Kids cleaning – it’s not a sight all parents see every day. Here’s a simple process for cleaning a messy kid’s room.

  • Dust surfaces, including window sills and baseboards.
  • Clean hanging and decorative items. (Sorry, we don’t clean toys, but we have tips for this below!)
  • Dust and wipe down all furniture and fixtures.
  • Vacuum the floors and upholstered furniture.
  • Make the bed with fresh linens (but be sure to ask your team about adding this to your cleaning plan).

Kids’ Cleaning Tips: How to Clean Your Room

If you’re a kid or teen reading this, thanks for studying the art of cleaning your room! Knowing how to clean your room the right way will save you time and leave you with a room you’re happy to spend time in. Plus, as you know, it’s easier to focus on your homework if you have a clean space. You can do this. Just follow these steps, and you’ll have the clean room you need, fast:

Put Away Your Clothes

Are there clothes thrown around the room? Hang up the ones you can wear again, and put the dirty ones in the hallway or laundry basket/hamper, so you can take them to the laundry room when you’re done cleaning.

Make Your Bed

If your sheets haven’t been washed in a week or two, take them to the laundry room with your dirty clothes. Once your bed is made, you can use it for organizing your stuff. For example, you can group together all your books or school supplies on the bed so you can put them all away at once.

Take Care of the Clutter

Toys, books, dirty dishes, video game controllers … Put everything where it belongs. If you’re not sure where something goes, make a new permanent spot for it. Put dirty toys in a neat pile so you can clean them later. Toys will never get cleaned if you just keep putting them back where they go, right?

Clean Your Dresser, Desk and Any Other Surface

Put some warm water and a few drops of dish soap in a bucket. Dip a clean cloth in the bucket, and wipe down all the hard surfaces. Or you can use some pre-moistened wipes. Don’t forget to clean your doorknobs, window sills, bookshelves, computer and other surfaces that collect dust. Dry everything with a towel when you’re done.

Clean any glass

Use glass cleaner and a soft cloth or paper towels to clean your bedroom mirror and windows. Newspapers or coffee filters also work great as cloths for clean, streak-free windows and mirrors!

Vacuum the furniture

Are there crumbs in your chair or on your bedspread? Vacuum them off with a brush attachment. Try to do this about once a month.

Clean the floor

Save the floor for last because it can get dirty when you’re moving everything around. First, make sure you pick up any coins or other small things that could accidentally get vacuumed or swept up. If you have carpet, vacuum the entire floor, including under the bed. If you have hardwood floor, vinyl or something else, sweep the entire room with a broom and dustpan. After that, use a mop (or just a towel dipped in your cleaning bucket) to clean the stuck-on dirt.

Now that your room’s clean, you can kick back and relax! Try to clean up a little bit every day. You’ll have less work to do when it’s time to really clean. Things you can do every day are putting away clutter, wiping down your dresser and desk, and hanging up your clothes.

Fun Ways to Clean Your Room


Cleaning is always more fun with the right music. If you’re cleaning with others, have a dance battle while you clean! If you’re by yourself, work on your moves.


Whether you’re throwing away trash or putting clothes in the laundry hamper, why not make a game of basketball out of anything that isn’t breakable.


It’s OK to take breaks after finishing a big task. Use your break time to play a quick video game, get a snack or do some jumping jacks to get your heart pumping. Then get back to cleaning!

Mop Socks

Spray wood or vinyl floors with a cleaning solution, put on a pair of clean, fluffy socks and start sliding! Your socks will clean up the dirt while you have fun. You may want to use a pair of socks that are close to retirement, as they’ll get extremely dirty in the process.

Hidden Gems

Have someone hide a few prizes – like some snacks or a few dollar bills – in the messy room. That way, you (the kiddo) can discover prizes while you clean.