You’ve seen and heard it all before yet nothing has helped or motivated you to stay on top of cleaning and organising your bedroom. In fact, unless you are a cleaning professional that can devote tiring hours to getting things spick and span on a regular basis, most guides seem unrealistic for a busy individual to follow. There are only so many other things you can do when you aren’t working or taking care of other responsibilities; however, it’s important to remind yourself (every day) that a little goes a long way!
Now, you may be wondering how doing a little every day will solve anything when your room seems to get messier and more cluttered by the day. Well, if you know where to start, and how to keep the momentum going each day, you’ll be seeing a fully transformed, clean and organised bedroom by the end of 10 days tops! It can take up to as little as 5 minutes of your day to get a ‘little’ done; however, you’d be surprised by how much of a difference these daily tasks make to your bedroom.
So, without further ado, let’s get you started on cleaning and organising your bedroom with this realistic and effective guide.
Day 1: Declutter Your Dresser
While there may be many other areas in your room that require decluttering, it’s best to start small by dealing with one surface first. Moreover, a dresser top is something that is used daily and hence, should be clutter-free so that you are motivated to keep it that way.
Surely, every miscellaneous item on your dresser has a place where it belongs; if something does not, there’s no better time than the present to find one for it! Combs, brushes, charging adapters, jewellery, and makeup or skincare products are just a few of the things that typically clutter up one’s dresser; the good news, however, is that it won’t take you more than 5 minutes to organise these items! Thereafter, you can save yourself the trouble of decluttering your dresser by simply putting things back where they belong after you finish using them.
Day 2: Tidy Up Your Work/Study Table
If you have a table in your room that serves as your work desk or study area, it is likely to be cluttered with papers, folders, books, pens, wires, and adapters, among other things. It can be rather tempting to dump random items on any open space you find on the table simply because you are in a hurry to go somewhere. Unintentionally cluttering up tabletops is not uncommon among many individuals, however, it is a practice that can very easily be avoided.
After you tidy up your desk (this should take 5-10 minutes), you should be left with only essential items required for your work. These items must also be organised neatly as opposed to placing them in a haphazard manner.
Day 3: Wipe Decluttered Surfaces
Now that the top of your dresser and work desk have been decluttered, removing dust will be easier than ever! Assuming that these furniture pieces have not been cleaned recently or in the past week, getting rid of the accumulated dust on the surface will require two microfibre cloths and a furniture cleaning product or all-purpose cleaner.
Begin by wiping the surface with a dry cloth to pick up dust; follow this up by spraying cloth #2 with the cleaning product and wipe over the furniture to reveal a squeaky clean sheen! To help repel dust for longer periods of time, opt for anti-dust furniture sprays and always use them in combination with microfibre cloths.
Day 4: Organise Clothes Lying Around
It’s almost as if a bedroom is incomplete without stray clothing items left lying around! We become accustomed to seeing our bedrooms ‘completed’ in this manner because of mindless habits such as throwing a jacket over a chair or leaving a robe on the bed. Therefore, breaking out of these habits is important in order to maintain a bedroom where clothes stay organised!
Again, picking up a few clothing items and organising them shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. However, if you’ve managed to build up a pile of clothes in some corner of your room, consider spending no more than 10 minutes to organise as many items as possible, leaving the rest for another day or when time permits. In the meantime, you need to refrain from adding to this pile or leaving clothes lying around elsewhere.
Day 5: Declutter and Tidy Up Other Surfaces
Whether it’s a bedside table or a shelf; smaller surfaces around your room can be decluttered at one time and it won’t take long at all. On the other hand, if you have multiple shelves or larger furniture units such as a bookstand, go ahead and divide these tasks over two days.
Assuming that you are only decluttering one or two surfaces in your bedroom on day #5, spare a minute or two to tidy up your dresser and work desk if you find anything left out of place. All in all, this will take a maximum of 10 minutes if you work efficiently and without any distractions.
Day 6: Wipe all the Furniture
Dusting bedroom furniture is really no more than a 10-minute job when you have spent the last couple of days decluttering and maintaining a clutter-free room! Yes, the best way to make “a little go a long way” is to develop habits that will minimise cleaning and organising.
Again, for furniture that hasn’t been cleaned in a while, use a separate microfibre cloth to get rid of the accumulated dust bunnies before giving it a second wipe down with a dust spray and clean cloth. To make dusting quicker and more convenient, it helps to have these cleaning tools stored somewhere in the bedroom. This also serves as motivation to do it because you needn’t go out of your way for anything.
Day 7 & 8: Vacuum the Floor
Now, most cleaning guides will tell you to vacuum the floor thoroughly once and for all so that the next time around, it won’t need much cleaning. If you have the time for this, we would definitely encourage you to do the same thing; unfortunately, this isn’t possible for so many people. As an alternative, we firmly believe that a little goes a long way in keeping your bedroom floor clean.
In other words, the goal here is to vacuum the entire floor, but not as thoroughly as you would if you spent more than 10 minutes on it. A quick vacuum job will pick up at least 50% of dirt, dust, and debris from your floor, and as you would have guessed by now, the rest of it can be cleaned up the next day! After these initial two days of vacuuming, maintaining a clean floor will be so much easier.
Day 9: Spot Clean and Mop the Floor
Before you mop, it’s advisable to spot clean the floor to remove any dirt or mud that may have been dragged into your room. This is because mopping over dirt floor can end up smearing debris around and causing a bigger mess. If you’d rather not drag the vacuum cleaner out of its storage place for this, perhaps a quick spot clean with a broom and dustpan will suffice.
You may perceive mopping as a time-consuming affair because it requires making a cleaning solution, soaking and wringing the mop (more than once), and then mopping the floor; however, there is a much quicker and equally effective way to mop. This involves a pre-made floor cleaning solution that you will pour into a squeezy bottle or any flexible bottle with a cap that you can poke a hole through. Use the bottle to sprinkle your cleaning solution over the floor and mop as you go!
Day 10: Make a Daily Schedule!
By day #10, we are very certain that you will be satisfied with your bedroom’s transformation. This, of course, largely depends on the cleaning and organising habits you have developed along the way! Nevertheless, this is the perfect time to make up a schedule that allows you 10 minutes (or less) a day to do as many cleaning and organising tasks that you can within this time frame. Best of all, if you keep those good habits up, you probably won’t have to clean or organise your bedroom on a daily basis!
Just like that, a little time and effort every day will keep your bedroom clean and organised in the long run.