30 minutes to a cleaner feed room

In half an hour you can turn a feed room from a cluttered mess to a functional space. Here's how to do it.

Feed rooms can quickly become cluttered catchalls. However, if you set aside a little time just twice a month for feed room cleaning, you can keep the space tidy and functional. Here’s how to do a targeted half-hour blitz.

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A clean-swept feed room and barn helps keep the rodent population in check

10 minutes: Sort through your supplements. Pick up each tub and do a visual inspection, then take a quick sniff of the contents. If a supplement has passed its printed expiration date or seems “off” in any way, throw it out. If the product is still good, give the tub a quick wipe-down for dust and make sure the proper measuring scoop is stored inside.

5 minutes: Do the dishes. Gather up any spoons, scoops and other utensils you’ve used to prepare meals. Take them home and run them through the dishwasher.

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5 minutes: Declutter. Place items in their proper place within the feed room. (If you’re short on space, a good weekend project might be installing a pegboard or small cabinet.) At the same time, collect all items that don’t belong in the feed room in a single box or bag. Take that container with you when you’re done, and deliver the items to their proper locations.

10 minutes: Sweep like you mean it. Ideally, you’ve been sweeping up grain spills as they happen, but you’ll still want to do a thorough sweeping to pick up accumulated dust and grain you may have overlooked. Move as many large objects—such as feed bins—as is feasible and reach back into corners with the broom.

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