Other than your man cave, your bedroom is probably your favorite room in the house. As everyone who ever appeared on MTV Cribs told us, “It’s where the magic happens”.
It’s more than that, though. It’s where you recharge after a brutal work week; it’s where you rest after a rough weekend; it’s where you can catch a break from your kids. When you step into your bedroom you shouldn’t feel claustrophobic and dirty. You should feel calm and relaxed.
Start with the most important part. Your bed. While you sleep, sweat and oil escape out of your body all over your sheets. It’s recommended you change your sheets once a week, or if you’re brave you can stretch that to two. Sharing your bed with a pet or significant other increases the need to clean sheets weekly! Most guys don’t do laundry every seven days, so in order to keep things fresh and clean have two or three extra pairs.
Keeping It Organized
You might be expecting a detailed section on how to keep your room free from a mess, but there’s really only one solution: put your darn clothes away and organize your clutter. Don’t designate one side of your bed to be a permanent dresser and don’t let cups, papers, or other miscellaneous items overtake your night stand. Pick a day of the week to walk around your room putting clothes away and sorting through everything else. Cleaning piecemeal takes minutes, cleaning once a month takes hours.
There’s more to your bedroom than the spot you sleep and the clothes you presumably put away religiously.
Run your finger across any surface and you’re bound to pick up a nice trail of dust. Don’t feel alarmed, it’s actually quite easy to get rid of. While you’re waiting for your sheets in the drier, grab Hero Clean’s All Purpose Spray and paper towels. Check every surface! Your headboard, dresser, nightstand, desk, TV, window sill, etc… Don’t stop until everything in your room in shining.
Now look down. That is your next task. You walk on it, you sit on it, and sometimes you lay on it. Dirt from outside, oils from your body, and hair from your pet cling to the floor. Since you’re already cleaning once a week (right?), you might as well vacuum.
Focus on heavily trafficked areas most- the path you take to the bathroom or the spot your dog lays. If you have carpet, over time these areas become matted down and the constant movement destroys the fiber. Vacuuming helps prevent that from happening.
No One Can Make You Clean
The bottom line is simple. No one is going to pay you to clean. This is something you have to take pride in. If pride isn’t a good motivator, just think about all the crap that builds up every extra week you don’t wash.