Big Spring Clean: Living Room

Big Spring Clean: Living Room

It’s a time for renewal and rejuvenation. It’s also an opportunity to take stock of household chores that have lapsed during the past months. In the living room, you’re looking at dusty shelves and stacks of old mail. How do you make it neat and tidy?

Get into the spirit of the task and determine right away where the problem areas are. Once you do that, it won’t seem so overwhelming. Here are helpful techniques to clean out your living room:

All in one sweep
Remove everything from the room that doesn’t belong and place it in a staging area, like another room or hallway. Without a lot of stuff in the way, dusting, vacuuming and polishing the furniture or floors is much easier, too. After thoroughly cleaning the room of dust, debris and stains, sort through everything in the staging area. Keep what you need and use, and throw away the rest. Do this process quickly so you aren’t living in clutter in another part of the house.

Too much paper
We all tend to keep too much paper, with stacks of newspapers, magazines, mail, and bills lying around. Here’s how to go about it:

  • Decide what’s important to keep and throw away the rest. Shred old bills or receipts. File important papers away.
  • Digitally scan documents to take up less space. Keep files on your computer, on disks or in the cloud.

Overflowing bookshelves
Books are another source of untidiness. They take up lots of space and are magnets for dust. To tame your bookshelves:

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  • Keep books you love and ones that reflect your likes.
  • Keep art books and valuable hardback editions.
  • Get rid of paperback books and any book that is not in reasonable condition.
  • Books can be donated to libraries and sold at second-hand stores and yard sales.

Trinkets, Art Objects and Memorabilia
People cling to the oddest objects because it retains a memory, fearing that if they get rid of the object, they’ll lose the memory. If your house is brimming with too many trinkets that fall into this category, follow these tips:

  • If the object does not conjure a happy memory, trash it!
  • Consider the condition. If the object is falling apart, it doesn’t need to be taking up space on your mantle. But if you want to keep the memory alive, take a photo of the object. You can then look at it later and happily reminisce.

Way to go with containers
Use containers to keep things in one place instead of spread out. Here’s how:

  • Baskets and tubs are super handy for controlling toys, magazines, newspapers, and mail. They can be kept out of the way under tables and on shelves.
  • Hooks and coat racks positioned near the front door keep coats and sweaters from piling up on the furniture.
  • Place a small bowl or basket on a side table by the door for keys and mail. If the container is holding paper, sort through it weekly to keep the piles at bay.

Take advantage of the season to lighten and brighten your home with good cleaning. With a few techniques to keep your belongings organized, you will help make the task so much simpler for next year.

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