Living Room Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring Cleaning The Living Room Printable Routine from This living room spring cleaning checklist will guide you through deep-cleaning every nook, cranny and surface in this important gathering spot. Whether you call it the living room or the family room, or have one of each like we do, something about sofas and lounging attract 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 once a year. Here’s how.

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You will need:

  • A long handled duster (I bought mine from Amazon because it has different attachments for different cleaning jobs.)
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Glass cleaner (or make your own)
  • Furniture polish (or use a homemade mix)
  • A clean broom
  • Three bags or boxes marked “Elsewhere”, “Donate” and “Trash”)
  • A vacuum with upholstery, dusting and crevice attachments

Let the light in:

  • Remove the curtains or drapes. Take them to the laundry room if they’re washable, or to the car if they need a trip to the dry-cleaners.

Start with the small chunks.

  • Pick up any items that belong in other rooms and place them in the “Elsewhere” bag/box. Set aside.
  • Gather knickknacks, books, and other items you no longer want to keep and put them in the “Donate” box/bag. Set aside.
  • Pick up all trash from surfaces as well as from under the sofa and other furniture. Set aside. Toss old magazines, or take them to your recycling bin.

Work top to bottom:

  • Dust the ceiling fan. My long-handled duster has a bristle brush that slips right over the blades, making this easy. If yours doesn’t, use your duster or try slipping a pillow case over the blade and running it back and forth to catch the dust. Either way, 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 with a light spray. Return artwork to walls

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 was before returning it to its place.
  • Return the sofa and chair cushions/pillows.

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 lightbulbs (and run a cloth sprayed lightly with glass cleaner over the bare bulb; just make sure it’s cool first.) Pick up electronics and dust beneath them. Dust their cords, too. (Now is a good time to organize the cords to prevent future dust accumulation.)

Pay extra attention to wood furniture.

Make it shine.

  • Spray and clean the inside of your windows.
  • Clean all other glass surfaces in the room, too.

Now for the vacuuming.

  • Using the dusting attachment for your vacuum, go over the hearth if you have a fireplace in your room.
  • Vacuum all lampshades with the dusting attachment, too.
  • Switch to the crevice attachment and go around the base of your walls, paying extra attention to the corners where dirt accumulates.
  • Vacuum the floor, moving occasional furniture and area rugs as needed.
  • Note: vacuum area rugs, too, then turn them over and vacuum their backs. Return to right-side up and vacuum again. This way you’re removing ground-in dirt.
  • Almost done!

    Now, enjoy your nice clean living and/or family room!

    Printable Living Room Spring Cleaning Routine

    Living Room Spring Cleaning Printable Checklist from

    Equipment I Use To Do This:


    1. Elan Millow says

      My problem is that I am not an organized person and I have trouble knowing where to start and how to follow through. I like the way you laid it all out in steps. I took a very messy room last night, followed the steps in your post–and I couldn’t believe how quickly I had the room looking really good. My husband was impressed. Thank you for a great blog! I visit every day and love your stuff.Best regards!

    2. Lisa W says

      Thank you so much for these amazing lists/charts. I’ve been printing them off and laminating them for myself, husband and 6 & 7 year old boys. I’d LOVE to see this in a chart like the others as well! You were able to make a chart that is soooooo helpful in keeping my sanity and I will have weekly and Spring cleaning together for ease of reference! I hope to train my children the right way on how to clean, so we won’t have to worry about this when they are older. :-) I’ll keep watching for the Living Room/ Family Room flow chart…. Keep up the amazing job!

      • Katie Berry says

        Since you were so incredibly nice, Lisa, I went ahead and put that Living Room Printable Chart up for you. Have a great weekend, and thank you for the kind words!

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