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Having a hard time with spring cleaning motivation? Or looking for a solid place to start? Try these 21 easy-to-do spring cleaning living room chores that you can finish in 5 minutes or less. And whatever you can’t finish can be turned into another challenge and tailored to fit into your busy schedule.
We give tips, how-to directions, and plenty of insight about certain habits you can use to make cleaning easier, whether for spring cleaning and year-round.
In this post…
- What to Do
- What You’ll Need
- Tips to Get You Started and Motivated
- 5-minute Spring Cleaning Living Room Tasks
What to Do:
- Pick at least one of these 21 living room spring cleaning chores and try to complete it in 5 minutes.
- Plan accordingly, having a good idea of what you’ll be working on and how you plan to go about it.
- Prep the area with whatever cleaning products or other items you might need, including a donation box or step ladder if necessary.
- Set a timer for five minutes or however long you wish to spring clean the living room.
- Try to clean without stopping or getting distracted until your time is up.
- Clean as quickly as you can to help meet your time.
- Allow enough time to clean up when you’re finished, or go for another 5 minutes or longer if you wish to.
- Treat it as a game and have fun!
- Whatever you don’t get to complete can be moved to later in the day or week.
- If you set the timer for longer than 5 minutes, avoid going too long. The goal of the challenge is to break things down into manageable sessions.
- Stack chores on top of each other if there’s time and if it makes sense to do so. For example, if you worked in the kitchen, you might clean a few shelves off for 5 minutes and then clean the microwave and whatever else for another five minutes (or within the same 5-minute timeframe).
What You’ll Need:
Tips to Get You Started and Motivated
1. Make it entertaining!
If you want to do several 5-minute spring cleaning living room chores in a row, entertain yourself while doing things you enjoy and can do simultaneously; however, make sure you won’t get too distracted.
Popular examples often include Podcasts, music, YouTube videos, the news, or audiobooks. You can also listen to songs, videos, playlists, or audiobooks with features (like Audible’s timer feature) that run for five or so minutes to time your sessions.
2. Pay Attention to How Long Cleaning Jobs Take
People tend to dislike certain cleaning tasks because they overthink how much time and effort it will involve. Or, in some situations, they underestimate how long things will take and might pile too mich on their plate.
Keeping track of your time will give you a better idea of how long things take to finish. And knowing the length of time it will take will help you develop more efficient schedules and routines.
Time tracking is also great for people who hate cleaning or tend to procrastinate since it helps them avoid overthinking whatever tasks they need to get done.
3. Combine Your Living Room Spring Cleaning Chores
If you finish before time’s up, it may help to do other similar chores if you have the time.
Stack chores to avoid unnecessary steps.
For instance, if you were going to clean the kitchen sink, then you’d probably want to clean the garbage disposal beforehand if that’s also on your list. That way, you could avoid having to clean the sink again.
Or if you were planning to run the dishwasher, you could toss in things like oven grates, microwave parts, or washable filters in there as well—especially if you plan to clean those appliances anyway.
Accountability and Self-Inflicted Jedi Mind Tricks
And if you’re a bit of a procrastinator, you could even go reverse psychology on yourself with that last example by going for the accountability trick. Because you’re running the dishwasher and put the microwave turntable inside, you would likely feel more obligated to clean the microwave at some point in the day too.
Have fun, experiment, and get creative. I love turning it into a game to see how many cleaning tasks I can get done in x-amount of time.
5-minute Spring Cleaning Tasks
Do these spring cleaning chores in whatever order works for you. However, we recommend moving in an order that won’t cause you to re-do something later. That means working from top to bottom and preferably in the same direction (clockwise vs. counter-clockwise). This way, you won’t mess up areas you’ve already cleaned as much as you clean other spots. You’ll also be less likely to skip over things accidentally.
Customize the time and task to suit your needs.
Some of these jobs can take longer than 5 minutes. Much will depend on the home’s environment, age, and how often and thoroughly you ordinarily clean. Be patient and customize tasks if you need to, whether that’s breaking things down into even smaller chunks or working on it more the following day.
Remember to treat this similarly to a speed-cleaning challenge or sprint. Move quickly, avoid distractions, and try to stay focused. And don’t forget to bookmark us so you can finish out the room at your own pace.
Don’t forget that you can expand and contract each task to see more or less information. Under each task, you’ll also spot helpful habits and spring cleaning tips about certain chores.
1. Declutter the space.
Decluttering a space before you get to work on it can be highly beneficial. It gives you a cleaner slate to work with (no pun), not to mention fewer distractions.
With fewer distractions, you’ll be able to focus more on what you’re doing and see what needs attention. Above all, you’ll likely feel a lot less stress while in the room, thanks to less visual stimulation.
Spend a few moments during your living room spring cleaning to declutter. You should be able to get this done in a session or two, depending on how much stuff you have. If you need more time or want to work on it throughout the week, or even month or quarter, feel free.
- Throw away any trash.
- Put items that need to be put away elsewhere in the home in a central spot, such as a spare basket, bag, or bin.
- Keep an eye out for items, such as knickknacks, that you may want to get rid of, donate, or put away. You can also put them in a designated spot to sort through later.
- Tidy up the room.
Rock the Tote: One thing I find super helpful is to carry laundry hampers, totes, or baskets around as I tidy up and declutter. It can help you save a few extra trips back and forth, and you can easily cart items to their final destination with ease.
Last year, I did an in-depth review on what turned out to be my favorite go-to basket to use: the Clevermade Laundry Tote 2-Pack set from Costco (review link, new tab). I mentioned how I love its sturdy, metal snap frame, which collapses down into a thin bit of nothing, and it can be stashed pretty much anywhere.
We have several hidden around the house for the sake of decluttering. I’m also considering trying their adorable Luxe version, which includes a shoulder strap and has far better-looking patterns. Cos, who said cleaning and organizing couldn’t look good? That’s right…
Put a little prep in your step: It’s always good to prep the room you’ll be cleaning beforehand, whether you decide to time yourself or not. And if you think you’ll need to throw stuff away, bring a trash bag or bin with you too. It may also be helpful to have a donation bag or box nearby and any cleaning supplies.
2. Purge items.
While purging items from your home could be considered decluttering, we wanted to make sure that enough time was given to really focus on this particular task. Living rooms, in particular, tend to be a magnet for items we often don’t even know we have or may not like after a while.
Decluttering, or purging, items from the home is an excellent way to really cut down on general cleaning time and really give a room a bright and clean look for spring or in general. More so in the living room!
Take a few minutes to browse items in the room while working on your living room spring cleaning. See what you may want to get rid of or want to think about giving away or donating.
Consider items carefully, asking yourself if you even notice they’re there, as well as if you like it, love it, can’t live without it, don’t care either way or truly find it useful.
If you need more than 5 minutes to consider your options, please take more time or omit the timer altogether. However, try not to give yourself too much time to second guess yourself.
- Have a donation bag or box ready.
- Donate or give away whatever items you don’t use or love.
- Throw away or repurpose whatever isn’t being used, can’t be donated, or is broken.
KonMari: If you find that getting rid of or donating items is difficult for you, I highly recommend giving The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo a read. She has some great methods for decluttering, folding, and other household issues.
And even if those methods might be the right fit for you, she still provides a great perspective, and some of her techniques can be tweaked to match your household and personality.
3. Put items away.
Rather than trying to put things away as you find them, we recommend putting it all away after you’re done purging and decluttering. Doing so can help save you time and steps as you’re cleaning.
Give yourself five or so minutes to put items away before you start cleaning, or even do it on another day. If you need more time, set the timer for longer.
To speed up the process, we recommend carrying the items with you, such as in a hamper, bag, box, or even on a tray. You can also drop off the items to their rooms or areas and organize them later, or (my favorite) have the person the items belong to put them away.
- Get a hamper, box, or bag to use to carry items to their designated areas.
- Return items to their spots or room to be sorted later.
4. Check and clean the ash out of the fireplace.
If you’ve been burning any fires in your pellet, coal, or wood-burning fireplace, make sure to give it a good cleaning if you haven’t done so already. Doing so can help freshen the house, eliminate odors, and promote cleaner air in time for Spring.
Vacuum, scoop or sweep out the fireplace when safe to do so. Never try to clean out a fireplace when a fire’s recently been burned inside it.
If you plan to use a vacuum, make sure to use a shop vac with a filter bag and that the vacuum can handle the ash. We do not recommend using your regular household vacuum cleaner. Severe buildup will likely require more time to clean, such as exterior soot stains and buildup in the flue.
- Remove ash and any debris from the fireplace.
- Inspect the fireplace to see if any stain removal might be necessary at a later time.
- See if the flue or chimney needs to be cleaned, whether by yourself or a professional.
5. Clean the vents.
Work on dusting the vents for five minutes. If you have time left over, consider cleaning other vents throughout the house or getting another task done within the same timeframe, such as the ceiling lights and fan, if not the entire rest of the room.
Filters: Try to change the AC-furnace return filter frequently while it’s in regular use. Most filters need to be replaced every 1 to 3 months, depending on the type and how often you use your unit.
Prevent: Try to dust your vents, including the return vent, at least once a month. This can help prevent buildup as well as ensure both the filter and unit run efficiently.
6. Dust ceiling, walls, wall decor, and light fixtures.
Take some time to dust your ceiling, walls, wall decor, and light fixtures early on in your living room spring cleaning routine. This can be done with a regular duster, like many microfiber dusters available on the market. There are also options such as the Swiffer 360, which we often use for regular cleaning.
I also sometimes use a dry dust mop, such as this one by E-Cloth. They’re easy to use, reach the ceiling, are washable, and can cover a lot of space in one go.
Another one bites the dust: To avoid lint issues, we recommend dusting the walls first and then clean them in the next step for a more thorough clean. However, if you prefer not to wait, you can use a lightly damp cloth to clean your light fixtures and decor as you move along.
Microfiber cloths with a little water (wet dusting) can be great for a more thorough detail cleaning instead of dusting and then cleaning.
Consistency is key: It’s good to dust any ceiling and wall fixtures, such as lighting and fans, once a week—or, at the very least, once a month. The same can be said for wall decor, including pictures. Dusting more often can be a lot easier than wiping things clean, and it may reduce how often you need to clean them physically.
Also, don’t worry about removing sconce-like or fixed lights from the ceiling each time you dust to get the inside if a certain light is hard to remove. Doing a quick once-over over the exterior will help you avoid dust buildup and keep dreaded dust bunnies from launching a full-on assault.
You can get the inside of hard-to-clean lights a few times out of the year, such as during spring cleaning.
7. Dust furniture.
Set the timer and dust your furniture. You can choose to dust any decor sitting on the furniture at this time or in a back-to-back session, or set them aside to do later. Some might even opt to clean the furniture right after dusting if there’s time and if desired, particularly when there are fewer furniture pieces to contend with.
If you have a lot of furniture or don’t feel you’ll finish in time, break the task down into smaller sessions or set the timer for longer. Again, do what works for your preference, schedule, and individual circumstances.
The overall point is to make it more manageable and a little less painful for those who are short on time or might procrastinate. Again, dusting before cleaning often makes for faster, easier work in the long run.
Try a little something different: Some people like to use dusting cloths instead of stick-style dusters to dust their furniture. I sometimes find that using an E-Cloth dusting cloth or even a Swiffer dry mop cloth can sometimes work better for dusting certain types of furniture.
8. Dust baseboards and any other wood trim.
Dust your baseboards, doors, and any other wood trim in your home. This can also include stair mantels, banisters, or any other items you think fit the bill. You can wipe them down with a lightly damp cloth or microfiber cleaning cloth in another timed session, or stack the two tasks on top of one another.
Dust lots, scrub not: As dust and dirt settle onto surfaces and come into contact with humidity, it can create a thin film that often needs a little scrubbing to remove.
Dusting your wood trim, particularly the baseboards and doors, at least once a month can keep you from having to get on your hands and knees or deep cleaning them. Instead, you can go over them with a lightly damp cloth so often through the year.
9. Clean and demark the walls and ceiling.
It’s usually a good idea to clean your walls at least once a year, and if safe to do so on the type of paint that you have. Doing so can help make the paint and home look brand new and a whole lot cleaner.
Demarking the walls can sometimes be done using a cloth, but be careful to avoid removing too much paint, depending on the kind of scuff mark it is. Light scuff marks can also sometimes be removed using something like a Magic Eraser, which you should generally do before cleaning your walls since these products can sometimes rub off onto surfaces.
Washing By hand
To do this, you can use a barely-damp, lint-free cloth (microfiber is recommended) to clean the walls if you wish to. You may need a step ladder or something safe to stand on too. I sometimes try to attach a microfiber cloth to something for better reach, such as our OXO Tub and Shower Scrubber, broom, or even one of those handy grab-it bars. Again, have fun and get creative.
Wall Mop Method
In Part One of our post on 5-Minute Spring Cleaning Kitchen Chores, we discussed de-marking walls and how some people, myself included, prefer to use microfiber mops with a swivel head to “mop” their walls. There are also actual wall cleaners on the market that are essentially the same thing.
Mopping the wall is a much faster and more efficient method, and it can make cleaning the walls a breeze. However, it’s important to do so with caution since some mop heads can accidentally scratch the wall. Also, avoid getting the surface too wet.
Disclaimer: Always check to see if your paint can handle washing and use a mop at your own risk. Flat paints may need to be repainted instead.
Dust first: We suggest dusting before using any wet products or water on surfaces. Doing so will help prevent lint and other particles from sticking onto the surface.
Test before you try: Always test whatever cloth or pad you’ll be using on your walls to ensure that it won’t accidentally bleed color on the wall. For instance, it may be beneficial to go with white-colored cloths on white walls when possible.
Easy does it: Try not to get the walls too saturated. Make sure to wring out the pad or cloth well before using it. A little bit of dish soap, such as Dawn, can be used on some types of paint before wiping cleaning with a cloth and water only. Again, do it at your own risk and speak with the paint manufacturer if you’re unsure.
10. Clean baseboards and any other wood trim.
If you haven’t done so already while dusting the walls, give your baseboards and other wood trim a good cleaning. This can usually be done with just a little bit of water and a good-quality microfiber cleaning cloth.
If you have a lot of trim to cover, break things down into smaller chunks. Or stack each type of trim into one day until finished, using the 5, 10, 15, or 20-minute timer if you wish to. You can also choose to do all the crown molding in several rooms one day and then baseboards the next.
Ace of base: As with walls, some folks like to use a lightly damp microfiber mop to speed things up—especially if they dust and/or clean them consistently throughout the year.
This can work particularly well on baseboards, though the best type of mop or product to use is still up for debate and can even depend on how tall your baseboards are.
I have the most luck using my O-Cedar Spin Mop, but I’m still on the lookout for other options. However, if your baseboards have been neglected for a while, it’s best to do it by hand initially so you can see better.
Because I hate getting on my knees and doing baseboards in general, I try to do this at least once every month or two to keep me from having to detail clean. Works like a charm!
11. Clean knickknacks or decor.
Use a lightly damp cloth to wet dust decor pieces or knickknacks (when safe to do so).
The amount of time it can take will vary on how many items you have in the room and how long it’s been since you last cleaned. Take as much time as you’re comfortable doing in one sitting. You can also work gradually in five to 10-minute increments or as you see fit.
Wet dusting: Even though dry dusting with a good dry duster, such as the Swiffer 360 or similar, can be great for quick upkeep, wet dusting with a lightly damp cloth can be more effective for detailed dusting.
Because of this, we recommend detail wet dusting at least every quarter, if not every month or two. It’s also recommended to wet dust alongside consistent dry dusting, which, at the very least, should be done once if not twice a month. Keeping on top of it takes minutes vs. having to scrub surfaces where dirt and dust have had a chance to adhere to surfaces, usually thanks to the moisture in the air and time.
We love using water and an E-Cloth microfiber cleaning cloth for this purpose, along with their polishing cloths as a more efficient and chemical-free method (not sponsored). The cloths manage to get most items around the house gleaming, from baseboards to our crystal lamps and mirrors.
Above all, they speed up the overall process. And, because there’s a lack of residue left behind, things seem to stay dust-free longer too. But use whatever product or method works best for you and your needs.
Less is more: If dusting or cleaning off items takes you a long time to complete, decluttering the room may help. Decluttering can speed up the amount of time it takes to dust and clean while minimizing effort, and it can help make a room look and feel a lot more comfortable. Good examples of this would be model homes, hotels, vacation homes, magazine homes, and staged homes.
12. Spring clean your living room furniture.
Spend a few minutes dusting off the furniture to remove loose dirt, debris, and lint. Then clean your dining room furniture pieces. Some people prefer to do this with furniture cleaners and polishes. I like to use a barely-damp microfiber cloth. Again, do what’s best for the type of furniture you happen to be dealing with or that suits your preference.
If need be, split the dusting and cleaning into different timed sessions, or for however long you think it will take—especially if you have a lot of furniture. Clean any decor items in the order you feel is best.
Always make sure to dry dust before you use any wet method of cleaning. This helps to avoid loose lint and debris from smearing all over the surface, and it takes just a few seconds to do.
13. Wash textiles or fabric items.
Odors, germs, oils, allergens, dust, dirt, and grime can cover and penetrate soft surfaces throughout the home—especially in areas where we hang out the most, such as the living room.
Because of this, it’s essential to clean washable textiles within the home regularly. And there’s no better time to do it than in the springtime, after a long season where most people tend to stay indoors and get sick, and when household odors have a chance to ferment.
Spend a few moments—even in separate sessions, if necessary—to clean soft materials and fabrics in your home. This should be done with the manufacturer’s care instructions in mind for each item, or the type of material involved, whenever possible.
Some items may need to be dry cleaned, while others can be washed in the washing machine or done by hand. Many things can be steamed, vacuumed, sprayed with a special cleaner or deodorizer, or wiped off with a lightly damp microfiber too.
Do what you feel is safe or the most effective. Bigger pieces, such as furniture, can be done later since more time will be needed to finish the job.
Examples of soft items to spring clean in the living room:
- Throw blankets
- Pillows and pillowcases
- Some artificial plants (test first)
- Doormats and small rugs
- Soft fabric bins
- Dog toys
- Children’s toys
To wash or not to wash: If you enjoy artificial plants, always consider how hard or easy they’ll be to clean before buying. Some types can be more fragile than others, such as silk. Other, often less expensive options can be wiped off by hand, using a microfiber cloth, or even running it under the tap, with any excess water shaken off and left to air dry.
I call this “watering” my plants. The more often you do it, the easier they are to clean. So don’t let the grime buildup. Places like HomeGoods, Target, and Amazon have great and affordable artificial plants. Plus, they’re usually a breeze to clean regularly. HomeGoods is always my favorite!
Be scentsible about it: These days, there are numerous products that work great for deodorizing fabric items in the house, both naturally and commercially. Typically options on the market come in spray or powder form, which is usually vacuumed up, as well as foam-type sprays for a little pseudo cleaning.
While washing items when possible is typically the best route, most people prefer spray products as an easy fix. While they don’t usually clean the surface or fabric, they help combat the odor-causing bacteria in some cases. The smell factor can also work as an excellent motivator for cleaning, so pick what you love.
This might include anything from essential oils recipes, vinegar, charcoal bags, steam units, or baking soda for natural hacks. Or some of the more popular store-bought items that often include Febreze, Zero Odor, and Scentiva—just to name a few.
We personally love this product by Zero Odor when it comes to eliminating odors—especially fabric-type smells—in a relatively scent-free way (there’s a small tracer smell that eventually dissipates).
Pet peeves: Before you begin cleaning your living room—much less the rest of the house, for that matter—we highly recommend bathing and grooming your fur babies before you get started with your spring cleaning.
Bathing your pets ever so often not only keeps your pet smelling great, but your furniture too. You’ll also further minimize any damage to your newly spring-cleaned home and help keep pet allergens at bay. Don’t forget to wash their beds and washable toys, too!
What we love, use, and highly recommend: this particular product vanilla-and-almond-scented combo from Earthbath Shampoo & Conditioner lineup (new tab). We’ve used it on cats and dogs alike to soothe their dry winter skin, itchiness, and flakiness. It leaves their fur super soft, silky, shiny, and smelling great, only without the overkill of perfume. Everyone, including our vet, always comments on our corgi’s (and previous pets’) fur.
Note: As a former vet receptionist, groomer, and longtime pet fanatic—please, be careful what you use on your pet. Avoid human-based shampoos and soaps, citrus oils (cats), or certain essential oils, like tea tree oil, and other products that could potentially be harmful to your pets. When in doubt, ask your veterinarian.
Clear the air: When in doubt, try to air out your home on a regular basis, even if it’s just by opening your windows after you cook or just for a few minutes a day. We also highly recommend getting a good, quality air purifier, which we hope to review soon.
We’re currently using this Alen Breathesmart unit for our living room, which works fantastic. Regardless of which one you choose, make sure it has a decent filter and can cover enough sqft. to adequately clean the air in your room thoroughly.
14. Replace worn or missing furniture pads.
Replacing worn or missing bumper pads isn’t a crucial task to get done, but it softens sounds within your home and may even protect your cabinetry.
It’s also super quick and easy to do, and you likely won’t have to do it again for a long while. Your ears and any neighbors with shared walls will thank you!
Take a few minutes to replace worn or missing rubber or felt bumper pads on your cabinet doors and drawers. Also, pay attention to any doors or drawers that tend to make a lot of noise when shut or that get slammed often to ensure they’re softened.
Think you’ll have extra time left on the timer? Consider working on other items in your home, such as placing felt feet on dining chairs or the dining room table.
Check out our post on 5 Ways to Use Leftover Rubber & Felt Furniture Feet Pads for more valuable hacks that you can use leftover rubber or felt pads for and in just a few minutes.
15. Vacuum couch.
Take a few moments to thoroughly vacuum your couch as well as under and around it.
Try not to skip getting the entire seat cushion since vacuuming can eliminate dirt, dead skin cells, and dust, and it can also help reduce allergens. Vacuuming furniture should be done fairly consistently, especially items or in rooms that are frequently used.
16. Vacuum chairs.
As with the couch, any other upholstered items should be thoroughly vacuumed, including under and around it. This might include upholstered ottomans, chairs, pet beds, cribs, and so forth.
17. Clean interior-side of windows and doors.
Clean the inside of your windows—especially if you haven’t in a while. Feel free to do the outside too or save it for another time, or break them down into smaller chunks if you have a lot of windows to work on.
You can also make windows into their own separate cleaning category, if you prefer to do them all at once or have a lot of windows to do.
Consistency wins the race: Did you know that cleaning your windows only has to take a few minutes and can be relatively easy to do? The trick is to keep it simple and to do it often, generally before they even become dirty.
Even back when I had a ton of tall, panoramic windows, I was able to get the inside and exterior done in about 15 minutes or less for the main areas of the house. I just used E-Cloth’s window-cleaning kit and some warm water, and maybe a little vinegar if there’s a mineral or residual soap/cleaner buildup. For hard, stuck-on grime, Sprayway Foam Cleaner is a very popular choice.
How often you’ll need to do it will depend on the environment you live in and personal preference, but it’s a good rule of thumb to at least clean them every quarter or every other month at the bare minimum. You may also need to get any residual soap scum and grime off the first few times, which could take a little longer.
Don’t worry—it does eventually get easier and faster, and almost becomes 2nd nature the more you do it.
18. Clean window treatments.
Give your window treatments a little TLC with a good cleaning. If you have blinds, shades, or shutters, try to wipe them down using a little warm water and a cloth (microfiber works best).
Some individuals clean their window treatments with special cleaning devices for blinds. Others may use the DIY method, such as Clean My Space’s trick of microfiber cloths wrapped around a pair of tongs.
If you have curtains, valences, or other fabric-type treatments that need to be cleaned, follow the care instructions they came with. It might also help to give them a quick shake out outside before cleaning.
Certain types may require delicate handling, such as dry cleaning. Some people also like to freshen their curtains in the dryer when safe to do so, which is also great for removing fur and other types of debris. Or they might wash them in the washer first.
19. Clean lamp shades.
Depending on how many lamps you have, this one should be pretty quick, straightforward, and should only take a minute or two.
Methods often vary and are dependent on the kind of material involved. A vacuum can be used with the appropriate attachments to clean off dirt and dust in most cases. Some people even use a barley-wet microfiber cloth when in a pinch and if safe to do so.
You can also use a lint roller or strong packing tape to remove dirt, lint, and fur, which is my favorite method—especially when dealing with linen-type shades and the dreaded Velcro-type cat fur (also handy on similar dining chairs).
20. Clean area rugs and doormats.
Don’t forget to clean any rugs and doormats per their care instructions. Some varieties and sizes may need to be professionally cleaned or cleaned using a non-commercial carpet cleaner, such as our Bissel Pet Revolution 2x, which I hope to do a review on soon. Other, often smaller rugs can be washed in the washer or as needed, depending on the kind of material.
Suck it up: Always thoroughly vacuum rugs or carpeting before cleaning, whether you do it yourself using a carpet cleaner or have them done professionally.
Don’t get bogged down: If you carpet clean at home, don’t oversaturate the rug or carpet since this can create issues with mold.
Dirt magnet: If you clean your rugs with a machine, we recommend doing a single pass afterward using water only to rinse the soap away. Otherwise, the soap can attract more dirt and gunk up the carpet fibers. It’s also highly recommended to do a final dry pass so that moisture is sucked up as much as possible.
21. Clean points of contact.
If you haven’t already, clean any points of contact. These are usually in high-traffic areas or are items that are touched regularly. Because of this, they tend to get their fair share of bacteria, grime, grease, and other unmentionables over time.
Typical points of contact in the living room:
- Game controllers and consoles
- Children’s toys and furniture
- Pet toys and furniture
- Door handles
- Light switches, pulls, and knobs
- Cabinet and drawer pulls, knobs or surfaces
- Window treat pulls, batons, and cords
Getting your spring cleaning chores finished in the living room can be relatively quick and easy. In many cases, you can get a lot of small jobs done in 5 minutes or less. You might even be able to finish in one day, simply by following some of the tips we covered. And the more you stay on top of it, the faster seasonal, or even just spring cleaning, becomes too.
- Give yourself a set amount of time to finish a task. It will help you get things done in a faster and more efficient manner.
- Set a timer, make a timed music playlist, or listen to x-amount of pages or chapters of your favorite audiobook to pace yourself.
- Treat it like a game and move as fast as you can.
- Prep your space before starting.
- Don’t hesitate to stack more than one session or task on top of other ones if you want to clean for a longer time period.
- Feel free to break jobs that might take you longer than five minutes into smaller sessions or continue later on if you need to.
- Make things entertaining by listening to distraction-free music, Podcasts, audiobooks, or shows and videos that you won’t feel the need to watch.
We hope you’ll join us this Spring Cleaning season, starting with getting these sixteen 5-minute living room spring cleaning tasks done.
Are you spring cleaning this year? Where’s your favorite place to start? Comment down below!
- 21 Spring Cleaning Kitchen Tasks You Can Do In 5 Minutes Or Less—Part 1
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