“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Lower the bar. Actually spending ten minutes cleaning off one shelf is better than fantasizing about spending a weekend cleaning out the basement.”
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”
Can you believe it’s already May?! I am amazed. Time just keeps flying by and spring is already half over. Over the past three weeks we’ve been talking a LOT about spring cleaning your home (check out these posts on spring cleaning your kitchen and dining room, your bathroom, and your living room) and today we’ll wrap it up by talking about spring cleaning your bedroom (or your guest room, or your children’s bedroom, etc.). I know this one may be difficult to clean, since it’s full of our personal and treasured items, but as with all cleaning, it’s very worth it. And if the task looks daunting, I have a special tip to get you through it.
Spring cleaning success is that simple. Just start!
Maybe you’ve never cleaned this much in your life. Maybe you feel you don’t even have time to clean. You keep pushing it off but the dust on your shelves is nagging at you every time you see it. Your solution to your cleaning problem is to just start cleaning. Today we’re talking about spring cleaning your bedroom, so why not start there? I’m going to lay out step-by-step what you need to do to spring clean your bathroom, so all you have to do is pick up your cloth and do it. No complicated planning, just a straight forward recipe for a clean bedroom.
So what are you waiting for? Just start!
Here is a list of supplies you’ll want to have on hand for spring cleaning your bedroom:
- Wash cloths/rags/sponge – You will need something to wipe and scrub with, so use whatever works for you.
- Microfiber cloth
- Broom/Mop (the flat pad type)
- Clean Bristle Brush – Have a clean soft and medium bristle
- Sponge with Scrubbing Pad
- Empty spray bottle
- Duster/dusting cloth
- Butter Knife
- Baking Soda – This is one of my all time favourite cleaning products! Go here for more baking soda uses
- White Vinegar – Also an excellent, multi-purpose cleaning product.
- Dish Soap – I recommend Dawn
- Olive Oil – For leather cleaning, if you have leather.
- Essential Oil – *optional* this is used for a DIY natural cleaning product we’ll be using.
Walls and Ceiling
The ceiling typically is NOT the first place we think of when we want to clean a room, right? But since we’re spring cleaning your bedroom then we want to do as thorough a job as possible. That being said, we are starting with the ceiling so that any dirt or grime that falls down as we’re cleaning won’t dirty anything else you may have just cleaned. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to have to clean my rug twice! No thank-you!
So anyway, if you have a smooth ceiling, you’ll need a flat, pad-type mop for this. I personally use a Norwex mop (I love them!) but any flat mop should work; swiffer, or whatever. If you have a textured ceiling you’ll use a clean paint roller.
Using a bucket of warm water, with a splash of vinegar and a squirt of dish soap, wet your mop pad a wring it out, then place it on the handle (or however your mop works). The next step? Scrub. Scrub all over the walls from top to bottom, rinsing often. If you’re using the paint roller use more of a dabbing motion than a wiping motion, then rinse by soaking the roller and rubbing it well with your hand.
Cleaning walls is very similar to cleaning ceilings. Starting at the bedroom door, wash all the way around the room till you’re back at the doorway. Don’t be afraid to move furniture around to get at your walls. That is the point of spring cleaning your bedroom! You want to get behind every desk and appliance to clean out every dark place where germs and dust are hiding. Use the flat-pad mop to wash the walls and rinse after each floor to ceiling meter (3 feet). Let the walls dry for 30 minutes before spot treating marks and scuffs.
For spot treatment:
Pencil – use an eraser! Then use a little baking soda on a wet cloth if the mark persists.
Crayon – Use baking soda on a scrubbing pad or cloth to rub off the crayon. If some colour remains on the wall wipe it with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.
Permanent Marker – Again, use rubbing alcohol. Switch the cotton ball often so you don’t end up accidentally spreading the marker instead of removing it.
*Most other marks will come off with baking soda or rubbing alcohol.
After all that strenuous scrubbing, lets have an easy job. Dusting it is!
Take your duster — whether it be a dusting wand or a damp cloth, it doesn’t matter — start at the doorway again, and make your way around the room until you are back at the doorway, dusting everything you can.
Dust the baseboards, tables, accents on couches, any glass, bookshelves, nick nacks, picture frames, light switches and wall outlets, curtain rods, window sills, TV, etc.
If you see any smooth surface, dust it.
First, take all the bedding off to wash it. Second, turn your mattress so the head is now at the foot, then flip it over. This will keep your mattress from sagging where you always sleep. And now that that’s taken care of, lets get to the cleaning.
To freshen up your mattress mix together 2 cups baking soda with 30 drops of essential oil (I recommend lavender, mint, lemon, or orange) until the oil is evenly distributed. Sprinkle the baking soda/oil mixture all over the top of the mattress and rub it in a little either with a clean brush or your hand and let it sit for four-ish hours. When four hours are up then take your vacuum cleaner and thoroughly vacuum the mattress to remove all the baking soda. Then all there’s left to do is stick your face in the mattress and inhale the wonderful freshness!
*If you don’t have essential oils, you can use 1 Tbsp cinnamon or ginger spice
Chairs and Couches
If you have chairs or couches in your room then lucky you! That’s pretty luxurious. Yet again, you’ll need to clean those too so here’s how to do it.
If you have a genuine leather chair, cleaning is pretty easy. Mix together 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup vinegar and wipe down the entire leather surface.
*Make sure to test for discolouration on a small inconspicuous area before cleaning the whole chair.
If your leather chair is very cracked and dry, take straight olive oil and gently wipe over the worst of the spots and allow the leather to soak up the oil. For this use the “less is more” approach and only use a light coating of oil then wipe it off with a clean cloth. If you see that the leather soaked up all the oil and is still dry, then apply another light coat.
Leather should be routinely polished every 6 months to keep it in good condition, so refer back to this method often.
First – To remove odours and freshen up your fabric covered chairs we’ll use the same method we used for freshening up the mattress. Mix together 1 cup baking soda and 15 drops essential oil (I recommend lavender, mint, lemon, or orange), then sprinkle it all over the chair. Rub in the baking soda using a clean brush or your hand and let it sit for four hours. Vacuum really thoroughly
*If you don’t have essential oils, you can use 1 Tbsp cinnamon or ginger spice
Second – After freshening up the couch, to clean any stains mix together 2 cups warm water, 3 Tbsp dish soap and 3 Tbsp vinegar in a big bowl. Why the big bowl? Because we are going to make some bubbles! Using a whisk, stir the water, soap, and vinegar until you have some nice foam. LOTS of foam!
Take the foam, and only the foam, and rub it over the entire cushion that you’re working on. Spread it from corner to corner, even if there’s only a small stain. We do this so that you don’t get a water spot later on. Yes, even though we’re only using foam, it can still make a slight watermark if we’re not careful. If your stain is a little stubborn, use a medium to soft, clean, bristle brush to gently rub out the mess.
When the entire cushion is covered with foam, take a clean, dampened, absorbent towel, and wipe the surface of the cushion. You may be surprised at how much dirt you clean off! If you’re cleaning multiple cushions rinse out your towel after each, or even get a clean one if it’s really dirty.
Once you’re done wiping, get a big fan to blow over the area you’ve just cleaned. We want the coach to dry as best as it can to keep it from getting any ugly water spots. That’s what we’re trying to clean out of the couch in the first place, right? Right! Your couch should be really fresh and clean when you’re done with that!
I don’t own any microfiber and I’ve never cleaned it before, BUT I didn’t want to leave you hanging if you DID have microfiber! So here is a simple, natural way to clean your microfiber furniture from someone who’s HAS cleaned it before! Go here to get an simple cleaning strategy for your microfiber furniture.
Carpets and Rugs
Assuming your bedroom has a carpet floor or rug, it’s time to vacuum. Be really thorough, and get into all the corners. Move your furniture and get under every dresser. Yes, this is even the day where you will actually use the little hose attachment nozzles to get into the corners and pick up all those nasty dust bunnies! We are spring cleaning your bedroom after all.
To freshen up the rug, use the same recipe as for cleaning the mattress and fabric chair. Mix together 1 cup baking soda and 15 drops essential oil (again, lavender, mint, lemon, or orange). Increase the amounts depending on how much carpet you have to cover. As with the couch, sprinkle the baking soda mixture all over the carpet and rub it in a little bit, then leave it for four hours. Vacuum thoroughly.
If your carpet has some stains then just take out my two favourite cleaning products again (baking soda and vinegar) and we’ll see what we can do about that!
Thickly spread the baking soda all over the stain and rub it into the fibers of the carpet/rug. Using a spray bottle, generously spray vinegar all over the baking soda. Wait for a couple hours, until the baking soda/vinegar paste dries, then rub it loose with a clean brush. Once loose, vacuum up the baking soda and BOOM. No more stains.
Your carpet may be rough after this, which means there’s still some baking soda in the carpet. Spray with vinegar again, to fizz out the baking soda, then blot with a wet towel. If it’s still rough when it dries, rub again with the brush and vacuum it out.
Linoleum and Paneling
If you don’t have carpet, sweep and mop your floor like normal. For grimy spots, mix some baking soda and water into a paste, then rub the spot out with a cloth.
Just a side note here: if you have a panel floor, don’t use a traditional string mop because the extra water can get into the grooves of the panels and cause them to expand and warp. A flat mop is better suited for this kind of floor.
For tile floor, mix 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup baking soda, 4 Tbsp vinegar, 4 Tbsp lemon juice in a spray bottle. Spray the tile and let it sit for two minutes, then brush it out with a bristle brush.
Shelves and Dressers
Put a splash of vinegar and a squirt of dish soap in a bucket, then fill it 3/4 full of warm water. Using a cloth, wipe down all your shelves, dressers, and cabinets. Whether it’s books or clothes, remove whatever is in/on where you need to clean and wipe the are thoroughly. Do this with every surface of your shelves, in every drawer. Follow up the wet wiping with dry wiping for a nice clean finish.
Windows and Glass
Take a microfiber or polishing cloth and wet one corner of it. With the wet corner, wipe the entire portion of glass you’re working on, then wipe it in long strokes with the dry part of the cloth.
For the window sills, I know you’ve already dusted here, but chances are there is more than dirt on those sills needing to be cleaned. Again, take your soapy water bucket and cloth and wipe down the sills, followed by a dry wipe. Be thorough and rinse often. Take special care to clean the corners of the sill and trimmings. Use a butter knife to scrape out the dirt from the corners that you can’t reach with the cloth.
If you have fabric curtains then wash them as the label says. If you have blinds there are many ways to clean them.
Many blinds can be cleaned using a DIY cleaning tool made out of tongs, two microfiber cloths, and four rubber bands. Simply wrap the cloths around the ends of the tongs, one cloth per end, and secure them with the rubber bands. Spray your blinds with a 50:50 mix of water and vinegar and wipe the blinds between your tongs! If your blinds are very sticky and dirty, you may need to do something else.
For cleaning other types of blinds and curtains, check out this very thorough post. You should find yours in there. Go here for cleaning other types of blinds.
When you are all done spring cleaning your bedroom take the time to stand back, breath in the freshness, and let yourself feel the accomplishment of such completing such a task! Whether you need to clean one bedroom or six bedrooms, the reward will be worth the work.
So there’s two ways you can go from here. You can shy away from the work and shrug it off until ’till next year’s spring cleaning season, or you can just start. In whatever way, in whatever capacity, just get going and start making your home the clean healthy environment that you can be proud of. The environment that your family will love and appreciate. You can do it my dear! And then just think, when you’re done with this extreme spring cleaning stint, you can simply enjoy your home once again.
I’m looking forward to hearing about your amazing, fresh home when this is all done (not to mention enjoying my own freshly cleaned home)! Bless you!
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
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