Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to clean up the mess of a nest you’ve been building all winter long. To make the process a little less stressful, this list breaks down bedroom spring cleaning into eight easy steps.
1. Put Clothes Where They Belong
Are your clothes strewn around the floor? Pick them up and put them in the hamper. If you have clean clothes that are haphazardly placed on a shelf, table, or other exposed area that is anything except hanging on the rod in your closet or put neatly in a drawer, then put them in one of those places. There shouldn’t be any clothes on the floor or where they don’t belong when you are through.
2. Care for Your Bedding and Mattress
If you haven’t done it in the last two weeks, strip all of the linens off of your bed and pillows. Make sure to wash them thoroughly. If it has been more than six months since you flipped your mattress, then now is the time to get that done. It is also the perfect opportunity to clean your mattress. Take one cup of baking soda, mix in your favorite essential oil if you like, and carefully spread it all over your mattress surface. Let it sit for one hour, then vacuum it up. Put fresh sheets and pillow cases on your bed and pillows.
3. Organize the Closet
Now it’s time to tackle the catch-all your closet area has become. Probably the easiest way to do this is to pull everything out first. Go through and get rid of anything that you don’t use anymore — including clothing. Chances are high that if you haven’t used something in the last year, you don’t need it. Put everything you are getting rid of into a trash bag for either the garbage or a donation center. Place everything you wish to keep neatly in the closet.
4. Declutter Dressers and Tables
Take absolutely everything off of your dressers and night tables. Go through the same process as your closet. Throw out anything you don’t need and neatly place the items you wish to keep in a designated position. Wipe down the surfaces before putting your things back.
5. Clean the Hardware
Now go through your bedroom and clean all of the door knobs, door frames, lamps, window sills, light switches, and any other hardware you have. A gentle spray and a microfiber cloth should do the trick for most of these. Be sure to switch off the lights and only handle light bulbs when they have cooled down.
6. Don’t Forget the Ceilings and Walls
Believe it or not, the walls and ceilings of your bedroom collect dust over time. Take a feather duster to get into the corners of the room and remove any hidden cobwebs. A damp cloth is useful for wiping down the walls and ceiling as best you can.
7. Get Those Curtains
If you have curtains or blinds on your windows, it’s time to wash them. Blinds can usually be cleaned with a damp cloth and mild detergent, but check your manufacturer’s care instructions first. Take the curtains down and wash them as directed. Wipe down the curtain rod and replace the curtains when dry.
8. Finish With the Floors
Lastly, vacuum your floor thoroughly. Be sure to use the hose attachment to get well into the corners and edged by the baseboard. You might also consider steam cleaning or shampooing the carpet. If you follow these eight simple steps, your bedroom will be spic and span in no time.