If you’ve been reading the blog awhile, you know full well that I really don’t like cleaning. Some people are totally gifted in this area and they love to clean and keep their homes tidy – I only do it because I don’t want to wind up on an episode of Hoarders.
Working from home and homeschooling three kids is a lot of work and can be very stressful. But, I still would rather spend a majority of my time on these activities than on cleaning!
The best way for me to approach cleaning my house – is to work on it a little bit at a time to keep it maintained. I don’t have a ton of time and can’t dedicate hours of time cleaning – nor would I want to even if I did!
But, I can handle some maintenance cleaning each day to keep things kept tidy and a deep cleaning a couple of times per month.
Anything that makes life simple so I can spend more time making memories with my loved ones – I’m all for it! Using some simple 5-minute living room cleaning tasks definitely, fits the bill!
A Room With More Than One Purpose
My living room is also my office and, therefore, it is the playroom for the kiddos. My 11-year old has a dedicated portion of her bedroom that is specifically for school work. She has a desk with some file drawers, her computer, and various containers with office supplies.
I put the 4-year old in there during the morning hours when he has his school time and they both work together to do their assignments. He has some kids learning activities that she supervises sometimes too. Meanwhile, the 3-year old and I are out in the living room playing and working.
Since my living room has multiple functions, there’s really no telling what kind of cleaning it will need. I might need to organize kids stuff or tidy up.
Using these maintenance cleaning tips that are fast and easy makes it much easier to do the deep cleaning when it comes time.
These are my favorite 5-minute living room cleaning hacks:
Disinfect Toys In The Dishwasher
Add a few toys to the dishwasher when it’s time to run it. I am adamantly against any toys that make noise. I would much rather hear my kiddos narrate for their toys than have their toys talk to them. For that reason, pretty much any toy that the boys have can go into the dishwasher for cleaning. This is a simple and easy way to sanitize the toys and keep the grime at a minimum.
Vacuum … No Matter Who Is Awake
It is difficult for me to vacuum any of the rugs while the boys are awake and in the living room. They turn the vacuum into a flying dragon that is coming after them and it is absolute chaos. But, when they are sitting at the table with a snack, I can easily vacuum the living room carpet. To beef up the cleaning power of this task, I go ahead and sprinkle some baking soda onto the carpet and let it sit for a bit before I vacuum it up.
My Favorite Line Of Cleaning Tools … Swiffer!
Get the Swiffer out! These things are great for quick dusting. I love to use the Swiffer for the blinds. Those slats in the blinds can get really gross and the Swiffer makes it so easier to just wipe the dust right off. The Wet Jet is perfect for the bathroom floors. I add a little tea tree to the water and get everything nice and disinfected in a matter of minutes. Pro tip: If you notice any crumbs on the carpet but, don’t want to pull out the vacuum cleaner – grab the lint roller and clean up the crumbs with that.
Get The Kids Involved
One thing I’ve learned since working from home and being with my kiddos all day long … they are really easily impressed. I mean, they’re totally spoiled and they definitely need reminders to be thankful and to appreciate what they have – who doesn’t!?!
But, for the most part, the things that make an impression and really stick in their memories are so stinkin’ simple. For instance, waking my 11-year old up at midnight on New Year’s Eve for a glass of sparkling cider with a raspberry in it – just her and mommy. Or, putting socks on them that have dusting spray on the bottoms and asking them to clean the laminate floors! LOL! They love this chore.
Don’t Forget Your Essential Oils
I absolutely love essential oils. One of my most favorite things to do in the kitchen with my EOs is to mix a few drops of lemon oil in some water and “wash” the garbage disposal. It is amazing how quickly this one little step will freshen up the kitchen – even if there are dirty dishes in the sink.
These simple cleaning tips for straightening and organizing around your living room are great for keeping the level of clean at an acceptable level. I don’t know about you but, in my house, skipping just one day of maintenance puts us in “pig pen” status and it’s pretty depressing.