Spring has sprung. Now it’s time to work on the spring cleaning projects around the house that you’ve been putting off all winter. There are certain cleaning tasks that are universal throughout the house. These tasks include washing down walls and ceilings, cleaning windows and screens, shampooing and vacuuming rugs and changing smoke alarm batteries. From there, each individual room in a spring cleaning project will bring its own challenges and rewards.
Throughout the spring, ezStorage is going to help with these yearly tasks by providing room-by-room spring cleaning tips. To kick things off, we are going to start with the living room. The living room is the most commonly used room in the house and it can get cluttered very easily. While you might clean the living room on a daily or weekly basis, there are still some items that get neglected and should be cleaned more thoroughly.
How to Spring Clean the Living Room
Create a spring cleaning checklist with your goals and strategy for your project. Split up the tasks by category, such as “by closets” or “furniture”. Volunteer family members to help get each room done quicker. Below are great tips on how to begin your yearly spring cleaning projects by cleaning your living room quickly and effectively:
- Deep clean your living room furniture: Check the furniture’s label for any specific instructions before you start cleaning. Remove the cushions, take them outside, and beat them with a broom to remove dust and dirt. Wipe down with a dry cleaning sponge to remove any excess dirt and oil. Vacuum the inside of the couch with attachments to remove crumbs, hair and dust in the crevices of the couch. Dust the feet of the couch. If you have a slip cover on your couch, remove it at least twice a year and have it dry-cleaned or washed. Don’t forget to pre-treat any stains.
- Spring Wash: Wash pillows, throws and other washable accessories. For a fresh look, replace winter-colored accessories with brighter, spring and summer colors.
- Move furniture: Move the couches and chairs away from the wall and vacuum under and behind while making sure to dust along the baseboards and in the corners.
- Declutter the room as you go: Put items that shouldn’t be in the living room back to their original locations. If you no longer have a need for items, set them in a box to be sold or donated. If you need to keep some of the belongings for future use, box them up for storage.
- Dust everything: Dust the ceiling, wall corners and vents. Dust all wood surfaces including book shelves, accent tables and entertainment centers. Make sure to remove the books and knickknacks and dust them individually before putting them back on the shelf. Pick up electronic equipment and dust underneath them. Clean ceiling fans with a long-handled duster or put a pillow case over a broom to dust.
- Clean the carpets and rugs: Steam clean and spot treat the carpets if they are lightly soiled. You can do this on your own by renting a steam cleaning machine. If the task is too big, call in the carpet cleaning professionals. Move area rugs and vacuum the floor underneath them.
- Window Cleaning: Take down draperies, curtains and blinds to wash or have cleaned according to manufacturer’s directions. Some window treatments can be machine-washed and others will need to be dry-cleaned. Wash the inside of the windows.
- Shine a Little Light: Vacuum dust off of lampshades and wipe down with a dry cleaning sponge. When a lamp is turned off, wipe the lightbulb with a cloth sprayed with glass cleaner.
- Don’t neglect artwork: Dust and clean artwork and photographs. Do not spray cleaners directly on the frame or the art. The liquid can seep behind the glass and damage the picture. Instead, lightly wet a clean cloth to wipe the frame and glass.
- Fireplace check-up: Have a chimney? Hire a chimney sweep to clean the chimney and remove creosote build-up every spring.
Living Room Storage Ideas
Living room organization projects are usually an on-going process. At least once a year, update the look of the room by adding new living room storage ideas such as shelving, baskets or bins. Once you have finished your living room cleaning projects, make sure to remove the items that you no longer need from the room as soon as possible. ezStorage has moving and packing supplies that will help you during any spring cleaning project. If you need a place to store additional items that no longer fit inside the living room or, for that matter, any room, then renting a self-storage unit is a great household storage solution.