Nobody likes cleaning (okay I know that is a broad statement, but it isn’t common for people to enjoy cleaning so if you do happen to like cleaning, please ignore that statement) but it is something that we all have to do. One place we all have to clean though is our bedrooms. No matter where you live, whether it is with your parents, in a dorm or an apartment or house on your own, the one room that all of those have in common is your bedroom. Now some people don’t think cleaning is essential, but nobody truly wants to live in a messy space because it is not hygienic, it can make you feel claustrophobic, and it is simply not good for your mental state to live somewhere messy. Quick disclaimer, messy and disorganised are not always the same thing. If you like having all of the papers you are working on on your desk at once, that is very different to just having everything strewn across the room. The truth is that cleaning is hard work and sometimes the thought of it is draining enough that we never get to it. The idea of doing it is intimidating, but now I am telling you that it doesn’t have to be. As hard as cleaning can be, you can actually get your room clean quickly and efficiently in seven simple steps. If you need to clean your room, then look no further. Here are my seven steps to speed cleaning your bedroom.
- Take care of clothing
Grab all laundry and toss it into the laundry basket. We sometimes get into the habit of just leaving dirty socks everywhere so getting rid of that mess first is an excellent start to the cleaning process. Next, fold and pack away other clothes that might be lying about that doesn’t need to be washed. Yes, we all just take off jerseys and toss them on the bed, but they don’t need to live there and are just cluttering up your room. Finally, make sure that all your shoes are put away, in pairs. Sometimes we have a tendency to kick off our shoes, and then we lose one under the bed or end up tripping over them when we are in a rush. Skip the hazard and just put all your shoes (and clothes) away or in the laundry.
2. Make the Bed
The bed is usually the focal point of any room so if you are cleaning, getting your bed made will already make a massive difference in how neat/messy your room looks. Straighten out the sheet, get the duvet smoothed out and get all the throw pillows off the floor and onto the bed. Give them a good fluff up, and already your room will look a lot neater and cleaner.
3. Clear the Clutter
If there is anything that shouldn’t be in your room, like books or dishes that you brought from downstairs, get them out of your room. They don’t need to be there. Take your dishes to the kitchen sink (wash them if you are feeling brave and/or helpful) and send all of the clutter to their original homes so that you have more space in your room for your stuff.
4. Throw away rubbish
There is never a good reason to hold onto litter so, even if you have been avoiding tossing those papers away or sorting through your desk junk to get rid of the stuff you can throw away, it’s time to take the plunge. Take a few minutes and look for things that could be rubbish, whether it is empty packets, random and useless papers or just little bits of trash that you never got to throwing away.
5. Dump and Sort
Now here comes the fun part. Gather all of the stuff lying around in your room that you haven’t put away and dump it on your bed. If you have books lying on the floor, random objects or junk covering your desk or just items that you haven’t put away, grab it all and put it all on your bed. Doing this should mean that everywhere else in your room, besides your bed obviously, should be clean, neat and free of anything that shouldn’t belong there. Now, sort through all of the stuff on your bed and either put it where it belongs or throw it away. The reason why I say put everything on your bed and then sort it is for two reasons. The first is that if everything is on your bed, you can only relax or go to bed once you have finished cleaning all of the stuff off of it, so that is quite motivating to get it done quickly. The second is that sometimes it can be quite easy to miss things or get distracted when you are just cleaning or putting things away as you go along and come across them. If you first get everything that needs sorting and put it on your bed, you ensure that you don’t miss anything and can’t get distracted. That’s why I love this technique; it gets everything sorted out in a shorter time because all the stuff is together and you need to get through it to relax.
6. Straighten Up
By the time you get to this step, everything that was lying around in your room should either be put away, thrown away or in some other location like the kitchen sink or the laundry basket. You’re almost done! Now that your bed is free from rubble again straighten out the duvet and the pillows again and make sure everything else in your room is straightened out. See that everything is in its proper place, that books are not falling over and are stacked up nicely and that you don’t have your newly folded clothes spilling out of the cupboard.
7. Wipe down and survey
This is the final step! Just to make sure that your room has the extra shiny, sheen that it deserves. Grab a damp cloth and wipe down the surfaces of cupboards, desks and shelves to get rid of any dust that might be lurking. Once you’re done with that, give your room a once over. Sometimes we don’t notice one or two small things as we are going so now is the time to take a few minutes and make sure you didn’t miss anything. Close all of your cupboards and take a step back to admire your efficient, hard work.
Congratulations! Your room should now be sparkly clean, and now you don’t have to worry about people, or your own conscious, bugging you about tidying up. Now you are free to relax in a tidy environment. I know that cleaning can sometimes be quite annoying so I hope that you’ve found this post helpful and that these steps can help you save time on cleaning so you can do things that you enjoy. When you get really good at this, you could even get your cleaning done in under 15 minutes, depending on how quick and motivated you are. That aside, I do hope that you enjoyed this post and found it useful in some way. If you have any of your own cleaning methods or tips, please feel free to share them and, more importantly, if there is anything you would like me to talk about, then please don’t hesitate to let me know! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – you are all amazing!
Lots of Love
Blondey on a Mission xxx