Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

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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.

Cleaning products and supplies on a chair in a modern, clean bedroom

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

Time needed: 30 minutes.

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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Clean other surfaces

    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.

  5. Vacuum in order

    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.

  6. Finishing touches

    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. Once you’ve put your cleaning tools away, you’re done until next time. Enjoy!

Printable Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

Printable bedroom cleaning checklist to use weekly for a clean room
Tap to open a .pdf for printing or to save to your device.

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  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!

    1. Katie Berry says:

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

  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.

    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!

  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. 🙂