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. When you're done with our bedroom cleaning guide, your bedroom will be neat, tidy, and prepared to give you a good night's rest.
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. From tearing tags off clothing to late-night snacking, small trash can build up easily. Throw away any trash 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.
Step 2: Clean 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.
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 laying 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, beat 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.
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.