Spring cleaning shouldn't take all spring. To save time this season, get organized and follow these step-by-step, top-to-bottom plans for cleaning the bedroom.
1 Space to work
Move furniture to centre of room. Quickly vacuum or sweep. Temporarily relocate loose objects from dresser tops, night tables and any other surfaces to another room.
2 Ceiling, lights
Clean ceiling with soft broom or extendable duster; wipe ceiling light fixtures -- turned off and cooled down -- with damp rag.
Repair cracks and touch up paint. If ambitious, sponge walls with mild cleaner like Murphy Oil Soap. At very least, use all-purpose cleaner or a little soap, water and elbow grease around light switches and doorknobs to erase visible fingerprints and marks.
Nothing says spring like sparkling-clean windows. For inside and out, use squeegee and sponge, rags for drips and ladder for second storeys and tall windows.
Vacuum or steam-clean mattress, then open windows to let everything air out. Flip mattress before making bed with fresh linens. Add underbed storage.
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