A serene bedroom with a freshly made bed and superimposed in one corner is the weekly bedroom cleaning checklist.

The Essential Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

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Ever stayed at a 5-star hotel? Soft sheets, not a speck of dust anywhere. Some even have their own signature fragrance— or so I hear. Me? I use my bedroom cleaning checklist to create that experience each week.

Now, don’t just scroll to the end to grab the printable bedroom cleaning checklist. It’s important to understand what’s involved and why I put things in this exact order.

What You Need to Clean Your Bedroom

• Cleaning supplies: Furniture polish, glass cleaner, disinfecting wipes, floor cleaner, linen spray (optional). If you are sensitive to fumes and harsh chemicals, check out my homemade versions of all of these.

• Cleaning equipment: Trash bag, box, microfiber cloths, fresh sheets, vacuum cleaner, plus a mop and bucket or spray bottle.

Prep Your Bedroom for Cleaning

  • Clear away clutter so it’s easier to dust and vacuum: put things away, then collect the trash.
  • Now, grab the things that don’t belong in your room and stick them in the box.
  • Set all that stuff outside your bedroom door and yank the sheets off the bed, but leave your mattress protector in place to do it’s job through the next step.

No, this doesn’t count as cleaning: decluttering is an entirely separate practice.

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Work Down and In

Cleaning a bedroom is about moving dirt down then out, starting from the outside and working your way in.

Move the dust down and out: Grab a damp cloth and work from high spots to low ones, so you’re moving dust down toward the floor. Rinse your cloth often, so you aren’t spreading the mess. Go over handles and switches with a disinfecting wipe before moving onto the next spot.

Work outside in: Start at the walls then wipe the window frames, blinds, and sills. Next, wipe your furniture, photo frames and lamps.

Polishing after dusting is optional. I use a homemade furniture polish that moisturizes wood when it looks dull. But if you like the shiny look, go for it.

Did You Know?

Furniture polishes like Pledge and Zep contain silicone (dimethicone) which makes furniture feel smooth but can lead to sticky buildup and attract dust.

Get the Dirt Out

Use the crevice attachment around the base of your walls and heavy furniture. A surprising amount of dust collects there (and pet hair if you have them) since it has nowhere else to go. The crevice tool pulls it out of these tough spots, and out from the tiny gaps.

I vacuum my mattress protector at this point to remove any dust that may have settled while cleaning. The upholstery attachment’s perfect for that or, if you’ve got the energy, go ahead and wash it.

Next, switch to the floor attachment so you can get those dust bunnies under the bed. If you have carpeting, use the roller brush. For hard floors, stick with the felt roller or the one with flexible fins so they don’t scratch your floor.

Got hard floors? Time to mop. Start opposite the door and clean your way out of the room. With my homemade floor cleaner, you don’t need to rinse.

Wrap it Up

While the floor dries, carry those used sheets to the laundry room and get them going in the wash. No Mount Laundry here! Then put away everything in the box of stuff you’d collected and throw away the trash.

Now, head back to your clean bedroom to make your bed with fresh, crisp sheets and give it a light misting of linen spray for that 5-star feeling—minus the room service bill.

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10 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Thank you! So helpful!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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. 🙂

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