It’s hard to feel comfortable and at home when your room is a cluttered mess. Get into the spirit of spring cleaning with these simple tips for a clean and organized bedroom.
When it comes to spring cleaning, it’s important to commit fully. A quick vacuum and speedy dusting are OK when it’s just a touch-up. But spring cleaning is about getting the job done right, so that you don’t have to worry about those nooks and crannies for a good stretch of time. So, get your favourite tunes pumping, do a quick stretch and settle in for a solid day of tidying.
This is the least fun but most crucial step in the process. Begin by pulling all the furniture on one side of your room to the other. With a damp cloth, wipe down all the walls, windows and trims on the empty side of the room and vacuum the floor thoroughly. Wipe down every piece of furniture before moving it back into place. Repeat with the other side of the room. You can also seize this opportunity to begin the decluttering process, by removing knick-knacks that you no longer want on display.
This will likely be the most time-consuming of the steps, but it’s important to stay on your game. If you find you’re letting things slide that you know you shouldn’t, take a break and then start up again fresh. Go through every cupboard, drawer and box thoroughly. Move any papers that you require for your records to a specific location and any memorabilia you want to keep into a single box. If you have to ask yourself whether you should hang onto something, chances are, it can go.
Often, the hardest items to decide on are the clothes. Before you tackle your closet and drawers, set some reasonable rules for yourself. For example, any item that has not been worn for over two years or is damaged in some way will go. Hold on tightly to these rules and try not to waver from them as you work through your items. Pick a charity you believe in and start filling a bag with clothing to donate. It will be easier to part with items when you know they are going to a good cause.
Now that you have everything cleaned and all your unnecessary articles removed, it’s time to reorganize. If you’ve noticed that your tiny T-shirt drawer is over-stuffed while your big cardigan cupboard has plenty of room, now’s your chance to switch them up. Have a bunch of picture frames you’ve been meaning to display? Get them out of their boxes and onto shelves and tables, where they belong!
The most important part of organizing often comes down to the closet. Consider investing in storage items such as additional drawers or shoe hangers that will help keep everything in place. If you have additional closet space in a hall cupboard or guest bedroom, you can move some of your heavier winter items there, so you have more room in your own closet.
And, most importantly, don’t rush it! Just remember, if you get it done right this time, you won’t have to worry about it for another year. So stick with it and you’ll have a gorgeous room that you can be proud of.