If your bedroom is full of junk these tips for cleaning a messy bedroom will come in very handy. Follow these easy steps to learn how to clean your room in less than one hour (or 30 minutes or less if you are fast!)
I have also included a few additional tips to help you keep your bedroom organized and free of clutter.
Below you will find a free bedroom cleaning checklist printable that you can print right away. If you are in need of a cleaning schedule for your bedroom this simple printable will help you with that.
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Free Bedroom Cleaning Checklist Printable
How to Clean & Organize A Really Messy Bedroom Fast
Help, my bedroom is a real mess and I don’t know where to start! If this sounds like you, don’t worry. I have gathered a step-by-step cleaning routine that will help you keep your room tidy and organized.
# Step 1: Clear the Clutter
One of the reasons why your room looks messy is because everything is strewn all over.
To undo this mess, begin by getting rid of everything that does not belong in the bedroom.
For this task, you will need a laundry basket, a rubbish bin or bag, and a container.
Move around the room and place dirty clothes into the laundry basket, things you don’t need or don’t want into the rubbish bin, and things that don’t belong in the room but you want to keep into the container.
And don’t forget to look under the bed.
Now get the all containers out of the bedroom, and move on to the next step.
Related reading: How to declutter your entire home room by room
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# Step 2: Organize Every Other Thing Into Groups
Having been left with only what belongs in the bedroom, now arrange everything according to its kind.
Group similar types of clothes, pile the shoes together and move on like that. Make sure nothing is grouped with non-common items.
These groups of items will be easier to organize, and it will take less time to get it done.
# Step 3: Work on The Grouped Items
Move from one pile to another, and do not move to the next until you are done with the former.
You can start by sorting and organizing your shoes.
Next, work on clean clothes. You know how you arrange your clothes.
Do not postpone folding and hanging clean clothes because this will turn your room into a mess all over again, and much sooner than you think.
Keep going with all the items until you finish.
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# Step 4: Check all Surfaces to Ensure They Are Free of “stuff”
Take the vacuum cleaner or broom but leave it at the door for now.
Before you sweep and vacuum or mop your room, check to see if there is anything else just sitting around.
Make sure all the surfaces are clear of clutter, including the floor. You might want to use a damp cloth or antibacterial wipes to wipe the dust off furniture and desks if you have any.
Be sure there is nothing on your bed apart from what belongs in there.
# Step 5: Clean the Windows
If the windows are clean you can skip this step. If not, keep reading.
One of the best ways to clean the windows is by using vinegar and water. Mix one part of white vinegar with 3 parts of warm water.
Add a few drops of lemon to eliminate the strong smell of vinegar. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and shake.
Spray the windows and use old newspapers to leave them sparkling clean. Alternatively, you can clean the windows with microfiber cloths.
If you have blinds or curtains in the windows make sure to wash them or clean them if they are dirty.
# Step 6: Sweep, Vacuum or Mop the Room
If you do not have the time to deep clean the floor, you are allowed to do what I call a run-through.
If the room was not so dirty, don’t bother sweeping, just mop or vacuum the floor. You don’t want any dust settling on your bedding as you hurriedly sweep the floor.
# Step 7: Make the Bed
Please note that it does not matter how clean your bedroom is. If the bed is not made, the room is still in a mess.
After taking care of every other thing, finish your fast clean routine by making the bed. Sometimes when I’m in a hurry the bed is the first thing I do, after opening the window, but the order is not really important.
Replace the sheets and leave the bed looking clean and neat. I don’t have time to vacuum or mop the bedroom every day, so I do it mostly at the weekend.
If you find that your bedroom floor is not dirty you can skip step 6 and do it only when you find it is necessary.
Is your mattress dirty? Have a look at how to clean a smelly and dirty mattress to leave it spotless naturally.
If you want to go deeper into organizing your bedroom the next segment is yours.
How to Organize a Messy Bedroom In 5 Easy Steps
It is one thing to have a clean bedroom, and it is another to have a clean and organized room.
Here is how to organize your bedroom to keep it looking neat and manageable. You will notice that cleaning an organized room takes much lesser time.
1. Make Use of All Drawers
I shouldn’t have to mention this one but if you are disorganized by nature you will probably leave your clothes in the first place that falls (like my teen son). This is a no-no if you want to keep your bedroom tidy and free of clutter.
Use the drawers to put all small-sized garments and other small items too. It is a good idea to designate certain drawers for specific types of items. Do not mix socks with underwear or jewelry.
Use the topmost drawers to keep the items you use frequently. Other items should go into lower and deeper drawers. This will prevent fumbling in the wrong places looking for something when you are in a hurry.
2. Have a Basket for Your Throw Pillows
I love this idea! I have a basket for bed cushions in my room and I think every bedroom should have one to keep throw pillows and extra blankets at night.
Resist the temptation to throw these on the floor when you are going to bed because they can get dirty and you might forget to pick them up the following morning.
Besides cushions on the floor make the room look cluttered in an instant. It is much more convenient to have a basket handy to place the cushions.
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3. A Bedroom Trash Can & Laundry Basket
Have a small trash can in the bedroom at a place where you can always see it, and train yourself to use it.
While it might work to install a few hooks on the inside of the closet door, keeping a medium-sized laundry basket in the room helps a lot too.
Never allow clothes to lie around your chair, table, or bed. Having them in the laundry basket will keep the room free of clutter.
4. Make Use of a Shoe Rack
If you are the kind of person who owns a million and one pair of shoes, you should purchase a good shoe rack. Shoe racks are one of the best ways to store your shoes because they are always handy.
Arrange your shoes in order so that the ones that are frequently used can stay in the top racks while the rest sleep at the bottom or behind your favorite shoes.
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5. Keep Your Closet Organized
Keeping your closet organized will make it easier to find things when you are in a hurry. Keep the items you wear the most insight.
I have a designated place only for trousers. Then another one for dresses/skirts and another one for tops and jackets.
I also like to arrange the items by color or size.
Keep all your jumpers folded.
If you have too many belts, scarves or ties get a hanger to keep them neat and easy to find.
Do the same with your handbags. Handbags take a lot of space in the closet and sometimes we have so many that it is impossible to keep them in there.
If you have this problem there are some ingenious organizers made especially for handbags. Take a look at this great selection of handbag organizers from Amazon.
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If you have space in your closet keep your shoes in their boxes or buy a small shoe rack to keep them tidy.
Another great way to store things you don’t know where to put is by using a hanging door organizer or boxes. The boxes can go underneath your bed or on top of the wardrobe.
Make a habit of hanging your clothes every time you change them. Or, if they need to be washed, put them into the laundry basket. This way your room will be free of clutter, and easier to clean.
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Extra Tips for Cleaning a Messy Bedroom
- Cleaning and organizing your bedroom should be something that you enjoy doing. If you do not derive any fun cleaning your bedroom or any other room in your house, try working along with the tune of your favorite music. This trick works wonders for me.
- I also have a trick to keep your bedroom smelling fresh for longer. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil on the water and wipe the surfaces of your bedroom with this. It will leave the room smelling great, and it actually can encourage you to clean the bedroom more often. Don’t like lavender? Try the essential oil of your choice.
- Another way to keep your room smelling good is to place scented dry flowers in bowls or sachets. They will make any room smell gorgeous. I love lavender scents and this dried French lavender will provide a sense of calm and relaxation too.
- It is also good to let the air in. Open the bedroom windows when you get out of bed in the morning to let the cool and fresh morning air in. Do not, however, forget to shut the windows before you leave the house. ????
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Keeping Your Bedroom Clean & Organized
Keeping any room clean and organized requires a bit of time when is really messy and cluttered. But once you follow these cleaning tips your room will be spotless and well organized. To keep it like that avoid clutter, and get into the habit of cleaning your bedroom at least once a week.
Are there other tips for cleaning a messy bedroom you want to share? I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment below.