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Spring Cleaning the Master Bedroom: 8 Weeks at Home Series

Welcome back to week 4 of the 8 Weeks at Home Series! We’re spending eight weeks decluttering, simplifying and cleaning up room by room in preparation for summer. So far, we’ve decluttered and cleaned the bathroom, the living room and the kitchen. This week, we’re working on the master bedroom. Last time, we got rid of the clutter that’s keeping your bedroom from being the perfect peaceful retreat from the world. Now we’re going to clean it.

In this series, I’ll do two posts per week for each room. In the first post, we’ll talk about decluttering and simplifying. In the second post, we’ll clean it all up and get it looking nice and shiny. While you’re working in each space, keep some paper and a pen handy and make note of any repairs that need to be made, any supplies that need to be restocked, or any decorating changes you’d like to make. As you decide to get rid of stuff, remove it from the space right away and get it out of the house ASAP so that it doesn’t worm its way back into the space. Take out bags of trash and recycling daily so they don’t pile up in your workspace.

Spring Cleaning the Master Bedroom: 8 Weeks at Home Series

Spring Cleaning the Bedroom

  1. Use only all-natural cleaning products that don’t contain chemicals or additives to clean your bedroom. These are much healthier for you, as well as more eco-friendly. You can buy natural cleaners at the store, but it’s so easy to make your own cleaners for a fraction of the cost.
  2. Wash your bedding weekly in hot water with a mild detergent. Dust mites, skin cells you shed overnight and perspiration can quickly make your bed linens less than fresh. Don’t forget to wash your comforter or bedspread regularly too, especially if you have pets that sleep in the room with you.
  3. Once a season or so, take down your bedroom curtains and wash or dry clean them as needed. Dust and mites can build up on them too. Also, wipe down any blinds you have on the windows and wipe off window sills.
  4. Keep the air healthy by dusting and vacuuming regularly. Dust mites, skin cells from bedding and dust can build up quickly in the bedroom, and that’s not what you want to be breathing in each night as you sleep. Dust weekly with a microfiber cloth, starting at the top and working your way down. Hit all the horizontal surfaces like dressers and nightstands, but don’t forget lampshades, the bed’s headboard, chairs and artwork. Vacuum regularly if you have carpet, or use a dust mop for floors.
  5. If you have ceiling fans in your bedroom, wipe the dust from the fan blades at least once a season. While you’re up there, wipe off the light fixture too.
  6. Take a moment to wipe down baseboards with a damp cloth or use the handheld hose on your vacuum.
  7. Avoid chemical air fresheners – commercial fresheners are loaded with phthalates and are toxic! Most air fresheners mask odors with a synthetic fragrance or numb your sense of smell with chemical anesthetics. They do nothing to eliminate the source of the odor. Instead of using commercial air fresheners, air out your home frequently and choose natural deodorizers, such as baking soda (which contains minerals that absorb odors). Also, think about adding more plants to help purify the air. If you want a bit of scent, try making your own linen spray using distilled water and a few drops of essential oil — shake well before each use. I prefer to keep an essential oil diffuser next to the bed, and I diffuse calming scents each night before bed.

Next week: We’ll be decluttering and cleaning kids’ spaces!

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