Autumn is fast approaching, and it’s the perfect time to breathe some life back into your bedroom. Dusting your furniture and breaking out your sweater collection — finally! — are probably high on your agenda, but there are definitely some oft-neglected spaces that need your attention, too. But you can refresh your bedroom using these quick, easy and inexpensive methods.
Your bed is the centerpiece of your bedroom, and it should be shown the love it so rightly deserves. Who can deny the pleasure of lounging around all day in a pile of pillows and blankets while comfort-viewing your favorite television shows and movies? Also, I don’t care how meticulous you think you are, if you’re eating in bed, there will be crumbs. Face it: your bed is filthy. Hair and skin flakes and dust mites, oh my!
Changing your sheets every other week, if not sooner — which you should be doing! — is great, but you have to clean your mattress, too! It may seem a daunting task, but it’s not as difficult as you would imagine. Make it Do's brilliant tutorial calls for only some baking soda and a vacuum, with an optional dose of essential oils. Simply sprinkle your mattress with baking soda spiked with essential oil, let it sit for an hour or so and vacuum it up.
Real Simple’s baking soda method is similar but works under the assumption that you have a mattress cover. This technique leaves out the oils and advises readers to let the baking soda hang out on the mattress until the next time you change your sheets. Real Simple also recommends cleaning and freshening up your mattress cover by adding a cup of vinegar to the wash and drying it with tennis balls to help the cover get its shape back. Getting rid of tough stains requires a bit more manpower and an enzyme odor remover, but it’s manageable.
Good Housekeeping has some great tips for getting your curtains and shades clean in no time flat, including how to dust your valances, the proper way to wash curtains and how to spot clean shades. While you’re at it, how about you clean those grimy windows caked in a summer’s worth of grossness? You won’t be disappointed by Martha Stewart’s steps for window cleaning, which are straightforward and effective. A solution made of equal parts white vinegar and hot water will take care of grime, while a squeegee will ensure a streak-free shine. Stewart also recommends clearing out cobwebs and dust with a soft brush and cleaning your ledges with an all-purpose cleaner. No squeegee? No problem! Good Housekeeping suggests simply using a weaker-strength solution of vinegar and water along with newspaper to get your windows to sparkle.
Look, you’re going to be rotating your wardrobe anyway, so you might as well organize and make your everyday life as easy as possible. The KonMari method, popularized by the cult organization guide The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, has launched a million closet purges. While I have not read the book, I am intrigued by the concept of streamlining my space and ensuring that the things I own have purpose or “spark joy.” What I really love, and what is pushing me toward full-on KonMari restructuring of my home, is the brilliant folding method Kondo employs. Not to be hyperbolic or anything, but folding your clothes the KonMari way could actually change your life. No more rifling around for that one shirt that always ends up crammed behind your rumpled-up gym gear. This handy guide takes the guesswork out of clothes organization. It will be so easy to find just what you’re looking for in your drawers and move on with your life. Trust me, it’s worth the effort.
Thanks to some basic household items and these great tips, a cleaner, neater bedroom is only a few steps away!