A bedroom is supposed to be your sanctuary, a place where you lie down at the end of the day and let your worries drift away. Instead, many times your bedroom can quickly turn into a storage area where you dare not let anyone enter. Keep things neat and tidy all week long with this step-by-step tutorial for a 15-minute quick bedroom cleanup.
How Often to Clean a Bedroom
The more frequently you clean your bedroom, the less likely it is that you'll have to do a big, top-to-bottom clean during your free time on the weekend. To keep your bedroom feeling neat, tidy, and relaxing, do your best to clean it at least every other day—even every day if you can manage.
Equipment / Tools
- A basket, bag, or box to put clutter items
- Vacuum cleaner
- Trash can or trash bag
How to Clean a Bedroom in 15 Minutes
Put Dirty Clothing in a Hamper
Since time is of the essence with this quick clean, don't worry about unrolling socks, and pulling shirts right side out. These tasks are easier to do while sorting the laundry. Just grab all of the dirty clothes and place them in the hamper.
Collect Clean Clothes and Refold or Re-Hang
Pick up any clean clothes and refold them or re-hang them in your closet. If you have a significant amount of clean clothing lying around waiting to be folded and hung, skip this step and place the clean clothing semi-neatly on your bed after you make it. You can hold your bed hostage and remind yourself to take a few minutes to put away the clothing before bed.
Throw Out Any Trash
This is not the time to determine if you're ready to trash old copies of magazines, or that pair of shoes you've needed to be repaired for two years. We're throwing away obvious trash like tissues and paper, not sorting through boxes and closets. Save the major trash sweep for when you have more time.
Make the Bed
Yes, we know there is a major debate about whether or not to make the bed—after all, you're just going to get back into it in a few hours! However, making the bed changes the look of a room and makes a space feel more inviting and look less cluttered. It's a small task that will make a big difference.
Pick Up Misplaced Items
Put any random items that don't belong in your bedroom into a basket, box, or bag. Don't try to take them back to their respective spots around your home one at a time—just put them all in one location for now and move on.
If it's been a long time since you have cleaned your bedroom, you may have a large accumulation of stuff that belongs in your room but is not in the proper place. Take a brief survey of this "stuff". If, in a minute or less, you can put it all away, do so. If not place it all in a container so that you can go through it and organize it later.
Mop, Sweep, or Vacuum
Don't move furniture to sweep or vacuum. Just do a quick run-through of your space to collect any obvious dust or debris. If you have a few minutes left over, grab the basket of "stuff" from the step above and place the items in it in their proper areas.
Put Away Your Supplies
As you put away your cleaning supplies, allow yourself to reflect on how much nicer this briefly-cleaned room is. If you keep up this regime regularly in your room, you'll always be able to find your bed. And isn't that what we all want?
Tips to Keep the Bedroom Clean Longer
- Remove clutter as soon as you see it. Clutter usually builds up when items do not have a place to be stored. Make sure all your items have a "home." If it doesn't, make space for it, discard it, or donate it.
- Dust or sweep daily. Five minutes with a pass of a broom or duster will stop dust and debris from accumulating.
- Keep drawers, closet doors, and hamper tops closed.
- Wipe down smudges and fingerprints on windows, mirrors, doorknobs, and high-touch surfaces.