Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Cleaning: Week Two

This past week I did the Dining Room and Entryway. Here is the list my group of friends and I are using. I think it's pretty straightforward, nothing too fancy :)

*one way to deal with clutter as you clean through each room is to toss everything that doesn't belong there into a laundry basket. When the cleaning is all done you can take the laundry basket out and put everything back where it actually belongs.
Dining Room
  1. Clear off dining room table.
  2. Wipe down table and chairs with a damp cloth.
  3. If you have any shelves/cabinet/hutch in the room: Go shelf by shelf and take everything off, wiping it with a damp cloth or Pledge/Cleaner as you go, and set it all on the floor. Dust each shelf or flat surface. Replace everything, taking note of whether you still like that object there or if there's maybe a better place for it.
  4. Wipe down baseboards and any spots on walls with a damp cloth or Magic Eraser
  5. Wash windows
  6. Dust/Clean light fixtures and fans, replacing any burnt out bulbs. Some may need to be unscrewed and taken down to clean but others can be cleaned while in place.
  7. If you have hard floors sweep and mop
  8. If you have carpet clean any spots in the carpet, then sprinkly a little baking soda and vacuum to freshen them.
Entryway & Coat Closet
  1. Clear off any horizontal surfaces (shelves, tables, etc), taking everything off and wiping it with a damp cloth and set i tall on the floor. Dust each flat surface. Replace everything, taking note of whether you still like that object there or if there's maybe a better place for it.
  2. Wash windows
  3. Wipe down baseboards and any spots on walls with a damp cloth or Magic Eraser
  4. For the coat closet or any area where coats and shoes are left: take all the coats/shoes/scarves, etc. out and put away any that are no longer necessary. Think about whether there's a better way to store items. Could scarves be hung on hooks on the door? Does everyone need 5 pairs of shoes or would keeping 1-2 of the most commonly used suffice and the rest could go in their rooms? Same with coats, is 1 coat sufficient?
  5. With the closet/coat area empty wipe down shelves, baseboards, and shoe racks.
  6. Vacuum or sweep/mop the floor in the entire entryway/coat closet area.
*Dining Room Messy*

(note the computer desk and all the clutter on it)

*Dining Room Clean*

(ugly desk gone, $6 thermal curtains from Target clearance up, and highchair moved to the other side of the room to allow a better walkway through the dining room to the kitchen)

*Front Room Messy*

*Front Room Clean*


(sorry this came out so dark, that's the issue with these great windows that let in so much sun. The big organizational changes I made beyond just cleaning include the addition of the desk and moving the craft bins to the lower bookshelf and putting just a pretty scrapbook box on the top of the shelf for some miscellaneous craft supplies)

*Entryway Messy*


*Entryway Clean*

(the heavy winter items are stored away for next year and I made sure we each had just a few pairs of shoes. I also added a little rug underneath to protect the floors. I found it on sale at Bed, Bath, and Beyond)

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