If the kitchen is the heart of your home, what does that make the bedroom? We certainly spend lots of time in both rooms, but our bedrooms are particularly important: it’s where we can escape the world – including the chaos in the rest of the house – for rest and relaxation.
But it’s pretty hard to rest and relax when your bedroom is a mess. For that reason, you need to get organized – both literally and figuratively – and make your bedroom the clean and pristine sanctuary it deserves to be (and you deserve to have!).
As part of our series of cleaning checklists, here’s the latest: a guide for the daily, weekly, and monthly tasks you can do to tackle your bedroom (or hand to your kids as a new chores list for theirs). Using this bedroom cleaning checklist will bring another area of your home under control; if you want extra support getting started or maintaining a clean bedroom, we’re always here to help!
Bedroom Cleaning Supplies
First things first, before you jump in and start cleaning your bedroom, make sure you have all the cleaning supplies you’ll need beforehand. Having the cleaning supplies you’ll use in advance is your key to success. It will guarantee your cleaning session goes smoothly and you don’t have to abandon halfway through to get what you need.
Here are the items we recommend to get started:
- Microfiber Cloths
- Glass Cleaner
- Vacuum with attachments
- Warm water
Daily Bedroom Cleaning Checklist
Think of your daily bedroom cleaning checklist as a short, cleaning sprint. It’s all about three or four quick habits that will help you keep the mess at bay until your weekly cleaning session. Here’s what to do on a daily basis if you want to finally conquer your bedroom clutter.
Put Dirty Clothes in the Hamper
It’s easy to just leave all your dirty clothes on the floor or in a chair until a mountain of clothing starts to grow. You have to hit the gym, then drop the kids at school, and rush to attend that early morning meeting. Nonetheless, maintaining a “visually clean” room is crucial to ensure things don’t go overboard. Having a hamper in your bedroom can help you, so you don’t have to go all the way to the laundry room.
Put Away Clean Clothes
Now we’ll deal with the clean clothes. As you sort that pile of clothes, make sure to keep an eye for clean clothes; if they’re still clean after living in a pile with their dirty brethren, put them away in your closet, dresser, or wardrobe. You don’t have to organize them. Simply fold them or hang them.
Make the Bed
There are two types of people in the world: the ones that can’t start their day without making the bed, and the ones that see it as a pointless habit. The truth is that having your bed made will make everything look tidied up – even it is otherwise pointless to you. You can leave it open for 15 minutes for your bedding to breathe and then make it.
Declutter Nightstand & Dresser
The glass and coaster you used last night, the tissue, the book you’re reading, your iPad… whatever you have on your nightstand and dresser that doesn’t belong there, tidy it, put it in the drawer, or remove it.
Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Checklist
In the weekly bedroom cleaning checklist you’ll go a little deeper and tackle a few more messy areas within your bedroom. Remember that you’ll also include the chores from the daily checklist on whichever day of the week you do this weekly set of tasks.
Change the Sheets
Even if you go to bed after getting a shower, our bodies release moisture and sweat (especially in the summer) that sheets end up absorbing. This is why you have to change your sheets at least once a week. Also, few things compare to the feeling of your skin against crisp and cool sheets after a long day of doing chores.
Put Away Items that are Out of Place
Make sure you don’t have items that don’t belong to your bedroom scattered around. This doesn’t include just the glass you removed from your nightstand. It could be a cushion you borrowed from the living room, toys from your little ones, and other items.
Dust Visible Surfaces
Dust is the number one enemy of a clean room. So, grab a microfiber cloth and wipe down the surfaces of all your pieces of furniture. There are lots of little nooks and crannies that often get overlooked, so make sure to check out our list of The Top 15 Places You Forget to Clean in Your Home to ensure that you don’t miss a thing.
Empty Trash Can
Not everyone has a trash can in their bedrooms. If you do, make sure you empty it once a week. This will avoid you ending up with a can overflowing with paper and prevent musty smells.
Sweep the Floor
All that dust you removed when dusting the furniture and making your bed is now on your floor. Just a quick sweep a week will do the work to keep your floor looking shiny and clean, and finish your weekly bedroom cleaning checklist.
Monthly Bedroom Cleaning Checklist
If the daily bedroom cleaning checklist was a sprint, the monthly one is a marathon. Make sure you set aside enough time for you’ll go deep into your bedroom to leave it looking fresh and clean. You probably need at least an hour – maybe two – to get through all these tasks. Don’t forget that you’ll still want to do those daily and weekly tasks as part of this day’s cleaning.
Wash Blankets, Mattress Cover, Pillows & Duvets
Just like the sheets, the rest of your bedding needs a bit of attention. Your bedding collects dust and all kinds of germs, so the main reason to wash them is the hygiene factor. How often people wash their blankets, mattress cover, pillows, and duvets is subjective and depends on their habits. However, once a month is a good place to start.
Organize Bedroom Closet
Sooner or later you would have to deal with your closet – your monthly cleaning day is a good chance. The first time you do this will take the most time; subsequent months will be easier since only a month will have passed since your last deep dive.
Most of us hate cleaning and organizing our closet. However, having a cluttered closet where you can discern no difference between clean and dirty clothes is far worse. There are as many methods for organizing a closet as there’s people. Before you grab your head in despair not knowing where to start, check out our guide to help you clean your closet in just 15 minutes.
Dust Picture Frames & Décor
Bedrooms often represent who we are. So it’s no surprise we have them filled with photos from trips and special occasions, or paintings from our favorite artist. These items work like a magnet for dust and it’s important to not overlook them in your monthly cleaning session.
Make sure you use a dry microfiber cloth to clean the paintings too, which is gentle enough to remove dust without damaging them.
Sanitize Door Handles & Light Switches
Everyday objects are germ hotspots in your home. Grab a damp microfiber cloth and spray some sanitizing solution on it. Then wipe down your door knobs and light switches.
Wipe Down Mirrors & Windows
Mirrors and windows also are members of The Forgotten club. Use a microfiber cloth, or lint-free paper towel, spray some glass cleaner and wipe down the mirrors and windows. You won’t believe the difference it makes!
Following the top-to-bottom cleaning rule, vacuuming is the last chore in this checklist. You’ll want to vacuum all the surfaces first. For example, start with your furniture, then move to the upholstery, and so on. Below you’ll find the items that must be vacuumed by the end of the session:
- Window Treatments
- Under Furniture
And just like that, you now have a schedule for bringing one of your most beloved rooms back into control and cleaned up. Though guests don’t see your bedroom, it’s nice to have a tidy space for your own rest and recovery after each day.
If you’d like a hand getting your bedroom under control so that you can implement a bedroom cleaning checklist like this one, give us a call! Our Cleveland house cleaners will be happy to lend a hand and get your bedroom tidy in no time at all.