How to Clean a Cluttered Spare Room

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a larger home, then odds are you have some spaces that aren't utilised all the time. For example, an extra bedroom might be used as a spare room, which easily doubles as a guest room. However, it is easy to let that spare room get cluttered with household and seasonal items. If you've been using your spare room as a storage room or if it's just got cluttered over time, taking time to clean it up will prepare the room for out-of-town guests and make it functional again. Once it's cleaned up, you might even consider utilising it more, such as creating a home office or sitting room.

Remove any items that you do not plan to keep in the room. If you want to make the room into a guest room or home office, remove items that you're storing in the room, such as holiday decorations or seasonal clothes, and put them somewhere else in your home, such as your attic or garage.

Sort the items left in your spare room. Make three piles: one for trash, one for charity donations and one for the items you plan to keep in the room. Throw out the trash and place unwanted usable items in boxes to donate to charity.

Categorise the items left in your spare room. For example, you might have one pile for clothing and one for household items.

Place decorative storage items in the room if you still want to use it as storage. These can include dressers, trunks or plastic storage bins. Place the items you're keeping in the room inside the various storage containers by category.

Store large items underneath a bed, if you keep one in your spare room. You can also slide low storage bins underneath the bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Storage containers
  • Boxes
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