How to Organize Your Random Piles

Ever have those days you walk into your room and it is partially clean, yet over in the scary back corner a pile is forming? These random piles are full of things that just got left there, unnoticed for a time but eventually making their presence felt. This is a how to for getting rid of those randomly formed piles.


  1. 1
    Turn on some jam. This will help to motivate you to stick with the cleaning up job. Choose music that you like and that has a good beat to it.
  2. 2
    Identify what is in the random piles. Determine what you have left to pile up, such as clothing, books, papers, rubbish, bits and pieces, and the like.
    • Check the corners of your room for piles.
    • Check your desk and any chairs for piles.
    • Check the floor for piles.
    • Check the tops of cupboards, wardrobes, shelving, etc., for piles.
    • Check that closet. It's a hiding spot for random piles.
  3. 3
    Get stuck into clearing out your random piles. Sort them into non-random piles to begin with, placing like with like. Put the clothes together, the stationery together, the books together, and so forth. Once you have these piles, it'll be easier to discard items, then put the rest back where they should be.
  4. 4
    Put the items back in their rightful places. As you restore the items to their proper places, such as drawers, hangers, boxes, pencil holders, and so forth, be sure to discard the items that you no longer want or that are just rubbish. Donate items that are still in good condition, so that someone else may benefit from them.
  5. 5
    Create new storage areas. If you don't have standard places to return some of the items to, this is likely to be the cause behind the random piles. If this is the case, make new storage areas for the items that don't yet have a standard home in the room. You can purchase baskets, boxes, file holders, and similar items, to hold your items neatly. It can also be helpful to use containers that have labels, making it easy for you to find things quickly.
    • Put the items without a place into the new storage items. Place the storage item somewhere neat in the room.
  6. 6
    Try to avoid making new random piles. This will take a conscious effort on your behalf but it's worth it to save you from having a big cleaning-out exercise every now and then. Also, it's much easier to find your things when you know where to look.


  • It can help to have someone else sort through things with you, as the might be able to give you a new perspective on whether or not it's worth keeping something, or how you might be able to keep things in a way that doesn't cause new random piles to mount up.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleaning gear
  • Good music
  • Storage containers

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Categories: Time Management & Personal Organization | Home Organization & Recycling