AT January Cure #11: The Bedroom Blast

Super Clean by Sunday

1. Pick up your weekly flowers
2. Give your bedroom a good, deep clean.

This should be a very thorough job. The aim is to rid the room of as much dust and potential allergens as possible. Here is a sample guideline deep clean plan that you can use as a checklist:

  • Pick up and put away all clothes, books and belongings
  • Declutter surfaces (remove change, jewelry, etc and put in proper places)
  • Strip the bed
  • Launder all bedding, including mattress and pillow covers
  • Flip and/or rotate the mattress
  • Vacuum curtains with brush attachment and/or clean blinds
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Dust all surfaces and wipe down light switches, fixtures and ceiling fan
  • Push aside the bed, side tables and dressers and vacuum/clean under them
  • Remake the bed
  • Enjoy a sound sleep in your freshly cleaned room!

Is this a taunt for my failed Style Cure?? ;) No, this is good. Now that I’m done painting the closet, I really needed to clean up the bedroom. It fell apart pretty hardcore during the closet renovation. I would refuse to post “before” pictures, but since I already revealed my shame during the home tour video, what dignity do I have left?? Oh, and “rid the room of … potential allergens”?? Ha! Three dogs and two cats in a fully-carpeted house pretty much guarantees anyone with allergies will just combust as soon as they walk in. Fun game…let’s try to count how many animals have lived in our house over the past two-ish years:

    1. Splinter (our dog)*
    2. Vigo (our dog)*
    3. Khat (our cat)*
    4. Chairman (our cat)*
    5. Sadie (dog, belonged to Miss C)
    6. Flora (dog, belonged to L & S)
    7. FR cat #1
    8. FR cat #2
    9. Leeloo (foster dog, adopted by Exum, frequent visitor)
    10. Jenilee (HW+ foster boxer)
    11. foster pit we never got around to naming…I hope the guy that took her doesn’t suck :(
    12. Urkel (foster doberman with alopecia)
    13. Karizma (HW+ foster doberman)
    14. Sputnik (foster pit)*

*currently in the house


Pick up and put away all clothes, books, and belongings

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99% of the problem in our bedroom was clothes. Mr. T is always bad about having clothes everywhere, but I’m usually good about keeping my dirty clothes in a hamper and my clean ones in my closet. But since I’d been limping along with the closet renovation, things got out of control. They were so bad the thought of attempting to fix it was overwhelming. So I ignored it. But I finally finished (painting) the closet! So I was able to start moving clothes back in there. I didn’t get them all moved – there is still a small pile just out of sight in the right picture. Next weekend I want to paint some sort of design on my tarp and get that put in, and then we’ll be able to call the closet done.


Declutter surfaces

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We desperately need better nightstands. But what can you do? Buy/make new ones, of course! Maybe one day. I took one of our whiteboards out of the bedroom so Mr. T can take it to his shop. The other one is going to be used to track our exercise progress. Yes, when we start back up AGAIN, it will be attempt #4 to complete P90X3. This time I am not waiting on Mr. T – he can work out, or not, but I am going to finish it, darnit. Mr. T’s nightstand is the one with the PS Vita on it…when I went to take after pictures he’d already thrown some change, a pocket knife, and a lighter back on it. His nightstand will never be clean.


Strip the bed, Launder all bedding, including mattress and pillow covers, Flip and/or rotate the mattress, Remake the bed

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Fun story here… I decided to deep clean our mattress, since it desperately needed it. I found a couple of things I had pinned and tried them out:

For the “deep clean” you basically dump a bunch of baking soda on your mattress, then vacuum it up an hour later. Note: baking soda is VERY fine, and WILL clog your vacuum’s filter, which will then cause it to overheat and turn itself off. You’ll need to wait another hour to finish, praying you didn’t just bust your brand new vacuum your mom got you for Christmas. Another note: Mom has bought us a vacuum every year. WHAT ARE YOU SAYING, MOM?! At first, it didn’t seem like anything had happened. The baking soda in the vacuum looked just like baking soda. It wasn’t until I tried to drain it down the sink (listen – I don’t make good decisions, okay?) that I realized how much NASTY was in there. Dude. clean your mattress Mr. T hated the linen spray, because he hates the smell of vinegar. Seriously – he is a huge baby about vinegar. I’m missing one pillowcase, and the comforter was still in the dryer when we went to bed, but it’s been a few weeks since we had sheets on our bed. omg we’re the worst…


Vacuum curtains with brush attachment and/or clean blinds, Clean windows and mirrors

Meh. I kind of did this. I wiped off our windowsill. lol!


Dust all surfaces and wipe down light switches, fixtures and ceiling fan

Glory be – the dust on our ceiling fan!! I wiped it down and switched it (finally) so it would spin the opposite direction, which is supposedly better for winter…swirling the warm are around and what-not.


Push aside the bed, side tables and dressers and vacuum/clean under them

Mmm…haven’t gotten there yet.


Enjoy a sound sleep in your freshly cleaned room!

AT January Cure #11: The Bedroom Blast | The Wilson BuzzHere I am all sad and stuff ’cause my bedroom is such a disaster. I had grand plans to take another, happy, picture post-cleaning…but I totally forgot. MY BAD.


And I only got distracted a little bit!!

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Oh, here’s a picture of the newest plant:

AT January Cure #11: The Bedroom Blast | The Wilson BuzzI got him at Kroger. I have *no* clue what he is, but the little tag – sunuvabitch, they took the tag out when I was checking out, and didn’t put it back!! I could write a novel about the crappy service I had at Kroger last night… Anyway, the little tag said it would do well in low light situations. Fingers crossed!! Our bedroom doesn’t get a ton of light, but I told Mr. T to leave the blinds open to try and help him out. What do we name him?!


4 thoughts on “AT January Cure #11: The Bedroom Blast

  1. Interesting how to deep clean your bed. How does it get so dirty? And I can imagine how bad it was in the vacuum. My work has gone through 3 vacuums in a year because the carpets are so old and gross.

    • Dust mites. *shudder* It for real looked like a pile of baking soda in the sink, but as soon as I started to rinse it all the dust floated out. There was quite a bit of pet hair, too. Not as bad as every other surface of our house, but further proof that it does, in fact, get EVERYWHERE.

  2. With all your pets, a mattress pad will help immensely. I mixed baking soda with lemon juice to get a paste–it didn’t really work (I was afraid to make it too wet) but now I am glad I did as it was easy to vacuum.

    You did really well! You brought that room a long way towards clean.

    • I knoooooow. We’ve been talking about getting one for ages!!

      I don’t think using straight baking soda is necessarily a bad idea…you need need to empty your vacuum filter a few times during the process. And I very well could have used way too much baking soda!

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