I have a confession to make. In my typical cleaning efforts, I focus on decluttering and tidying a room – not always on cleaning it. My husband is the vacuumer in our home, simply because I forget to vacuum. I mop my kitchen and bathroom when company is coming over. (Fortunately we like to entertain frequently.) And dusting? Well … it gets done sometimes.
In my home, though, our bedrooms are the dirtiest rooms. I neglect to dust the hard surfaces and sweep our hardwood floors. Oh, sure, I put away our clean laundry, declutter our dresser and nightstands, and regularly change our sheets. But those regular chores hardly clean our room.
The problem is, our bedrooms should be cleaned, because we spend hours in bed every single night. And that means we’re breathing in dust particles all night long.
I’ve tried using an air purifier when our house is closed up for cold weather, and we love to sleep with our windows open when it’s warm. But those remedies don’t take away the dust.
So this week’s Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to clean your bedroom. (If yours already is clean, this will be my very own challenge.)
Here’s your to-do list:
1. Starting high, dust where your walls meet your ceiling, the dust all of your corners, then finally your baseboards. Don’t forget about your door frames and window ledges.
2. Dust the furniture in your room – tops of dressers, nightstands, and your bed.
3. Change your sheets. Flip your mattress while you’re at it. If you’re in a big spring cleaning mood, wash your comforter, pillows and draperies, too.
4. Wash your windows and mirrors.
5. Vacuum or sweep your floor – don’t forget to reach the spaces under your bed.
Bonus: If you’re motivated to keep cleaning your room, sort and tidy your clothes in your dresser and closet. Donate whatever doesn’t fit right – or what you’ve stopped wearing. (Tomorrow I’ll share a nifty solution to the problem of unwanted clothes.)
Am I the only person who typically forgets to really clean a bedroom? What bedroom cleaning tips can you share with me?
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Kristy K says
I just dusted all the surfaces in our bedroom yesterday, after weeks… maybe months… of not dusting. I noticed there was a problem when I picked up a book on my nightstand and there was an outline of dust in the shape of the book. :) My bedroom is the last room on my spring cleaning list, and I have a feeling I’ll lose steam way before i get to it.
When company comes over I can guarantee our bedroom door is shut! There Are piles of laundry, clean clothes on top of the dressers because I have no room for them in the dressers, probably chunks of dog hair from the dog sleeping on our floor, an unmade bed and I’m sure very dusty! I hate going in there. I know I should love going in there, but I just hate it. I have Heard not to put a tv in your room because its supposed to be a “romantic” place. We don’t have a tv, but it’s not very “romantic” with all the clutter and dust. I have already gave Away two big bags of clothes and still struggle to have room for my clothes in the dressers. I am more worried about the rooms visitors see, rather than our room. Also With a 1 year old and a 4 year old its very hard to entertain them in my room while trying to clean. I always loose steam when It comes to cleaning my room. I know I am not leaving a Good example for my kids, and it’s soMething I need to work on and pray about to ask God to help me. I’m glad I’m not the only one who neglects my room. It’s a lot like me. I worry so much about everyone else I neglect myself often.
I LOVE using “FLYlady’s” system … check out her “babysteps” to get started!
Hilary Kimes Bernstein says
Years ago I was a big fan of Flylady! I haven’t been able to keep up with her system since I’ve had children, but still remember so many of her principles.