Spring cleaning is a simply a more through version of the cleaning you do on a daily basis, but if done right, it can leave your living room looking fresh and new. Most of these tasks simply involve an additional time commitment beyond that of your regular cleaning routine, and the payoff is bound to be worth the effort.
A dusty room looks dirty, so this is often the first step in a spring cleaning routine for your living room. If you have a ceiling fan, make sure you dust the fan and blades. Remove all light fixtures and gently hand wash them. Dust your mini blinds and clean your curtains according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
After you’ve finished dusting, examine your furniture carefully. Tighten any loose screws on chair or table legs. Fill in small nicks in wooden furniture using a repair kit purchased from your local hardware or home improvement store. Use an upholstery spot cleaner to remove any stains, testing the cleaner in a small area first to make sure it won’t damage the fabric. Use your vacuum’s hose attachment to clean out crumbs, dirt, and debris from the crevices of the cushions.
Shampooing your carpets or waxing your floors is an important part of the spring cleaning process for your living room. This can be time consuming, however, so it’s best to save this task for a day when you’ll be free from interruptions such as your children wanting to play in the room while the carpet is still wet.
Many families have collections of books, music, movies, and games stored in the living room. Take the time to sort through these collections. Make sure titles are alphabetized and that all discs and game pieces are stored in the correct locations. If there are items you no longer want, take them to a thrift shop or sell them online.
If clutter in your living room continues to be a problem, purchase baskets or covered storage ottomans to provide a place to keep children’s toys, magazines, and other miscellaneous items. At the end of each day, assign a family member to return everything to the proper location.