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Easy Steps for Cleaning the Family Room

Day 3 of Superior Habitat’s Fall Housekeeping Guide

I don’t have children, so I can’t commiserate with toys, crayons, and blankies cluttering up the Family Room. However I do have the world’s most spoiled dog ever, so I can relate to the cages, dog toys (which last about 2 days before their insides are ripped to shred and there is fluff all over the rug), bones, chewy things and worst of all: dog hair.

Family Rooms (any main living space for lack of a better term) are heavily used, both for the everyday TV watching and book reading, but for company as well. Keeping this room clean is vital for last minute entertaining or visits by the in-laws (although lighting a scented candle and dimming the lights can work in a pinch!). Remember these cleaning ideas will eventually come so naturally so it won’t seem so forced and monotonous.

If You Have 15 Minutes:

Clear the clutter. Tour the room with a laundry basket in tow, picking up any out-of-place items for redistribution later. The 15 Minute Rule is all about this. I love the idea of baskets with lids for children’s toys and blanket storage. The look great as end tables or on display and hide a wealth of clutter under a tidy lid. My coffee table is made of 6 shelves that each holds their own basket for odds and ends like remotes, DVD’s and decks of cards…

Speed-dust at eye-level. Pledge wipes are perfect for this and the package is so small that you can keep them in the actual Family Room. These are great for pet hair on the tables (hey, it happens). Mrs. Meyers brand has eco-friendly versions.

Fluff pillows and fold throws. These small adjustments result in a big visual impact.

If You Have 30 Minutes, Add the Following:

Vacuum or dry-mop the floor. Dirt can cut carpet fibers and damage wood floors. I vacuum at least twice a week because of all the pet hair. You just have to do it and really – it doesn’t take that long.

If You Have 1 Hour, Add the Following:

Tackle upholstery and window treatments. Use the vacuum’s brush attachment to get dust off sofas and chairs. Clean under and behind cushions, then flip them to distribute wear evenly. Close the curtains and use a vacuum attachment to clean. For blinds, wipe each slat with a damp microfiber cloth. Ms. Superiority’s helpful hints: Steam cleaning can be done with your iron – run an iron over the fabric of a couch that has been lightly spritzed with water or linen spray for a fresher smell. This takes no time at all (works great on mattresses as well – and kills anything that might be harboring – good after someone has been ill!)

If You Have Half a Day, Add the Following:

Wash the windows. To minimize streaking, use a glass cleaner and a lint-free material, such as a cloth diaper or an old T-shirt.

Spot-clean the walls. Remove crumbs from inside cabinets with a vacuum attachment or a damp cloth.

Combat hidden dirt and dusts. Get behind, underneath, and on top of tall furniture with a long-handled duster. Roll back rugs and clean the floor below.

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