We spend one third of our life sleeping, and a good night's
sleep is essential to feeling our best. Sleep can be compromised by
many different things, such as too much caffeine, pinging
smartphones, or even a messy bedroom. Often our bedrooms can become
dumping grounds for laundry, homework, toys, or unfinished
projects. By organizing and deep cleaning your bedroom, you can
create a retreat where you can rest and recharge. As you
tackle spring cleaning in your apartment, set aside some extra time
for your bedroom.
Once you assemble your tools and cleaning supplies and are ready
to go, remember to start at the top of your room and work your way
down. This looks like a long to-do list, but if you put on some of
your favourite music and stick to the plan, the time will fly
• Rubber gloves
• Microfiber cloths, rags and paper towels
• Broom and dustpan
• Trash bags
• Box/bag for donation items
• All-purpose cleaner
• Glass and window cleaner
• Carpet stain remover
Get to Work!
1. Open the windows and let in the fresh
2. Strip the bed and wash everything: the
sheets; duvet cover; pillow cases; mattress cover; and if possible
your duvet or blankets. Fluff your pillows if they can't be washed.
It's a good idea to do this at the beginning of your cleaning so
that everything will be washed and dried when you are ready to
remake the bed. If something isn't washable, air it out on your
balcony, or just drape it over some chairs in your living room.
3. Clean the ceiling light fixtures and fans.
Put a flat sheet on top of your bed to act as a drop sheet so that
the dust doesn't settle on the mattress.
4. Dust the ceiling for cobwebs and dust. If
you can't reach the ceiling, try wrapping a rag or old t-shirt
around the bristles of your broom, using a rubber band to hold the
cloth in place, and dust away.
5. Wash the walls and doors. Clean the switch
6. Wash the windows and window sills. If
possible, take out the window screens and wash them.
7. Wash your curtains and/or clean the
8. Clean the mirrors and dust artwork.
9. Take all the items from on top of your
dresser, night stands, desk, floor, wherever piles have formed and
put them on your bed. Sort through them and determine what to keep,
throw out, or donate. While you are at it, assess whether or not
the items you are keeping belong in the bedroom or not. Return
misplaced items to their correct spot in your apartment.
10. Empty your nightstand drawers onto the bed and decide what
to keep, throw out or donate. Wash the inside of the drawers before
putting back the keepers.
11. Empty your dresser drawers and once again, choose what to
keep, throw out or donate. Wash the inside of the drawers before
putting back the clothes you are keeping.
12. Dust the furniture.
13. Dust and wipe down lamps.
14. Empty your closets and sweep and wash the closet floor.
Before you put everything back, take time to decide what items you
want to keep. If you haven't worn something in a year, or if it no
longer fits, it's time to donate. Store seasonal items together if
15. Dust your headboard if your bed has one. If it's an
upholstered headboard vacuum it with the vacuum's upholstery
attachment and spot clean any dirt or stains.
16. Remove the drop sheet you have had on your mattress and flip
the mattress. This helps ensure even wear and extends the life of
17. Move your bed and vacuum or wash the bedroom floor. If you
have items stored under your bed this is the perfect time to go
through them and determine if you really need them.
18. Finally, it is time to make the bed with your freshly
cleaned bedding. Enjoy a good night's rest in your calm, clean
Post-Spring Cleaning Maintenance
If you love your clean and organized room, there is an easy way
to maintain it year-round. All you need to do is spend 15-20
minutes per week on the following steps:
• Throw out the trash, what's in the bin and what may be
• Return items to their correct place, e.g. cups to the
kitchen, computer to the office, clothes on hangers, etc;
• Freshen the bed by shaking out the duvet and fluffing
• Damp-dust surfaces using your microfiber cloth;
• Sweep the floor, or do a quick vacuum.