Here are my five steps to cleaning a room:
1. Let there be light and fresh air. Start by opening up all of the windows in the room to get the stale toxic air out. Most carpets, paint, and furniture (if they're not eco-friendly, organic, natural, or non-toxic products) emit toxins because of the chemicals they're made from. So inside air is always not the greatest, especially during the cold months when no fresh air is let into the home. Opening up the windows will not only let new clean air cycle in, but it will also help breathing conditions if dirt and dust are stirred up while cleaning.
2. Let go of the clutter. Everything should have a place in the room. Surfaces like tables and chairs should be free of stuff so that they can be used. Sometimes it's not always easy to part with things, but it's always for the best. If there's doubt, put the object in a box and store it away for a few months. If you don't need to retrieve it from the box within a set time, then it's time to give it away. Don't throw things away either. That's extremely wasteful and harmful to the environment. There's always a reason to give and always someone in need. Sell it online, have a yard sale, or donate it to charity. In the future be conscious of the things that are brought into the room or purchased. Being happy with less will truly set a person free.
3. Dry dust first. I'm particular about the way that I clean, and don't like streaks one bit. To achieve the perfect surface, use a rag (I recycle mine out of old clothing), and dry dust the dirty area first. Do the tallest things first because some dust will fall as one works their way down. That way we don't waste a lot of time. I find that most surfaces can be cleaned this way and don't need addiction washing. It will keep the surface streak free, save money on cleaning supplies, prevent unnecessary wear, and save time that we would have otherwise had to have spent buffing away wet marks.
4. Wet Washing. If there's a surface or object that isn't coming clean with dry dusting, then it's time for wet washing. I find that walls or mirrors sometimes need a little more attention. So with a natural cleaner, I like to use a mixture of water and vinegar, lightly mist the area and use the arms to buff the spots away. Then with a dry rag go over the area until there are no streaks. This will take time, so put on some awesome music and have fun with it. It's great for the upper body as well. I like to switch arms to give both of them an adequate workout, and just like the dry dusting, always work top to bottom.
5. Finish of with vacuuming and fabric freshening. Vacuuming is key and it will get all of the remaining dust that might have fallen or accumulated. Don't forget to get underneath furniture, computers, in closets, on shelves, decor, and lastly, the floor. Like always, work highest to lowest as to not have to repeat any needless work. Then after the entire room is clean, finish off with a lovely natural misting spray. I like using a mixture of essential oils and water to spray soft surfaces to freshen and give them a light pleasant aroma. Also, consider buying a house plant to help clean up the air as well. They do an excellent job of providing fresh oxygen for indoor areas, and they last longer than cut flowers as well.
I find that it's always best to focus one's attention on one room or one task at a time. Have fun with it, and marvel in the beautiful space that you've created when you're finished. It always feels so good, and is truly rewarding after the job is done.
Cheers and happy cleaning.