I get husband to pull all the furniture out from the wall and I wash down the walls from ceiling to floors and baseboards. Personally I only use latex semi-gloss or latex gloss paint or wallpaper. Flat paint catches and holds dust and grime. If you use flat paint, grass wallpaper or other flat, fabric or textured wall covering then you might need to vacuum the walls thoroughly. This will help with the dust but it won't clean the grease, smoke or grime that walls naturally collect. If you have wooden panelling then use a dust mop with furniture polish. Check the walls for cobwebs or dust ladders. Check for fingerprints. Can your walls get away with just a brushing or vacuuming, or do they need to be washed? No cheating here. I wash all the doors, window sills, door frames, closet doors, etc. I dust the backs of the furniture and vacuum and mop before I get my dear husband to push furniture back to their places. This is a good time to re-arrange furniture if you want.
Special bras can also be removed from your dresser and put into a box to be put into the closet. Be sure to label the boxes, so you won't have to search for anything. If you have one for a specific outfit, then try, hanging the bra with the appropriate outfit.
Hosiery: Let's discuss panty hose first. If you have special hose for outfits then hang them from the hanger in a baggy or tuck into the matching purse. Everyday hose is stored in their own little containers, too. You use a box and then cut off the bottoms of one liter drink bottles to about 3 inches high and roll clean hose and store the hose in the little containers. How many pairs of hose do you need to keep around? Probably not more than 6 pairs at a time.
Socks: I know that some people roll them, others fold them side to side. I'm going to describe another way to fold them so they are always neat in your drawer and easy to slip on. Stay with me here. Take one sock. Do not fold it sideways like they come. Open up the toe and flatten out the sock so that you are seeing only the front side (as if it were on your foot). Turn the sock over and take the heel portion and flip it out and fold it down towards the toe. Do the same with the second sock but flip the heel portion toward the top of the sock. Now place the socks together back to back. You've eliminated the heel bulk. Fold the socks together back to back in half. You should now have one nice little package. Fold the next pair of socks the same way, but place on top of the first folded pair in the opposite direction. Measure the average size of your folded socks and make containers for storage for your drawer. Sort by color. I have white, khaki, dark blue, brown and black. I try to buy a bunch all at the same time and the same brand so that I have less trouble sorting when folding clean clothes.
Remember, ask yourself if you really need these items? How many do you realistically need to keep? Do you really like to wear it? Would someone else like it better? Is it too worn to keep?
Everything should now be back in your dresser. That leaves your dresser top. Remember that everything you leave on your dresser has to be handled to be cleaned. Try to pare down the amount of accessories on your dresser.
His underwear can be stored like yours. Men's underwear is so much easier to buy than women's. I buy him new underwear a couple of times a year and I buy enough to completely replace all his old. I try to keep 12-14 prs for him as he showers twice a day so needs 2 clean prs underwear per day. Then I go through and throw out any that are showing wear in the elastic or have holes.
Does he collect ball caps? Run clothesline across the top of his closet along the walls and used clothes pins to attach the hats. Now they are out of the way but he's happy because he can see them. It's a man thing, I guess. Or toss in a plastic box in his closet. His handkerchiefs can be stored in a divider box, his cuff links in another, tie tacks in another. I have a small wooden jewelry box for his watches and rings. You can store his ties in a special box so they can lay flat (silk ties lose their shape if hung). His magazines are stored in magazine holders by category.
Be sure to clean all accessories in your bedroom, including knick knacks, lamps, wastebaskets, wall hangings, crosses, photographs, vases, etc.
The Finishing Touches
OK, so how is your room looking? Is there a place to set a candle warmer? Candles can live a black smoke film on everything so it's best to use a candle warmer. Perhaps a flower? Do you have room for a comfortable chair and lamp?
Put on your fresh mattress cover and put on your fresh sheets. Take your pillows which have been airing and put them in their cases. Make up the bed.
Re-hang any curtains, blinds, or swags. Now, how about a spritz of perfume on turned-off light bulbs? There should be absolutely no clutter any place in your room.
Need a handy nightstand in a hurry? Purchase a large trash can, put out of season clothes in it, put the lid on upside down and cover with a plywood round, a cloth and then a piece of glass. Double duty tables always help.
Keeping the Room Special
Well, my friends, if you're brave you can start on the other bedrooms in your home.