I don’t think I’ve blogged about this before because honestly I thought everyone did this. Only recently has it come to my attention that in fact no not everyone uses this one simple product for keeping rooms tidy. It’s inexpensive, you can buy them at the dollar store and it makes a huge difference to the organization of your household. So what is this one organizing product that I think every room in your home should have?
A waste basket!
Yes it’s as simple as that. Absolutely every room in my house has one except the living room. All the kid’s rooms, my office, my bedroom, the rec room, the laundry room, the bathrooms, they all have a small garbage bin. Why? Because it keeps garbage (you know all those bits of paper, used tissues, clothes tags, food wrappers, etc) from hitting the floor or collecting on dressers and nightstands. Plus you always have a puke bucket handy in the middle of the night for the kids. I’m just saying. It happens!
So here’s what we do. Every week as part of my 9 year old’s chore list, he takes a black garbage bag and goes around to every room and dumps the contents from the waste bins into the black bag. He then takes it outside to the trash bin. We line each waste basket with a grocery bag so that it’s quick and easy to collect and keeps them clean too.
When I asked my girlfriend why she didn’t do this especially in her bedroom, she said it was because she had a garbage in her bathroom. But when I then asked her if she routinely picked up her garbage and brought it there she said no. We all get a little lazy sometimes (I know I do!) so why not set your family up for success and make it easy for them to toss their trash.
Keep your rooms tidy, buy a waste basket for each room today!