10 Minutes or Less to a Clean, Organized Bedroom

In one month, you'll have a whole new bedroom!

@vinnesagozali / Twenty20

They creep up on you slowly… the piles of unsorted clothing, unread books, and magazines, towels dropped near the closet door, and lonely socks that are without a mate. Before you know it, your bedroom is a disorganized mess. While taking a day or two for a thorough spring cleaning is quite satisfying, you might not have the time (or the desire!) for such an intensive chore. But never fear. You can still get your room looking almost as clean and neat, with only a small investment of ten minutes or less. The following simple tasks take only a few minutes each. Go ahead and spread them out over an entire month – or cross off the entire list in a day. The choice is yours, but either way, you are sure to end up with a bedroom that looks tidier than before you started.​

Steps to a Tidy Room

  1. Make your bed. It’s the quickest, easiest way to immediately improve the look of your entire bedroom. Not only that, but those few morning minutes have a big positive impact on the rest of your day.
  2. Toss dirty clothes into the hamper. If it's in your bedroom closet, rather than the laundry room, you're likelier to make use of it.
  3. Hang up clean clothes, or put them away in the appropriate drawer.
  4. Replace books on the shelves, and toss read magazines.
  5. Go through paper piles, sorting papers into trash, file, handle ASAP. Better yet, keep your work papers in another part of the house.
  6. Return any dishes or glasses to the kitchen.
  7. Empty the wastebasket.
  8. Vacuum underneath the bed.
  9. Vacuum the rest of the floors.
  10. Spot clean any stains on the carpets or rugs with commercial stain remover or vinegar diluted 1:3 with water.
  11. Use a Magic Eraser or damp rag to wipe down all the baseboards. You'll be amazed at what a difference it makes.
  12. Dab away any spots or scuffs on the walls.
  13. Clean your bedroom door, paying special attention to the area around the handle, and near the floor.
  14. Clean the closet doors.
  15. Wipe your bedroom mirrors with commercial or homemade glass cleaner.
  16. Use disinfecting wipes to clean your doorknobs and light switches.
  17. Dust the light bulbs and lampshades.
  18. Use a microfiber cloth to dust the furniture.
  19. Set houseplants in the kitchen sink, and shower them down to remove dust from the leaves.
  20. Dust knickknacks. If your room has an excessive collection, box some up for a charity donation or garage sale.
  21. Arrange your dresser top and nightstand. Keep only the necessities on display, along with one or two photos or other collectibles.
  22. Use your broom or mop to wipe away any cobwebs hiding in the ceiling corners.
  23. Sort through your sock drawer. Toss any socks with holes, saggy elastic, or stains. Put unmated socks into your rag basket, or throw them away.
  24. Spiff up your underwear drawer. Time to get rid of those old, stained, baggy panties. When you finish this entire list, treat yourself to some new, pretty undergarments. You deserve it!
  25. Give a quick look through your tee shirts. If any are hopelessly stained, ripped or ill-fitting, put them in your rag basket.
  26. Open your closet. Toss any shoes that are worn out, uncomfortable, stained beyond repair, or hopelessly out of fashion.
  27. Place your remaining shoes in neat pairs, whether on a shoe rack, in shoeboxes, or just neatly arranged on the floor of your closet.
  28. Organize your hanging clothing by type. Dress pants, dress shirts, casual pants, casual shirts, jackets, coats, etc.
  29. Remove any clothing that you know doesn’t fit, is stained, or is uncomfortable. Donate good items to charity, and throw the rest away.
  30. Fold sweaters and heavier clothing items and stack them on the closet shelf. This prevents shoulder sag.
  31. Straighten out your jewelry box. Untangle necklaces and bracelets, put earrings with their partners and put rings together.

Whether you worked your way through the entire list or only chose one or two small tasks to complete, you’ve made your room cleaner and better organized without breaking a sweat.