This living room spring cleaning checklist will guide you through deep-cleaning every surface in this important gathering spot. Whether you call it the living room or the family room (or have one of each) these gathering rooms attract a lot of clutter, dust and dirt.
Although a daily cleaning routine can keep these areas looking nice, it’s good to give them a thorough going-over at least once a year. Here’s how.
Living Room Spring Cleaning Checklist
It’s a good idea to review the steps below so you’re familiar with what’s involved. Then print the checklist and get cleaning!
You will need:
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- A long handled duster
- Microfiber cloths
- Glass cleaner
- Furniture polish
- A clean broom
- Three bags or boxes marked “Elsewhere”, “Donate” and “Trash”
- A good vacuum with upholstery, dusting and crevice attachments
1. Let the light in: Remove the curtains or drapes. Take them to the laundry room if they’re washable and launder them, or to the car if they need a trip to the dry-cleaners.
2. Start with the small things.
• Pick up items that belong in other rooms and place them in the “Elsewhere” bag/box. Set aside.
• Next, gather knickknacks, books, and other items you no longer want to keep and put them in the “Donate” box/bag. Set aside.
• Finally, pick up all trash from surfaces and under furniture. Set aside. This includes old magazines and newspapers!
3. Work top to bottom:
• Dust the ceiling fan. Use the long-handled duster to do this, or try slipping a pillow case over the blade and running it back and forth to catch the dust. Shake the dust outside.
• Remove artwork from the walls.
• Dust, in order: the ceiling, corners, top of window frames, walls, window casings and sills, then baseboards.
• Using a clean cloth, dust the artwork. Polish glass picture fronts. Return artwork to walls.
4. Move on to soft furniture:
• Remove pillows and cushions from the sofa. Take them outside and give them a good beating with a clean broom. Let them air out while you return to work inside.
• Pull the furniture out from the wall. (Get help if you need it!) Dust the wall behind the furniture, including the baseboard.
• Using the vacuum’s upholstery attachment, vacuum the sofa and chairs. Be sure to get the back as well as the sides. Use the crevice attachment to get into any nooks and crannies, then run the vacuum on the floor where the chair/sofa sat before returning the furniture to its place.
• Vacuum the sofa and chair cushions/pillows and return them to place.
5. Dust everything. Starting at the door and working to your left, remove every item from horizontal surfaces then start dusting everything.
• Dust fronts, backs, sides of tables.
• Dust knickknacks before returning them to their place.
• Remove lampshades and dust them. Dust light bulbs and run a cloth sprayed lightly with homemade glass cleaner over the bare bulb — just make sure it’s cool first.
• Pick up electronics and dust beneath them. Dust their cords, too.
7. Make it shine.
• Polish the wood using a homemade furniture spray.
• Clean the inside of your windows.
• Clean all other glass surfaces in the room, too.
8. Now for the vacuuming.
• Using the dust attachment to vacuum the fireplace.
• Vacuum all lampshades with the dusting attachment, too.
• Use the crevice attachment at the base of walls and heavy furniture.
• Vacuum the floor, moving occasional furniture and area rugs as needed. (See: How to vacuum properly.) Vacuum area rugs, too, then turn them over and vacuum their backs to remove ground-in dirt.
• Return the curtains to the shiny, clean windows.
• Straighten any remaining magazines, books, etc.
• Take donation items to your to drop off at your favorite charity. (Get a receipt for your tax deduction!)
• Put away items that belong in other rooms.
• Throw away the trash.
Now, enjoy your nice clean living and/or family room!