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Lacking the motivation to spring clean your humble abode? Try these quick 19 spring cleaning chores for the bedroom, where we break down large cleaning tasks and turn them into 5-minute cleaning challenges that you can customize to suit your preference.
- Pick at least one out of these 19 spring cleaning chores for the bedroom and try to complete it in 5 minutes.
- Plan ahead by knowing what you’ll be working on as well as how you’ll be going about it.
- Prep the area with whatever you’ll need, such as a trash bin, donation box/bag, cleaning products, tools, step stool, duster, etc.
- Set a timer for five minutes or longer if desired.
- Try to clean without stopping or getting distracted.
- Clean as fast as you’re able to move.
- Treat it as a game.
- Allow enough time to clean up after you’re finished, or opt to go 5 minutes longer before you begin.
- Whatever you don’t finish can be moved to the next day or even later in the day.
- If you want to go longer than 5 minutes, avoid going too long since the goal is to set more manageable timeframes.
- Try merging sessions. For instance, if you were to work in the kitchen, you could do a few drawers for 5 minutes and then work on the microwave and whatever else for another five.
- Whatever items you’ll be using to clean.
- A timer.
- Anything that will help prevent extra trips (i.e., trashcan, step ladder, etc.).
- A donation bag (optional).
1. Make It Entertaining!
If you think you’ll be going longer than 5 minutes, or hope to do more than one task or challenge at a time, make things fun for yourself by adding entertainment you can do at the same time. However, make sure you won’t get distracted by whatever entertainment you choose.
Some popular types of entertainment typically include music, YouTube videos, podcasts, the news, or audiobooks. You can also use songs, videos, or programs like Audible’s timer feature to time sessions.
2. Pay Attention to How Long Cleaning Projects Take
People commonly overthink how long cleaning chores will take, leading to procrastination, ineffective cleaning routines, and practices—all of which can lead to actually cleaning taking more time than it needs to, all while adding more stress to your life.
By keeping track of how long chores take, you’ll better understand what to expect, know how to plan accordingly, and may feel less overwhelmed or likely to procrastinate.
3. Combine Spring Cleaning Bedroom Chores
If you finish before your 5 minutes are up, consider doing other similar chores back-to-back.
For instance, if you plan to dust the baseboards, perhaps consider doing anything above the baseboard level first to avoid having dust and debris fall onto areas where you’ve already cleaned. That pesky, Gravity!
Have fun with it, experiment, and get creative. I love
5-minute Spring Cleaning Chores for the Bedroom
Depending on the size of your bedroom and the number of items in it, some chores on the list may take longer than 5 minutes.
Declutter the area before you begin spring cleaning chores in the bedroom. Don’t worry about the interior of cabinets, drawers, etc. Focus on the actual room.
Depending on how many items you have and how frequently or well you clean the room normally, it should only take a few minutes.
If you need more time or want to work on it throughout the week, adjust accordingly.
Before starting your timer, pick a place for items to go as you declutter.
Create bags, bins, or designated spots for items to go until you can get to them later. Such things might include:
- A hamper for laundry, if necessary
- A donation box or bag.
- A bag, bin, or hamper for items you need to take elsewhere in the house once you’re done with your challenge(s). This might include toys, clothing, towels, etc.
Set the timer for five or so minutes and try to finish before your time is up. If you start in the bedroom and have time left over, see if you can squeeze one of the tasks below in before the time is up. Or try to hurry and put away items you just decluttered that still need to be put away.
! Consider using totes, bags, or hampers to store items that you declutter. This way, you can easily and quickly transport items to their designated homes, saving you time and effort.
Take a little time to dust your bedroom as you spring clean.
We recommend using something like the Swiffer 360 or another type of stick-styled duster that extends that does with attracting dust, such as a microfiber duster.
This should speed up the cleaning process once it’s time to wipe everything down for a deep spring cleaning.
Items to Dust
! Dry dusting is excellent to do before using any cleaning product or doing any wet dusting, such as using furniture polish and cloth or water and microfiber cloth. It helps remove dirt and lint that can stick to surfaces once wet, making cleaning more difficult.
While it may sound like a daunting task, cleaning the walls can be done fairly quickly — especially if you have washable paint and the right tools.
It’s also a great way to quickly spruce up a room while reducing odors and helping to make your paint look brand new again.
You can remove certain marks and scuffs from the walls by carefully cleaning them with a microfiber cloth. Some scuff marks can also be removed with products such as a Magic Eraser.
In either case, always test whatever product you’ll be using in an inconspicuous spot, and avoid scrubbing surfaces too hard to prevent paint or wall damage.
Some people prefer to wash their walls by hand, using a lightly damp cloth, a step ladder, and whatever else they need.
However, I like to try to at least attach my microfiber cloth to something like an OXO Tub and Shower Scrubber for easier reach and maneuverability when in a pinch.
In our 5-Minute Spring Cleaning Kitchen Chores post, we mentioned cleaning the walls and how some individuals, myself included, use a sponge or flat microfiber mop with a swivel head to “mop” walls.
It’s similar to the technique with the Oxo scrubber mentioned above but a little more practical and a lot simpler to use.
Flat-styled mop heads tend to work better than other types since they usually cover more surface area and with greater reach. In fact, it works just like mopping the floor. You can often finish a large wall in well under a minute.
We love to use the E-Cloth Floor Mop for washing and their Dust Mop for the initial dusting, but we’re always looking out for new options.
There are also actual wall mops on the market, which are essentially the same thing. But it’s also up to personal preference.
Use whatever works best for you and don’t hesitate to experiment.
Update: We also just started to work on testing for a review about the new, larger version of the Swiffer 360 (Amazon link) and found that it’s excellent for dusting walls and ceilings too.
! Try to dry dust before using anything wet, using something like a Swiffer 360 or microfiber duster. It’ll help prevent lint and debris from sticking to any surfaces, resulting in a bigger mess to clean up.
Make sure to give your light fixtures on the walls and ceilings a good cleaning and any wall decor, too, such as pictures or metal wall art.
Try to plan your steps and prep the space with whatever tools you’ll need before setting your timer.
Keep It Minimal
It also helps to keep your cleaning products to a minimum to reduce steps further. We love using E-cloth general purpose cloths with their polishing cloth with a minimal amount of water.
The general purpose cloths are great for getting grime, dust, and debris off surfaces. And the E-Cloth Polishing cloth can be used for a streak-free finish on glass items, such as mirrors and pictures. Not Sponsored.
Spring cleaning time is a good chance to dust and clean your bedroom baseboards in your bedroom if you haven’t already.
Keeping up on the baseboards and trim, even just dusting-wise, can make them easier and faster to clean throughout the year.
This is due to dust and dirt having less of a chance to stick to surfaces. Above all, it can make a significant impact on how your bedroom looks and feels.
! When in doubt, cheat: As with walls, you can use a lightly damp mop on baseboards to speed things up if you choose—more so if you dust and/or clean them consistently. We love to use an O-Cedar Spin Mop on our baseboards.
! You can also use a a good-quality microfiber cloth with a little bit of water to dampen it; too much dan actually attract more dust and hinder the cloth’s performance.
! After you’ve finished cleaning your baseboards and trim, follow up with a maintenance schedule (i.e., dusting during weekly chores or at least once a month; clean quarterly).
Try to spring clean your bedroom furniture within the same timed session; however, you can to start a new one back-to-back or do it at a later time if need be.
Clean any decor items in the order you feel is best, too, whether back-to-back or at a later time—especially if you have a lot of stuff to work on.
Items to Dust
! If there’s time left on your timer, try to squeeze in some of the things in the next section. Or, if you haven’t done them already, tackle those baseboards if you feel up to it, even if it’s one at a time.
! Consider using a residue- and chemical-free method, using water and barely-damp microfiber cloth since it’s generally faster, cleaner, and furniture tends to stay dust-free longer or whatever’ss best for the type of furniture you have to work on.
Make sure to spring clean any points of contact in your bedroom if you haven’t already.
These often include high-traffic areas and items that we frequently touch, many of which collect their fair share of bacteria, grime, grease, and other unmentionables over time.
Points of Contact
! Don’t forget to clean around areas such as doorknobs and light switches. Whether we can see it or not, they get a little bit of abuse and gradually get dirtier over time. It might not be as noticeable until things start looking pretty filthy from a distance.
Clean your window treatments. This would involve anything from curtains and valances to shutters, blinds, and shades.
If you need to split this up into small chunks, feel free and go at your own pace. Make sure to bookmark us so you can pick up where you left off!
Even putting them in your washer or dryer, in the car to take them to the dry cleaner later in the day, or doing a few of them at a time — it all counts.
With curtains or valences that need to be cleaned, it’s best to follow their care instructions.
Vacuuming: In some cases, vacuuming or steaming may work but it also depends on how dirty they are or the kind of material involved. Vacuuming can sometimes even be useful for dusting purposes.
Professional: Certain kinds of window treatments may need professional cleaning.
Washer & Dryer: Some individuals may freshen their curtains for sing cleaning time in the dryer, which is also great for removing fur and other types of debris. Others may prefer to wash them in the washer first if they’re washable.
Clean the inside portion of your windows—particularly if you haven’t in a while. Also, feel free to get them on the outside, too.
Or put the windows into their own separate category if you’d rather focus on them throughout the house and all at once. Just make sure to adjust your time.
Parts to Clean
! Window screens can be carefully hosed off and allowed to air dried. Some also find it easy and useful to careful wipe screens clean using a lightly damp microfiber cloth.
Take a few minutes to replace the missing or worn-down felt on your cabinet doors and drawers.
Also, try to pay attention to any doors or drawers that regularly make a lot of noise when shut or that get slammed often by others in the home.
! If you have some extra time on the timer, try working on other tasks on the list or get creative with the remaining time. For instance, you can try placing some felt pads under other items that are heavy, difficult, or even annoying to move.
! You can find of list of those items and more tasks you can do with pads in our post about 5 Ways to Use Leftover Rubber & Felt Furniture Feet Pads.
While working on your bedroom spring cleaning chores, consider taking a few moments to clean any washable, textile-type items if you have any that need some tidying up.
This is also an excellent time to deal with any clutter that you don’t use, need, or that might belong someplace else.
We also like to include wiping down other types of wipeable surfaces, such as faux plants or baskets that can be cleaned by hand or according to the manufacturer’s care instructions.
Items to Clean
se a lightly damp cloth to wet dust any knickknacks in the room (when safe to do so). How long it will take can depend on how many things you have as well as how long it’s been since you’ve last cleaned.
Once again, take as much time as you need and feel comfortable doing it in one day. Or work at it in 5- to 10-minute increments and as you have spare time.
Use your favorite furniture cleaner or polish, such as Pledge or Endust, or a slightly wet cloth or microfiber product if that’s your preference.
Make sure that the material of your furniture can handle whatever method you use. Avoid using water or products on untreated or unsealed wood unless the product is made for it.
! As mentioned in our 5 Ways to Use Leftover Rubber & Felt Furniture Feet Pads post, consider using felt pads on hard floors or pads designed for carpets. They make cleaning around heavy items straightforward and quick to do.
! Thoroughly clean around your furniture as often as you can, repeating the task throughout the year to keep it manageable—especially if you have pets and/or children.
Some rugs may need to be professionally cleaned or done with a non-commercial carpet cleaner, such as our Bissel Pet Revolution 2x that we use or a similar option.
Other, often smaller rugs can sometimes be machine washed or hosed off, depending on the material (i.e., rubber mats).