Do you look around your bedroom in despair, wondering how it ever got so messy? Instead of being your sanctuary, it makes you anxious to consider that this is how you live.

Despair not. To get your bedroom from disaster to desirable, you simply need a plan. Taking the right approach allows you to efficiently get things put away while establishing a system that will keep things in order.

Keep reading for tips and strategies on how to clean a bedroom.

What You’ll Need

Having the right tools on hand makes the job go much quicker. Having to stop mid-clean to find the window cleaner or vacuum attachment can ruin your momentum. Having this beforehand gets you started right.

The types of things you’ll need are:

  • A vacuum cleaner with attachments
  • Cleaning rags or cloths
  • Glass cleaner
  • Warm water and soap
  • Disinfectant spray or wipes
  • Duster
  • A bin for garbage and recycling

Set the Mood

Before getting started, you need to get in the right headspace for the job ahead. Put on some comfy clothes and turn on some upbeat music. Open your curtains and windows and gather your tools: It’s time to clean.

Gather Your Washables

Stripping your bed and gathering your dirty laundry is a great first step in cleaning your room. As these are large items, they have a strong visual impact on your progress, keeping you motivated.

Don’t start a load of laundry yet, though. You’re likely to find more washables as you clean.

Take Out the Trash

The next step is to remove anything and everything that doesn’t belong. Having places to put your garbage and recycling lets you move quickly, allowing you to quickly sort through what needs to go.

Take this time to return any dishes or cups to your kitchen. Don’t worry about washing them now. Stay focused on your bedroom for the moment (and try not to think of still having to clean the kitchen!)

Sort Your Belonging

Now that the laundry has been put away and the garbage has been cleaned up, turn your attention to the things that belong. Sort items by type, and put away anything that doesn’t need to be displayed.

Having a storage bin or box for various items allows you to keep the clutter away while still allowing easy access. This helps you manage those things that you’re just not sure what to do with.

Clean the Surfaces

Now that your room is starting to return to order it’s time to turn to the surfaces. Starting from the top and working down, dust your ceiling, walls, and floors

Light fixtures and ceiling fans can house a surprising amount of dust, so don’t forget to clean them well. Same with dressers and bookshelves. Surface cleaners work great at getting out any marks or stains while also collecting dust.

Finally, sweep or vacuum your floor. When finished, return anything you had to move to its rightful spot.

Put Everything Back In its Place

Now that everything is clean and tidy, make your bed, take out the garbage and recycling, and return your cleaning items to where they came from. You can set up any items you want to be displayed now, too.

How to Clean a Bedroom: Final Thoughts

What’s the best thing about knowing how to clean a bedroom? Relaxing in it now that you’re done. Enjoy the clarity that comes with a well-organized room, and reward yourself for a job well done.

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