Our bedrooms often become a reflection of our busy lifestyles and end up being more often than not, a messy affair. So, when we suddenly need to clean them up in a short time, either because of guests coming over or because we simply cannot handle the mountain of a mess the room has become, it can be an overwhelming task. However, if you can identify the key tasks and organize yourself accordingly, your room can get back in shape in very little time. Here we tell you exactly how to clean your room up in just 20 minutes like professional cleaning services such as SwiftClean from California.
- Gather Your Cleaning Weapons: It is no secret that to win any war, you need to have the right weapons. If you have the right things, the battle is half won. Grab your bin or a garbage bag, the laundry hamper, two dusting cloths, and a vacuum cleaner or broom depending on your floor surface. Also, open up the blinds and let the light in. If it is dark outside, switch on the lights. After all, you can clean only as well as you see in the room. It might also be a good idea to open up the windows and let some fresh breeze in. It can remove the stale air and any foul smell from the room.
- Set The Mood: Even though it is 20 minutes, cleaning up is one of those tedious chores that can make each minute feel like an hour. To get the most out of yourself it is important to try and make the experience relatively pleasant. Put on some of your favorite music – the kind that makes you want to move – or turn the tasks into games such as where you time each task and see how quickly you get things done. This can keep you motivated and distracted and help time fly.
- Eliminate The Garbage: Rooms are a veritable mine of discarded wrappers and tissues, leftover foods, and such. Toss it in your bin and if it is filled up, empty, and re-line it. If there are any recyclable items, store them in a separate bag and make sure to put it in the recycling bin at your residence.
- Gather The Clothes: As most of you can attest to, clothes are the biggest culprits in making our rooms the messy quarters they are. We toss our worn, dirty clothes all over the room and let the laundered ones pile up in different corners of the room. Begin with tossing the dirty clothes in your laundry hamper. Don’t bother unrolling your socks or straightening clothes that are turned inside-out.
When done, place your laundry hamper in the corner of your room or, if you have a laundry room, leave the hamper at the entrance of your room to take when you are done cleaning. Next, you need to gather your clean clothes. If there are only a few, now might be the best time to hang or fold them and put them where they belong. However, if it is a mountain of clean clothes you are dealing with, then arrange them in as neat a bundle as you can and put them in your closet to properly hang them at a later time.
- Make The Bed: Now that any garbage and clothes on the bed would have been dealt with, your bed is ready to be made. The biggest item in the room, a made-up bed is the most effective way of giving your room a cleaned-up look. Give your bedsheet a good shake before tucking it neatly on to your mattress, fluff, and position the pillows, and if there is a quilt or coverlet, spread it out on top of the bed, smoothing out any wrinkles.
- Declutter: Whatever excess items you have on your tables and other surfaces, stash them in a drawer or a box. Put the books back where they belong, the jewelry in a box, and hang any scarves and belts in the closet. Whatever shoes you find you need to put back to the shoe rack or wherever else they are normally kept. This is also when you should gather all the left-behind dirty dishes in your room and make a trip to your kitchen to put them in the sink.
- Wipe The Surfaces: Dust can make a room look as though it hasn’t been cleaned in ages. And there is also the fact that it causes allergy to so many people. Getting rid of it is essential to getting that room to look and feel sufficiently clean. Get a wet dust cloth and a dry one and wipe down the surface. The wet cloth makes sure that no dust flies off to other surfaces as you clean and the dry cloth follows to get rid of any extra moisture or dirt trail left behind by the wet cloth. If you are looking to clean more effectively, then you can use anti-bacterial wipes or a furniture polish spray that is guaranteed to give your furniture an extra shine.
- Vacuum/Sweep The Floors: Depending on the flooring you have, vacuum/sweep the floors of your room. Focus on the high-traffic areas and those that are most visibly dirty.
- Bring Out The Air-Freshener: Nothing says clean like a whiff of jasmine, gardenia, or whatever lovely air-freshener you have at home. Whether for a guest or just for yourself, the air-freshener is the perfect finishing touch to give to your 20-minute power-cleaning.
Voila! Your room is clean. But remember to make sure you get the hamper to the laundry and, when you get the time, don’t forget to hang your clean clothes, and organize all the “stuff” you removed from around the room and tucked in your drawer and boxes. This will make cleaning easy for your next time. Also, another thing that can keep cleaning your room a manageable task, is to do this kind of speed-cleaning more frequently. Done often, this quick cleaning can prevent the buildup of messy items in your room and thus help make cleaning a less tedious chore.