I know. I’ve been there too. You stand in the middle of your room, appalled. Clothes are literally everywhere, from your bed to the floor to your nightstand. Makeup is scattered on the floor and the dresser, you somehow trip over five pairs of shoes, and the pile of papers on your desk is frightening.
….Aaaaand, if you’re like me and are a chronic procrastinator, you shove the clothes aside to forge a path to the bed and forget entirely about the foreign concept of “cleaning the room.”
I mean, where would you even begin? Why would you want to clean this up now and not later? Psh, you have tomorrow morning before school. Surely you’ll have enough time then. (Not)
It’s a problem for most humans on this planet. Rooms get messy, and cleaning them up isn’t a whole lot of fun–which is why I’ve made a list of steps that will make it much easier to know how and where to start when you are forced to face the mountains of laundry and stacks of shoes that are taking over your space!
Tip #1: Turn on music
Music is my life. It’s the one thing that motivates me more than almost anything else. So, of course, when cleaning my room, I have to have music blasting to keep me going!
One really helpful tip I learned from a YouTuber is to put on one or two of your favorite songs and see how much you can clean before the songs are done. Depending on how messy your room is, you may need more than just one or two songs to get you through it!
This tip also works as a daily routine. You can pick one song every night and just clean up whatever you can before the song is done. I’ve started doing this and it makes a major difference in how clean my room looks throughout the week.
Tip #2: Comfortable clothes
You aren’t going to get a lot done if you aren’t wearing comfortable clothes to clean. Period. If you’re really serious about getting the mess picked up, you’ll want to be comfortable! So grab some sweatpants or shorts and a t-shirt to put on before you begin.
Tip #3: Work left to right, or right to left
If you don’t know where to begin, pick either the left or the right side of your room and work in a circle from there. This will help you stay focused and keep going.
Tip #4: Dust AS YOU GO
I used to tell myself that after I picked up all the clothes and put my junk away, THEN I would dust my room. Well..let’s just say it never turned out that way. After I had just worked so hard to clean up stuff from my bed, dresser, and floor, the last thing I wanted to do was go back through and dust everything.
So I started dusting as I went. I would clean off the top of my nightstand, and dust it before moving on to my dresser, and so forth. That way, at the end, my room was clean AND dusted–and I could relax.
Tip #5: Give yourself a time limit
I work better under pressure. Without a time limit, I wander lazily around my room, picking up one thing here, something else there–and without fail, I’ll get distracted and not finish what I started. Maybe you have a similar problem.
So, like I mentioned in the first step, I use music to keep myself on track. Usually, I pick four or five songs, make a playlist, and clean up as much as I can before the songs end. But even just using the timer app on my phone works. Having a time limit of some kind really helps me to be more productive.
Tip #6: Everything has a place
Sure, everything has a place–but that place is not in a pile on the floor! (I know, I sound like your mom. Whoops) Cleaning your room is pointless if you don’t have a spot where you can put things away where they belong. As you clean, find spots for all the little thing that are scattered around without a home. Those receipts on your desk? Tack them up on a bulletin board. Maybe put them neatly away in a drawer, or throw the ones you don’t need away. And, as obvious as it sounds, clothes should go in your closet or folded away in a drawer/bin.
Finding a spot for all the little odds and ends will not only make your room cleaner now, but will help keep it cleaner all throughout the week.
Tip #7: Toss what you don’t need or use
As you’re cleaning, it’s easy to come across something and say, “Oh, I should keep this just in case I need it sometime in the future.” If you’re not using it now and haven’t use it in a long time, chances are you won’t be using it in the future either! Go ahead and toss the item or donate it to your local thrift store. Getting rid of clutter will make putting away all those other odds and ends much easier.
Tip# 8: Sweep/mop last
There. Your room is clean. Your shelves are dusted, and things are finally where they’re supposed to be. But underneath all those piles of clothes and stacks of shoes that just on your floor minutes ago are probably piles of dust and dirt, even if you can’t see it.
Honestly, this is the one step I hate the most. But it’s an evil necessity. Though I will admit to procrastinating forever on this last step, it really doesn’t take that long. And when you’re done, you’ll feel accomplished that you now have a fully clean room.
So, tell me–what are your tips and tricks for how to clean your room? Share them with me in the comment section below! I love hearing from you! (Also, leave a comment if you laughed at the gifs in this post like I did. Or maybe I’m the only one…)
Happy cleaning, y’all! 🙂
♦ Xo ~ Kristel ♦