Last Updated on October 6, 2022 by Katie Barton
Right now is the perfect time to get your room really clean – it will free up space for any new gifts and help you ring in the new year, with a nice and tidy bedroom.
But, if you never learned how to clean, something like cleaning your room can feel overwhelming.
I totally get it.
Fortunately, there are a basic set of steps you can follow, even if you’re starting with a disaster.
Here’s how to clean your room for Christmas.
How to Clean Your Room for Christmas: Easy Instructions
Start the “Pick-Up” Process
The most challenging part of cleaning a room is knowing where to start – especially if it’s a big mess. This is why you need to concentrate on one category at a time.
Here are categories to work through:
- Clean laundry – place in a pile, put away where it goes
- Dirty Laundry – take to the laundry room and start washing
- Dirty Dishes – take to the kitchen
- Trash – pick up and throw it away
Put EVERYTHING You Don’t Want in the Trash or Donate Boxes
The most important thing you can do when cleaning your room for Christmas is to focus on decluttering.
You need to get rid of the things you don’t love, use, and that don’t serve a purpose.
Gather up everything you don’t want, including old shoes, clothes, bedroom decor, accessories, and anything else you keep in your room. If the item is in bad condition, toss it in the trash. If the item is still in excellent condition, throw it in a donation box.
You can drop off your donation box at a thrift store or schedule a donation pick-up if you have many large items to get rid of.
Take your time going through all of your stuff. Getting rid of the things you don’t use will free up space in your room, and donating them can benefit someone less fortunate.
Wipe Down All Hard Surfaces and Dust Your Light Fixture
Once you’ve picked up messes and decluttered, you’ve completed the two most challenging and most important steps.
Now you can work on the actual deep cleaning.
Start by wiping down all hard surfaces in the room—work from top to bottom. For example, start with the top shelf and work your way down.
Also, if you have a ceiling fan, dust it. Otherwise, gently wipe your light fixture if it’s noticeably dirty.
I like to use Mrs. Meyers for all of this, but any gentle all-purpose cleaner will work.
Wash Your Bedding
Strip all the bedding from your bed and as long as it’s machine washable, throw it in the washer. You’ll likely need to do two loads.
The first load should be your sheets, pillowcases, and mattress protector. The second load should be your comforter.
If your mattress is dirty, you can give it a quick cleaning with baking soda.
Clean Windows and Baseboards
If you’re going for an ultra-clean room, don’t forget about your windows and baseboards.
Use a glass cleaner to clean your windows from the inside. Then, use an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth to tackle your baseboards. (Try this back-saving hack.)
Tip: Make your room smell like Christmas with one of these cleaners.
Sweep and Mop
Now, if you have carpet in your room, vacuum it. If you have a hard floor surface, vacuum and then mop.
Voila, you have a spotless room just in time for Christmas.
Free Christmas Bedroom Cleaning Checklist
If you prefer a checklist you can print out and follow, download our Christmas Bedroom Checklist here.
The Best Way to Keep Your Room Clean
Once you have your room spotless you can keep it that way by using the “clean as you go method.”
All you need to do is pick up items as they become dirty. For example, instead of throwing dirty clothes on the floor put them in the clothes hamper. Instead of letting cups gather on your nightstand, take them to the kitchen the next morning.
Cleaning up after yourself as messes arise only takes minutes but will keep your bedroom in tip-top shape.
It’s a smart idea to clean your bedroom before Christmas. Doing so will make room for new items and help you start the new year fresh.
Cleaning your room is a simple process. If you struggle with the steps, feel free to print out our free Christmas bedroom cleaning checklist.
Katie Barton is the owner of Cabin Lane. She's also a home improvement writer for Bob Vila and Homedit. Her cleaning and organizing advice has been featured on Realtor.com, Yahoo News, GoBankingRates, and more. In her spare time, you can find her with a paintbrush in hand, searching for her next project.