Your bedroom is a sanctuary and it should be treated as such. It means frequent cleaning, going through the nooks and corners, and keeping it as spotless as possible. However, with our busy lives and let’s face it, extreme laziness, it becomes a cluttered mess. You may even look at all the clutter and will yourself to clean it, but quickly give up when you don’t know where to start. So, to help you tidy up your bedroom, we have created 7 easy tips to organize yourself and get cleaning.
Here are the top 7 tips to thoroughly clean your bedroom:
- Equip Yourself
Like a soldier going to a combat zone fully armed and ready for battle, you need to have all the ammunition at your disposal. This includes equipping yourself with all the supplies needed to deep clean your bedroom. It includes trash bags for your clutter, a vacuum cleaner, cleaning cloth, a broom, baking soda, vinegar, and dusting supplies. Take a look around your bedroom and evaluate the areas you will need to clean. Your windows, floor, fan, bed, mattress, pillows, sheets and hangers for your clothes you probably haven’t picked up the past few days. Based on the areas, collect all the supplies and keep it near you. You are more likely to procrastinate if you don’t have the essentials by your side.
- Focus on the clutter
Most often, we own a lot of things that may have seemed cute at the store but is nothing more than clutter in your room. If you have more than one dreamcatcher, you have one too many. Netflix cleaning phenomenon, Marie Kondo said, “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.” Keep the décor to a minimal and remove the rest. At the same time, pick up all the clothes that you dropped while decided what to wear. Hanging your clothes rather than folding them makes it easier to put back. Chances are that once you clean the clutter, your bedroom looks much cleaner. But do not stop there, we have a lot more to go.
- Clean your mattress
Your mattress is the most important element in your bedroom and needs frequent cleaning. There can be an easy accumulation of dust and other grit if left unattended for a long time. With your upholstery attachment on, start vacuuming on from the top and work your way down. Stains created by sweat and bodily fluid will require a little more work. Baking soda and a scrub usually does the job well. The best way to protect your mattress from stains, bodily or otherwise, is by using products like Nectar’s waterproof mattress protector. However, while picking a protector, ensure you pick a breathable one so you sleep cool through the night.
- Wash the pillows
No, we don’t mean just the pillow cover, but it is important to clean your pillows as well. Your pillows are not only home to strayed drool but to dust mites, dead skin cells, fungus, and even fecal matter. Dirty pillows can often lead to allergies, wheezing, respiratory conditions and skin irritation that especially aggravate at night. Most pillows can be tossed in the machine, but it is always a good idea to check the information from the manufacturer. If not, you can always choose the gentler strategy of hand washing your pillows. If your pillow is worse for wear, trash it as well. To maintain a hygienic sleeping environment, purchase an easily washable pillow that helps you sleep better without worrying about what kind of grit is in it.
- Dust all surfaces
You may have not even noticed the little cobwebs on the ceiling or the dust bunnies hiding under your furniture but today you make it your mission to eliminate them all. Start from the ceiling and make your way down. Move your furniture around to ensure you get them all. You can use an old pillow cover to remove all the dust that has accumulated on the fan. Have with you a dusting cloth, glass cleaner or antibacterial wipes by your side handy and ready for the deep clean.
- Vacuum the Floors
The floors are often the easiest part of cleaning the bedroom. A dry sweep with a broom is sufficient. A carpeted floor would need a little more love. Start with a full vacuum sweep of the floors. Dirty carpets would need a carpet cleaner or a carpet shampoo, whichever you have in your supplies. If not, your handy baking soda or vinegar would work for stains as well. If you have spruced up your bedroom with a shag rug, you need to thoroughly vacuum it as well. You can also shampoo wash your rug or use a mild soap but again, take special care to check for cleaning instructions by the manufacturer.
- Wipe down your mirrors and windows
The worst thing about cleaning your mirror is the streaks. But remember, there is a right way to do it. Here’s what you need: rubbing alcohol to get rid of the dirt and grime, cotton pad and a glass cleaner which could just be a solution of vinegar and water. First, clean the mirror using a cotton pad and rubbing alcohol, spray it down it your vinegar solution and wipe it down with a cloth. Repeat for your windows. Don’t forget about the frames! There, you are done.
Cleaning guru, Marie Kondo said, “People cannot change their tidying habits without first changing their way of thinking.”
It is important to look at your bedroom and the other rooms in your home, with gratitude for all the security and constancy it has given you. With gratitude comes respect and with respect comes an innate need to keep it clean. A clean bedroom brings with it a sense of calm, an area of solace for all your moods. Make it a habit to clean regularly, even if it means you have to spend a few hours doing so.