Because your mama isn’t going to yell at you anymore!
As a kid I always had a very messy room. Like piles of stuff to my waist with a path to my bed messy… When I got older it was pretty much the same with a few rare cleaning sprees sprinkled in, where “Things were going to change!” and “I am going to keep it clean this time!” The cleaning sprees never did much except condense the mess I had more efficiently. I always wanted that clean space though, I dreamed of a bed not covered in mountains of clothes and a dresser with a few key items on top for decoration purposes, but otherwise completely clear. It just never happened. There was always some excuse I was making, like I just needed more space and things would be different, or I would blame it on the people I was living with, “even if I clean they will just mess it up again so why should I bother picking up in the first place”
Things changed when I got out on my own. I made being neater a focus and stopped with all the excuses I was telling myself. In my true nerd fashion I did a bunch of research on cleaning, and habits, and feng shui to get myself knowledgeable and pumped to get started! So today I share with you what I have learned in the years since starting all this and what has worked amazingly well for me in keeping my space clean!
We are going to focus on the bedroom because it is the easiest space to keep clean and if at the very least your bedroom is clean, then you have a stress and clutter-free space to escape to and enjoy at the end of the day.
Here are some benefits of a clean room:
– A clutter free environment reduces stress
– If all your stuff has a place you won’t waste time looking for it
– You will fall asleep faster/easier with less distractions around you
– You are far less likely to break things. Like your stuff from getting stepped on, or yourself from tripping on some broken something…
– You are more Feng Shui! (sounds super cool, right?)
Convinced yet? Okay good, Let’s Do This!!!
How to tackle it
First you need to commit a day to this. Write it on your calendar and stick to it! It isn’t going to happen if it floats around in “I’ll get to it later” land.
Step 1 – Make your bed
A cleared off bed gives you a big surface to work with when working on the rest of your room. Plus it gets you pumped because it looks great and you have hardly done anything yet!
(you should be doing this every day anyway LINK to habits post)
If you have a bunch of junk on your bed throw it on the floor or put it in a bag. You can deal with it later.
BONUS: If you can’t remember the last time you washed your sheets this is a good time to get that done too. And in case no one ever told you, your sheets should we washed once a week. There is all kinds of gross stuff that is on your sheets just from sleeping in them so try really hard to wash them once a week. I usually end up washing mine about every other week because I don’t have time every single weekend to wash my sheets, but weekly is my goal.
Step 2 – Grab some bags
Get a “garbage”, “donate,” “sell,” and “keep” bags ready. Put them just outside your room. Try to make your keep bag a little smaller than the other bags so you don’t hold on to too much stuff you really don’t need.
It is also a good idea to have your dirty clothes hamper and a clean clothes basket accessible. If you have a lot of clothes to go through it is going to discourage you in your overall clean up, so just sort them as either clean or dirty and deal with it later. I like to put my clean clothes on my couch and I just fold clothes whenever I am catching up on netflix!
Step 3 – Clear off all your surfaces
Dresser, night stand, desk, all of it. Go through everything sitting on top of them and put them in one of your 4 bags. Put stuff that doesn’t belong in your bedroom in another room, you don’t have to put it away, just get it out of your room, you can deal with that stuff later when you get around to cleaning that room. This is a good time to start using the 3 item rule. Things look better in sets of threes so if you are going to keep stuff on the surfaces in your bedroom only let yourself put three things on each surface. This will make it look nice and keep you from crossing over that line from decorative to cluttered.
Step 4 – Work in a circle
Once you have a clean bed and some cleared off surfaces start in the messiest corner and work your way around the room. If you start with the messiest it will only get easier the longer you work on it. Sort all your stuff into one of the 4 bags. For clothes I like to put the dirty ones in my hamper and throw the clean ones in two piles on my bed, Hang and Fold. That way I can just hang up all my clothes all at once when I am done, and put the clothes to fold on the couch to fold later.
Now that all you stuff is either put away or gone you can actually clean your room!
Grab one of those old T-shirts you planned on throwing away and starting at the highest point dust everything, working again in a circle. You want to start from the highest point so you don’t drop dust down on an already clean area.
Sweep – Vacuum – Mop
Start on one side and work your way around and out the door.
Consider this the cherry on top of the clean room cake. Adding some nice smells to a nice clean room will just take it to that extra level!
And the #1 trick?
It isn’t that tricky but boy does it work! And before you skim over it and never look back again, I want you to try it at least once.
Set a timer for 3 minutes right before you go to bed and pick up the few things that made it to you bedroom that day and put them back where they go. If you do this every night before bed you will never end up with the heaping mess that currently is your bedroom. The funny thing is that most of the time you will spend more than the 3 min cleaning anyway. (Starting is the hard part remember?) So if 3 min even seems like a chore (get over it) or try 1 min! Once you start your progress will keep you going and you might go to sleep with a clean room every night! (GASP!)
Send me your before and after pics on social media of your clean room and I may feature your awesome progress here on the blog!
Use Hashtag #PretendingtoAdult I can’t wait to see your progress. I absolutely LOVE before and after photos!
What is your favorite cleaning hack?