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Nightstand piled high with books and clutter. Clothes draped on chairs and doorknobs, closets full of too much stuff. Doesn’t sound much like the sanctuary it should be does it? Your bedroom needs to be that welcoming spot you go to at the end of a long day and find peace and comfort. It’s time to spring clean your bedroom and create the oasis you deserve!
Spring Clean Your Bedroom
If you haven’t taken the time prepare your home for spring cleaning, consider reading Strategies For Successful Spring Cleaning so you can adequately get your home ready by decluttering before you dive into the spring clean of your bedrooms.
Before you get started, gather all of your supplies together. Preferably you have a well-stocked cleaning bucket, so you don’t have to go looking for anything.
- Declutter and purge drawers and under the bed space first. Carefully pack away seasonal clothing that may be taking up needed space. Donate, sell or throw away items you’ve purged.
- Get the music going to pass the time more quickly!
- Even if you don’t store anything under the bed, don’t skip cleaning this space.
- Don’t forget to go through the clothing, shoes, and accessories in your closets and drawers.
Cleaning Resources: Creating Your Cleaning Bucket
What You Need:
- Boxes or containers for decluttering and purging
- Vacuum with attachments
- Window cleaner
- Wood Polish
- Duster with Extender Pole
- Microfiber clothes
- Mop system if you have non-carpeted floors
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Let’s Get Cleaning
1. Dust Down The Ceiling and Walls, Spot Clean or Wash Walls
Using your Swiffer Extender Pole, dust ceilings, corners and walls. Determine if your walls need to be washed or just spot cleaned. Remember to wash air vents, doorknobs, doors, and switch plates. Walls will likely need to be washed more frequently in this room than any other. Pay attention to the places where people put their hands.
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2. Clean All Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans
Dust off the ceiling fan and blades. You can wash them with a mild detergent or just wipe with a damp cloth depending on how dirty they are. Take down any other light fixtures and gently wash and dry them before replacing. Try using a fabric softener cloth to dust light bulbs and other areas where you don’t want to expose to chemicals or water.
3. Remove Window Treatments
Take down draperies, curtains, and blinds to wash or have cleaned according to the manufacturer’s directions. Vacuum and clean windowsills and corners. Wash the insides and outsides of the windows. Take down and rinse off screens, before replacing. You may decide to replace heavy curtains for lighter ones for spring and summer.
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4. Dust and Clean All Wall Hangings
Use a microfiber cloth or your Swiffer to dust down art and photographs. Occasionally these items may need to be washed. Wipe down with a slightly damp rag, being careful not to let any liquid seep behind the frame and damage the photo. Remove the glass if possible and wash in warm water to remove grease, dirt, and debris. Thoroughly wipe dry before putting it back into the frame.
5. Wash All Bedding
Remove all bedding and wash. Put away winter bedding and replace with clean bedding for spring and summer. Vacuum and flip your mattress (if it’s flippable, otherwise turn your mattress). Move bed and vacuum under the bed and move back into place.
Dust headboard if you have one BEFORE you make the bed with clean sheets.
6. Dust and Clean All Lamps and KnickKnacks
Dust down and clean all accent lamps and knickknacks. Use a vacuum attachment or duster to clean the lamp shade, lamps, and any extra decorative items.
7. Dust Dressers, Chests and Nightstand
Dust down all dressers, chests, and nightstands.
8. Clean All Mirrors and Glass
Wipe down all glass (not windows) and mirrors.
9. Clean The Floors
Mop hard floors. Professionally clean carpet. This should be done at least once a year, twice is recommended, or vacuum and spot treat for mildly soiled floors.
Now that it’s clean is there anything that you want to change about this space to make it more inviting? Maybe change the bedspread or hang some new pictures? How about adding some candles or a pretty soft light to set the mood? Like to read in bed? Make sure you have adequate lighting for that too!
Make sure you budget for these items and if you’re going to give the space a little facelift. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just take the time to shop around, use coupons and get the best deal available.
Now take a step back and congratulate yourself on creating a clean and inviting oasis you can go to at the end of the day for peace and relaxation.