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How to Clean a Messy Room in Five Easy-to-Follow Steps


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Learn how to clean a messy room with these easy steps that even your kids can follow. And the good news is that this method works on any room in the house!

Cleaning up a messy room can be a daunting task. It’s hard to know where to begin and what to think about first when faced with the clutter that accumulates on a daily basis.

And can someone please tell me how it is that I clean up the kitchen and living room every single evening and still wake up to a mess in the morning? Seriously!?

I guess real people living real life equals everyday messes sometimes. And when you throw in the clutter that has piled up over days, weeks, or even years, it can seem almost too overwhelming to handle.

But whether I’m tackling a long-overdue disaster zone or simply attacking the mess in my kitchen first thing in the morning, there’s a basic “formula” I usually follow. It helps me take the first step towards cleaning up, which usually leads me to take the next step, and the one after that.

What’s great is that these steps work on any messy room in the house, no matter how big or small it might be. And they’re so simple that the kids can even use them to clean up their own messy room!

How To Clean a Messy Room

1. Throw away any trash.

First things first, throw away the food wrappers, empty snack packages, junk mail, and unnecessary shopping bags to make the room look better with very little effort. You might want to use a timer and see how much trash you can find in just a few short minutes. The quick success will give you motivation to keep working.

2. Put away items that obviously do not belong in the room.

Put the vacuum away in the front closet, return the scissors to the kitchen drawer, toss the dirty towels into the bathroom hamper. Often, a quick look around will reveal things that can be removed from the room without much thought. This is a basic “grab-and-go” before you begin any kind of sorting and organizing.

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3. Put away anything that can be take care of quickly.

If you see things in the room that just need put in their proper places, it’s usually best to take care of them first, before moving on to the more challenging cleaning, sorting, and organizing. For example, when cleaning up the kitchen return any food items to the fridge and pantry and put away the clean dishes before moving on to scrubbing the appliances or sorting the pile of paperwork on the counter.

4. Moving around the room, clean small sections at a time.

Pick one area of the room to start with and work on a very small section until its completely clean and clutter-free so you can easily recognize your progress. Work your way around the room from there so you can always see how far you’ve come and what is left to do. This way, if you have to leave the task to be finished another day, you’ll know exactly where to pick back up.

5. Clean up at the end of cleaning up.

If you’ve spent a lot of time cleaning a messy room, be sure you leave the area looking as nice as possible when you’re ready to call it quits, even if the entire job isn’t done. Toss the cleaning cloths into the laundry, take out the trash, and tidy up the room so it looks like you’ve been working as hard as you know you have!

Avoiding the mess doesn’t make it go away. But following these simple steps for cleaning up a messy room will help you tackle the day-to-day messiness or even an overwhelming disaster zone. Just keep at it a little bit every day and watch your progress add up!

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I LOVE walking into my room and feeling like it’s saying oh hey girl, you’re back – I missed you! But I’m not gonna lie. I like to come home to that but that’s not always the reality. I’m married and naturally, we share a bedroom. Which I also believe is the most insidious idea in the world! I don’t want to roll my eyes at my husband every day for the rest of my life because he doesn’t make the bed when he gets out of it and leaves dirty (and clean) clothes wherever. And did I mention the q-tips? They’re everywhere. He should be free to live however he wants. Just not in my sacred space.

I get sloppy too. My closet stays in a state of emergency. And when I think about it, I don’t like the pressure of having to maintain it daily for someone else. I’d rather everyone have a space to be free. But keep the community areas on point. Like 24-7. Rain, snow, sleet or hail. I might be a dictator of sorts.

But I’m venting so let me stop. Why is your bedroom dirty? Before we talk about cleaning, you should really ponder this for a second. Knowing the answer will help you keep the room cleaner in the future. And who doesn’t want that am I right?

So before we dive into the tips, I need to give you a golden nugget to kick things off so that you can get in and get out with a clean bedroom fast.

👉 Skip doing a total closet detox or major decluttering project – save that for another day.  Instead, let’s focus on surfaces that are visible. The bed, furniture surfaces, floors, making sure the blinds are pointing in the same direction, stuff like that. As long as you can remember that, you’ll be able to whip that room into shape in just a few minutes. And with that, let’s get to it!

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Step 1 //  Everything that doesn’t belong must go! 

Let’s talk trash, dishes, and other undesirables that belong somewhere else in the house – not in your room.   Simply grab a trash bag for the trash and a basket or a box for the rest.  Spend a minute or two collecting everything and when you’re done, just set it all outside the door.  You can put that stuff away later. 

This may be super helpful if your whole house is a wreck! // How To Clean Your House Super Fast if it takes you all day and night to get your house cleaned!  You’ll learn the strategies and techniques you need to get the job done faster!

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Step 2 // Strip the bed –

or make it!

Now’s the time to wash those sheets if it’s been a minute.   Strip the bed, and start the washer so the sheets can get cleaned while you’re cleaning the room – multitasking at its finest.  

Skip the stripping and instead make your bed if your sheets were recently cleaned.  For a perfect, (botox) smooth bed, pull everything off then remake the bed from scratch.  A made bed gives the whole room a new vibe! 

If you need to clean your room fast, making your bed is the single most important thing you can do to give your room an instant face-lift.

If you want to deep clean your bedroom, take this time to flip or rotate your mattress.

Step 3 //  Separate the clean from the

dirty-ish clothes!

Clothes lying around your bedroom can be dealt with quickly – even if they’re everywhere.  What’s clean and what’s dirty?  Sort everything into 2 piles.  Clean items get placed neatly on the bed and dirty clothes on the floor.   

Once you’re done sorting, dirty clothes go straight to the hamper.  Wherever that may be.  Clean clothes will be put away the lazy girl approved way – now’s not the time for any Marie Kondo style folding.  

Loosely fold items and tuck them into drawers.  Hang as much as your closet will allow. The biggest key to getting your clothes put away quickly is staying focused – that means you need to put your phone on do not distract mode. 

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Step 4 // Let’s cut through the surface clutter!  

You should be seeing some real progress at this point so let’s start focusing on surfaces.   A little tidying, organizing, and straightening need to be done to pull the room together. Think dresser surfaces, nightstands, floors, desks, etc. 

If stuff is kind of everywhere, make things easy on yourself by putting like with like.  Books with books, photos with photos, hair stuff with hair…stuff.  You get it! That’ll make it easy to find a home for everything. 

If you have a lot of stuff on your surfaces to the point that you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, grab a basket and clear the entire surface.  Consider the basket a temporary storage solution.  You can put things away from the basket when you have time.

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Step 5 // Don’t just dust.

Clean furniture + surfaces!

An all-purpose cleaner is usually all you need to clean your bedroom fast.   Be sure to use a slightly damp towel so that you can actually clean surfaces – remove drink rings, stickiness, and dust – in one swipe.

Pay attention to commonly overlooked areas: the bottom of furniture, headboards, doors, mirrors, picture frames on walls,  light switches, and ceiling fans. These things make your room look flawless when done!

Quickly clean the surfaces in your bedroom by working from left to right, cleaning a section at a time.  

If you want to deep clean your bedroom, now’s the time to clean the blinds and baseboards as well.  You always want to clean from top to bottom so be sure to clean the blinds before you clean surfaces in your room.  

Step 6 // Clean floors using the FOIL method!

Whether you have carpets or hardwood floors, you need to clean your bedroom floors using the FOIL method.  Actually, use this when cleaning floors anywhere in the house!

If you’re a millennial, you might remember FOIL from a math class – first outside, inside last.  Finally, a real-world application lol  Use this method whether you’re vacuuming, sweeping, or mopping.   

When cleaning the floors, focus on the edges or outer areas of the room first.  You can follow the baseboards or walls of the room. Once that’s done, cover the middle and rest of the room like normal.  This is the quick-n-easy way to have perfectly clean floors from corner to corner.  Your bedroom will be so clean, they’ll swear you hired a cleaning service!  

Step 7 // Keep your bedroom clean with a

simple nightly cleaning routine!

Prevention is the best medicine and when it comes to keeping your room clean, a daily routine is a fail-proof remedy.  Every evening, set aside 10 minutes to declutter your room and plan outfits for the next day. Once per week, do a little light cleaning to keep the clean vibes strong – you’d only need 10-15 minutes.   Easy to manage right?

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Step 1: Grab a trash bag & a basket or a box.

Step 2: Starting at the doorway, work your way around the room collecting trash from the floors first – can’t clean anything if you can’t walk – and then the furniture surfaces. Set the bag outside the door.

Step 3: Now grab your basket or box to collect items that don’t belong in the room like dishes, papers, toys, etc. Set it outside the door when you’re done collecting randoms. You’ll sort the basket later. AFTER you’re done cleaning.

Caution: If you decide to put the items in the basket away first, you may never get the room cleaned. A rookie mistake I’ve been super guilty of making a time or two.

Step 4: Strip the sheets from the bed & throw them into the washing machine. If your sheets are clean, just make the bed.

Step 5: If you’ve got clothes everywhere, this step is all about sorting. Put clean clothes in a designated place to deal with later or if you’ve time, start hanging them up now. You know where the dirty ones go.

Step 6: It’s time to do a little dusting and cleaning. Grab a high duster, towel & all-purpose cleaner so you can hit the ceiling fan, wipe down the tops of your dressers, headboard, etc.

And this is the point where you can stage the room – make it look at insta-worthy;-) You don’t have to give your paycheck to Target to give your room a magical touch. Simply make sure all your blinds are pointing in the same direction, pictures on the walls are straight, and if you don’t know how to decorate, just arrange things from tallest to shortest. That always works.

Step 7: Are the sheets ready to be put back on the bed? Either make the bed now or swing back around to this later.

Step 8: Vacuum or sweep, then mop. Easy enough right? Just make sure you get along those baseboards and under furniture – as far as you can easily reach – and you’ll pass with flying colors.

Step 9: Repeat all – or most – of the steps above weekly-ish to keep your room tamed.

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You can easily keep not just your bedroom clean, but the entire house – without taking a long boring course. Even if you work a full-time job or have a house full of sometimes (or never) well-behaved children.

The secret to keeping your house clean isn’t a new vacuum – although I will admit I love taking a new vacuum for a spin around the old block. To manage your home so that it doesn’t feel like a struggle, you simply need to get organized. And unlearn messy habits. And the trick is to do it in a way that works for your personality & schedule.

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We have listed the dirtiest things in the house in a short video

1 Drawers

Do you remember the last time you cleaned a drawer in the kitchen, in the bathroom? Not outside, but in such a way as to get everything that is there, wet the cloth with water and vinegar, and then wipe it dry? Most likely a long time ago. Why not do it right now?


It is really not necessary to use aggressive products, vinegar will neutralize, prevent the appearance of fungi and repel unpleasant insects. nine0003

2 Air conditioner filters

We mean the indoor unit through which dust, dirt and unpleasant particles settle in one way or another during air recirculation. But then we breathe these by no means pure vapors. It is advisable to carry out a complete cleaning and prevention once a year with the help of specialists, but if you actively use the air conditioner, the filters need to be cleaned more often. And it is quite possible to do it yourself. Open the lid, remove the grates and rinse them under running water. Let dry and put the filters back in. You can also wipe the air conditioner blinds with a damp cloth - a lot of dust has probably accumulated there. nine0003


3 Pet litter tray and dishes

In addition to changing the litter in the litter box, it also needs to be disinfected. Do the same with the sippy bowl and food bowl - even if the food is dry, this does not mean that there is nothing left inside.

4 Waste bin

There is no doubt that you regularly throw away the garbage. How often do you wash the bucket inside? Now, when we all use garbage bags and just change them, this need has somehow disappeared. Although once every 1-2 weeks we still recommend washing the bucket inside and out with water and a disinfectant. nine0003


5 Cutting boards

This is a real breeding ground for bacteria, especially if there are not so many of them in the house - 1-2 pieces. In such cases, both meat and fish are often cut on the same board, vegetables and fruits are cut.


Washing with detergent and water alone is not enough, so we advise you to periodically carry out a general cleaning and updating of the boards. nine0003

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How to clean and refinish a wooden board

  1. Rinse under running water, but do not soak. Wood absorbs moisture, and moisture is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Let the board dry.
  2. Rub the board with coarse salt - it will help remove all stubborn odors and micro-particles of food that are stuck in cracks and scratches from knives. nine0050
  3. Then take an ordinary lemon and rub it on the surface of the board. Lemon juice gives a fresh aroma and at the same time is a good natural antiseptic.
  4. After cleaning with salt and lemon, wipe the surface with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. This is necessary for better disinfection, but at the same time both products are safe and do not spoil the tree, unlike store chemicals. Do not mix them together, use in turn.
  5. After complete drying, apply mineral oil to the wood. Oil can be applied monthly - it will extend the life of a wooden cutting board, fill natural cracks and cracks in the tree and prevent water and bacteria from lingering in them. nine0050


6 Artificial indoor plants

Artificial plants can and should be used indoors, but they collect dust. Wipe the sheets or bouquets with a damp cloth and soap, you don’t even have to wipe them dry - the resulting soap film will repel dust particles.

7 Lampshades

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8 Refrigerator rubber seals

Moisture accumulates in the rubber seals on the refrigerator and freezer doors and mold can form. To prevent this from happening, wipe them regularly with a damp cloth and wipe dry.


9 Diffuser and Humidifier

If you are using a humidifier or aroma oil diffuser, be sure to clean the housing from condensation. Otherwise, the effect of the operation of these devices will be the opposite. nine0003

10 Ventilation grilles

Ventilation grilles in the bathroom and kitchen should be cleaned regularly, as they accumulate a huge amount of dust, and in kitchens there is probably also a layer of grease.

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11 Cooker hood grates

Like all appliances in the kitchen, the hood should be cleaned regularly. But many of us forget about it. If you cook often and a lot on the stove, the grates suffer the most. Remove them and soak in detergent. The more often you do this, the better the hood will work, and besides, dirty grates spoil the interior of the kitchen very much. nine0003


12 Bath and sink siphons

Don't wait for a clog. Siphons can and should be opened and cleaned regularly, because wool, hair accumulate in them one way or another, and there may even be soap plugs. The easiest option is to start by pouring baking soda inside and pouring vinegar. They will react and be able to flush the drain.

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13 Can opener

Surprisingly, many of us forget to wash it after use - even though it, like any cutlery, comes into contact with food. If the can opener is electronic, do not wash it under the tap, but spray vinegar diluted with water and leave for a minute. Then wipe with a damp cloth. nine0003


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The media are increasingly discussing the so-called dirty bomb - a weapon of mass destruction that can infect a large area with radiation. We understand how dirty bombs work and whether they are really so dangerous. What is a dirty bomb? If atomic bombs release a destructive wave of energy by splitting atoms, then dirty ones are ordinary explosive devices stuffed with radioactive materials. After the explosion of a dirty bomb, harmful smoke, dust and particles of irradiated materials are carried around the area. nine0003

The main risk to life is the explosion itself. The release of radioactive material is unlikely to be significant enough to immediately cause health problems, except for those who were very close to the epicenter at the time of the explosion. However, radioactive dust and smoke can be hazardous to health if they enter the body. The US Department of Energy study also confirms that if no cleanup is done within a year of the explosion, radiation levels in the area of ​​the explosion will remain high, but not fatal. nine0003

Because of these factors, dirty bombs are considered more of a psychological weapon designed to create mass panic and destroy infrastructure. In addition, cleaning up the affected area and people from radiation requires significant resources and time, which also causes economic damage.

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