Cleaning the Living Areas

What's the Homemaking September ShapeUp! all about?

Family Room

Monday we cleaned the kitchen, Tuesday we cleaned the dining room and entrances, today we're going to clean the living areas (living room, family room, den, rec room, whatever you choose to call it) in our home. Again, we will take the bins and trash bag with us, since it's been a week. However, the focus is cleaning this week, with a focus on deep cleaning. I'll also share my quick clean lists. Don't dwell on just 1 item, don't get sidetracked. We are not organizing this week, we'll do that next week.

The living areas list is basically the same as the dining room and entrances, but it would be way too much to do it all in one day. So, this will all look familiar.

Grab the cleaning supplies. This is the deep cleaning list that I do, feel free to modify it to suit your home. This keeps me on track and makes sure I don't miss anything. I only do a deep clean twice a year, usually I do the quick clean. Other steps in the deep clean area are done as needed.

My Deep Clean List:
Put away everything that stays in the room
Clear furniture surfaces, and put items for other rooms in the put away bin.
Put all the linens and table clothes in the laundry basket.
Wipe down light fixtures.
Spray down all non-wood hard finishes, and wipe down.
Wash windows, glass and mirror surfaces.
With a new cloth wipe down all wood surfaces with wood cleaner/conditioner.
Wipe down the walls, outlets, doorknobs and light switches.
For furniture and entertainment center:
(For electronics, to be safe, you should unplug them before moving them.)
Wipe down all the shelves.
One drawer at a time, pull items out, wipe down drawer, put everything back.
Open cabinets and wipe down the shelves.
Wipe down all decorative items.
Pay special attention to books, they generate a lot of dust, and the accumulation of dust on them can degrade them faster if they are quite old.
Vacuum all the soft furniture.
Move all furniture out of the way.
Vacuum the floors and around the edges.
If you have hard floor surfaces, wash them.
Move your furniture back in place.

My Quick Clean List:
Put away clutter.
Wipe down electronic components.
Wipe down hard surfaces.
Fluff soft surfaces.
Wipe down doorknobs and light switches.
Clean glass and mirror surfaces.
Clean floors.

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