Discover how simple it is to deep clean your bedroom this spring and throughout the year with these five quick and easy cleaning tips.
It is said that humans spend one third of their lives sleeping, so it goes without saying that one’s bedroom might require a pick-me-up by deep cleaning at least once a year.
In truth, bedrooms seem to be the storehouse for everything we seem to need or want, from clothing to jewelry, to books and photos, to prized knickknacks or chachkies.
These things have a way of taking over this very personal space and leaving room for little else.
But whether we acknowledge it or not, bedrooms should be a haven for peace and tranquility. A sanctuary where one can retreat and not be inundated with vast collections of stuff that only gathers dust.
That’s why spring is a great time to declutter and purge your room, although you can do this task anytime of the year.
Reasons You Should Clean Your Room
From a health standpoint, there are some very important reasons why you should clean your room.
The first is dust. This can aggravate your sinuses and encourage allergies.
The second is unclean surfaces and linens. These can harbor germs and bacteria.
But even more important, research indicates that a clean room may encourage better sleep.
And, this is especially timely as health professionals are very clear that sleep is important to good health.
If you’ve neglected your bedroom in the past, now’s the time to gather up your cleaning rags and vacuum, along with these helpful cleaning tips.
Cleaning Your Bedroom Checklist
If you want to know where to start when tidying your bedroom, it isn’t as difficult as you might think.
Use this 5-step checklist to clean and organize your bedroom, with a bit of decluttering and purging thrown in for good measure.
1. Remove Everything Except the Essentials
The first thing you want to do is to remove everything that is not essential. Start with the top of your dressers, then the drawers themselves, then move to the bedside tables, closet and finally around and under your bed.
The stuff you want to keep, set aside and the rest donate or dispose of as appropriate.
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I love the idea of deep cleaning my bedroom. This gives me the opportunity to purge my belongings and declutter at the same time.
2. Attack the Bedding
Next, remove your linens, blankets, pillows for a much needed clean. If you haven’t thought about replacing your pillows in a while, this might also be a great time to do so.
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3. Dust 1-2-3
Dusting takes many forms. Use a damp rag to remove the thick dust from all hard surfaces. And, follow with a micro fiber cloth to polish.
Try using a must-have product like a Stiffer Dusters extender to get to hard-to-reach picture frames, fan blades, door mouldings, ledges, and window casings.
Cleaning Tip: If you can’t move your bed out of the way, then do your best to at least clean around and under the bed. A good upright vacuum (I use a Hoover) or a canister vac will easily do the trick.
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4. Vacuum from Top to Bottom, Corner to Corner
You might have heard that vacuuming should precede dusting. This is because the vacuum, while it is great at cleaning carpets, does release some dust back into the room.
That being said, you can improve your vacuum’s cleaning power by using a HEPA filter. This filter is great for removing dust, dirt and allergens that affect the air quality and healthy state of your bedroom.
For me, I haven’t found that it really makes a difference either way, so I will leave it for you to choose what works best in your home.
To vacuum: start with the highest surface and move to the lowest. Get in the nooks and crannies and corners of the room. Don’t be shy to use the various vacuum attachments. And, be sure to vacuum around the perimeter of the mattress and, of course, under the bed. And, don’t forget the curtains and blinds.
Cleaning Tip: Vacuum your closet floor too to pick up any dirt and grime that has gathered over time.
5. Everything in It’s Place
Finally, it’s time to put everything back in place. Be sure to only bring back what you really need and either store or give away the extra stuff. You’ll be glad you did.
Now that you’ve completed the task of deep cleaning your bedroom for spring, learn more tips and tricks for cleaning the rest of the rooms of your home by visiting Wisconsin Homemaker’s Cleaning Section. Happy Sleeping!