Let’s Clean Up The Living Room
I know that my blog is mainly about cleaning, and how to do it as painlessly and quickly as possible, and yet I have been writing about almost everything else that comes to mind. The reason is quite simple, I believe that in order to clean effectively everyone needs the proper motivation – whether you have been fighting with your special one, the kids have been acting up, your living room hasn’t been redecorated since the Stone Age or whatever else, the last thing on your mind will be to say “Hey, let’s clean up the living room!”, and actually mean it.
Why start with the living room?
Every room in your home has a special, designated purpose:
1. the bedroom – your refugee from the world, your own little boudoir, your sanctuary;
2. the kitchen – the heart and soul of your home, the place where the magic of cooking and dining together happens;
3. the kid’s bedroom – your personal hell – always messy, if you have teenagers – a war zone where the safe passage for parents is strictly forbidden;
4. the living room – place to have fun as a family, to entertain guests, to relax after work/ school, to be a fully functional family.
As you have probably figured out already, by starting with the room where all the family members get together, and “do their own thing”, you will set an example of how you expect to see the rest of the house, too.
How to clean up the living room?
Let’s be honest, no one has the time to give a single room in the dwelling too much attention, therefore quick cleaning is the easiest answer to your problems, as long as you do it at least every couple of days, otherwise it won’t have any effect on the avalanche of clutter. In addition, you need to conduct a deep cleaning or book cleaners at Kensington, so that layers of dust never settle on your shelves, and you are always ready for unexpected guests. After all, no one knows when some friends are going to call that they are just around the corner, and you have less than 15 minutes to get everything ready for their arrival. In such moments, you will be glad that all you need to do is hide the kid’s toys, instead of beginning from scratch.
1. Prepare a Clutter Container
The most common problem with living rooms is the clutter that keeps accumulating no matter what your do. The reason as usual is quite simple, every family member does “his/ her own thing” in there. However, if you start putting everything back to its designated spot, you might spend hours just de-cluttering, so instead prepare a clutter container. When sweeping through the living room just gather everything that is out of place in it, and find the time to distribute it later, or better yet delegate the chore to your kids.
2. Wipe Down Everything
Believe it or not, dust is one of the main reasons your room looks much dirtier than it actually is. If you wipe down all surfaces regularly, it will seem much cleaner to your guests. In case you are pressed for time, you needn’t be very thorough about it, simply give the visible parts of the hard surfaces a quick swipe, and you are done.
Spending a few minutes arranging your belonging will pay off in the long run, as the more organized the living room looks, the higher your guest will think of your housekeeping skills. It is not hard, too.
4. Vacuum Clean or Sweep
A quick vacuum cleaning of the living room shouldn’t be focused on lifting the carpet to clean underneath it or getting the dust out from under your sofa. You ought to focus on the noticeable areas, and making it as least seem clean. A more thorough vacuum cleaning should be conducted at least once a week, though.