How to Clean Your Room! (Easy Cleaning Routine)
How to Clean Your Room! (Easy Cleaning Routine)
Man, in case I’d a dollar for each time my parents yelled this very phrase at me when I was growing up, I would most likely still be doing this but I would be doing the work from a big old beach house along the California coast. It appears to be most of us dislike cleaning, but find even more excuses to not clean the rooms of ours.
Do not be fooled, I face the same cleaning challenges that everyone else does, I wasn’t born with the auto clean function. Those individuals have superpowers, kind of like folks with 6 pack abs. On that note, created a really handy cleaning routine for the rest of us Muggles to follow, by very popular request.
Today, I should disclose that I am not overly concerned about doing a great room cleaning (when I clean for myself; I’ve a different idea about how my company cleans for our clients), unless it absolutely has to be, or perhaps for when we do a big annual or perhaps biannual clean. I am far more concerned about spending probably the least amount of time required to get the room clean to a particular point and then I want to move on. The room cleaning method I am showing you here’s a cross between my company’s secret sauce and the own opinion of mine of what works best for me. It does not cover everything, drawers, mattress cleaning, like windows, etc. but it does cover the basics. Occasionally, you will want to throw in some extras. With this well laid out routine, you will know exactly where to put them in. We’ve a great deal of videos that are great and blog posts which you are able to use as resources and I have linked them at the bottom of the post.
This strategy works for any room you’ve truly, but bedroom is actually a great place to demo the method.
There is a printable for you as well as a video, which you are able to see here!
Melissa’s three Room Cleaning Rules
I’ve three rules about cleaning: trust me, these rules will help you save time so listen up.
Rule one – Get in the right headspace Um yeah, you have to have the right headspace. I do not understand what you have to do to be there (maybe watch one of our videos :D), but in case I’m not in the mood for cleaning, I literally waste time doing everything else but clean. Just commit like 20 30 minutes to give the room of yours the attention it needs. Pick your music ahead of time, get a drink, go to the bathroom, and then get cleaning.
Rule two: Use the right tools and products, and have them all with you Do not waste the time of yours using inadequate tools and products, get the great things that is not likely to waste your time due to quality problems. Select items that you need; nothing more and nothing less, just enough to be effective. My recommended product and tool list is actually below. Next, gather the items up and drive them to the room, do not leave one item out. If you’ve it all with you, you will not have to leave the room of yours and that will keep you focused.
Rule three: Have a Method Have a plan, and that is the reason I’m going to share the list of mine with you, so that you know what to do and the order to do it in. Additionally, work clockwise and stay on course, that way you will not have to remember what you’ve and haven’t cleaned. You save so much time by not backtracking.
products and tools Ok, so assuming you are in the right headspace (which takes care of rule #1), let us go to tools and products. Here is what you will have to clean your room:
Microfiber cloths for dusting, polishing and cleaning. I would say to have three.
Glass cleaning cloth, for mirrors and windows (in case you feel like cleaning your windows)
Vacuum (mop whether you’ve hardwood floors)
All purpose cleaner
Disinfectant (points of contact) – in case you wish
Garbage bag, bag for recyclables, replacement garbage bag
Mop pole, hair elastic Fresh linens, or perhaps at least strip the bed of yours, was the sheets and have fresh ones ready to go (in the video, I do not change the linens of mine since I did so three days prior to shooting).
Today, you may have items and/or finishes in the room of yours that I do not have in mine, so in case you’ve something which requires special attention, get the proper product for it. Or else, this list will suffice.
The strategy we are going to use for this I am going to refer to as’ three Waves’. Basically, you are likely to do three circles (waves sounds sexier and less kindergarden y) around your room to cover off all of the areas. The 3 waves are: floors, cleaning, and tidying. The way, you tidy and deal with laundry and garbage first, clean second, and vacuum (or mop) last. You cannot go wrong. You will just work clockwise and I pick the door as my’ twelve O’Clock’ so that I always have a regular start and finish point.
So, let us get started!
The very first wave involves picking up recycling and garbage, putting things where they belong (tidying) and quick organization. For this particular wave, you do not want cleaning products, you simply need your garbage bag/recycling bag and maybe a laundry basket for products that do not belong in the space of yours. Have those close to you.
As I go around the room of mine, I’m scanning from top to bottom, left to right for any item that must be’ dealt with’. For instance, any soda cans get recycled, garbage gets tossed, clothes are actually thrown on the bed in case they’re clean (which I am going to fold at the end of this wave) or perhaps on the floor in case they’re dirty, so I know to take them to the laundry room after. Any items I do not need in the room go into the laundry basket which I will leave outside my deal and door with after the thoroughly clean is actually over.
For the products that I pass which are actually in their right homes (because each item has a home you know), I tidy and organize them. I position them attractively and neatly on the surface (which we clean in the next wave). For instance, an iPad, a book along with a cell phone scattered on the night stand will be tidied by stacking them on the table surface area with probably the largest item on the bottom (iPad), followed by the book and topped with the telephone. An excellent tip I always use for tidying is actually to line the items of mine up parallel or perhaps perpendicular to the edges of the furniture. The way, things always look straight.
Now, finish this wave up by folding those clothes and making the bed. Put the clothes away before you move on to the next wave.
After the room is neat and free and tidy of distraction, I can in fact clean it. For the next wave, we are going to tackle the dusting, polishing and cleaning. To prepare for the next wave, I have a dry microfiber cloth over the shoulder of mine so that I can’ buff’ surfaces and items dry (and access it quickly), a clean microfiber cloth in the other hand and a container of all purpose cleaner in the other.
Low and high dusting will be the very first thing you are likely to do. The essential thing to know about dusting is actually that dust falls from the top to the bottom, so you would like to begin at the top and work your way down. That is the reason we begin with the high dusting. Prepare your low and high dusting tool now, by placing a dampened microfiber cloth over the end of a mop pole and securing it with the hair elastic. Start at your twelve O’Clock point and raise the tool up to the seam where the ceiling meets the wall. Walk it from corner to corner around the room (moving clockwise) dragging it along the corners and edges along the seam (cobweb central). While you are at it, you are able to also clean some door frames, light fixtures or vents (which must be off in case you’re cleaning them). When this’s done, you are able to either move on to cleaning, or perhaps what I did in the video is back track the steps of mine and clean the baseboards using the same tool. I know I need to wait until the end to do baseboards, but I was naughty.
After your low and high dusting is done, take two microfiber cloths and the bottle of yours of all purpose cleaner and glass cleaner. Leave the glass cleaner by the mirror of yours so you do not have to drag it around with you. Spray the cloth of yours so it is damp and head to your twelve O’Clock area to begin. Start scanning (top to bottom) and seek out any fingerprints or perhaps marks on the wall, points of contact, or perhaps horizontal surfaces that need dusting and polishing. You’re literally going to scan, moving the head of yours in an’ yes’ position (down and up) looking for items that NEED cleaning. Include furniture and room decor in this scan, and things that are clean as necessary.
Should you want to disinfect the points of yours of contact, use a disinfectant for this (unless your all purpose cleaner does this too). When you are looking at cleaning furniture, here is what to do. Remove place, or all items safely on the floor, spray the furniture surface area in case you are able to, or perhaps simply make use of a damp cloth to wipe if not. Wipe in an’ S’ pattern (starting at one end and moving to the other, and zig zag forth and back until you’re done). Grab your buffing cloth if necessary to dry the surface before replacing items and then replace items, one by one, quickly wiping each one as you replace it in the correct spot. Because you have already organized and tidied, you’ve less things to do during this particular wave, and you are able to strictly focus on cleaning. Check to find out if your furniture’s vertical surfaces have fingerprints on them and spot clean as required (vertical surfaces get less dirty than horizontal ones, so that they do not need as much cleaning).
For the mirror of yours, spray it with glass cleaner, then take a clean microfiber cloth and wipe using an “s’ pattern from top to bottom, and buff out any streaks as needed. Move along to your window sill, use a cloth to wipe the frame and sill of the window, and you are able to spot clean any fingerprints in case you wish. I make use of the same technique for picture frames, which you are able to see in the video. I also support some item by holding part of it safe with the left hand of mine while I clean with the right hand of mine. Which prevents it from falling! I do not clean my window coverings in this video, but you are able to definitely do this in case you wish. See, with focused effort, this was effective and easy.
Final and third Wave: The room is actually clean, organized and today it is time to perfect any misses, clean the floors and get rid of garbage, laundry and rogue items. For this, all you need is actually a vacuum (and mop whether you’ve hard floors).
Start by emptying the garbage of yours and replacing the bag (in case you’ve one in case you the room) of yours. Place the garbage and recycling bags, dirty laundry and rogue item pile by the door. Next, you will begin vacuuming. Today, you are able to do a quick vacuum of areas that are open (which I demo in the video), or perhaps you are able to begin moving furniture out of the way (smaller stuff, not your bed), and using attachments to get into crevices, etc. The level and level of detail is the call of yours. Let it be known that I absolutely hate vacuuming, so I have a tendency to cheat wherever possible in this specific place. Nevertheless, being an allergy sufferer, I cannot ignore those crevices for long and need to do this every again and now. The attachments are actually great since they do allow you to go into detail, reaching areas your regular vacuum head cannot. Areas which are often forgotten are actually: under the bed, the crease where the carpet meets the wall (does yours look darker? It is not supposed to be ombre you know ?) and behind furniture where dust bunnies are likely to hide. The point is actually, you vacuum, in whichever capacity you select. The vacuum technique I demo in the video is exactly what I call the’ W’ pattern, and it leaves nice cuts in the carpet. See, although I do not like it I do a damn good job at it. That’s’ cause I am a fighter.
Remember, you will find lots more things you are able to do to get an even better, more detailed clean but I also know that too much of a routine is able to scare me (and most likely you), so this’s a basic one and you are able to build on it and customize it as you want.