How are you coming along with your Spring Cleaning? Did you knock out those bathrooms that we chatted about last week in this post? Bathrooms are my second least favorite to <spring> clean. That’s why I try to tackle them first. Let’s move on to an area that isn’t as terrible and then we’ll circle back to my least favorite…the kitchen! I share with you today my plan for Spring Cleaning Bedrooms!
Again, our houses aren’t all the same and you may need to add or delete from my spring cleaning bedrooms plan to fit your needs. This is really meant to get your wheels turning so you can devise your own plan. And, hopefully, help motivate you to action!
A couple notes:
I do not address bedroom closets as part of this round of cleaning – that comes another time.
If you have carpets (as I do) the Spring is a great time to consider a deep shampoo clean. A warm day when windows can be thrown open make for perfect opportunity. This task is on my list for another time as well.
Today the spring clean bedroom plan focuses on just those four walls surrounding the space you sleep in. And trust me, it’s more than enough work for one day – or week – or two weeks – depending on how many bedrooms make up your house!
Spring Clean Bedroom Supplies Needed:
- Glass cleaner
- All purpose cleaner (a concentrated formula, without bleach, for the bedrooms is my preference)
- Mr Clean magic eraser
- Rags (either disposable or those that can be washed and re-used. Old cut-up t-shirts, wash cloths or small towels darner my collection)
- Small bucket for water/cleaning solution
- Furniture polish
- Paper towels
- Basket for items not belonging in bedroom
- Trash bag
- Washing Machine/Detergent/White Vinegar
- Kitchen Sink/Hot Water/Dish Soap
- Iron/Ironing Board
Tips/Tricks: I like to keep my most commonly used Spring Cleaning items in a tote so they are mostly gathered anytime I start a new room.
Spring Cleaning Bedroom Plan of Attack
- Start by taking down the curtains and strip bed down to the bare mattress (i.e. sheets, blankets, mattress pad covers, etc.). Also remove globes from light fixture.
- Fire up the washing machine with the above items (double check that your curtains and duvet covers can be washed at home vs dry cleaned). You may need to do several loads pending the size and colors of the items involved.
- Fill small bucket with warm water and all purpose cleaner.
- Fill kitchen sink with hot, soapy water and allow globes from light fixture to soak.
- Run broom across all 90 degree angles in room (i.e. where walls meet ceiling, corners of walls) to knock down any cobwebs
- Using a dry rag, knock down gathered dust from ceiling fan.
- Using a damp rag, wipe down ceiling fan blades. Hit the light fixture and any décor that can be wiped down while you’re at it. Don’t forget the tops of door jams, window trim, and baseboards. Set bucket and rags aside when done.
Tips/Tricks: Work from ceiling to floor with dust removal so you aren’t dirtying areas already cleaned.
- Address any lingering marks on walls with a Mr Clean Magic Eraser.
- Plug in vacuum and using attachment with brush, vacuum off blinds and lampshades.
Tips/Tricks: our blinds are fabric, if yours aren’t you will want to give them a wipe down with a wet rag.
- Use glass cleaner to wash any windows and mirrors.
- Return to laundry room and hang curtains outside to dry (or toss into dryer). Start another load, if needed.
- Stop by kitchen sink and wash light fixture globes. Set aside to dry.
- Vacuum carpet, including under bed and any other furniture that doesn’t sit flush with the floor.
Tips/Tricks: if your bedrooms allow for re-arranging of furniture, this is an excellent time to do so, vacuuming all areas of carpet as you go
- Polish furniture with furniture polish and clean rag
- Iron curtains and duvet cover (if needed)
- Re-hang curtains and make bed with freshly laundered linens
- Return light fixture globes to light fixture.
- Gather cleaning supplies and put away in their storage spot. Run trash outside (if you had any).
Tips/Tricks: rags that I will be laundering gather in a basket once they have dried in the laundry room and once I complete all Spring cleaning I wash one load – with bleach. Yes, that’s a LOT of rags.
- Address items in “other room” basket.
Tips/Tricks: I put away items that belong somewhere else IF that ‘somewhere else’ is where the item actually lives. If it doesn’t yet have a permanent home I leave it in the basket until a permanent home can be created — otherwise clutter is created elsewhere in the house and the item(s) are likely to end up back in that basket as I’m Spring Cleaning through the house
Fewer steps than the bathrooms and bedrooms should go quicker with exception of waiting around for laundry to get finished. With this in mind, keep track of the laundry and rotate as immediately as you can to shorten the process as much as possible.
Who is ready to get to work on those bedrooms this upcoming week (or weekend, or whatever)?
Keep me posted on your progress!
Oh! And one more reminder! May Day is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a weekend project with the kiddos – May Day Baskets are where it’s at!!