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Fresh Start: Your Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Don’t you just love how serene and fresh a good bedroom Spring Cleaning leaves your room? I love how it gets rid of that musty, dusty feeling a long winter can leave.

If you’re also ready to welcome sunnier days, grab your cleaning supplies and let’s start in on my Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist. And for newsletter subscribers, there’s a detailed printable version at the end.

Supplies and Equipment You’ll Need:

Don’t let running out of your favorite cleaning spray derail the time you’ve set aside to Spring Clean your bedroom.

If you don’t have all the cleaning products you need, use my recipes for homemade cleaners to whip up a powerful DIY alternative. Chances are you’ve already got everything you need in your kitchen or bathroom.

  • Empty trash bags or boxes
  • Cleaning cloths or rags
  • Long-handled duster
  • Lint brush
  • Vacuum cleaner with attachments
  • Mop and bucket
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • All-purpose cleaning spray
  • Furniture polish
  • Glass cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Air freshener (optional)

Step 1: Clear the Clutter.

Even on Spring Cleaning days, I still do my daily whole house tidy, which means I’ve already picked up any dirty clothes from the floor and put stuff away in the nightstand and dresser.

So, the next step is dealing with all the clutter that seems to collect in the bedroom under the bed, on the dresser, in the nightstand, you name it.

For this, grab a couple of boxes and a trash bag, and start adding stuff: things that go elsewhere go in one box, things you want to donate go in another, and trash goes in the bag.

You might want to label the boxes, so you don’t get them confused like I did one year when I had to rush to Goodwill and ask for my son’s teddy bear back.

Step 2: Prep the Room.

Spring Cleaning is about getting all the nooks and crannies in a room clean. So take down the curtains, pull off the bed linens and pillows, and take them all to the laundry room.

Leave the mattress cover in place for now, though.

Then wrap up the room prep by removing pictures and artwork from the walls, so they aren’t in your way for the next step. Set them on the bed—that’s why we left the mattress cover in place).

Step 3: Dust and Polish.

When dusting, it’s best to work from top to bottom, left to right. This way, you’re not scattering dust over surfaces you’ve already cleaned.

You may find it easiest to use a long-handled duster for tall things. For items within reach, use a damp microfiber cloth and rinse it often.

  • Dust the ceiling fan using the long-handled duster or slide a pillowcase over the blades to catch dust.
  • Dust the ceiling, walls, and doorframes. Use all-purpose cleaner or soapy water and a microfiber cloth to clean grimy areas.
  • Dust the blinds, if you have them, and window trim and sills.
  • Dust the baseboards. I clean the baseboards with the long-handled duster.
  • Dust the picture frames.
  • Dust your furniture, then polish any wood.

Did You Know?

Did you know many commercial furniture polishes contain silicone that traps humidity and actually attracts dust? Use my homemade furniture polish for a natural clean that moisturizes and protects wood, too.

Step 4: Clean Glass Surfaces.

Now that the walls are clean, it’s time to get that artwork back up. But first, polish any glass in framed pictures and rehang them.

Use the glass cleaner and fresh cloths to clean the mirrors, inside of windows, and other glass surfaces. Remember to switch to a fresh cloth as soon as the one you’re using feels damp to avoid streaks.

Step 5: Clean the Lighting.

Turn off any overhead lights and lamps in your room to give them time to cool down. Remove their shades, and wipe the cool bulbs with glass cleaner and a fresh cloth.

Once the bulbs are clean, wipe the lamp base and cord. A lint roller will get most dust off of the lampshade, though you can also clean your lampshades more thoroughly with your vacuum’s brush or crevice tool.

This Checklist Worked!

This checklist worked my room is spotless. It looks like I just moved into my room. 
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Step 6: Clean the Bed.

Now that we’re done disturbing dust, it’s time to pull off that mattress cover and take it to the laundry room.

Then, pull the bed away from the wall and use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the bed frame. I’m always surprised at how much dust I find there when I’m Spring Cleaning my bedroom!

Next, vacuum the mattress with the upholstery attachment. If you have an upholstered headboard, go ahead and vacuum it, too.

Remove any mattress stains you find and rotate the mattress end to end. Vacuum behind and beneath where your bed usually sits then push it back into place. You’re going to love how fresh your bed feels later tonight!

Step 7: Finish Vacuuming then Mop.

Pull the rest of the furniture in your room away from the wall and vacuum beneath and behind it. This is a lot of work, I know, but it’s details like this which distinguish Spring Cleaning your bedroom from the usual routine.

If pulling the furniture out isn’t possible, use the crevice attachment to go around the base of it then continue with that attachment to where your walls and floor meet. Switch to the floor attachment and clean the rest of the floor.

  • If you have hard flooring, try my homemade floor cleaner—you don’t have to rinse, and it kills germs!
  • If you have a carpets or area rugs, you can remove most spots with warm, soapy water. This is a good time to steam clean your carpet, too.

Step 8: Finishing Touches.

Finish your bedroom Spring Cleaning by rehanging the curtains, then make the bed with your freshly laundered mattress pad and clean linens.

If you’re an air-freshener fan, give the room a spritz. (I make my own and the “Spring Clean” scent recipe is my favorite this time of year. Go figure!)

Finally, take the time to deal with the boxes of stuff you’d put aside: take the donation box to your car, dump out the trash, and put away items that belong in other rooms.

Just remember what I said about not confusing them: the guy at Goodwill assured me things like that happen all the time when people start their Spring Cleaning!

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    1. Katie Berry says:

      You’re welcome!

  1. This checklist worked my room is spotless. It looks like I just moved into my room. Thank you for posting this checklist.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You’re welcome, Olivia. You did all the hard work — I just made a convenient printable. Enjoy your spotless room!

  2. These tips are great. Keep them coming

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Thank you, Max!

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