Isn’t it time you finally learned how to clean a room? This post will explain exactly how easy it is to do in just 7 steps.
One of the major jobs we must do as housewives is to keep our house neat and organized. If you ask me, it is also one of our most boring jobs.
I happen to be challenged when it comes to cleaning and organizing my home, but after researching what housewives did in the past, and adding my own spin to it, I think I have come up with a perfect plan on how to to clean a room
How To Clean A Room
Have a plan
When it is time to clean a room, the first thing I do is decide exactly what needs to get done.
Sometimes all that needs cleaning is the dishes. But other times I want to do a deep clean and make sure I get into the nooks and crannies.
So before I clean I quickly write out what my plan is so I can have the satisfaction of crossing things off of my list. This doesn’t have to be a dissertation, just a few quick notes so I know what I am supposed to be doing to accomplish my goal for how to clean a room.
When you start to clean a room, it really helps if you have first gotten rid of all of the clutter.
Do you see something that doesn’t belong where it is? If so, it is time to put it away. Maybe the throw pillows are strewed about the floor. Pick them up and put them back on the sofa. Or maybe your kid’s toys are cluttering up the walkway. Time to get them back to the cupboard.
When you straighten a room before you clean it, it makes the job of cleaning much easier.
Focus on one job at a time
Here is the problem with decluttering.
Often times we will put something away and realize that the area it lives in is also completely disorganized. So we spend 20 minutes organizing that area, then by the time we are done we haven’t cleaned the room at all!
You must learn to focus on the task at hand, which is when the plan that you did before you started comes in handy. If it isn’t on the list, you must ignore it and come back to it later. This is key when learning how to clean a room.
Start at the top
They don’t call it cleaning “from top to bottom” for nothing!
The best way to clean a room is to start with the ceiling and corners and make sure you get rid of any dust or spider webs. Then you can move on to the top of shelves and then work your way down.
This accomplishes a few things. First of all, you are cleaning the areas that are often overlooked. It also keeps the dust from falling onto freshly cleaned counter tops! The last thing you should do is sweep and vacuum or wash your floor.
Make it fun
As I mentioned before, cleaning isn’t very fun. It can actually be quite tedious sometimes.
It feels a bit like Sisyphus who was always pushing the boulder up the mountain only to have it fall down again, but it is a necessary part of our jobs.
The good news is we have the luxury of technology to make cleaning much more fun then the housewives of the past.
I often listen to podcasts or books on tape when cleaning. The podcasts and books I listen to are usually about blogging, but I know there is a lot of hype surrounding the Serial series. I also thought this list of the best podcasts of 2014 looked intriguing. If you have any podcasts that you like to listen to, be sure to list them in the comments.
I have found that when my brain is activated by learning something, or enjoying music, or listening to a book, I don’t hate cleaning as much as I would have without it. It also keeps me from turning on the tv, which can sometimes be too distracting and I realize thirty minutes later that I have sat down on the couch and gotten nothing done except watch daytime television!
Beat the clock
Here is a trick that I use on my children, but it also works for me!
When I have to clean or organize a room that feels overwhelming, I will tell myself that I am only going to work on it for 15 minutes. Then I work hard for the allotted time. After 15 minutes is up I am usually surprised by how much I have accomplished and this often gives me the willpower to finish the job.
Finish the job
This last tip is the one I struggle with the most when learning how to clean a room.
I have the bad habit of getting three quarters of the way through a room and then bailing.
For some reason I have a difficult time finishing tasks; I guess I have an issue with follow-through. But it is really important to finish the job you have started because if you don’t it will just be that much worse the next time you have to clean. Plus the last bit will nag at you until you finish it. This is where the plan comes in handy. I make sure I have crossed everything off of my list before I consider a job done.
By using these 7 tips, you too can learn how to easily and effectively clean a room. If you have any tips on how to clean a room, be sure to mention them in the comments.
For more on how to clean a room, check out these home organization posts:
- Organing tips: How to clean the clutter
- 3 part series: How to clean your house
- The real reason you should clean out your closet