How to Clean Your Room

It’s time to clean your room, so do a good job in the shortest amount of time and get your parents off your back.


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You Will Need

  • Organization
  • Music
  • A clock
  • A piece of paper and pen
  • Tape
  • A duster
  • A vacuum
  • Spray freshener


  1. Step 1

    Identify specific objects

    Identify specific things to be done or objects to be organized – books, trash, clothing items – and clean by category.

  2. Play music while you clean. It'll make time pass more quickly.

  3. Step 2

    Focus on one area

    Focus on one area at a time and clean it, before moving to the next one. Start in one corner and move out from there.

  4. Step 3

    Set time limits

    Set time limits and make a game out of it, betting on yourself.

  5. Step 4

    Post visual reference

    Post a to-do list on the door, making a visual reference that targets tasks so you don’t forget anything. This confers a sense of achievement.

  6. Step 5

    Make bed

    Remove your bedding and put on new sheets. Get the dirty dishes, old socks, and any dead things out from underneath.

  7. Step 6

    Sort clothes

    Separate dirty clothes from clean, which should be folded and put away or hung up.

  8. Step 7

    Dust and vacuum

    Dust all surfaces and vacuum the carpet. Spray some air freshener. Done.

  9. A "Class 100" clean room contains no more than 100 particles larger that 0.5 microns per cubic foot of air.