If you read my piece on Organizing 101, you have some good background of what this week will involve. If you have not read it yet, start there because I will be referencing it throughout this post. In addition, there are fewer steps involved this week! Hooray! But there are more rooms involved, depending on your house. Boo! But you may have kids old enough to tackle their own rooms. Hooray again!!!
Personally, I don’t usually spend much time in my bedroom aside from sleeping, so it tends to stay pretty neat and clean. However, if you have kids or messy husbands, then you know how quickly these spaces can get out of control! Plus they are the easiest rooms in your house to just shut the door and ignore. Either way, there are some areas in this space that will definitely need some TLC and deep cleaning.
WALLS AND CEILING
CLOSETS AND DRESSERS
Strip down your beds, friends! All the way to the mattress. Time to launder you sheets, mattress pad, and comforter. Bed sheets should be pretty straight forward, as you (hopefully) wash these on a regular basis. Some mattress pads do require special care. And for your comforter you will definitely need to check your care tag if this is your first time washing it. Most require dry cleaning. If you’re lucky like me, you can get away with stuffing it in your washing machine if you have a jumbo one with a dry cleaning cycle. If you do launder your comforter yourself, you will want to line dry to ensure it dries evenly and to keep the quality intact.
This is also a good time to assess your sheet collection. Bed sheets tend to get worn over time due to excessive wear, tear, and washing. This is totally normal! But personally, I always tend to hang on to bed sheets longer than I should. I never think when I buy a new set to get rid of an old set. Ok, let’s be honest, I rarely buy new sets either because they are so pricey and not very exciting! In any case, check your stash and move the old ones out to the garage to use for paint drop cloths in the future.
To deep clean your mattress, you will need a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap. The ratio is 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 8 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, and just a drop of dish soap. First, give your mattress a good vacuuming to eliminate as much dirt and debris as possible. Then mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and saturate your mattress. You will want to let this permeate until it is dry. Now it’s time to get out the vacuum and vacuum the entire mattress. This should pull up any remaining debris, along with the baking soda residue. That’s it! Pretty simple!
Start with your curtains. The first thing that you will need to do is check your care instructions. You don’t want your washing machine shredding curtains that were made for the dry cleaner! Next, give the panels a once-over and do any necessary spot cleaning or stain prep treatment. Once that is complete, throw them in the laundry according to care instructions, or drop them off with the dry cleaner.
Once your curtains are clean and laundered, dry them as detailed in your care instructions. Personally, I like the smell that comes with line drying your curtains on a nice spring day. And regardless of how you dry them, whether line dried or in the dryer, you will inevitably need to follow-up with the an iron. Trust me folks, the ‘wrinkle release’ cycle on your dryer is no match for window treatments.
If you also have blinds on your windows, you will need to first remove dust and debris with a feather duster or handheld vacuum. Once the majority of the dirt has been removed, take the blinds down. You have two options from here. You can either take them outside and hose them off, or let them soak in a bathtub of soap and water. Either way, leave them outside to dry once they are clean.
You are all set! Time to hang your window treatments back up and move on to the rest of the room.
In order to give your flooring a deep cleaning, you will need to move as much furniture as possible. If you have area rugs, roll them up. Small furniture should be removed from the bedrooms. Any large pieces should be moved as you work through the room, to the best of your ability. The idea of a good deep cleaning is to get to all of those hard-to-reach spaces you typically miss in your normal weekly cleaning routine.
For carpeting, in addition to normal vacuuming, you will need to shampoo your carpet. You have a couple of options for this. The most economical is to rent a carpet shampooer. Most home improvement and grocery stores carry these to rent. You will need to buy your own shampoo, which can be found at these stores as well. If you shampoo your carpets on a semi-regular basis, you can also buy your own shampooer. Amazon sells a Hoover with all of your basic options for a reasonable price. The other option for those short on time or for carpets in need of some extra-special love, you can hire a local cleaning company to deep clean your carpets. Whichever option you choose, be sure to allow plenty of time for the carpet to dry before you re-enter the space.
If you have anything other than carpet, such as hardwood or laminate flooring, the first thing you will need to do is get all the dust off of the floor, especially the areas typically covered by furniture. Then you will want to do a good deep cleaning. For hardwoods, a mixture of Murphy Oil Soap and water works well. For laminates you will want to check with your manufacture’s instructions. This is also the time to fill in any dents or scratches with wood filler or a wood pen.
Ok I’m sure we are all sick of baseboards by now. I know I sure am! Baseboards are honestly one of my least favorite cleaning projects. Unfortunately, they cover the entire house, so they made it to the bedroom spring cleaning list. On the plus side, I usually find that my bedroom baseboards are the cleanest in the house so hopefully these rooms will get clean quickly!
First, you will need to wipe all of the dust off of the boards with a dry dust cloth. I also find that a dry Swiffer pad works well too. Then you will need to make a soap and water mixture for white baseboards, and a Murphy oil soap and water mixture for wood baseboards. Give the baseboards a wipe down and scrub out any spots or stains. Follow behind with a drying cloth. Last, give the entire perimeter of baseboards a wipe down with dryer sheets to help prevent additional dust buildup.
If you find any damage along the way, be sure to repair it now too. For white baseboards, you may need to touch up the paint or apply an entirely new coat of paint. For wood, fill in any cracks or gauges with wood filler and scratches with a wood pen.
WALLS AND CEILING
The first step to cleaning your ceilings and walls is to attack the dust bunnies. Using a dry Swiffer to reach up high, you can wipe everything down, paying special attention to corners. You may also need a vacuum for this. If you have a ceiling fan, you will need to reach that too. There are specific tools with brushes designed to slide right over the fan blades. You could also just grab a chair to stand on and do it manually.
Next, it’s time to wash your walls. This used to be such a dreaded, tedious project for me. It seems that if you only spot clean your walls, then you can always see what was cleaned and what wasn’t. But washing your entire walls would take forever! I discovered a new solution! Use a Swiffer to tackle your walls. This is simply the quickest, most efficient method I have found. I put a Swiffer pad on the stick, and then apply my cleaning solution of choice to the pad. Then just work up and down the walls, similar to rolling paint. This will leave you with fresh and clean walls with a uniform look.
CLOSETS AND DRESSERS
We all have at least one overflowing dresser or closet that has become a giant, neglected hot mess of an eyesore. Spring is the time to tackle these disasters! And on the plus side, once you get your closets and dressers clean and organized, you have made some room to go shopping!
For your closets and dressers, I am going to direct you to Organizing 101 for a detailed, step by step guide to clean these spaces. There is a lot of great, thorough information in this article to get you set in the right direction to tackle this project!
Once you have organized your closets and dressers, do a quick polish on your dresser and check for any scratches or dents that need repaired.
Give yourselves a pat on the back; your bedrooms are officially spring cleaned! And thank your family members if they helped out on this project too!
As always, it’s time to kick it into maintenance mode. Dust at least once a week, including baseboards. Run the vacuum every couple of days, depending on traffic. Wash your bed sheets weekly, mattress pad monthly, and do a mattress deep clean every few months. Keep your closets and dressers organized with the help of Organizing 101. Keep your family members accountable, too. In our house, we make sure that every night all of the clutter is put away in the bedrooms, and every morning we make the beds and put the dirty laundry in the hamper. I cannot stress enough how much a few minutes a day of simple maintenance will make your life so much easier!
So cross another room off of your spring cleaning checklist, lay down in your fresh and clean bed, and relax! Time to rest up for Week 4 of the Spring Cleaning Series, coming soon!