Megan and I are super excited at the success of our first Clean With Me video! We’re back today, tackling a different area of the home with some strategies on how to declutter your kid’s bedroom without them totally freaking out that you threw all their stuff away. Because let’s be honest…we all secretly throw out their crap when they are at school, right?
Ok, let’s be honest. My daughter isn’t great at keeping her room tidy. It might be the lack of space or storage but the floor is constantly cluttered with stuffed animals, the desk is overflowing with knick-knacks and papers, and every corner of her bedroom is stuffed with stuff. She has the habit of collecting everything she lays sight on. Stashing an acorn she found, a shoe box, the kid’s menu from last weekend’s dinner out and so on. The thing is, she doesn’t covet any of these things. It’s just stuff to her. The more the merrier and mama can’t deal.
I just threatened her that any piece of clothing that I find on the floor and not in the laundry basket will be donated to the Goodwill. This threat has motivated her but I still find I have to gently remind her every single day.
Tell me I’m not alone. Watch me speed clean my daughter’s room by clicking play on the video below!
I do have a method in decluttering and cleaning her bedroom. I want to get rid of most of the unnecessary stuff she has laying around but not everything. I’m not trying to strip her of her favorite things but I want to minimize them and make room for the things that do have meaning.
Here’s what you need for a speedy clean up:
- Gather up your supplies: a couple of trash bags (one for trash, one for toys/clothes to be donated, consigned, sold, etc.), paper towels/cleaning cloths, cleaning products (I used Pledge and Windex – my favorites – affiliate links) and vacuum.
- Pick up all dirty clothes and put into laundry basket.
- Strip bed of sheets and bedding. Load into washing machine.
- Having the bed free from the bedding becomes the perfect spot to put everything that is laying on the floor. The goal is to get everything up off the floor (stuffed animals, pillows, dolls, clean clothes, etc.)
- Quick survey of room for obvious trash; throw away.
- Use an empty laundry basket to collect anything that doesn’t belong in this bedroom.
- We have a spare bedroom where a lot of toys and dolls are usually kept but often are left in my daughter’s bedroom after play. This is the time that I start removing these items and put into the hallway to put away afterward.
- Now focus on one area at a time.
- Desk: throw away old papers, doodle drawings, notes, old homework. Straighten and organize books and magazines, knick-knacks, pencils, etc. Wipe down dusty areas.
- Dresser: Dust top and sides. Organize knick-knacks.
- Bedside Table: Dust, remove unnecessary items.
- Vanity: Dust, remove unnecessary items, organize belongings.
- Misc Areas: There are areas of toys and dolls in my daughter’s bedroom. I tidy these play areas.
- Wipe down mirrors and windows.
- Make bed.
- Set up pillows and stuffed animals.
I try to stick to this method when cleaning any bedroom because I think working systematically around the room is efficient. I always strip the bed or make the bed before cleaning because it’s easier to get everything off the bedroom floor to see what you’re working with.
We get a lot a questions about the vacuum I use. It’s a Dyson DC41 Animal Upright (affiliate link). I think it has great suction on the carpet and can use it on my wood floors as well. The only downside is it can be cumbersome to use on the stairs.
Podcasts mentioned: Totally Married and My Favorite Murder
What do you listen to when you clean? I like podcasts and audio books best but curious what’s on your cleaning playlist! Leave us a comment below.
If you liked this video, let us know what other Clean With Me videos you’d like us to do. On my list already is: my daughter’s dresser and closet, my closet, my bedroom, the garage, the refrigerator and pantry, the junk drawers and kitchen supplies. Plus, another round of my regular living spaces.