Cleaning the Extra Rooms

What's the Homemaking September ShapeUp! all about?


Monday we cleaned the kitchen, Tuesday we cleaned the dining room and entrances, Wednesday we cleaned the living areas, yesterday we cleaned the bedrooms, today we're going to clean the extra rooms in the house; office, craft room, studio, sewing room, exercise room, guest room, whatever the spare rooms are used for.

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 extra rooms list is basically the same as the living areas, but a lot of it is going to depend on how you use them. My extra room is my library/office and an exercise area.

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 any linens 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, shelves, and armoires:
(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.
Wipe down exercise equipment with anti-bacterial cleaner, pay special attention to foot surfaces and where your hands grip.
Vacuum all the soft furniture.
Move all furniture out of the way.
Wipe down the walls and hanging rods in the closet. Like books, fabrics generate a lot of dust and may need special attention.
Vacuum the floors and around the edges.
If you have hard floor surfaces, wash them.
Move your furniture back in place.

Again, for kids rooms, don't forget their desks and toy boxes. I know, I know, who could forget.

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

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