Create the peaceful bedroom you deserve with our step-by-step room cleaning checklist. In just an hour, you can have a neat and tidy space primed for sweet dreams.

By Hannah Bruneman and Jessica Bennett
Updated September 17, 2020

A messy bedroom can add to everyday stress, cause anxiety, and even interfere with your quality of sleep. A clean, organized sleeping space, on the other hand, helps encourage relaxation and restfulness when you hit the sheets at night. A few simple housekeeping tasks can turn your bedroom into a more inviting environment that leaves you feeling calm and well-rested for the day ahead. So when life starts to feel hectic, bring some tranquility back to yourself by dedicating just an hour to cleaning your bedroom.

By dividing your chore list into quick, efficient tasks, you can cover all your bedroom bases, including surfaces, linens, and even your floors. This strategy helps you get the job done quickly and efficiently, meaning you can spend more time relaxing and less time stressing about the mess. Use this room cleaning checklist as a guide to creating a schedule that works for you. As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to complete this list of cleaning tasks about once a week. When you're done with our bedroom cleaning checklist, your space will be neat, tidy, and prepared to give you a good night's rest.

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Step 1: Take Out Trash

Begin by taking care of simple, everyday messes. If you don't already have a small wastebasket in your room, we recommend getting one. Whether it's from tearing tags off clothing to late-night snacking, small trash can build up easily. Throw away any trash around the room first, then empty the wastebasket.

Editor's Tip: Keep extra trash bags in the bottom of your wastebasket. When it's time to empty it, you'll have liners handy after you've removed the existing trash bag.

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Step 2: Pick Up Dirty Clothes

Find your floor again by picking up any articles of dirty clothing and placing them in a hamper. If you can fit a hamper in your closet, opt for an open bin, which is easier to use during rushed mornings when it's tempting to drop clothes on the floor.

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Step 3: Put Away Clean Clothes

While your mind is already on laundry, take some time to fold and put away any clean laundry you have lying around. A few minutes is all it takes to clear your floor space and tuck shirts and pants into dresser drawers. For an organized bedroom closet, make sure to hang blouses and sweaters facing the same direction. This will also make choosing outfits in the morning easier as you file through your clothes.

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Step 4: Strip Your Bed

Even if you shower before bed every night and keep food out of the bedroom, your sheets need to be washed and changed regularly. Take the time to strip the bed as you clean the rest of your room. Remove the comforter, sheets, and pillowcases. If you have a duvet with a cover, remove the cover and wash it with your sheets. The comforter should be washed occasionally, but it is not necessary to include in the laundry each time you wash your bed linens.

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Step 5: Clear Surface Clutter

With bigger tasks taken care of, it's time to focus on the details, starting with surface clutter. Nightstands, dressers, vanities, and desks are all prone to becoming drop zones for small daily objects that accumulate over time. Take a few minutes to put these items back in their rightful homes. If you notice a daily habit, such as commonly picking up keys, applying cosmetics, or choosing jewelry, consider creating an organization system for these frequently-used items. A small, decorative tray on the dresser is a no-fuss way to corral earrings and other accessories, while a small box in a nightstand drawer stays at the ready for tucking away reading glasses.

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Step 6: Wipe Surfaces Clean

Now that your bedroom is free of clutter, the next step is to wipe down all surfaces. Choose the appropriate cleaner, whether that be a dusting spray, glass cleaner, or antibacterial wipes, for your surface and get to work. Wiping down the tops of tables is obvious, but also pay attention to the legs of chairs and fronts of dressers and nightstands. If you have a four-post bed, take some time to clean the posts and your headboard, as these rarely-touched features are prone to dust bunnies.

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Step 7: Dust Curtains and Light Fixtures

Curtains need dusting, too. Lampshades, window treatments, and light fixtures collect dust as fast as the other furniture pieces in your room. You can lightly dust these features with a duster, or you can use your vacuum on a low setting to get them clean. This important step helps clear your bedroom of allergens as well.

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Step 8: Wipe Down Windows and Mirrors

Let the light shine through your windows without any smudges or scratches disrupting your view. With a streak-free cleaning agent, wipe down all windows or glass-paneled doors in your bedroom. While you're at it, wipe down mirrors as well. If you have young kids in the house, be sure to wipe down low, as there are probably tiny fingerprints at the bottom of the windows.

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Step 9: Vacuum or Sweep

A bedroom that's spotless from top to bottom isn't possible without cleaning the floors. If you have hardwood floors, remove and vacuum any rugs before sweeping the entire floor. Sweeping should get the job done; save mopping for a deeper seasonal clean. For carpeted bedrooms, clear out the dust bunnies with a vacuum.

For either method, reach as far under the bed and heavy furniture as you can. If you have a lightweight side table or chair that can be moved easily, put it in the hallway as you clean your floors.

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Step 10: Remake Bed

Is there anything better than slipping under the covers with fresh sheets? To save time, make your bed using a spare set of sheets while your original linens wash. Once your laundry is ready, replace the duvet cover over your comforter and finish making your bed.

Now that you know the steps, make your bedroom tidying routine run smoothly with this easy-to-follow room cleaning checklist. Consider printing it out to keep it handy when it's time to clean up.

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Comments (7)

February 19, 2019
Actually I found this very helpful in that I have a brain injury and I will forget how to do it, so this is a great reminder. Thank you! I will write down the steps so I can refer to do it when I go blank!
January 4, 2019
no way i can do that in an hour but thanks
September 5, 2018
This is a great set of quick tips! Thanks for writing it. I appreciate your work!
September 3, 2018
As a therapist, I have seen a number of people, young and old, who do not know how to clean their living spaces for a variety of reasons. ANY of them. Some of those reasons for never have being taught include: 1. Their mother always did it for them (crippling them). 2. They may have an illness like depression or chronic pain and cannot do it all at once. 3. They don’t have enough space and their issue is not with knowing how to clean it but efficient use of space so they can clean it. Not everyone has the time to do this, the ability, or the budget to pay someone else to do it. Some people wish they had this problem.
September 3, 2018
To me, this is not a deep clean. This is normal clean. My deep clean involves removing everything I can from the room and going from there.
September 2, 2018
Boy you’ve taken literary licenses to a whole new level with this article and I suspect you haven’t cleaned many rooms including a bedroom. If you’re looking for efficiency you need to reassign the steps. #1 should be stripping the bed, it creates dust when you strip the covers off. #2 should be dusting, anything, furniture, light fixtures etc. and while you’re at it clean the mirrors and windows. (Although window cleaning is usually a separate task requiring water, soap, and a good squeegee.) Also I don’t understand why wiping surfaces is a separate step, I mean your already dusting so just have your cleaner handy and wipe whatever as you go. Tip: always dust from the top down. The #3 take out the trash and #4 Vacuum; sweep and lastly #5 remake the bed. Notice I eliminated #’s 2, 3 and 5. If your readers don’t keep their room uncluttered, and can’t be bothered to pick-up their dirty clothes or put away their clean ones then they aren’t going to bother to read your article, are they?
September 2, 2018
I can't believe you made an article out of this or that anyone wouldn't know the basic/simple steps to clean a bedroom.