Bedroom spring clean ideas – 5 tips to refresh and restore your space

How to revive your bedroom in just five simple steps

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Our bedrooms are spaces where we relax, unwind, and get that all-important rest. So, it goes without saying that they should be given some TLC as part of your spring cleaning checklist.  

From washing bedding to decorating with flowers, there are plenty of ways to refresh your bedroom this springtime, and some simple cleaning tips are a great place to start.  

Below, Emily and Jonathan Attwood, Founders of Scooms, offer their top tips on how to make sure your bedroom stays looking its best.

How to spring clean a bedroom

Your bedroom should be a relaxing space to unwind from the day's stresses and get the best night's sleep possible. There are some key things you can do to ensure this is always the case:

1. Clear the clutter

An example of green bedroom ideas showing a white-painted bedroom with green furnishings including printed blinds and an upholstered footstool

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As life keeps us busy, it's easy for our bedroom to become cluttered with clothes, books, tech, and other personal belongings. It's easy to cover a sideboard, bedside or dressing table with bits and bobs – a face cream, make-up and toiletries, books and more. Before you know it, you are surrounded by clutter that makes the room feel busy and is not conducive to a relaxing bedroom environment.

Take a moment to declutter your bedroom. Clear surrounding surfaces and your floor, and use this time to have a clear-out – get rid of any old clothes, toiletries, and unwanted items. Make sure you have ample bedroom storage for the items you want to keep, and neatly store them away while keeping them easy to access. The simple act of clearing and decluttering will instantly lighten the room and evoke a sense of calm.

2. Opt for natural bedding

We spend a third of our lives sleeping, so it's important to invest in the best mattress and best bedding that not only looks good but feels good too. 

To get the most from your sleep, opt for natural materials that are allergen-resistant. Natural materials are also better for the environment and offer many benefits to humans. A Hungarian goose down duvet, for example, provides the ideal warmth, the right weight, and just enough drape to contour your body. Simple items like these can simplify your life and detox your space in an instant.

3. Embrace nature

Bring the outside in by decorating with plants and fresh flowers. Many houseplants have air-purifying properties, so introducing them into the bedroom will not only bring in a touch of greenery but also help improve air quality indoors.

Fresh flowers on a bedside table are beautiful to wake up to and can bring with them a calming natural fragrance. Similarly, bed linen in botanical prints, shades of green, and earthy tones all help to create a relaxing atmosphere, while textures such as linen and wool add a cozy feel.

4. Wash your bedding

A sage green bedroom with a hanging botanical tapestry

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When it comes to spring cleaning your bed, there are some key things you can do to keep everything in top shape:

  • Wash your pillows and duvet at 40 degrees every 6-12 months using a non-bio (enzyme-free) detergent, using about a third of the usual amount.
  • With your bed linen, you should wash your first wash at 40 degrees, then once a week at 30 degrees to go greener.
  • Ensure your pillows, duvet and bed linen are dried thoroughly – tumble dry if necessary and remember they take longer to try than clothes. You may need to take your duvet to the launderette if you don't have a large-capacity machine.
  • With your bed linen, opt for a low heat setting in the tumble drier or air dry in the sunshine to keep your whites bright. Iron on a high-steam setting while damp for minimal creases.
  • Remember to use wool dryer balls when drying your bedding. They'll help dry your bedding more quickly and efficiently by creating gaps to allow more air to circulate around your laundry. They also agitate the fibers in your bed sheets, making them feel softer and cozier.
  • Replace your pillows every 1 to 2 years for peak support and your duvet every five years to ensure you get the best sleep. The more you love your bedding, the more it will love you.
  • With bed linen, you can replace cotton sheets every five years and Egyptian cotton sheets every seven years. With good care, you can ensure your bed linen stays at its best for many years.
  • Make sure it's always easy to find a matching set of washed and ironed bed linen; store your bed linen sets together by folding them neatly after ironing, storing the whole set inside one of the pillowcases.

5. Throw the windows open

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It's important to open your bedroom windows periodically throughout springtime. Not only does this help to circulate air and flush out pollutants, but it can also reduce indoor humidity and prevent mold growth. 

Moreover, fresh, cooler air promotes better sleep, while increasing natural light in your bedroom during the day can boost your mood and regulate circadian rhythms.  

Spring cleaning is a great way to refresh your home for springtime, so why stop with the bedroom? Set yourself up for a successful spring cleaning session by listing all the areas in your home that would benefit from a quick clean, and take your time to tick them off your list over the next few weeks. We guarantee you and your home will feel better for it. 

Gabriella Dyson
Head of Solved

Gabriella is Head of Solved at Homes & Gardens. She is a DIY enthusiast and a lover of all things interior design, often found antiquing or browsing the aisles of her local hardware store. 

She has a particular passion for historic buildings and is in the process of renovating a Victorian coachhouse in the British countryside. 

For much of the past decade, Gabriella has worked as a freelance writer, crafting copy for national publications and renowned homeware brands. Most recently, she worked on Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine, focusing on case studies for the magazine and website, as well as writing features about issues surrounding historic and listed building projects.

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