Cleaning 101

A Guide to Cleaning the Bedroom

A few simple daily acts can maintain a sparkling sanctuary and give you peace of mind.

By Mikkel Vang
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Bedroom To-Do List


Every Day 

  • Make the bed (two minutes)
  • Fold or hang clothing and put away jewelry (four minutes)
  • Straighten out the night-table surface (30 seconds)

    Every Week
  • Change the sheets (five minutes)
  • Dust all surfaces ― including electronics, books, picture frames, windowsills and ledges, and tops of door frames ― and remove all cobwebs (10 minutes)
  • Dust or mop the floors or vacuum the carpeting (five minutes)
  • Throw out old magazines (one minute)
  • Wipe the switch plates, doorknobs, and doorjambs (one minute)
  • Wipe and disinfect the telephone (30 seconds)
  • Empty the wastebasket (20 seconds)
  • Vacuum the heating and air-conditioning vents and the inside of the closet (three minutes)

    Every Season
  • Wash the insides of the windows (15 minutes)
  • Strip the bed and flip the mattress (five minutes)
  • Launder the mattress pad and dust ruffle
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