the party, go through this list and find real homes for these objects. If several things all need the same kind of home, create a system to deal with them so next time cleanup will be easier. I noticed half of my “under rug swept” category was Alanis Morrisette CDs. One CD-rack purchase later, the problem is fixed for good.

That's all there is to it! You now have a very quick way of dealing with any kind of item you're likely to find while you were cleaning. You can take immediate action without leaving the room, and by using your handy dandy sheet, make sure that every action implication gets properly captured.

Now, your apartment should be clean enough to eat off the floors. And if your parties are anything like mine, you just might find yourself doing that.

You can find a sample party planning and tracking sheet with the transcript of this episode at getitdone.quickanddirtytips.com.

This is Stever Robbins. Email questions to getitdone@quickanddirtytips.com or leave voicemail at 866-WRK-LESS. Conquer your email with my audio program You Are Not Your Inbox: Overcoming Email overload at YouAreNotYourInbox.com.

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.