You’re One Weekend Away from a Cleaner Bedroom (and Better Sleep)

published Jan 24, 2020
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The January Cure is a long-standing Apartment Therapy tradition, helping you clean and declutter your home for the year ahead. We tackle one assignment each weekday throughout the entire month. It’s not too late to sign up and join (it’s free!).

When I was a teenager, my bedroom was constantly a mess. I would toss clothes and magazines around until practically every inch (except a me-sized space on the bed) was covered. The only time it would get clean was when my parents get exasperated and finally yell at me to clean it or else. Now that I’m an adult, my room is still a mess of clothes and magazines. But my parents aren’t here to yell at me about it.

What does nag at me to clean my room is knowing that a cleaner bedroom leads to better sleep. The National Sleep Foundation’s Bedroom Poll found that fresh-smelling sheets made people more likely to go to sleep earlier and sleep more comfortably, and a majority of respondents said that clean air and a clean bedroom is important in getting a good night’s sleep.

So let that fact (and me) be your parent today and hear this: It’s time to clean your room!

Credit: Chloe Berk

Today’s Assignment: Clean the bedroom and treat yourself to flowers.

First, treat yourself to flowers or a plant or something to give your space some extra life. Then, give your bedroom a thorough cleaning.

What constitutes a “thorough” cleaning will be different depending on the amount of clutter in your bedroom and your standards of cleanliness. So don’t worry too much about checking off the right boxes, and instead focus on doing what you can this weekend to improve your bedroom before Monday morning rolls around.

But because I know some people thrive on a checklist, here’s what I would try and do in my space:

  • Pick up and put away all your clothes, books and belongings
  • Declutter any surfaces (remove things like change and jewelry from the top of the dresser, for instance, and put it all in the proper places)
  • Strip the bed
  • Launder all your bedding
  • Flip and/or rotate the mattress
  • Vacuum the curtains and clean the blinds
  • Clean your windows and mirrors
  • Dust any surfaces and wipe down light switches, fixtures, and the ceiling fan
  • Push aside the bed, side tables, and dressers and vacuum and clean under them
  • Remake the bed

Then enjoy a sound sleep (and maybe a good book) in your clean room!

Credit: Zoe Burnett

It’s not too late! Here are a few ways to participate in the Cure:

The Cure doesn’t just happen in January. If you want to take your efforts to the next level, any time of year, pick up a copy of Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure book.

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