Real talk: I am an extremely messy person. I know how to be organized in my own weird way, but this in no way means I’m neat. My car and desk are both pretty cluttered, but the absolute worst is my bedroom. Walk into my bedroom on most days, and you’ll find a room filled with stuff because I literally own more things than anyone in the world (maybe). Clothes replace the carpet, beauty products spill from every available surface, jewelry is tangled together on my dresser, the bed is never made, there are more broken hangers than whole ones, and you will most likely step on something sharp or breakable.
I’ve accepted my messy tendencies, but that doesn’t mean I like them. Every time I walk in my disaster area of a bedroom, I cringe and feel overwhelmed. I hate shifting through piles of clothes to find the one black shirt I can’t find. I hate trying to relax in bed when looking around makes me feel stressed. I can’t stand walking over to my vanity and accidentally stepping on an expensive handbag that shouldn’t be on the floor. And I really hate when I’m hanging out with friends and I can’t bring them into my bedroom to chill because it’s too embarrassing – and my room is really cute!
So, this weekend, after an entire summer’s worth of a mess happened (I was busy, okay?), I decided to do a deep cleaning. I spent an entire Sunday cleaning my room – no exaggeration. I woke up, went up there armed with laundry baskets and garbage bags, and got to work. I threw out four big garbage bags worth of stuff, got a whole pile of old clothes and shoes together to give away, and organized everything. I even changed my comforter and pillows, and found a few things I had been searching for. I actually can’t wait to go home tonight, get in my bed, and look around my clean room!
BUT ANYWAY. This post isn’t about my clean room, although I did want a reason to brag about it. It’s about how to clean YOUR room, especially if your mother is anything like mine and is constantly nagging you to. If you’re throwing things in drawers and rushing through the process, you’re probably doing it wrong. Here are 15 tips on how to actually clean your bedroom:
Start By Picking Everything Up Off The FloorIf your room is as messy as my room gets, it's pretty bad. This can be really overwhelming, and deciding where to start can be tough. Here's a pretty good rule of thumb: start by picking all the clothes off the floor and putting it on your bed. This is what I do. Once the clothes are off the floor and on a big pile, I can focus a little bit better. Once all the clothes are off the floor, sort them into dirty and clean. Since putting your clothes away can take a while, I like to get this out of the way first.
Do Laundry In The BeginningSorting clothes in the beginning is ideal because then you can start your laundry. You should always put a load of laundry in right when you start cleaning your room. This way, it gets washed as you're cleaning, and then by the time the clothes are out of the dryer, it will probably be right as you're finishing up. Then you can put the clean clothes away, and be done. If you save the laundry for later, I guarantee you probably won't put it away later on - and then the messy cycle will start again. Source: iStock
Then Work On One Section At A TimeOnce your clothes are away and the laundry is started, start by working one section at a time. I have a relatively large bedroom, and I split things up into sections. I start in the furthest corner, generally. I clean up one table, and as I go, I move items to where they should be without focusing too much on another spot. It makes things a little less overwhelming. Source
Give Everything A HomeWhen you're cleaning and organizing, make sure you're giving everything a home. When you're cleaning, you can lay your necklaces on your vanity, and it will look pretty. But as soon as you start moving things around, they'll get moved around, and everything will get messy. Make sure everything has some sort of storage. Source
Put Things You Use A Lot In Easy ReachThat said, make sure you're not putting things in weird spots that you'll forget about. I once put all of my bracelets in a cute box, only to forget I put them there, and they didn't get worn for months. When cleaning, put the things you use the most in easy reach, or in clear containers so you can see. You can stow away the things you don't use as much. Source
Try To Get Someone To Help YouI always have an easier time cleaning my room when I have someone helping me. Sometimes it's my mom, sometimes it's my sister, and sometimes it's my boyfriend. Even if they just sit there and hand you clothes or put things in the garbage, it's a little helpful. And it's nice to have a buddy along to talk to throughout. It keeps you distracted and speeds things up. Source: iStock
Put On MusicThis should be a given, but seriously: put on some music that makes you want to move around. It makes cleaning more fun and will give you a boost of energy. It can also help you focus! Don't put the TV on - you'll end up getting distracted and watching a show instead of cleaning. Source: iStock
Put Away Clothes You Don't Need For The Next Few MonthsIs your closet stuffed? Get some bins, and put away the seasonal clothes you won't be wearing for a few months. This will free up so much space! I just spent a long time putting my summer clothes away in bins and taking out my winter clothes. Source; iStock
Throw Out Anything You Haven't Worn or Used In A YearHere's a great rule of thumb: throw away or give away the items you haven't worn or used in over a year. If you haven't worn that shirt for over a year, chances are, you're not going to wear it ever. Unless it's a piece like a nice dress you only wear on special occasions or something like that, just get rid of things. If you're not ready to part with them, see if there is somewhere else to store them. Source: iStock
Buy Items That Will Keep You OrganizedSometimes in order to clean up clutter, you need to buy more things. This weekend, I got some boxes for storage, some hangers for my closet, and a nail polish holder. I'm particularly into these Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers, which really hold your clothes. They have clips to add on to let you hold more than one item on one hanger, which is super helpful.
Take Short BreaksIf you have a huge mess to get through and it's taking forever, take some quick breaks. But quick, I mean like 15 or 20 minutes. I run out of my room, eat a snack, maybe close my eyes for a few minutes. If I leave my house or do anything time-consuming, I know I probably won't get back to my room. But the short snack breaks help make me feel more relaxed. Source: iStock
Organize Instead Of Just Putting Things AwayDon't just shove clothes in drawers, throw shoes in your closet, or pile up things in a drawer. Actually organize your items. If you organize, things will be more neat, and it will be less messy for next time. It definitely takes longer, but it's so worth it. Source
Put Shoeboxes To UseI know I said before that you should buy certain things, and you should! But whatever you can make into storage, that's a great option too. Shoeboxes are great for holding smaller items, or even for holding your shoes. I like to use them to hold my small bags, makeup, nail polish, and notebooks. Source: Pinterest
Don't Save Anything For LaterSometimes you clean your room, and by the time you're almost done, you're exhausted. You still have to vacuum or dust or something, and you figure you'll wait until later or the next day to do it because you just did so much. Don't do this! I bet it will never get done if you leave it for later. Just get it over with. Source: iStock
Give Yourself A Reward AfterUnless you love cleaning, the experience of cleaning your room isn't the best. Give yourself a reward to look forward to, whether it's an uninterrupted two hours of TV or a big bowl of ice cream. Source: iStock
Which of these cleaning tips did you find the most helpful? What did we forget to include? Tell me in the comments.