While sleep is amazing (and one of my favorite activities!), I’ve found that it’s really hard to get my brain to calm down if things are too messy around the house. Sometimes, when we’re in the middle of a project, though? It’s nigh impossible to keep the whole house clean. But if I can keep my bedroom clean? Then I can focus on that – and get a great night’s sleep.
So is it possible to tidy up the bedroom in a quick 15 minutes? Yes, you can! Focus on the big things first: tidying up things you don’t use every day, putting away clothes, and make use of drawers, closet space, and bins. And if it’s early in the day, don’t forget to make your bed!
Tips To Clean Bedrooms in 15 Minutes
Okay, so if we’re going to clean a bedroom in less than 15 minutes, we’ve got to be intentional about how we do this. Because ideally, I’d love to have ALL of the bedrooms tidied up in 15 minutes. That way, my kids can have a good night’s sleep, too. And a presentable bedroom, too.
Make The Bed Simpler: Skip The Sheets
Look, I’m not a big fan of making the bed. I can remember how my grandmother was very particular about having the sheets just so. Then, in nursing school, I learned how to tuck in sheets another way so that it didn’t become a trap or fall hazard.
Do you know what’s easier? Make your bedding simpler. We use simple, machine-washable blankets and a fitted sheet. If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll add regular sheets to the bed. But with three kids and a toddler?
I’m lucky if sheets stay on for more than 5 minutes. So I skip them entirely. That way, making the bed can be as simple as making sure that the blanket is on the bed. DONE.
Put Away Clothes – and a Tip to Keep Clothes Put Away Simpler!
Again, make things quick and simple. Dirty clothes go into a hamper. We keep hampers in the kids’ closet so that they’re out of sight – and don’t get used as playthings after bedtime.
For clean clothes, I make a goal of putting them away as soon as they’re out of the dryer. That way, I don’t get piles of clean clothes that get tossed in with the dirty ones – and then I’m unsure which is which. But if you’ve got a big pile of clothes, find an easier way to put them away.
Here’s how we do it: each child has a small dresser with four drawers. Each drawer holds one of the following:
- Shorts and pants
- Underwear and socks
We hang up their church clothes and coats in the closet, but this way it’s simple. They can reach their clothes and can help with their own laundry.
Oh, and my husband and I have a similar set up in our room. That way, it’s simple and consistent for everyone.
Clear Away the Miscellaneous Stuff
Finally, let’s get to the rest of the stuff in each room.
Nightstands are a clutter magnet. That’s why I’ve created a fun, simple rule: the nightstand drawers are for whatever anyone wants – as long as what’s visible looks neat.
So when things start piling up on top, it’s time to put away a few of the extra books. The paperwork gets put in the office for filing. And the random stuff? Into the drawer. We’ll clean those out later when we’ve got more than 15 minutes. Like during a quarterly cleaning spree.
In our kids’ rooms, we’ve found a huge time-saving tip for helping them keep things clean. It’s also helped them go to bed faster and get better sleep. Ready?
We don’t keep any toys in the bedrooms.
Sure, we let them each have a couple of stuffed animals and their blankies (those that still want them, anyway). And each child can take a book to bed. But there are no other toys in our kids’ bedrooms.
It makes cleanup a ton faster. As my kids get older and they’re starting to draw and write each night, we’re finding we may need to implement a similar rule with nighttime artwork and stories. But so far, it’s still pretty quick and easy to tidy up. And we can address that later – my 15 minutes is almost up.
Wipe Off Glaring Messes with a Microfiber Cloth
Finally, take a quick look around. If there are any glaring dust bunnies, boogers on the wall, or chocolate handprints, go ahead and wipe those down really quick so that you don’t have an anxiety attack.
Otherwise, the dusting and vacuuming can wait for when you’ve got more than 15 minutes to tidy up. And if it’s the kids’ room? Let them vacuum it. And then let them wipe up the chocolate handprints, too.
That way, you’ve got things tidy for bedtime and you’re teaching your kids to better manage their own space. It’s a total win-win. Now everyone can sleep better at night in a tidier space.