Don’t Just Sit There! Start Spring Cleaning and Organize Your Family Room

Don’t Just Sit There! Start Spring Cleaning and Organize Your Family Room


When it comes to living rooms, great rooms, and/or family rooms, these rooms tend to be busy room.  You know, the spot where you kick back and relax.  The spot where you might possibly:

  • watch a little T.V.
  • open the mail.
  • read a magazine or book.
  • read the newspaper.
  • catch up on your kids paperwork for school.

What can quickly and easily happen is these rooms become the dumping ground for stuff.

Since my kids now go to bed long after I’ve gone to sleep, a morning routine for me is to clear the ‘stuff’ out of our family room (that is located straight across from our kitchen).  I am typically hanging up a jacket or two, taking dirty dishes into the kitchen and clearing the paper from where it doesn’t belong.  All the while saying, “I love my kids, I love my kids, I love my kids.”

When it comes to organizing and spring-cleaning a family room, this space is actually no different than other rooms however, there tends to be a bit more to do.

Organizing

The vision I have for my family room (whoops – did I just say MY family room?  I really meant OUR family room 😉 ) is for it to be a place where we can kick back after a long day, watch T.V. and catch up on some reading.  Is this a ‘games room’?  No.  Is it a room where the kids do homework?  No.  Would we be doing any kind of crafts in this room?  Certainly not!  There are other places in our home for those kinds of things.  Knowing the vision I have, I know I need some ‘zones’.

Reading

I tend to use our family room to catch up on reading magazines and other various paper work.  Since we use this room for some reading, we need some good lighting.

Reading Light Image credit

 Love how the light below can be adjusted!

Reading Light

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Containerizing

As our winter months are cold (and seem to never end), I know I also need some kind of storage for throw blankets.  I always seem to be cold.  We just use a simple basket.   Love how this one is labeled!

 basket of blankets

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Additional Storage

We also have some additional storage in our TV stand (here’s a picture of what we have).

TV stand

Not a super, great shot of our T.V. stand, but it gives you an idea of what we have.

Cleaning

As you all know, I love a clean house but really hate cleaning it.  When it comes to spring-cleaning a family room, there is a lot to do (not going to lie here!).  Just what is there all to do?  More than just the regular dusting and vacuuming!

  • Washing window treatments
  • Washing windows
  • Washing of the walls and ceilings (if you can)
  • If you have carpets – steam clean
  • Wash shelving

I came across a great Living Room cleaning checklist

Living Room Cleaning Check List

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Now that all the work is done, feel free to sit down and enjoy!  Just think, you won’t have to do such a deep clean until next year!

 

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