Your sanctuary is beginning to look more like the last place you want to be. Take the time to organize and clean your primary bedroom with this step-by-step tutorial. Cleaning and organizing your primary bedroom will give you back a peaceful night's rest.
About This Term: Primary Bedroom
Many real estate associations, including the National Association of Home Builders, have classified the term "Master Bedroom" as discriminatory. "Primary Bedroom" is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.
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- Start with the 15 Minute Bedroom Cleanup or for a child's room the 15 Minute Kid's Room Cleanup. This will help get your primary bedroom into a workable place for you to begin.
- Dust down the ceiling and corners in the primary bedroom. Consider if the walls in your home need to be washed. Don’t forget air vents, doorknobs, and switch plates. Dust and clean all wall art. Be careful when cleaning framed art and photographs. Never spray cleaner or water onto the frame. The liquid can seep behind the glass and damage the pictures. Instead, use a lightly wetted clean cloth to wipe the frame and glass.
- Clean the ceiling fan in the primary bedroom.
Dust the fan and fan blades. You may need to use a gentle cleanser like Murphy’s Oil soap mixed with water and a cleaning cloth. Take down light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing.
- Take down draperies and curtains to wash or have cleaned according to the directions. Dust down any blinds and other window treatments. Dust down and wash window sills and corners. Wash the inside and outsides of windows. Take down and rinse off screens before replacing.
- Wash all bedding, comforters, mattress pads, pillows, etc. from your primary bedroom. Vacuum and flip your mattress over to provide even wear. Clean out from under your bed. Replace bed with clean bed linens. Make the bed.
- Dust down and clean all accent lamps and knickknacks in the primary bedroom. Use a vacuum attachment or duster to clean the lamp shade, lamps, and any extra decorative items.
- Dust down all dressers, chests, and nightstands. Clean any mirrors and glass.
- Clean flooring in the primary bedroom.Dust and mop for hard floors. Professionally clean carpet or vacuum and spot treat for mildly soiled floors.
- Use the 4 container method to go through the closets, drawers, and boxes.
Put the keep items back into the closet.
- Inventory primary bedroom changes. Take the chance now to inventory the furniture, bedding, and decorations in the primary bedroom. Make a list of items that may need to be replaced or updated. Next time someone needs a gift idea, or you find a surplus in your household budget, you'll have your list ready.
- Either do the closets first or save them for last. Don't try to get started decluttering in the middle. You might get distracted and end up with nothing done.
- Music, an audiobook, or a good friend on speaker phone are great ways to help pass the time.
- Don't skip under your bed. For many of us, it can be scary, but it has to be done eventually.
- Don't forget to go through the clothing, shoes, and accessories in your closets and drawers. Carefully pack away seasonal clothing that may be taking up needed space.