March Inn to Spring Cleaning Madness – Tips for cleaning your bedroom
With the arrival of March come the thoughts of spring weather. Those of us in Wisconsin, especially here in the northern half of the state, begin to daydream of warmer temperatures, the tulips and
daffodils peeking up through the ground, the ice melting off of the area lakes, robins looking for worms in our lawn. Most of us up here realize it will be another 40 to 50 days before that really happens, but we can dream of it anyway. So, what are we left with? Well, the other day we were fortunate enough to have some unusually warm weather, it got above 50 degrees and, since I have lots of windows with southern exposure, I was able to open them up and get some much appreciated fresh air into the B&B. This led to thoughts of deep cleaning the house. I try to do this once every 3 or 4 months to make sure our guests are very comfortable while visiting Pleasant View Bed & Breakfast. With 5 guest rooms, this task can be somewhat daunting. So, what I have found to be helpful for me is to break down the chores into specific tasks. Then, the challenge is to stay focused and not get side-tracked by all the other things you notice along the way. I will share with you how I break down my chore list, feel free to adapt to what ever works for you.
Make a list of each room that needs to be cleaned. I find it easier to concentrate on similar rooms as the cleaning chores in those rooms are very similar. Cleaning the bedrooms seems to work the best for me. Then break down the chores into segments that will take 15-30 minutes. This will help you keep track of what has been completed in each room and when you find you have a few minutes between obligations you can quickly cross off something on your cleaning to-do list.
Every surface in the bedrooms need to be wiped down or vacuumed, so I start from the baseboards and work my way up. In my personal space sometimes the most overwhelming task can be sorting through the miscellaneous items I have left lying on my dresser or night stand. So, this is the first order of business. Clean up all items lying around, either on your dresser, night stand, or on the floor. In order to concentrate on the actual cleaning of the bedroom you may need to grab some boxes to organize items that need to be dealt with at a later date.
- Once the clutter is cleaned up the first thing I do is pull the furniture away from the walls toward the center of the room so I can wipe down the baseboards. If the woodwork is painted I use 1 cap full of Mr. Clean concentrated cleaner to one ice-cream bucket full of hot water to wipe down the baseboards. If the wood is sealed I use Murphy’s Oil Soap, 1/4 cup to one gallon of water. Be sure the cloth is just damp, water can damage the wood, make sure you don’t leave any standing water on your wood surfaces. If the wood is natural and not finished, I use the brush attachment on my vacuum to clean the surface.
- Wash the walls if necessary. I am not in the habit of washing the walls every time I deep clean the house. This can be very time consuming. I do this on an as-needed basis. When I do wash the bedroom walls, I just use the same Mr. Clean solution as on the painted woodwork. For any smudges or marks that may not come off of the wall I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Those things really work, but you have to be careful, I always test a spot on the wall to make sure it isn’t going to take the paint off.
- Vacuum crown molding. Do you have crown molding? Then all you need is the brush attachment on your vacuum and you can vacuum the cob webs away. I haven’t always had crown molding, but still made a habit of vacuuming up where the wall meets the ceiling to get rid of cob webs.
- Vacuum the floor. If you have carpets you can push the furniture back in place once the vacuuming is done . If you have wood floors, a quick wipe with your favorite floor wood cleaner, such as Murphy’s Oil Soap or Bona makes some excellent products to care for your wood or laminate floors.
- Wash doors and trim-work.
- Now comes the tricky part, you may need to move the furniture in awkward spaces so you can be sure to completely clean the floor where the furniture usually sits.
- Put the furniture back.
- Dust all dressers, night stands and knick-knacks.
- If you have enough time to tackle the closet, keep in mind this is a great way to make some donations to your local charity that helps distribute clothing and household items to the needy in your area.
- One rule of thumb I try to keep in mind that has really helped me declutter, if I have not worn it or used it in the last 2 years I probably won’t, so get rid of it.
I have to admit, while cleaning is not my favorite task, I do love the feeling of a freshly cleaned room. Getting rid of clutter and things just taking up space gives me a sense of liberation and a renewed spirit. John Linden, editor at The Most Chic, wrote a great article on the physical and mental health of maintaining a clean, clutter free home. Take a look at his article, The Science of Staying Organized, 5 Ways I learned to Keep a Tidy Home for more insights. So, carpe diem, let’s try to get our homes whipped into shape before the nice weather arrives and we can spend time in the great outdoors guilt-free!