How to Clean Your Room

It might not be your favorite chore, but you don't want your sleeping space to be a mess. Follow these steps to clean your bedroom.

Your bedroom is the first space you see when you wake up in the morning and the last you look at when you go to sleep at night, so when it’s a mess, it really affects you. But because it’s the only room that isn’t typically seen when guests came over, it’s pretty easy to neglect. Cleaning your room has probably been a dreaded chore since you were a kid, of course—but it doesn’t have to be. It’s a simple task once you have a system for it. But there’s a bit of “housekeeping” to take care of first: Before you even start to sweep, swipe, or wipe anything down, it’s crucial to declutter the space. Clearing off your surfaces—the dresser, nightstands, that corner chair buried in a pile of clothes you tried on before work this morning and rejected—makes it quicker and less cumbersome to clean because you’re not having to constantly stop to put that stuff away. (And let’s face it: Your bedroom really shouldn’t feel like a dumping ground anyway. It’s meant to be a restful oasis.) Read on for more clever tips and expert tricks that make it easy to straighten up—and scrub down—your sleep space.

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Declutter the Room

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Photo by David Meredith

Before you even start to sweep, swipe, or wipe anything down, it’s crucial to declutter the space. If you struggle with too much stuff in the bedroom, it’s a good idea to set aside some time to purge items and straighten out the rest so that bedroom-cleaning doesn’t become overwhelming. The best method is to pick up each item and consider whether it belongs in the bedroom. If it doesn’t, find it another home in the house or toss it.

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Clear Off Surfaces

Clearing off your surfaces—the dresser, nightstands, that corner chair buried in a pile of clothes you tried on before work this morning and rejected—makes it quicker and less cumbersome to clean because you’re not having to constantly stop to put that stuff away. (And let’s face it: Your bedroom really shouldn’t feel like a dumping ground anyway. It’s meant to be a restful oasis.)

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Start From Top to Bottom

If you do it this way, you can easily get any dirt and dust that falls to the floor at the end. Tackle mirrors and windows by spraying glass cleaner or water on a microfiber cloth and wiping in a tight S-pattern from top to bottom. (A circular motion leaves streaks because it deposits debris back onto the surface.) Wipe down the other surfaces (the top of the dresser, your headboard, the nightstands) using an all-purpose cleaner or a solution that’s specially formulated for the material. If you have a TV in the room, you can dust the screen with a clean microfiber cloth or a coffee filter. (Don’t worry—it won’t scratch). Another smart time-saver: Use a hair dryer to quickly dust lampshades and curtains. Last, mop the floor or vacuum your rug.



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Dust Around and Under Your Bed

Use a microfiber cloth to dust the frame of the bed, and vacuum around the bed at least once every two weeks to eliminate all the fuzz. To cut down on dust bunnies in the future, avoid keeping anything under the bed. It’s harder to keep that area dust-free if you have to keep moving storage bins out from under there.

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Don’t Forget These Quick Tasks

If you really want to get it right, don’t forget the quick, little things that help a bedroom feel truly clean and sparkling: emptying the garbage, swiping the doorknob and light fixtures with an antibacterial wipe, and using an eraser pad to get rid of marks and scuffs on the wall.

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Add Some Storage

If you tend to clutter up surfaces in the bedroom, add storage spots to prevent that, like a tray on the dresser to hold miscellaneous items (glasses, your watch, your phone) or a valet stand to hang recently tried on clothes that would normally land on a spare chair. Adding dividers is the easiest way to keep your drawers and shelves neater (preventing a pile of sweaters from toppling over, for example). Also, adding hooks on the inner wall of the closet (for bags, scarves, and belts) can free up space on your shelves.



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Encourage Your Kids to Tidy Up

Getting kids to clean their bedroom can be tougher, of course, so the best approach is to get them to understand how their mess is affecting them. You could mention that it seems hard to get out of the house lately because your kids are having trouble finding things they need on the go. When they agree, suggest some solutions to keep their items organized, like a bin by the door for sports gear or school stuff. (Opt for open containers because a lid adds an extra step to putting items away.)