The key to cleaning a room quickly is an understanding of which tasks to tackle first and knowing which tools you need before you start (so you don't have to walk back and forth through your house a million times), as well as possessing a simple list of instructions in the order you need to go in to ensure that not much thinking is required. Find all that and more in this post.
- Vacuum (with a hand attachment)
- Dusting supplies of your choosing (like a gentle, all-purpose cleaner and an old wash rag)
- A broom (or something with a long handle)
- An old pillowcase
- Window cleaner, wash rags
Clean your bedroom in this order:
1. Declutter and pick-up
Take things that don't belong in the bedroom out. Throw dirty clothes laundry into hampers and rehang up any outfits that you may have tried on and left out. Clear off your surfaces as much as you can of things that don't normally go on them.
2. Take an old pillow case and dust your fan blades (if you have a fan) or clean out any ceiling light fixtures. (Important to keep your dirty sheets on your bed to catch any falling dust and spider webs.) → How to Clean Your Ceiling Fan The Easy Way and → How To Clean Ceiling Light Fixtures.
3. De-spider web
Take a broom to the corners of your ceiling to dust away any spider webs.
4. Start the laundry
Strip your bed and take all your dirty laundry from the hamper and start a load in the washer.
5. Dust all surfaces
Pay special attention to the nightstand and dresser tops. Don't just dry dust...use a moist cloth to really swipe up dust and lock it away from resettling. Don't forget about the tops of mirrors, art and any accessories in the room.
6. Wipe the windows and the mirrors with window cleaner
7. Wipe/dust the blinds and vacuum the curtains
Use a hand attachment with your vacuum to get to the hard-to-get spots. → Saturday Assignment: Clean Your Blinds!
8. Vacuum the floor
Spend extra time behind/under the bed and behind furniture. If you're feeling particularly bold, consider vacuuming the mattress. → How To Clean Your Mattress
9. Remake the bed
Take the time to try something new out so it feels like your room is clean and fresh. → 5 Quick Ways to Make Your Bed Look New By Bedtime (No Power Tools Required)
10. Set up your nightstand like a pro
Focus on function as well as aesthetics. → A Better Bedside by Bedtime: 6 Ideas to Make Your Nightstand Look & Function Better
What would you add to this list or would you switch the order of anything? Let us know!