I shudder the most when I have to ask family friends to watch our cats in our absence.
I close the door to our bedroom and hope they won’t go in there. The friends, that is.
Because in my room is a dirty little secret. My part of the room is a mess.
My wife is neat and organized, but I have to work at it!
One of these days, if I don’t do something about it, someone’s going to find out that there is laundry that needs to be put away, a “hot spot” by the side of my bed of books and knick knacks that I seem to think I need, and various other piles that need to be organized.
Will you give me a chance to clean my room, before it’s too late?
I don’t know if you, like me, struggle with keeping your room clean at times.
But if you do, there’s hope for both of us.
Many people, both on and off the autism spectrum, struggle with keeping their rooms clean.
Garbage bag, bag for recyclables, replacement garbage bag
Mop pole, hair elastic
Fresh linens, or at least strip your bed, was the sheets and have fresh ones ready to go (in the video, I don’t change my linens because I did so 3 days before shooting).
How To Clean Your Room: Three Stages
Stage 1 – Tidying
In this stage, you’re getting the big things out of the way.
Get an empty laundry basket, one plastic shopping bag or garbage bag for trash, and one plastic shopping bag or garbage bag for recycling.
Go clockwise around the room (or think of it as moving from left to right around the room), scanning from top to bottom as you move around the room.
For any items that need to be further organized, just put them in the laundry basket for after the Tidying stage.
Other things, like loose clean laundry, just throw on the bed. Or, if it’s dirty, put it in the hamper.
Loose clothes that are clean, just throw on the bed.
Stage 2: Dusting, Cleaning, and Polishing
Before you start this stage, go through the stuff in your laundry basket.
If it’s too overwhelming to think of where all that stuff goes, wait until after you’re done cleaning your room, and then go through the stuff and work on organizing it.
In this second stage of dusting, cleaning, and polishing, the idea is to dust high and low. Using a microfiber cloth attached to the end of a dust mop pole with a hair elastic band, clean seam between the ceiling and the wall, going around the room once. Then go around the room again and work on the baseboard.
You can also dust door frames, vents, and ceilings as needed.
(If you’ve got dust allergies, please let me know in the comments below how you deal with that when cleaning).
Once you’ve dusted, move around the room clockwise again, with your all-purpose cleaner and glass cleaner. Use one microfiber cloth to wipe down surfaces that you spray. Use the other microfiber cloth to dry the surfaces in an S fashion.
Stage 3: Vacuum/Mop
Here’s a quick checklist:
Empty your garbage bag.
Replace garbage bag (for the trash in your room).
Place dirty laundry, loose items, and the full garbage and recycling bags in a pile outside your bedroom door.
Vacuum/mop, and you’re done!
I’m Going To Clean My Room!
Now that I’ve written this article, I’m going to clean my room!
Not today, because I don’t have time for that.
Rather, I’m going to clean my room this Saturday afternoon. I know I’ve got a free hour then, and I will not be deterred! 🙂
I realize that there is no “right” way to clean your room.
Experiment and find what works best for you.
Check these resources out as you progress on your journey toward a clean, organized room.
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