Spring Cleaning: Bedrooms

With inspiration from the book I mentioned in the last post (Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House), wonderful housekeepers I’ve met throughout my life and other wonderful blogs and articles, I devised the following plan for spring cleaning the bedrooms in our house.  I understand that there are times and phases of life for all of us, so you may be in a phase where you can do all these things – and you may not.  So, give yourself grace and do what you’re able to do this spring and leave the rest for a better time/phase.  I’m going to give you the exhaustive list I aim for when I have lots of time, energy, and/or help!  🙂

Beds and Bedding

Open the windows (if possible).

Launder all the bedding and air dry (if possible because air dried bedding is simply a luxury and the sun is one of the best kept secrets of all natural stain removal as well as of sterilization).

Launder the pillows and dry thoroughly (or else they will smell funky).

Remove the mattress, vacuum, and air it outside (preferably, but you may also air it inside with the windows open).

Vacuum the bed frame.

Vacuum the carpet and base moulding underneath the bed.

Clean the entire bed frame with wood or all purpose cleaner.

Replace the mattress and rotate and/or flip.

Make the bed.

End Tables

Remove everything from the top and inside of the table.

Clean the table inside and out with wood or all purpose cleaner.

Vacuum under the table; clean the base moulding behind the table with all purpose cleaner.

Make piles of things to keep, throw away, store, and/or donate.

ONLY replace the things on and in the table you’ve decided to keep.

Place the things to store in a labeled box.

Place the things to donate in another labeled box.

Dressers

Remove everything from the top and inside of the dresser.

Clean the dresser inside and out with wood or all purpose cleaner.

Vacuum under the table; clean the base moulding behind the table with all purpose cleaner.

Make piles of things to keep, throw away, store, and/or donate.

ONLY replace the things on and in the table you’ve decided to keep.

  • Do not keep things like socks with holes.  You’re cleaning, let’s use this time to get rid of those things.
  • Also, consider how many things you need to keep in a prime location like a dresser or closet.  Do you need 10 pairs of pajamas?  Can you donate or store a few pairs and keep a smaller number in your dresser?  Do you actually wear all 10 pairs or have you become impartial to a few?
  • Think about when the last time you wore the items you’re going through.  If it was a long time ago, consider donating them (or storing them if you must).
  • When going through things my children have outgrown, whether toys or clothes, I sometimes have a hard time getting rid of them.  In order to keep things moving as I clean (and prevent myself from falling into a heap on the floor crying about times passed), I allow myself to keep a few things from their childhood.  Everyone is different and what’s special to you will be different.  But, for a fun digression from out talk on cleaning, here are few things I’ve chosen to keep for my someday grandchildren or just for myself:  our crib, our high chair, my favorite outfits for each child, my boys’ train set, their favorite cars/stuffed animals/books/games (if they are still in tact when the time comes), building blocks, and Gwyn’s dolls.  I’m sure I’ll add to the list as time goes on, but that’s what I’m thinking for now.
  • Lastly, this is a great time to take inventory of what you have and don’t need any more of as well as what is worn out and needs to be replaced.

Place the things to store in a labeled box.

Place the things to donate in another labeled box.

Closets

Remove everything from the closet.

Vacuum the closet.

Clean the base moulding and shelves with wood or all purpose cleaner.

Make piles of things to keep, throw away, store, and/or donate.

ONLY replace the things in the closet you’ve decided to keep.

  • Re-visit the bulleted list above under “dressers” as you consider what to keep, throw away, store, and donate.

Place the things to store in a labeled box.

Place the things to donate in another labeled box.

General

Vacuum the entire room.

Clean the base moulding with wood or all purpose cleaner.

Clean the windows with window cleaner.

Vacuum or launder the curtains.

Clean the curtain rods with all purpose cleaner.

Vacuum the lamp shades and clean the light fixtures with all purpose cleaner or soap/water.

Vacuum chairs and any other furniture in the room.

Launder accent pillows and/or throw blankets and dry thoroughly (or else they will smell funky).

Dust and clean clocks, picture frames, and other decor with all purpose cleaner.

Carefully clean the light switches with all purpose cleaner or soap/water.

And, if you’re really ambitious, clean the walls with soap/water.

Optionally, diffuse some lovely essential oils in the amazingly clean room; my favorites area a mix of lavender/lemon or the stress away blend.

Last, but not least, enjoy your hard work!