In the Bedroom

Bad Habit: Never Cleaning the Closet

A buildup of dust can attract moths. It doesn’t do your shoes any favors, either.
Good practice: Once a year, haul everything out and do a thorough cleaning. Use a long-reach duster (Microfiber telescoping duster, $18, containerstore.com) to sweep from the top down, starting with the ceiling. Hit shelves, then walls, then baseboards. Use the vacuum’s brush or crevice tool around the edges of the floor, then vacuum wall to wall. Before putting the clothes back, give them a quick shake, or go with a more serious treatment: Secure a nylon stocking over the vacuum’s upholstery tool with a rubber band and swipe garments, says Cobb. Going forward, clean the baseboards and the floor weekly to keep dust under control.