The Bedroom Spring Clean! How To Clean A Messy Bedroom

First added 8th April 2022

By Robert Way

15 min read

The world would be a boring place if everyone was the same. Some people keep their bedrooms immaculate, whilst others prefer a more chaotic aesthetic. Most people fall somewhere in between. When you decide it's time for a rigorous spring clean, we're here to help! This guide takes you through easy steps for a bedroom spring clean along with outlining some of the benefits, both mentally and physically, of doing so.

How To Clean A Messy Bedroom

If your bedroom comes to look like a piece of work by Tracey Emin, do not despair. Using these simple steps and a checklist, you will have your bedroom looking spic and span in no time.

How To Clean A Messy Bedroom

If your bedroom comes to look like a piece of work by Tracey Emin, do not despair. Using these simple steps and a checklist, you will have your bedroom looking spic and span in no time.

1. Tackle the bed

The bed is the centrepiece of any bedroom. Due to its surface area, making your bed look neat and tidy will immediately uplift the entire bedroom.

  1. Remove anything that isn't bedding from your bed and place these items on the floor. Top tip: it is always best to check under the bed too. This includes any clothes, laptops, plates, mugs and pets! We will get to tidying the floor later.
  2. Then, make your bed (if your sheets are clean). First place your mattress protector over your mattress and mattress topper.
  3. Then add and tuck your top sheet (if you have one) and your duvet on top.
  4. Finally, fluff up and add your pillows. Put the pillows you actually use on first against the headboard and then add any decorative pillows.
  5. If you want a full clean, strip your bed and place your dirty bedding in a neat pile on the floor.

2. Tackle the floor

Now, everything that needs to be tidied away should be all on the floor. Top tip: check all nooks and crannies in your room; you never know where that stray sock might be hiding. Now it's time to sort and tidy the floor.

  1. Anything material based (clothes and bedding) is to be organised into two piles. A clean pile and a dirty pile. If in doubt, put it in the dirty pile! Furthermore, if an item has been on the floor, it likely needs a clean regardless.
  2. For the clean pile, fold, hang or put away clothes in drawers or your wardrobe.
  3. Put the dirty pile into the wash so that it can clean and dry whilst you are sorting out the rest of the bedroom. Then, fold, hang or put away clothes in drawers or your wardrobe.

3. Tidy surface clutter

Surfaces become easily cluttered as we frequently use these as easy drop zones to put things down and then forget about them. As it accumulates, it creates untidiness. Go through each surface such as drawers, shelves, bedside tables, dressers, and desks. Then return each item to their home.

4. Taking out the rubbish

The good news is that the hardest parts of a spring clean are done, and the finishing touches can now be made.

  1. Return all dirty cups, plates, cutlery, and mugs to the kitchen to be washed. This includes any pizza boxes and takeaway remains!
  2. Place any litter or rubbish such as food wrappers, pieces of paper, apple cores etc., that have been propagated around your bedroom into a waste bin and then empty it. Try to ensure any recyclables are placed in their respective recycling boxes.
  3. If you have good-quality items that aren't rubbish, but you don't use anymore, consider donating them to a charity shop or selling them online to declutter your bedroom space.

5. Clean

With things now neatly tidied, you can now look to clean your bedroom to get rid of any dust and dirt. This helps create a better environment for your physical health by as it will remove dust particles and allergens.

Using a duster or antimicrobial cloth, wipe down the surfaces in your bedroom using an appropriate disinfectant. Pay close attention to window ledges, bedside tables, drawers, shelves and dressers.

Now that your floor is cleared of mess, vacuum it to remove dust and dirt. Don't forget to go under your bed and desk and give any skirting boards a once over too.

Using either a flexible vacuum cleaner with suitable attachments or a duster, get stuck into your curtains and light fixtures. The often fibrous nature of curtains and multidimensional lampshades make them great dust hoarders.

Don't forget your glass surfaces too. But be careful and use a streak-free cleaning agent after dusting.

These are the most frequently touched areas of your bedroom, making them hives for bacteria and hence could do with a regular disinfect.

Bedroom Spring Clean Checklist

Use this checklist to tick-off the bedroom spring clean tasks as you go. It's very satisfying!

Organising Your Bedroom

If you have followed steps 1-5 on our checklist, your bedroom should now be looking pretty tidy. However, if you still feel your room looks messy and jumbled, this is likely because your 'stuff' is placed randomly and/or doesn't have a suitable home. This is therefore an organisation issue. Follow the following tips for organising your bedroom to declutter your room.

1. Invest in a space saving bed

A space saving bed turns the large surface area of your bed into extra storage space to tactfully increase your bedroom's floor space.

  • Divan beds offer easy-access pullout drawers under the bed - perfect for storing items such as bedding, extra clothing, shoes and anything else that might be used regularly.
  • Ottomon beds are ideal for bigger items as the big base lifts and reveals an abundance of space. Winter duvets and coats, sports equipment and luggage can easily be transferred from your floor space, and placed under the bed to increase a room's usable area.

2. Group and box similar items

The scattering of 'stuff' is one of the key reasons a room looks messy. To combat this, group similar items and place them in boxes.

  1. Lay out all of your 'stuff' that is scattered around your room, on top of shelves, desks, drawers and bedside tables.
  2. Think of ways these items can be grouped, e.g., stationery, beauty, books, jewellery, crafts, sports equipment, photos etc.
  3. Find a suitable box or storage container for each group and label if necessary. Specific storage solutions can also be found for common groups of items such as jewellery.
  4. Store the boxes in discreet locations such as on top of shelves, in your wardrobe, draws or under your space-saving bed.

3. Find aesthetic ways of storing unaesthetic things

We all have things in our bedroom that we would rather not have on display. This includes dirty washing and spare bedding. Use these tips to help stylishly store them:

  • Use a laundry basket: A pile of dirty clothes is a sure-fire way of creating a messy bedroom. A laundry basket can look good. And complement your room, but it also keeps dirty laundry out of sight.
  • Use a waste bin: Instead of letting rubbish pile up, simply throw it in a bin and take-out regularly to keep your room looking and smelling fresh.
  • Use a blanket rack: If you're the type of person who loves to have plenty of blankets and throws strewn across their bed, then a blanket rack is a great storage solution for when they're not in use. It also makes things a lot easier when making the bed as you can place your new bedding on the rack rather than on the floor, where it can collect dust and dirt.
  • Use a pillow basket: Whilst decorative and sham pillows are great for styling a room when we go to bed, we often simply throw them on the floor. Instead, by using a basket, they can be neatly stored away.

4. Donate, sell-on or throw-out unused items

The most effective way of tidying a space is to remove things. This way, you don't have to worry about them clogging up your space again or having to organise them. However, it is sometimes hard to part with cherished belongings.

Yet by donating them to charity or selling them on, you can promote good causes and give your item a new life where it will be used and treasured. Tidying guru, Marie Kondo states that if an item does not spark joy, dispose of it. You don't always have to be so cut-throat, but a clear-out every so often can be therapeutic.

The Benefits of a Tidy Bedroom

1. Reduced stress

Clutter can make us feel stressed, anxious, and depressed. It's a bold statement but it's backed by genuine science. Research published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin found that the levels of the stress hormone cortisol were higher in people with more untidy and cluttered homes. Moreover, those with higher stressful home scores had an increased depressed mood over the course of the day.

Furthermore, research suggests a vicious circle exists regarding mess and stress. U.S. researcher found that stress and emotional exhaustion causes increased clutter due to procrastination. Therefore, an untidy space makes you more stressed, which makes you less likely to tidy your space, making you even more stressed!


Increased focus

Our brains enjoy order and simplicity. Studies show that mess within our field of vision increases neural stimuli, which compete for our brain's attention, therefore, decreasing our ability to focus on the thing we're supposed to be focusing on. This disorganisation drains our brain's resources, reducing our ability to focus on the task. Decluttering helps increase focus and information processing which then increases productivity.

Deters procrastination

An article in the Social and Personality Psychology Compass demonstrates that we procrastinate to give order in stressful times. This explains why people often tidy and clean instead of starting a difficult project. The tidiness gives people a sense of order in an unstructured world. A further study highlighted how individuals who felt overwhelmed by the amount of 'stuff' in their homes were more likely to procrastinate. Having a tidy room removes the temptation to procrastinate.

Promotes healthier habits

Research demonstrates that messier environments promote unhealthy coping and avoidance strategies such as excessive snacking. It is hypothesised that untidy spaces reduce our ability to exercise self-control because untidier spaces deplete our self-regulation reserves. However, retired U.S. Navy Seal William H. McCraven stated that making your bed means you have always accomplished something in your day. These small accomplishments encourage you to pursue and undergo larger accomplishments. While untidy spaces promote bad habits, tidy spaces promote positive habits.

How A Tidier Bedroom Improves Sleep Quality

Induces Relaxation

It's common knowledge that stress and anxiety impair sleep duration and quality. As noted above, a tidier bedroom reduces stress and anxiety, allowing for a better night's sleep. People sleep better with minimal stimuli. Although some people are more affected by external stimuli such as light and noise than others. Tidying your room reduces visual stimuli creating a clearer mind allowing you to fall asleep more easily. Studies have even shown how pleasant surroundings caused improved sleep throughout hospital patients.

Reduces disturbance

A clean environment helps prevent sleep disturbances such as nasal congestion, watery eyes, and sneezing. A clean environment reduces the proliferation of allergens such as dust mites, bed bugs, pollen, and dampness. This is why it is important to wash your bedding regularly and also frequently vacuum and dust your room.

Creates comfort

According to a 2012 study by the US National Sleep Foundation, 62% of respondents stated that a clean bedroom is important to getting a good night's sleep with 38% highlighting it as crucial. Moreover, clean bedding was also highlighted as very important in this study too. It seems that nothing will rock you to sleep more comfortably than a clean bedroom and clean bedsheets.


Hopefully by following this spring clean bedroom guide, you now have a tidy and clutter-free bedroom that brings you calmness and serenity. If nothing else, we hope you have gained some extra floor space!

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