Neat Beds Start with Zip Up Bed Sheets!  Read our Tips to Tidy Your Room!

  1. Make your bed. What a great place to start. A messy bed will make the rest of the room look messy even if it’s not. The bed is the centerpiece! Use easy bedding like zip up bed sheets for kids rooms to make the job simple. Use the sheets alone or with your favorite comforter. ¬† Zipper sheets are one option but there are other types of easy bedding on the market that take the work out of making your bed. Make the bed first to give a sense of accomplishment and to give a place to use as you work through the rest of the items.
  2. Don’t eat in your bedroom. If you do, clean up after each snack to keep from having wrappers or food lying around. It can spoil or draw bugs .
  3. Have a place for everything. Book cases for books. Shelving for trinkets. Hooks for coats and hats. Drawers and closets for clothes and shoes. Always put things back in their place after you are done using them.
  4. Don’t skimp on storage solutions. Storage bins and baskets as well as under bed storage can all help. Use shoe boxes or shipping boxes and mark them as to what you are storing in them. Stack them in the closet or corner to optimize space.
  5. Do basic cleaning every week. If you wait too long, the task becomes too hard. Simple dusting and vacuuming with a bit of straightening can go a long way.
  6. Keep a trash can handy and use it. Sort through daily papers and pitch what you don’ t need. Empty it frequently.
  7. Use a hamper for dirty clothes. If closes are clean enough to wear again, have a special place to hang or fold them and limit it to that area rather than having clothes lying all over the room. Or better yet, hang them back up or fold them and place them back in the drawers. It doesn’t take much longer to do that than it does to toss them in a corner.
  8. Don’t let laundry pile up. Do it weekly or as the hamper gets full. Or better yet, take your clothes to a hamper in the bathroom freeing up that space in your room but do it daily or as needed so clothes don’t pile up in your room. Put clean laundry away so it doesn’t pile up too.
  9. Keep your closet in order. Closets often end up being a place to stash things. Clean it frequently. Discard clothing or shoes you won’t wear and keep it simple.
  10. Create a schedule. Clean zones of your room rather than the whole room. If you have a desk and it’s messy, just clean that one week. If you have a bookcase and shelving, clean that area the next week. It won’t be so overwhelming. Frequent quick cleaning mixed in with less frequent thorough cleaning is a good combo.
  11. Solicit a helper. If you are someone who needs a boost to get motivated, have mom or a friend help out.
  12. Make cleaning fun. Clean to music. Use cleaning products that have a scent you love. Do a little dancing as you clean.
  13. Declutter. If you have too much stuff, consider donating items to a local charity or try selling items to make a few bucks.
  14. Choose furniture that has a bonus storage feature. Ottomans that double as storage bins and seating. Beds that come with under bed storage drawers.
  15. Items that you aren’t using, store elsewhere. If you have items you aren’t using but want to keep, box them up and store in the basement, garage or attic. Make them so you will know where to find them if you need to.
  16. Keep tops of furniture clear. Tops of dressers, vanities, chests should have only the minimum items so it’s easy to dust them. Have a place for smaller trinkets, jewelry, daily things that tend to accumulate on tops of furniture.
  17. Use your closets and drawers. Hang clothes back up or fold and put away. It doesn’t take long to do that.
  18. Feather dusters are great for quick dusting. Other quick cleaning supplies like wipes or cleaning cloths make it unnecessary to keep bottles and cans of cleaning supplies handy.

19.. Lift your bed. Consider bed risers if your bed is too low to the floor. Then you can maximize the under bed area for storage containers.

  1. Sort. If you are overwhelmed by the mess, start by sorting trash or papers, clothes, and other things. Then sort the papers and trash for actual trash – place papers in a file. Sort clothes by dirty and clean. Put the dirty clothes in the hamper – fold clean clothes and put them away. Sort through the other items and place in storage bins, on shelves, etc where they go.