Here’s a free printable weekly cleaning checklist for living rooms for those of you who’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get the house clean and organized. According to my InBox, that’s quite a few of you!
So imagine my surprise to discover that, while I’ve posted a number of printable cleaning checklists, I’d somehow forgotten to post a weekly cleaning checklist for one of the most frequently used rooms in the home: the living room! Time to fix that.
What do YOU call this room?
What to call the room seems to be a matter of debate. According to Wikipedia, it depends on who gets to use the room in question and what kind of stuff occupies the room.
In my house, the front door opens onto a large sitting room. When we moved in, I dubbed this the living room, put our best furniture in there, and pronounced it off limits to my son. Then I decorated it with my favorite knickknacks, hung our best art, and arranged the furniture to create a cozy place to entertain guests or read by myself in the evening. Naturally, it’s now my son’s favorite place to play.
Meanwhile, we have a family room in the basement where the furniture is all pointed at the ridiculously large television my husband insisted on. The game closet is down there, because I foolishly thought we’d use that room for playing. All of the furniture is kid- and pet-friendly, and yet even my pets prefer the living room.
So I use this weekly cleaning checklist on both, and you’re welcome to do so as well.
Cleaning Checklist for Living Room
Update Jan. 2016: There’s a NEW and IMPROVED printable cleaning checklist at the bottom of this entry!
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Equipment You’ll Need:
- Cleaning cloths
- Glass cleaner
- Furniture polish
- Two bags or boxes
- A vacuum with dusting, crevice and upholstery attachments
- Homemade air freshener
1. Straighten up
Hopefully, you’ve been doing your daily cleaning routine and the room’s in fairly good shape. If not, don’t panic — it’ll just take longer.
- Let the light in by opening all of the curtains. Give them a good shake to dislodge dust. If you have blinds, dust them before opening them.
- Pick up the trash and put it in one of the bags or boxes. Set it aside.
- Gather the clutter that belongs elsewhere and put it in the second bag, then set it aside, too.
- Neatly store whatever stays. Put all CDs, DVDs, toys, games and other regularly-used items that belong in the room into their respective storage locations. (I use this ottoman that doubles as storage and extra seating.)
2. Hard surfaces
- Get dusting. Lightly dampen a microfiber cloth for dusting. If there’s a TV in the room, clean the screen properly. Now, work the room from left to right, top to bottom and dust the window casings, furniture, and knickknacks. Pick up items as you dust; don’t just dust around them. Be sure to get lamps, including their bulbs.
- Polish furniture. Use a separate, lint-free cloth.
- Make glass shine. Grab an unused cleaning cloth and your glass polish. Again, work the room left to right, top to bottom, and polish all glass surfaces: table tops, picture fronts, glass knickknacks, fireplace doors, even interior windows. Note: when your cloth gets damp from glass cleaner, change to a dry cloth to prevent streaks.
- Do smudge patrol by cleaning the light switches, door knobs and door jambs.
3. Soft furnishings
- Vacuum soft furniture using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to get up crumbs and other strange things that accumulate under seating cushions. Next, vacuum the back, sides and fronts of your sofa and chairs.
- Vacuum around the base of walls and heavy furniture using the crevice attachment.
- Vacuum lampshades and throw rugs using the dusting attachment.
- Now vacuum the floor using the regular vacuum head. Move footstools, ottomans, and floor lamps as you work and vacuum beneath them, too. (Yes, dust actually accumulates around the base of these things and builds up.)
- Spray the room with air freshener if you’re using it.
- Put away your cleaning supplies and vacuum.
- Throw away the box of trash you’d gathered.
- Return other items from the box of clutter that belongs elsewhere to their appropriate locations.
Now that you know the steps involved, here’s the printable cleaning checklist that pulls it all together. I hung ours inside the door of the game closet so I don’t have to reprint it every week and always know where it is.
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Printable Weekly Cleaning Checklist for the Living Room/Family Room