If you are anything like me, there is nothing that makes you feel more at home than a good-smelling, freshly cleaned home. One of the best times to give your home a good, thorough cleaning is as winter is ending and spring is just beginning.
If you live in a place where it can get really cold during the winter months, your windows have likely been closed against the frigid winter air for weeks. Invite the sunshine and the fresh air inside by giving your bedroom a deep clean. Not only will a deep clean make your home look and smell better, it could make you feel better, too. That’s because over time, dust and allergens can build up and make you feel sick.
1. Dust the mattress
You may not realize it, but your mattress can get pretty gross. That is because it can house millions of dust mites. These tiny little guys feed off your dead skin and hair. Dust mite feces and body parts can cause allergic reactions in some people. Some dust mites in your home are inevitable. However, you can cut down on their numbers by keeping your mattress clean. Dust your mattress and bed with a clean cloth. You could even take your mattress off your bed and vacuum it. Another clean mattress tip: enclose it in a waterproof plastic liner.
2.Clean out the closet
This is the perfect time to clear out your winter stuff and prepare your closet for your warm weather clothes. Pull out sweaters, coats, hats, scarves and boots. Pack them up in boxes or bins and store them elsewhere in your home. While you are already in there, go ahead and reorganize sections of your closet that may have gotten messy over the winter. Pick up clothes that may have fallen onto the floor. Straighten hangers that are sticking out at crazy angles (my personal pet peeve). Vacuum and use a sweet-smelling deodorizer to give your clothes a pleasant smell.
3. The air up there
Since you are giving your room a really deep clean, grab a ladder and reach those high-up places you might usually ignore. Clean your ceiling and fans. You should also use this opportunity to dust the tops of shelves and bookcases.
4. Check under the bed
While you are at it, go down below. Dust and dirt can easily accumulate under your bed. Free yourself from scary dust bunnies by pushing your bed aside and vacuuming underneath. This is also a good time for you to clean out things that may have been carelessly pushed under your bed over the course of the winter. Put shoes, clothes and books in their proper places. If your extra clutter means you need more storage, consider purchasing special storage bins made to slide under your bed with ease.
5. Vacuum under the furniture
Bedroom furniture is another big-time dust accumulator. Dust all over heavy dressers and bookcases. Then, get a friend or family member to help you push them aside and dust underneath.
6. Reorganize your drawers
Go through your dresser drawers and pull out clothes that you haven’t worn for a while or have outgrown. Trash things that may have accumulated in your “junk drawers” and throw them away once and for all.
7. Clean your comforters and sheets
Some of your bedding might need to be dry cleaned or specially cleaned. This is a great time to do it. Send your comforter off to the dry cleaners for a deep, thorough cleaning. This might even be a good time to pack heavy sheets and covers away for the winter and pull out lighter stuff for the warm weather months.
8. Let the sunshine in
Crack open your windows to let the fresh air in. This is also a good time to give your windows a good cleaning to remove dust, dirt, fingerprints and grime. If you have curtains, take them down and wash them. If you have blinds, wipe them down to remove dust and dirt.
We all have busy lives. In the rush to do what we have to do for work and family, it’s so easy to neglect your bedroom and let it become a cluttered mess. But redemption is possible! Use this new season to give your bedroom a fresh, clean start!
Invite the sunshine and the fresh air inside by giving your bedroom a deep clean.