Cleaning your room can seem like a tedious task or so messy that you won't even know where to start. While it doesn't sound like fun, cleaning your room regularly makes it less cluttered, which will make you feel more comfortable there. To get started, select some catchy music and set off a timer to make it seem more fun before you start cleaning tables, floors, and shelves. Once you have cleaned up the different surfaces of your room, arrange your things so that you can get rid of those that are no longer useful to you. With a little motivation and time, you will notice in the end that your room will smell pleasantly and be more attractive than it was before.
Part 1 of 3: make cleaning fun
Step 1. Wear comfortable clothing
Wear comfortable clothes so that you feel relaxed when cleaning. Choose a t-shirt and pants that fit you perfectly and that you don't mind getting dirty while you clean. Make sure they are loose fitting clothes, so you can move around easily and clean hard-to-reach parts of your room, such as the back of the dresser or the underside of the bed. Avoid wearing tight clothes that prevent you from kneeling or bending down so that you can touch something you need to pick up.
- For example, you can wear a loose t-shirt or a chunky sweatshirt for the top and opt for sports shorts or jogging pants for the bottom.
- Avoid wearing dress shoes in your bedroom, as you may have more dirt to clean up.
Step 2. Play some music you like to make cleaning more fun
Put on headphones or play music on your bedroom speakers so you can entertain and dance while you clean. Pick a playlist of catchy songs you love to listen to to keep you motivated to continue cleaning. Keep listening to music the entire time the cleanup is going to take place quickly.
Avoid being too distracted by choosing the music you want to listen to, otherwise you risk delaying the cleanup
creates a playlist of specific length. That way, you can set a goal to finish cleaning your room before the song playlist ends.
Step 3. Start a timer while you clean
You'll need to set off a timer while you clean your room to stay motivated and finish quickly. Setting goals can help you finish cleaning your room faster and not spend all day there. Use a timer app on your phone or set off a kitchen timer for 30-60 minutes and start cleaning at the same time. This way, you will be able to work efficiently and quickly.
- If you want, you can activate a shorter duration timer for specific tasks. For example, you might want to spend 5 minutes vacuuming your bedroom or 10 minutes sorting your clothes.
- Don't feel rushed if you can't clean everything before the time set in the timer has elapsed. Try to be more efficient or give yourself a few extra minutes the next time you clean.
Step 4. Open your bedroom windows to let fresh air in
If there is a window in your bedroom, then the sunlight and fresh air can motivate you to clean faster so you can get out. Also, opening the windows helps dissipate bad smells if there is anything stinky in your room. Keep windows, curtains or shades open during cleaning.
Avoid opening the windows if the weather is bad or if you are heating or cooling your house
Step 5. Choose a reward to give yourself
Choose a reward to give yourself when you finish cleaning up. Cleaning your room can be a laborious exercise, which means you can feel like you've accomplished something if you indulge yourself when you're done. For example, you may decide to go out with a friend, have a sweet snack, or spend time outdoors. This way of proceeding gives you hope for something when you finish cleaning your room.
You can also set rewards that you will give yourself for the tasks at hand. For example, you can take a 5 minute break after you finish sorting your clothes or grab a candy after putting away a shelf
Part 2 of 3: deep clean surfaces and floors
Step 1. Make your bed when you start cleaning
A well-made bed can immediately give your bedroom a cleaner appeal and make you want to sleep in it more at night. Pull the duvet and sheets so that they carefully cover your bed. Then, put the pillows away so that they lie flat on the head of the mattress.
- Take the sheets off your bed once a week, so you can wash and keep them clean.
- Make sure loose sheets are tucked away under your mattress to give your bed a cleaner appeal.
Step 2. Throw out all the garbage in your room
Put a garbage bag in your room and find all the loose papers and food wrappers you no longer need, then empty the containers. Search the desk, shelves, floor, and dresser for items to make sure you have everything. Fill the trash bag with all the trash before putting it in a large trash can outside.
- Take a look under your bed to make sure there is no trash. If you can't easily see under the bed, use a flashlight to find all the trash.
- If there is a waste container in your room, be sure to empty it and change the interior liner.
Step 3. Remove bulky items from the floor to put them on the bed
Many teens leave papers, backpacks, clothes and many other items on the floor, and this can cause a big mess if it hasn't been cleaned in a while. Pick up the items on your bedroom floor and place them on your bed. Continue the process so that these items are easier to sort and collect later.
Taking things off the floor and putting them on your bed forces you to tidy up and clean up, otherwise you won't be able to go to bed when it's time to sleep
Step 4. Cleans the windows and the mirrors with glass cleaner.
Check your house to see if there is any aerosolized glass cleaner and apply a few drops to the windows. Wipe this cleanser back and forth with a paper towel to remove dirt and streaks. Then, repeat the process on all the mirrors installed in your room.
- Stick to only using glass cleaner on mirrors and windows, as using other cleaning solutions could leave streaks on them.
- In case you don't have glass cleaner, then wipe the mirrors and windows with a damp paper towel, then with a dry cloth so that it doesn't leave streaks.
Step 5. Cleans up spills or sticky dirt
Clean up spills or sticky dirt with a multi-use cleaner. If you notice any sticky residue in your room, such as spilled drinks or drinking cup rings, you will need to rub them to remove them. Spray a multi-use cleaner onto a cloth until it is damp and lay it over the residue to rub in circular motions. After that, touch the affected area with your finger again to see if it still looks sticky and continue cleaning until it is clean.
- In the future, clean up spills as they appear so you don't leave a sticky residue.
- In case you don't have a multi-use cleaner, make the effort to use water and a few drops of dish soap.
Step 6. Dust and wipe the flat surfaces of your bedroom
Use a dusting spray or furniture polish and a clean lint-free cloth when dusting. Apply a few squirts of the spray to the cloth and wipe down the flat surfaces of your bedroom, in this case shelves, dressers and table tops. Use a different part of the cloth for each part to be wiped to avoid putting dust back on the surface.
- You can also use a microfiber cloth to collect dust.
- Remove items from shelves or tables while you dust them so you can clean them completely.
- If you have a ceiling fan, stand on the bed and wipe the tops of the blades, as the blades can collect dust easily.
- Wipe the top of the baseboards along the walls as well as the top of your door frame.
Step 7. Sweep or vacuum the floors
If you have hard floors in your bedroom, then clean them with a dustpan and broom. If you have carpet, use a vacuum cleaner instead. Start from the corner furthest from your bedroom door and head towards the entrance. This way, there won't be dust on the parts that you have already cleaned. Use your vacuum cleaner hose attachment to deal with tight corners so you can completely clean your room.
- If you have no idea how to use your vacuum cleaner, ask a guardian or parent to show you this.
- Also make an effort to sweep or vacuum under the bed, as dirt and dust can collect there.
- In case there are stains on your carpet, ask your guardian or a parent to show you how to remove them.
if you have hard floors, you may also decide to wipe them down with a mixture of cleaning solution and lukewarm water.
Step 8. Use deodorants
Use deodorants to make your room smell better. If your room smells bad, you should spray it with deodorant to make it more pleasant. It is recommended that you choose a deodorant that also kills bacteria, otherwise it may just mask the smell. Spray the deodorant towards your fan, so that it can go down to your floor.
You can also use candles or refillable air fresheners to be able to eliminate strong odors
Part 3 of 3: declutter your bedroom
Step 1. Sort the stack of things on your bed into groups
Now that all the things that were on the floor are on the bed, you will need to separate them into separate piles so that you can see which ones you need to clean or wash. For example, you can put school supplies near one corner of your bed, clothes in another corner, and accessories somewhere in the middle. Keep batteries stored so that each group can be cleaned or washed separately.
In case there isn't room on your bed to hold all the things, it's best to put some piles back on the floor or on a table. Just make sure you put them away, rather than leaving them that way
Step 2. Return drinking glasses or plates to the kitchen
Chances are, you've had a meal or snack in your room and forgot to put the plates back in their place. Find the cups or kitchen utensils in your room and stack them. Carry the plates to the kitchen and wash them by hand or put them in a dishwasher.
Avoid leaving unwashed plates in the sink, because your guardian or a parent might get upset if you don't wash them
Step 3. Sort your clothes to see if they are clean or dirty
Take the clothes you picked up from the ground and sniff them to smell them. If they smell dirty or musty, put them in your laundry basket so you can wash them. On the other hand, if the smell is good, you will have to either fold them or hang them in order to store them. Keep sorting your clothes until there are no more in the pile.
- If you can't tell if the clothes are clean or dirty, then just put them in your laundry basket to be sure.
- Take the time to examine your clothes to make sure they are free of any noticeable stains or dirt before you put them away.
Step 4. Arrange your closet so that it isn't so cluttered
Your closet may be the best place to hide bulky items, but it should also be tidy. Separate your hanging clothes into similar groups like pants, dresses, sweatshirts, and jackets. If you can, use a closet organizer to stack clothes or shoes so it doesn't look like they're just thrown inside. Try to clean the closet floor as much as possible so that it doesn't seem cluttered when you open it.
- Keep your closet door closed to make your room appear cleaner.
- Research the clothes you don't wear often and determine if you can sell or gift them.
- Avoid throwing things in your closet without hanging or arranging them, otherwise it could get messy again.
Step 5. Arrange the items on your desk or nightstand
Nightstands and desks can hold several random items if you don't do the right thing to keep them neat and tidy. Sort loose papers and notepads in your binders so you can keep them together easily, then find a place for them in a cabinet or drawer. If you have small items or random knickknacks, store them in small boxes or crates that you can take out when you need them.
It is best to leave certain items that you use often on the desk, such as headphones, your wallet or a diary
Step 6. Place items that might be stolen in electronic diaries
Place items that might be stolen in electronic diaries so that they are less cumbersome. Chances are you have pens, coins, jewelry, or other knick-knacks somewhere in your room that are cluttering up your space. So use baskets or small bowls to store them so that surfaces and shelves stay tidy. Make sure to put similar items in the same container so you know exactly where to look the next time you need them.
For example, you can keep a cup on the desk to store pencils and pens or you can use a binder in which you will put the most important papers
Shoe boxes are more suitable for storing small items, and they easily fit on a shelf or in a closet.
- Take the time to organize your things well, rather than trying to hide bulky items in a drawer or cupboard.
- Clean your room once a week to keep it clean. That way your room won't be really dirty anymore.
- Ask your guardian or parents what they expect of you when they clean your room. In fact, there might be specific things they want you to do.
- If you are unsure of how to use a specific cleaning product, ask a guardian or a parent.