Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

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Cleaning your bedroom each week helps control dust mites and other allergens. Use this checklist to cover all of the major surfaces in the proper order, and adapt it to your schedule as needed.

Busy parents often put their rooms last when it comes to cleaning. Once the kids are asleep, they may race around the family room, picking up toy clutter so they have a place to sit, but their own bedrooms are usually low on the list of priorities. That’s a shame, too, since having a clean room increases personal happiness. A clean bedroom also leads to a better night’s sleep, something that busy parents never seem to get enough of. So, don’t put your bedroom last — put it first!

Before You Begin

It’s a good idea to read through the steps below before printing the weekly bedroom cleaning checklist at the bottom of this article. That way, you’ll understand the steps involved. All of my house-cleaning checklists are divided into sections so they can be adapted to your life. If you have the time and energy, complete the checklist in one session. If you have limited time or are dealing with health issues, complete one section at a time as you can. When you’ve finished, you’ll have cleaned your entire bedroom from top to bottom.

Basic Bedroom Cleaning Tips

It is best to clean a room and its contents by cleaning things from the ceiling to the floor, working left from the entrance, and going all the way around the room. That’s what we mean when we say, “clean it top to bottom.” The reason for doing it this way is because it moves dirt off of surfaces down to your floor, where you can then vacuum it away. If you clean out of order, you may wind up shedding dust from one surface onto something you’ve already cleaned — and then it’s not clean at all.

It’s also important to use a damp cloth when dusting. Dry cloths spread dirt around, which means it winds up in your home’s air and then settles on other surfaces. Using a damp cloth and rinsing it often means you’re getting dirt out of your home, not just moving it around. That’s especially important if you have allergies, or if you’ve been waking up with itchy eyes.

Steps to Clean Your Bedroom

Equipment and materials you’ll need

  • Two bags or boxes
  • Microfiber cloths
  • An extension duster
  • Furniture polish
  • Glass cleaner
  • Soapy water
  • Fresh bed sheets and pillowcases
  • A vacuum cleaner with upholstery and crevice attachments

See my favorite products and tools to deal with dust.

Step 1: Pick up the clutter.

To declutter your room, fill one of the empty boxes with things that belong elsewhere in your home, like dirty dishes that need to go to the kitchen or towels that belong in the bathroom. Put the full box outside your bedroom door. You’ll put it away after finishing your room. Next, grab a bag and pick up any trash you find. Put it outside your door, too.

Step 2: Dust and polish.

Use the extension duster or microfiber cloths and follow the cleaning rule of working the room from left to right, top to bottom, so you’re moving the dust down to the floor where you’ll vacuum it. Dust your room in the following order: walls, window casings, furniture, and decorations. If you want to polish your furniture, do it after you’ve dusted it to avoid leaving streaks. Try this homemade furniture polish for a protective, natural shine.

Step 3: Clean other surfaces.

For this step, use the glass cleaner and a dry microfiber cloth to polish mirrors, the inside of windows, light switches, and doorknobs. If the cloth begins to feel wet, switch to a dry one to avoid leaving sreaks on your glass surfaces. Then get a fresh microfiber cloth damp with water and wipe smudges or scuffs on your walls and baseboards. If you haven’t cleaned either of those in a while, you may want to spend some more time cleaning stains on walls or deep-cleaning your baseboards.

Step 4: Vacuum.

Blinds and curtains: Use your vacuum’s dust brush attachment to clean these. If you’d rather, you can wash your curtains and may be able to wash your blinds, too, depending on the material.

Your mattress: Switch to the upholstery attachment and vacuum your mattress while it’s bare. If you’ve got the time, you can clean your mattress stains, too.

The base of walls: Switch to the angled crevice attachment and clean around the bedroom walls where they meet the floor. Be sure to aim the attachment so the open end travels along the floor to get the most dirt.

The floor: Remove the attachments and vacuum your floor slowly, in overlapping strokes going from one wall to the other. Then turn 45 degrees and repeat, so you’re vacuuming properly and getting up all the dirt.

Step 5: Make the bed and put things away.

Remove your comforter and sheets and make your bed with fresh linens now that your room is clean. You may want to launder your comforter or duvet, too. Then empty the trash and deal with the things you sat outside the door. Once you’ve put your cleaning tools away, you’re done until next time. Enjoy!

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  1. robin bickel says:

    Hi Katie. Love your lists but I do have a question. What do you suggestion for a knick knack and photo lover? Dusting them all every week is an overwhelming task.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Robin,
      One thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need to do a perfect job. As the saying goes, “done is better than perfect.” So, don’t focus on picking up each knickknack and framed photo every week to wipe the dust from all surfaces. Run an electrostatic duster over and between them, and you’ll get most of the dust. Then every week pick a group or two that you do want to wipe carefully and do them. Rotate groups from one week to the next and you’ll stay on top of it. 🙂

  2. Becky Lein says:

    Hi Katie!

    Your book about organizing my house in 30 days has changed my life! I am not exaggerating. I just turned 50 but I have been a messie all of my life and just couldn’t figure out how to clean! It has always been so overwhelming. Just having the Every Night Kitchen Checklist alone has made an incredible difference in our home. It did take me over a week to complete the first day of the book. After that it has taken several days to do the other tasks on days 2-4 because of home renovations (but I think I will find myself ahead of the game when it comes to closet clean-outs, lol).

    I just wanted to say thank you. You make everything seem so doable. I have hope AND a clean bedroom and kitchen that have stayed that way with little effort for over a week (This is an incredible feat!). You are such a blessing!

    Keep up the great content and tips!

    Everyone else….BUY THE BOOK!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I am so glad my book helped you! And, wow, cleaning house while also doing renovations is a major undertaking — my hat’s off to you!

  3. Tower Harvey says:

    Good morning, I came across your site a few weeks ago, I read most and took the tips, but sadly I lost the motivation as you said could happen. But I’m now gearing myself up to tackle my spare room which I will say gets highly cluttered and stuff to get rubbish dumped etc, so I’ll report back with the times exactly to see if over the week I got it down to 20 minutes per day.

    The cleaning sheets, cleaning products. Boxes marked trash bags plus a removal truck is on stand by im ready, I’m gonna follow these steps down to the last one. Each day write down how long its took thanks to a timer.

    Hopefully I succeed,

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Tower,
      It can seem overwhelming in the beginning but any effort you put in is still making progress. You got this!

  4. Thank you! So helpful!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      What is it about us moms, always putting our bedrooms at the bottom of the list? I do it, too, and then wind up sneezing, tossing and turning all night if I’ve slacked off on cleaning it. No wonder I’m always so tired!

  7. 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!

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’m glad you’re finding them helpful, Lina!