Bedroom Cleaning Checklist: How to Clean Your Bedroom Efficiently

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Your bedroom should be your home’s sanctuary where you recharge, but it can be hard to enter a state of relaxation when you’re surrounded by visual reminders of undone chores.

Coming up with a cleaning routine for each room in your house will ensure your bedroom stays neat, tidy, and feeling fresh. We’ve created the ultimate bedroom cleaning checklist to help you do just that.

Daily Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

Here are some of those small, everyday habits that add up to maintaining a clean room on a daily basis:

  • Bed: Make your bed in the morning. Replace any decorative throw pillows on the bed. Spray your sheets with a linen spray before bed to keep them feeling fresh between washes.
  • Windows: Greet the day by opening the curtains or blinds. If it is nice out, consider opening your windows for a few minutes to let fresh air inside.
  • Clothes: Store your pajamas in their dedicated spot, place dirty clothes in the hamper, and put away any clean clothes.
  • Bedside tables: Return any stray dishes to your kitchen, such as your nightly water glass. Put evening reading materials away.
  • Floors: Do a quick scan of your floor and return any stray items to their rightful spot, such as your cell phone charger or slippers.
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Weekly Bedroom Cleaning Checklist

Pop on a podcast and set aside 30-45 minutes a week to do the following chores:

  • Bed: Wash and replace your sheets. Wipe down your headboard to remove dust.
  • Bedside tables: Remove each item from the top of the surface and wipe it down.
  • Mirrors: Wipe down mirrors with a streak-free cleaner.
  • Plants: Water your plants and wipe down the leaves.
  • Ceiling Fan: Ceiling fans collect and spread dust quickly. Wipe off the blades once a week.
  • Light Fixtures: Wipe down any sconces, overhead lights, or lamps with a cloth.
  • Door handles, drawer pulls, and light switches: Disinfect surfaces that you frequently touch with your cleaner of choice.
  • Trash: Take out the trash and replace the liner.
  • Floors: Vaccum or sweep your floors and pay extra attention to the area around your bed.
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Checklist for Deep Cleaning Your Bedroom

Once a season, aim to give your room a deep cleaning by completing the following tasks:

  • Bed: Wash all your bedding, including your comforter and mattress protectors. Run your pillows in the washing machine and dryer. Use a handheld vacuum to remove dust from your mattress. Flip your mattress and dust the mattress frame. Vacuum under your bed.
  • Bedside tables: Declutter your bedside table drawers.
  • Lampshades: Remove any lampshades and dust them. For fabric lamp shades, you can take them outside and use a blow dryer to remove the dust.
  • Windows: Wipe down each curtain blade or throw your curtains in the wash. Clean the windows and window sills. Dust the decorative trim.
  • Walls: Remove and dust artwork. Wipe down the walls.
  • Ceiling: Remove any cobwebs you see.
  • Doors: Wash your doors with wood-safe cleaner. Dust the decorative trim.
  • Trash Can: Take your trash can outside and spray it down with a hose. Use soap and disinfectant to remove grime.
  • Closet and dresser: Declutter these spaces by making a keep, throw away, sell, and donate pile and sorting your clothes into each.
  • Floors: Mop hardwood floors or shampoo carpets. Clean area rugs.
  • Dust baseboards: Wipe down your baseboards. You may need to use warm, soapy water, depending on how dirty they are.
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How to Clean a Bedroom Step-by-Step

If splitting your chores into weekly and monthly tasks doesn’t fit into your lifestyle or routine, there’s nothing wrong with committing to cleaning when the inspiration strikes.

Start by Looking Up

It may not be your first inclination, but start by looking at your ceiling. You should always clean from the top down because as you remove dirt and dust, it falls.

Scan your ceiling for cobwebs and remove them. Dust your ceiling fan, light fixtures, and tops of your windows and doorframes if needed.

Make and Refresh Your Bed

Making your bed will instantly make your room feel cleaner. But before you do that, wash your sheets if it’s been longer than a week since you last did.

As you make your bed, pay attention to anything that looks like it needs your attention. If your mattress cover looks dirty, wash it. If you can see dust on your headboard, dust it.

Put Things Away

Scan the surfaces in your room and put away any stray items. Everything should have a home, and if it doesn’t, find one.

Place items that need to go in other rooms in a laundry basket, and put them away last. This will save you time from having to go back and forth between rooms.

Give Your Floors Some TLC

Take note of what your floor needs. Start by vacuuming or sweeping, and then assess whether you need to mop the floors and dust your baseboards. If there is dirt visible, it’s time.

Declutter Your Drawers and Closet

If you notice that things are starting to get unorganized in your bedroom, set aside some time to go through your drawers and closet. Take items to donate and list anything you want to sell. Do it right away so it doesn’t end up sitting around.

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