Spring Cleaning…Part 4: The Living Room & Lighting

After last week, I needed a break from all my cleaning!  I was exhausted on the weekend, and my hands needed some major TLC (Right now they look about 20 years older than I actually am).  There was a reason I gave myself the month to get everything done – I would have given up by now thinking I had to have it all done in 3 days.  Just not possible!

But it’s time for me to get back at it, so I tackled a couple of easy things!  The living room and lighting.

Let’s Get Started!

This is how my house looked when I had a friend drop by!
I always seem to be in the middle of a messy project when she comes by,
she must think I never have a clean house!  😉  
The Couch
  • I removed all the cushions, and vacuumed away all the popcorn!
  • Then I took off the cushion covers, which are machine washable, and threw them in the washer with cold water, and dried them on low heat in the dryer.
  • They came out fresh smelling, and back to their original shape!  The couch looks brand new again!

Throw Pillows and Blankets
  • All of my couch throw pillow covers are machine washable, so in they went.  Washed in cold water, tumbled dry on low heat.  I had to iron them, but now they look brighter and smell fresh!
  • I also took the pillow inserts outside and banged them together to get the dust out.
  • It was a good time to clean my couch throw blankets too.  Into the washer for a good cleaning they went.

Lighting
  • Check to see if all of your light bulbs are working!  This part seems so obvious and silly, but I was surprised by how many I had to replace, and didn’t even realize.  8 my friends.  Yes 8!  Let there be light!
  • This is a good time to clean the ceiling light covers too.  Get rid of the dust and dead buggies!  A wash in soapy water & vinegar will get them shiny clean again.

Lamp Shades
  • Pull out your vacuum and upholstery attachment, then vacuum all of your lamp shades.  It’s amazing how much dust they collect!
That’s all for today!  Thanks again so much for reading!  How is your spring cleaning going?
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5 Comments

  • Reply Diane Mars April 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM Come to my house please~
  • Reply Trisha April 12, 2011 at 7:50 PM I agree with Diane...Feel free to stop on by our house too! :)
  • Reply Ang @ Taking a Sunday Drive April 13, 2011 at 4:07 AM I just discovered the upholstery attachment for cleaning lampshades- wow! what a difference! I love my Dyson for that!
  • Reply Kim December 14, 2013 at 2:18 PM When ever you wash cushion cover, be sure to zip them up before putting in the washing machine. Otherwise you run the risk of the zipper closure coming undone from the zipper teeth.
  • Reply imdb October 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM Don't forget to take your Dyson apart and clean that as well. Plastic things I take in the shower with me, having sprayed it the day before and let it soak. Then I clean and rinse, all in one sitting.
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