Your bedroom is supposed to be your inner sanctum. It’s the one room no one is allowed to enter without permission. Which is a good thing because it tends to get messy faster than you can say, “50-hour workweek” (including commute). It’s actually disturbing how hard it can be to keep your bedroom clean and tidy.
Especially if you live in a city like London, you don’t have the time to clean your bedroom every day. But don’t worry – that’s why we’re here. This guide is all about cleaning your bedroom quickly.
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Preparation is a key component of getting things done without wasting time. Unless you have a handy basket full of cleaning products tucked away at the corner of your bedroom, you’d do well to gather your supplies before you start.
Here are the essentials:
Note we’re not using any chemicals. Since this is supposed to be a light cleaning, we’re not going to do a deep dive. We’re favouring speed and efficiency over effectiveness in this instance.
If, however, you feel like you still need something with a bit more cleaning kick, I have just the thing – scented vinegar, which you can make at home.
Alternatively, if you’re dealing with some nasty organic stains or spills, you can make a paste with baking soda and water. But like I said, in this instance the focus is speed so don’t go overboard with the bedroom cleaning.
Even though wardrobes are a thing, our clothes tend to find their way to the bed, chairs, and sometimes even the floor. It’s like the bloody things have a mind of their own.
This should come as no surprise. You come home after a hard day at work. A pile of laundry needs folding. And the washing machine’s open door looks like the gaping maw of a hungry beast, waiting to feast on another basket of dirty garments. No wonder tackling all of this takes three to five business days.
Yes, adulting can be annoying, but now is not the time to dwell on it. It’s time to clean your bedroom as quickly as possible. The faster you get it done, the better. So start by sorting your clothes.
Fold and sort your clean laundry on the bed. Throw dirty laundry in the laundry basket. If you’re not sure whether something is clean or dirty, throw it in the laundry basket. Now is not the time for compromise.
Once you’re done sorting, put away all your clean garments in the wardrobe. The room should look cleaner and more spacious after dealing with the clothes. And the good news is, it’s one of the more annoying tasks. That’s why we’re handling it first.
The bedroom is rarely what it says on the label. It can also moonlight as an office (especially these days), a reading room, or even a home gym (if the room is big enough).
Because of its apparent utility, the bedroom is, therefore, a magnet for rubbish. A quick snack while you work (the wrapper never seems to make it to the bin). Old work documents cluttering your desk (which you swear you’re going to recycle at some point). Napkins, papers, plastic bottles – before you know it, your bedroom is full of clutter that belongs in the bin.
If you don’t recycle, then take a rubbish bin and go wild. Throw away everything that looks like rubbish.
Note: When it comes to papers, make sure you don’t throw away anything important.
In case you recycle, take a couple of bags – a paper bag for the papers and a plastic bag for the plastics, and sort out the rubbish.
You want to move quickly, so sort out the rubbish before you start putting it in the bags. Going on an item per item basis is a waste of time and it will kill your momentum.
This one should be a no-brainer, but it’s often the forgotten chore. You’re not in your bedroom most of the day, so you don’t even notice that you’ve left your bed unmade. Besides, it saves you a few minutes in the morning so what’s the harm?
Turns out, making your bed has plenty of psychological benefits. In fact, cleaning as a whole tends to affect mental health so don’t underestimate its innate power.
Making your bed in the morning means you’re starting your day with a challenge. A small challenge, absolutely, but one many people around the globe struggle with. By overcoming this tiny challenge, you prime your brain to tackle the trails that await during the day.
Another point is that making your bed in the morning makes it easier to clean the rest of the bedroom. Leaving your bedroom a complete mess can create a psychological barrier that would prevent you from undertaking your cleaning duties.
Once you’ve dealt with the rubbish and clothes, all the stands in the way of completing your task is the floor. Vacuum your floors or carpets and you’re more or less done.
Don’t forget to vacuum under the bed. However, don’t move the furniture around. We’re doing a quick clean, remember?
Note: If you have carpeting in the bedroom and suffer from asthma, consider professional carpet cleaning at least twice a year. Vacuuming alone is not enough to deal with all the dust and allergens stuck in your carpet.
Accomplishing all of the above should take you about 15 minutes. It will leave your bedroom looking pleasantly clean and tidy, even though you’ll see you have a lot more work to do if you perform a close inspection.
That being said, in the interest of saving time, this should do. Of course, there’s an easy way you can have a perfectly clean room and all your free time. All you have to do is book regular domestic cleaning and it will all be taken care of.
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