Use this bedroom Spring Cleaning checklist to turn your room into the restful, clean haven you deserve!
Around this time of year, I get the itch to jump into Spring Cleaning. Unfortunately, where I live mid-March is often cold and rainy, sometimes even snowy. That’s hardly proper weather for Spring Cleaning, which should always include opening windows to air out the house and — if you’re really ambitious — to allow your freshly shampooed carpets to dry.
So, while I might do a few early tasks like cleaning my mattress or scrubbing grout in the showers, I often wait until April to start my Spring Cleaning in earnest. By then, usually sunny enough to make every stain or speck of dust so obvious that I just can’t stand waiting one more day to start my deep cleaning.
You don’t have to wait until warm Springtime weather, though. In fact, if you have a lot of furry pets or family members with severe allergies or compromised immune systems you might even want to do this more often.
Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
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You will need:
- Bags or boxes for items that belong elsewhere
- Garbage bag
- Microfiber cleaning cloths
- Homemade furniture polish
- Homemade glass cleaner
- Long-handled duster
- Lint brush
- Vacuum cleaner with attachments
- (Optional: Homemade air freshener spray or gel)
1. Start with an all-over tidy. Perform the tasks for a daily bedroom tidy, but don’t bother making the bed.
2. Gather what doesn’t belong in the room. Collect all items that don’t belong in the bedroom and put them in one bag/box to discard. Gather up any knickknacks or other items you no longer want to keep. Put them in a second bag/box to donate. Pick up all trash, including any under the bed, nightstand or dresser, and put it in the garbage bag. Discard.
3. Remove linens to launder. Remove the drapes or curtains, which gather a frightening amount of dust over a year. Strip the bed of all linens, including pillows, but not the mattress cover. Take everything to the laundry room if they’re washable, or to your car if they must be dry-cleaned. (See my article, How To Wash Curtains.)
4. Start dusting. When dusting, it’s important to work from top to bottom, left to right. This way you’re not scattering dust over surfaces you’ve already cleaned.
- Dust the ceiling fan using a long-handled duster. Alternatively, you can slide a pillow case over the blades and run the edge back and forth — the dust will fall right into the case.
- Remove any pictures from the walls and place them on the bed.
- Now, starting at the door, dust the ceiling, window moldings, around windows, walls, corners, then baseboards.
- Using a dry microfiber cloth, dust the picture frames. Spray glass cleaner onto a clean microfiber cloth and wipe the fronts of the pictures. Rehang.
- Clean the inside of the windows, then any other glass surfaces in the room.
- Dust all remaining knickknacks and pictures.
- Remove the shade from lamps and wipe down the light bulb with glass cleaner. (Just be sure the bulb is cool first.) Run the lint brush over the inside and outside of the lamp shade and return.
- Strip the mattress cover from the bed and take it to the laundry room to launder.
6. Clean the mattress. Use these instructions to remove stains and get your mattress looking new again. Otherwise, use the upholstery attachment to vacuum the top and sides of the mattress then Flip and rotate it and vacuum the top again.
7. Vacuum the floor. If you can move furniture to vacuum beneath and behind it, do so. Use the floor attachment to get under your bed then, using the crevice attachment, vacuum around the base of the walls to remove dust buildup. Finally, vacuum the rest of the floor.
8. Take out the trash. Empty the trash can and wash it outside using 1 cup hot water, 1/2 cup white vinegar and a stiff scrub brush. Rinse well and let dry. (Keep your trashcan clean by lining it with a plastic grocery bag, or by placing a paper towel on the bottom.) Return all items that belong in other rooms.
9. Launder the linens. Return dried drapes or curtains to the windows. Wash your linens according to the label instructions. Return them to your bed when they’re completely dry.
Ready for the printable?
Printable Bedroom Spring Cleaning Checklist
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Note: This entry first appeared on April 12, 2012. It has been revised for republication.