Cleaning your room may seem like an impossible task, but it is probably faster and easier than you imagine! Listen to music, write a to-do list, treat yourself to rewards, and turn it all into a game to keep motivation high. Start with the most demanding activities, then move on to actual cleaning, dusting, vacuuming and washing all surfaces. Before you know it, your room will be bright.
Part 1 of 4: Keeping Motivation High
Step 1. Listen to upbeat music to keep your spirits high
Before you begin, choose an album or playlist that will energize you. Upbeat music will help keep you motivated to finish cleaning. Avoid slower, more melancholy tunes, which could make you feel tired and bored.
if you don't know what to listen to, search the internet for a rhythmic playlist. Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora offer plenty of playlists for those looking for the motivation to clean the house.
Step 2. Think of a reward to give yourself as an incentive to get the job done
This added motivation can help you finish cleaning faster. Decide what you deserve - you could go out with friends, watch a movie with your family, eat a whole pack of ice cream, or read your favorite book.
Make sure you don't rush the cleanup just to get the reward first
Step 3. If you don't feel motivated enough, turn cleaning into a game
If you can't find the urge to clean your room, make it more interesting with a game. Try to put away as many items as possible in 10 minutes, then try to beat your high score. Alternatively, you can pretend to be a robot and move just like an automaton. Another option is to start a stopwatch and see how long it takes you to tidy up.
Be creative and invent games yourself
Start dusting from higher surfaces to save time and not have to clean the same spots twice.
Step 4. Create a list of all the various tasks to complete, so that you have everything under control
If you need to clean a very messy room, to-do lists are great for getting a sense of gratification based on the progress you're making. Decide what to clean and clean, then prioritize tasks. Try to be as detailed as possible so you don't forget anything.
Check each task when finished, so you know for sure what you still need to do
Step 5. Plan activities over the course of the week to make them more manageable
When there is a lot to do, this is the best solution. Check off all completed tasks so you can track your progress. Try to be as disciplined as possible and stick to the schedule.
Monday put away your clothes, Tuesday take out the garbage and tidy up the objects that are out of the drawers, Wednesday sweep and vacuum.
Part 2 of 4: Tackling the Toughest Tasks
Step 1. Get everything out of bed and fix it
The made bed gives a much neater look to the room and gives you a sense of gratification that allows you to start cleaning on the right foot. Move everything on the bed in a pile to one side of the room. Pull the sheets and blankets, tuck them up, take out the creases and put the pillows at the head of the bed.
If you haven't changed your sheets recently, put them in the laundry basket and make the bed with clean linen. This way, the bed will smell fresh and give you a good feeling when you go to bed
Step 2. Tidy up all the clothes on the floor
Take them all and determine if they are dirty or not. If in doubt, consider them dirty! If you find a clean garment, fold it and put it in the dresser or hang it in the closet. If it's dirty, put it in the laundry basket.
It is always better to wash a garment twice rather than wearing something dirty. Consider all clothes on the floor dirty unless you are absolutely sure they are clean
do not start the washing machine until you have finished sorting the room, because you cannot know when you will find another dirty sock to wash!
Step 3. Take all the dirty dishes to the kitchen
This way, you will prevent bad smells and avoid attracting ants or other insects to your room. Bring any cups, plates, cutlery, and glasses you have accumulated into the kitchen. Also, throw away any litter that is still in your room.
Check under the bed, on the desk, on the dresser and on the nightstands
Step 4. Throw all the garbage in a bag
This is a great way to free up the room and make it more tidy. Collect all the objects piled on the surfaces and floors of your room, then decide which ones to throw away. Look for litter, apple cores, pieces of paper, and broken items.
- Donate any items in good condition that you no longer need to charity.
- Recycle the paper and cardboard to throw away in a separate bag.
Part 3 of 4: Sorting the Items in the Room
Step 1. Put back the items you know where to put
Start with everything on the floor. This way, you will be able to move freely around the room without tripping over. Start with larger items, like books and pillows, then move on to smaller ones, like pencils and other stationery items. Find a place for all the items on the dresser, desk, floor and bedside tables.
Try not to get distracted by the items you tidy up, as it will take longer to finish cleaning
Step 2. Put similar items together that you don't know where to store
This is an easy way to tidy up your room and find your stuff more easily. Put all the pens in one box, the photos in another, the makeups in another, the DIY items in yet another, and so on. Make sure you label the boxes and place them in accessible places so they are easy to find.
Put the boxes on the shelves, under the bed, in the closet or on the desk
Step 3. Leave some items in sight that mean a lot to you
This is a great way to personalize your room. If you find a nice ornament or toy while tidying up, consider placing it on your desk, dresser, or nightstand. Avoid placing more than a few objects on each surface, so that the space is not too crowded.
By using the space to display some items, it will be easier to keep the room tidy, because everything else will look out of place and you will be encouraged to put it away. Furthermore, when the surfaces are occupied by a few knick-knacks, they are easier to clean and dust
put the cup you won in the soccer tournament on the desk and your favorite photo on the dresser.
Step 4. Give away all the books, clothes and toys you no longer need
This is a great way to clear your bedroom clutter and have more space for the things you really care about. Evaluate all items and consider if you have used them in the last year. You may decide to donate anything you haven't used in a long time that doesn't have sentimental value.
Make sure you ask your parents for permission first
Part 4 of 4: Cleaning the Surfaces
Step 1. Dust all surfaces in your room
Use a duster to remove all dust from your desk, dresser, bookcase, blinds, fans, lamps and all other surfaces. Always start at the top, then work your way down, so as not to move the dust to places you have already cleaned. Dust before vacuuming or scrubbing the floor, as the dust often just gets blown away and comes back to the ground.
- If you don't have a duster, use a microfiber cloth to remove the dust.
- Make sure you dust the items on your desk, dresser, etc. Frames, souvenirs and trophies are much more beautiful without the dust.
- Make sure you turn off the fan and lights before dusting them.
Step 2. Scrub the surfaces with a cloth to remove marks, dust and sticky stains
Sugar stains can attract ants and damage furniture. Spray a surface cleaner on dirty furniture and wipe it with a cloth. Microfiber ones are ideal, as they easily remove many types of stains. Clean your desk, dresser, nightstands, window sills, baseboards, trim, and all other surfaces in the room at least once a week.
Disinfectant wipes also work well, because they help eliminate all bacteria found on surfaces
Step 3. Vacuum or mop the floor, especially under the bed and desk
Often those parts get dirty during daily cleaning, so make sure you clean them well. If necessary, move furniture to make vacuuming easier. Thoroughly clean the entire floor until it is shiny.
- If the vacuum cleaner does not vacuum well, the bag may be full, so check and change it if necessary.
- Vacuum at least once a week. If you bring shoes indoors, do it more often.
If you have carpet in your room and it starts to smell strange, spray some deodorant or baking soda before vacuuming to give your room a nice scent.
Step 4. Sweep and scrub the floor if possible
Collect all the dust with the broom, then scoop it up with the dustpan. Next, soak the mop in a bucket of soapy water, then wipe it on the floor to remove all stains and dust. Rinse the mop every few minutes to avoid spreading dirt on the surfaces.
- Thanks to this step, the floor will become shiny and clean.
- Sweep and wash floors at least once a week.
Step 5. Clean the light switches and door handles with disinfectant spray
They are among the spots you touch most often, so over time they accumulate a lot of bacteria. Spray the switches and handles with disinfectant spray, then wipe them off with a cloth or tissue.
- Disinfect the handles and switches once a week to keep them clean.
- Also clean all the covers of the power outlets. Since they aren't touched very often, they don't accumulate as much dirt as switches, but keeping them clean and shiny will make your room look tidier.
Step 6. Use a glass cleaner to clean the mirrors and windows
Spray a generous amount of cleaner on the mirrors and windows, then wipe them off with a cloth. Keep scrubbing until all stains are removed. The glass surfaces will be shiny.
- Clean windows and mirrors every time they get stained, so your job is as quick and easy as possible.
- Microfiber cloths are ideal for cleaning glass.
- Don't forget to clean the window frames as well. Use a handheld vacuum cleaner or one with a vacuum cleaner. You can remove caked dirt with an old toothbrush and all-purpose cleaner.