How to manage your spring cleaning – spring cleaning the bedroom
In our spring cleaning series, we are addressing the best way to spring clean and organize the most common rooms in your home (starting with spring cleaning the bedroom) to make cleaning them: manageable, easier, and less time consuming on yourself and your loved ones. This post contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.
Regular weekly cleaning throughout the year just doesn’t get the house clean enough. With a family and work there isn’t much time to do anything outside the regular weekly cleaning, so any area of the house you ignore (oven, behind the refrigerator, behind the couch, under the bed, behind the dresser, in the closet) tends to get real dirty, real fast. Now that everyone is spending more time at their homes, there isn’t a better time than now to do some spring cleaning and set up a year-long routine for thoroughly cleaning your home.
Spring Cleaning Vs. Deep Cleaning
In a previous post, we mentioned deep cleaning. Spring cleaning goes beyond deep cleaning because it involves organizing and preparing your home for the rest of the year. It is also for the purpose of getting rid of any dust, allergens, and even mold that has been trapped in the home during the winter months.
Spring cleaning the bedroom
The problem with spring cleaning the bedroom (or cleaning in general) is that it is time-consuming and overwhelming. You may set out to pick up your clothes and vacuum the floor, and before you know it, you are reorganizing your closet and searching for that missing earring.
So you need to start with a plan. Like anything in life, start with a plan and don’t deviate from it unless you have to. The key to getting spring cleaning done the quickest, most efficient way possible is to not get distracted by shiny objects, aka other stuff in the bedroom, and stick to the plan.
Here’s the plan:
Start with the top and clean your way down. For anything, you clean, start from the top and clean down that way, you are cleaning up everything that falls below as you keep going down. Spring clean your bedroom in the order below.
Drapes or Curtains
If you have washable window coverings, start spring cleaning the bedroom by throwing them in the washing machine (follow the manufacturer’s instructions for washing them).
Now open the window and get some fresh air into the room.
If you don’t have drapes or curtains, skip this step.
Ceiling fans (in 3 steps)
While the window coverings are in the washing machine, move onto cleaning the ceiling fan (if there is one). Turn off the fan and lights.
- Wipe each blade with a microfiber cloth. For real dusty fan blades, cover each blade with an old pillowcase capturing the dust in the pillowcase.
- Remove each light bulb and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Remove each light bulb shade and wash with soap and water, then let dry. Clean with a microfiber cloth or microfiber duster all around the light sockets.
- Using a dry microfiber cloth, wipe around the electric motor housing and anywhere else you can reach, including down the pull chains.
Organize and clean your closet
You probably aren’t organizing and cleaning your closet, regularly so this area could be one of the messier, more neglected areas in your bedroom. Stay focused, and you can get through this in no time.
Here is a 3-step process of organizing and cleaning your closet:
1. Pull out everything. Remove the winter clothes and put them in storage. Anything you are not going to wear again or don’t want, put in a bag for donation.
2. Clean closet:
- Dust shelves with a microfiber cloth and wipe down walls, trim, and baseboards.
- Check for mold on clothes and walls. If you happen to find any mold, you can use vinegar to remove it.
3. Get summer clothes from storage and put them in your closet.
Now that your drapes or curtains are washed and maybe even dry, the next area to spring clean in the bedroom would be the windows. If you don’t have drapes or curtains and instead you have blinds or shades, check out this guide to cleaning them.
Starting at the top part of the window, wipe down the window trim, and all parts inside the window and window frame, including the screen (without taking the screen out) with a dry microfiber cloth. If you can fold the window in to get access to the window facing outside, wipe everything down on the outside of the window as well. Whatever dirt, dust, leaves, dead insects, or spider webs that fall to the bottom of inside the window frame, vacuum up.
Now fill a bucket with warm water and put a few drops of natural or plant-based dish soap or a drop of Miracle II soap (affiliate link) in it. Dip the dry microfiber cloth into the bucket, only partially wetting it and go over the whole window and window frame again. Use the dry part of the microfiber cloth or paper towel to wipe up excess water and soap.
Clean the glass part of the window after everything else is clean. Fill a spray bottle with half white vinegar and half water. Spray the glass then use the partially damp microfiber cloth or paper towel to wipe it up, wiping in a Z motion.
Finally, wipe the window sill and the apron underneath it.
Right after you finish cleaning the windows, clean the walls.
Pull dressers, nightstands, bed, and other furniture away from walls. Run a microfiber duster or a microfiber cloth over the walls to remove dust or pet hair. Check for dirt, mold, or stains. Clean and remove dirt or stains the same way you cleaned the window. Clean and remove mold with vinegar.
If you want to stop spring cleaning for the day, this would be a good time to hang your drapes or curtains back up on the windows. If not, move on to the next part of the bedroom.
Dressers, nightstands, lamps, and other furniture
While the furniture is still pulled out, remove any loose papers, change, or anything sitting on top of it. This would also be a good time to organize it and put it away.
If any lamps are sitting on top of the furniture, wipe them down with a dry microfiber cloth starting at the top of the lampshade then going down to remove dust. Remove the lamp and anything else remaining on top of the furniture to finish dusting the top of it. Make sure to wipe down the sides, and the front and back, of the furniture. If there is excessive dust or pet hair on the back of the furniture, run a microfiber duster across it.
You may wash your sheets regularly, but how often are you washing your pillows and your mattress? If you haven’t washed them in a while or if you have never washed them, right now would be a great time to do it.
While you are cleaning the mattress, wipe down the bed frame with a microfiber cloth.
Before you finish cleaning the bed itself, make sure to clean underneath it. Pull everything out and get rid of any garbage or anything you aren’t using any longer. Vacuum or sweep up any pet hair or other dust.
After you have finished cleaning your bed and everything underneath it, flip (two-sided) or rotate your mattress from one end to the other (if it’s one-sided or a pillow top).
Mirrors, light switches, and doors
Mirrors: Much like a window, you can clean a mirror using a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar. Spray it on and then use a partially damp microfiber cloth or paper towel to wipe it up, wiping in a Z motion.
Light switches: Until recently, you probably weren’t thinking about how often light switches are touched. Light switches are high-touch areas in your home, so try to clean them often (more than just the springtime). To properly clean a light switch, use a dry microfiber cloth to go over the light switch and plate. If there are visible smudges, partially wet the microfiber cloth and wipe it down.
Doors: Much like light switches, door handles are also high-touch areas in your house. Try to clean them often as well. Check out this guide for how to properly clean and polish any type of doorknob. To clean your bedroom door, wipe it all down with a dry microfiber cloth, including the frame and trim. For any visible smudges, partially wet one corner of the microfiber cloth and use it to wipe them.
Click here to learn how to clean and disinfect high-touch areas in your home.
Floors – Carpet/ Rugs/ Flooring
Finally, we come to the last area and the final step to spring cleaning your bedroom. Before you start cleaning the bedroom floor, take a dry microfiber cloth and wipe down the baseboards or floor trim just above the flooring. Do your best to move everything to one side of the bedroom.
Carpet: Thoroughly vacuum the exposed area of the carpet. If you have a carpet cleaner and the time, deep clean or wash the carpet (we recommend the BISSELL Powerbrush Carpet Steamer and Carpet Cleaner) (affiliate link). If you don’t have one, sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet to remove odors and make it fresh. Let it sit there for as long as possible (the longer the better) then, vacuum it up going in one direction then in the opposite direction. After you have finished one side move everything to the other side and do the same thing.
Rugs: Remove the rug and follow this 9-step guide to cleaning it.
Flooring: Vacuum the floor. To get the best clean for your type of flooring, check out these 8 tricks.
Conclusion (Spring cleaning all year long)
You can clean these areas on different days throughout the Spring, or you can clean them all on one busy, long day (at least 3 hours depending on the size of your bedroom and the amount of furniture ).
Once your bedroom is spring cleaned, here is what you can do to keep it tidy and clean for the rest of the year.
- Make a cleaning schedule for the rest of the year, scheduling a thorough cleaning every season.
- Every week go beyond your usual cleaning and clean one of the areas you previously spring cleaned. Since you already spring cleaned these areas, it will be much easier and quicker to clean them.
- Hire a home cleaning service. Only have time for one thorough spring cleaning a year? Hire a natural or green house cleaning service to clean your whole house weekly and maintain that spring clean.
With the extra time you have at home, it’s time to get the spring cleaning done. And maybe you can even get the family to help.
In the comments below, let us know which all year spring cleaning routine you prefer.