A clean bedroom leads to a better night’s sleep and a better mood in the morning. Use this checklist to get yours spotless every week.
Busy people, especially parents, put their rooms last when it comes to cleaning. They’ll keep the kitchen spotless and do a weekly bathroom cleaning, of course. Once the kids are asleep, they may race around the family room picking up toys so they have a place to sit down for a few minutes and relax. 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!
How to Clean Bedrooms
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. Doing them in order will help you clean efficiently yet faster than ever.
Step One: Gather Equipment and Materials
The following list of equipment is specific to this weekly bedroom cleaning checklist. To see a detailed list of all the things I use to clean my home, check out my Recommended Products page for my reviews.
- Two bags or boxes
- Microfiber cloths
- An extension cleaning kit
- Furniture polish
- Glass cleaner
- Fresh sheets and pillowcases
- Vacuum cleaner with upholstery and crevice attachments
Step Two: Declutter
Cleaning and decluttering are not the same thing. If your bedroom never really looks clean even though you’ve spent all day “cleaning” it, you may be confusing the two. Always declutter before cleaning, so it’s easier to reach surfaces to remove dirt.
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, then grab a bag and pick up any trash you find.
Step Three: Dust and Polish
Once you’ve decluttered your bedroom and gotten rid of the trash, it’s much easier to clean things. 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 Four: Clean Smudges
Cleaning smudges and wiping down the other surfaces in your bedroom makes an enormous difference in how dusty it feels. That’s especially important if you have allergies, or if you’ve been waking up with itchy eyes.
For this step, use the glass cleaner and a dry microfiber cloth to polish mirrors, the inside of windows, light switches, and doorknobs. Then get a fresh microfiber 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 Five: Vacuum
The point of cleaning your bedroom in this order is to get the dirt off of other surfaces and onto your floor where it’s easy to vacuum away. There are still a couple of other things you’ll want to vacuum before you clean the floor, though.
• 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.
Go ahead and make your bed with fresh linens now that your room is clean. Then empty the trash and deal with the things you sat outside the door. Then put your cleaning tools away and you’re done until next time. Enjoy!
Printable Bedroom Cleaning Checklist
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