So as you can see (and what you can't see as well), is that my room is a mess. I've got shoes and bags and blankets all over the floor, and my desk and dresser (basically everything that's a flat surface) are covered.
The first actual cleaning I do is to make my bed. This is a pretty large area in my room, so taking care of that first makes a big difference. Plus I also end up picking up all the pillows from around my room.
The next thing to do is clean off your messiest surface. For me, that's usually my desk. It's a magnet for papers, nail polish, and random junk. Start by picking up the the things that definite place. (For example, I have a box specifically for my nail polish. So I put that away first.) Then just clean up everything else. It's alright if you have to leave out a couple of papers (and your water glass!), but just make sure you clear off the majority of your desk!
Now move onto your other surfaces. My dresser and my white desk/cabinet usually don't collect anything other than dust. They are a little cluttered with candles and souvenirs, but that's fine by me. Really all you have to do is dust those sorts of surfaces. The best way to do this is to move things off to the side and then dust the open area, then move them to the other side and dust that open area. I usually like to rearrange all of my knick-knacks after dusting, since I've been moving them around anyway.
|move stuff to the side when you're dusting|
before and afters:
Now if you're anything like me, your floor is a mess. Clothes, blankets, bags, and shoes galore are all over the place. So just clean it up! Really, there's not much to it. Put your shoes in your closet, put your bags wherever they belong, and your blanket shouldn't even be on the floor at this point. You've already made your bed, right?
(before and after)
Mine's at least as clean as it can be what with all my dorm stuff piled in a corner:
1. Empty your trash can at some point! And if you know you're going to be throwing out a lot of stuff, get a different trash bag just for that. That way you won't have an overflowing trash can at the end of your cleaning.
2. To keep your room clean, PUT STUFF BACK WHERE IT BELONGS! I know that you've heard that before, and it sounds really simple, but it's what works. Don't throw your clothes on the floor, put them in the hamper. Put your shoes back in your closet, and don't leave bags sitting around.
3. Again, listen to some music while you clean. It really helps!
This only took me about an hour to do, so you won't be wasting your day just cleaning your room. I hope this was a helpful little guide, and thank your for reading!