Weekly Cleaning Routine: The Bedroom

Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Routine from HousewifeHowTos.comA weekly bedroom cleaning routine needs to consist of more than making your bed now and then and scooping up your laundry. Not only will regular weekly bedroom cleaning help your bedroom feel like a place of comfort and retreat, it’s essential for allergy sufferers.

Follow this routine to clean your bedroom each week and you’ll never have to close your door in shame again.

You will need:
Two bags or boxes
Cleaning cloths
Furniture polish (or make your own from a homemade mix)
Glass cleaner
Fresh bed sheets and pillow cases
Vacuum cleaner with upholstery and crevice attachments
Homemade air freshener or a jar of air freshener gel (optional)

  1. Start with a tidy bedroom using the daily cleaning routine. Skip making your bed.
  2. Pick up all trash and put it in one of the bags or boxes. Set it by the bedroom door.
  3. Gather the clutter that belongs elsewhere and put it in the second bag, also by the door.
  4. Get dusting: Work the room from left to right, top to bottom, and dust the window casings, furniture, and knickknacks. Polish as you go if you like.
  5. Polish the mirrors.
  6. Do smudge patrol by cleaning the light switches, door knobs and door jambs.
  7. Strip the bed. Take used bed linens to the laundry room.
  8. Start vacuuming. Using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment, vacuum the mattress while it’s bare. Switch to the crevice attachment and vacuum around the room where the floor meets the walls. Now, remove the attachment and vacuum the rest room.
  9. Empty the trash. Line your trash can with a plastic grocery bag or paper towel and return it to the bedroom.
  10. Make the bed.
  11. Finishing touches: Give the room a misting with air freshener if you like. Then take care of that bag of clutter which belongs elsewhere.


Honestly, I’m not a fan of bedroom cleaning day, but it makes such a huge difference in the quality of my sleep. Not only is there less dust in the air to irritate my allergies, but there’s just something about a freshly made bed that’s such a delight to sleep in. Or maybe I’m just extra tired after all that work.

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Printable Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Routine from HousewifeHowTos.com
Printable Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Routine (.pdf)

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  1. says

    This is such a good reminder about allergies! My husband has horrible allergies, but his nightstand is always so covered with his special things that it often gets overlooked while cleaning. Now I feel bad. But you can bet we’ll have a clean room by tonight! Thanks, Katie!


    • says

      My nightstand gets the same way. One trick I’ve learned as an allergy sufferer: it’s worth getting those hypoallergenic tissues. Kleenex puts out SO much lint whenever you pull one out of the box! I didn’t realize how horrible they were until I started setting my Kindle (with a black cover) on my nightstand next to my tissues.

      One night I had a horrible sneezing attack and kept grabbing the Kleenex. Sure enough, the next morning my Kindle cover was covered in tissue lint! I kind of wonder if the makers of Kleenex don’t plan it that way: the more lint, the more you sneeze. The more you sneeze, the more Kleenex you use. And so on.
      Scott’s makes a GREAT hypoallergenic tissue that doesn’t shed the stuff. It’s helped immensely.

      • says

        Good point! Sigh! We go through a LOT of tissues around here. When his allergies are really bad, a box a day is no problem!

  2. Lina Bickel says

    Your tips are great, Katie. I am good at picking up clutter and doing light cleaning but I don’t often enough get to things like dusting the curtain rods and cleaning out the trash can until I do a deep cleaning (which I hate). Your methods are much better and I’m going to be incorporating into my own routine!

  3. NotQuiteSusie says

    I’m totally printing this out & saving it to do every week! My bedroom doesn’t get as much cleaning attention as it should, that’s for sure.

  4. says

    My mom sent me over here for your childrens bedroom cleaning list… and I love all your lists SO much that I’ve printed them all out to add to my “housewife journal.” I so wish this one had a great little printable as well.

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