How To Clean Your Living Room From Top To Toe In 7 Simple Steps

As one of the busiest rooms rooms in the house, your living room collects so much dust and dirt over time it’s easy to get overlooked as it builds up. A deep clean will freshen your space and leave you with a feeling of satisfaction and renewed comfort to relax in.

1. Dust from top to bottom

Use feather duster or lint-free microfibre cloth and finish with a damp cloth, particularly for high traffic areas such as your entryway if it opens on to your living room and coffee table.  Use a telescopic handle for your cornices, light fittings and high window sills. Another great trick is to use an old pair of socks - one dry for a quick once-over and one damp for harder to shift dust or shiny surfaces.

2. Clean picture frames

Refresh your art display and mirrors by giving the glass in frames a good clean to brighten them up and reflect light around the room. Dust frames lightly or with a damp cloth.

3. Freshen up your furniture

Take a good look at your furniture and dust all of the frames, handles, legs and hidey-holes. Vacuum upholstery, then use a damp cloth to wipe away dust. Follow with a suitable furniture polish to bring the timber back to life.

4. Move things around

Take your furniture away from the place it usually sits – even if just a little – to really get in behind and around for a good clean. Vacuum floors and rugs, wipe down walls where furniture sits directly against them and wipe down skirting boards and power points.

5. Roll up the rug

Give your rug a good vacuum on the top, then flip it over and vacuum underneath. Roll the whole rug up and remove to outside – hang over a fence or railing and give it a good whack with a firm broom handle. Leave outside for an airing and meanwhile vacuum the whole floor in and around the usually covered by your rug.

6. Address electronics

Cords and cables, speakers and vent holes are where dust really tends to build up. Vacuum with a brush attachment or dust first, then wipe cords clean carefully with a damp cloth. Be sure to go behind the TV and under stacked AV units and set top boxes.

7. Light a candle or essential oil

Finish the job with a freshly scented candle or good quality essential oil such as peppermint, eucalyptus or lavender in a burner to leave a lasting freshness in your beautifully clean room.

7 Spots in Your Home We'll Bet You Forget to Clean This Spring

No matter how thorough a housekeeper you are, there are certain blind spots in every home that are all too easy to overlook. As a result, they get bypassed during your spring-cleaning tirade, growing grimier ... and grimier.

Curious where these surprising cesspools lie? Check out this hit list of areas in your home that we'll bet you forget to clean this spring—and read on to find the best way to give them a thorough scrubbing.

Tile grout

If you have tile floors or countertops, the grout may harbor germs and mold, according to Mark Welstead, president of Rainbow Restoration. Not only is that awfully gross, the grout will eventually start to stain, meaning an even bigger cleaning job down the road.

How to clean it: Wipe the grout with vinegar, then scrub with baking soda and a brush. You can also try scrubbing with borax or olive oil-based Castile soap. For visibly moldy grout, you need to spray on 3% hydrogen peroxide diluted by half in water. Let it sit for 45 minutes, then rinse. Here's more on how to clean tile grout.

The tops of door frames, cabinets, and bookshelves

If you can't see it, it doesn't exist, and therefore doesn't need cleaning, right? Sadly, no. The tops of door frames, book shelves—anything above your sight line—are primo dust collection spots. If your upper kitchen cabinets don't go all the way to the ceiling, the tops are probably coated in dust mixed with sticky kitchen grease. Charming!

How to clean it: Wipe door frames and bookshelves with a damp cloth. For greasy gunk, try rubbing dish detergent on, leaving it for a moment, then wiping it off. If that doesn't cut it, level up to Goo Gone Kitchen Degreaser. For bonus points, take the glass globe off any ceiling lights or fans, and rinse out the dust and dead bugs.

Garbage disposal

You know that thing is gross, right? I mean, think about what you put into it! Beside general yuckiness, it's important to clean, because, according to Doyle James, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing, grease buildup can seriously back up your sink drains.

How to clean it: Run hot water and turn on the disposal. Pour a tablespoon of dish soap down, and let the water run for 15 to 30 seconds. Turn off the disposal and let the water run until there are no more bubbles. Scrub the underside of the drain flaps with a brush, hot water, and dish soap.

Toilet brush and holder

You don't need me to explain why your toilet brush and holder are disgusting. But how do you fix them? What cleans the cleaning implements? There are options other than just throwing them away and buying a new one when it gets nasty (yes, we all know someone who does this).

How to clean it: First off, you can prevent some germ build-up by spraying down the brush with disinfectant right after you use it. Leave it to drip-dry into the toilet, smushed between the seat and the rim of the bowl.

For deep cleaning, you can either soak the brush and holder in a bucket of warm water and a few capfuls of bleach for about 10 minutes, or you can spray them both down with disinfecting spray, let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Yes, bleach is a harsh cleaner, but if you're going to break out the big guns for anything, it should be the item that scrubs the inside of your toilet bowl.


Curtains are pros at passively catching dust, pet hair, and other particulate gunk from the air. If you're not cleaning them, you should be.

How to clean it: Start with vacuuming them. And check the tag: Some fabrics can be machine washed, while others need to be hand washed and dried. Very heavy fabrics require a steamer, which you can rent.

Remotes, phones, and keyboards

All three of these items fall into the category of things your grimy fingers touch every day. Research shows that cell phones are dirtier than toilet seats, and keyboards have the added problem of snack crumb infiltration (don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about). Almost nobody is cleaning this stuff often enough.

How to clean it: For your phone, grab a microfiber cleaning cloth (of the kind you'd use to clean glasses) and spray it with a 50/50 combination of distilled water and vinegar or distilled water and isopropyl alcohol. Wipe down your phone thoroughly, without getting it too wet. Use a toothpick or Q-tip to dislodge anything stuck in the crevices.

You can use the same disinfectant and cloth (clean, obviously) on your remote control. Wipe with the cloth, use a Q-tip to go around the buttons, and a toothpick can help with crumbs.

Keyboard time: Flip the keyboard or laptop over and shake it out. Clean with compressed air while the keyboard is upside down, so the dust will fall out. Finally, use a Q-tip and alcohol to wipe anything gross off the keys. To sanitize, you can do a quick swipe with your handy cleaning cloth, lightly moistened with an alcohol or vinegar solution.


When your wintertime fires are over, it's time to clean your fireplace. If you don't, you risk a chimney fire, smoke, or even deadly carbon monoxide gas seeping into your home, says Richard Ciresi, owner of Aire Serv in Louisville, KY.

How to clean it: Since cleaning a chimney involves getting up on the roof, and doing it wrong can have serious consequences, you should call in a professional to tackle this task. Once a year is the minimum for having your chimney swept if you want to use your fireplace safely.

11 Houses with Unique Living Rooms

Living rooms are spaces dedicated to sharing time with family, receiving visitors, working, and carrying out a wide range of unpredictable activities. Regardless of their size, the key to an innovative design for this part of a house is in creative spatial organization, in its connection to other parts of the home and, above all, in programmatic flexibility. Here, we present a selection of exceptional living rooms captured by renowned photographers such as Hiroshi Ueda, David Foessel, and Wison Tungthunya.

Akihide Mishima

Tenhachi House / .8 Tenhachi Architect & Interior Design

1-1 Architect

House NI / 1-1 Architect


Architect's Workshop / Ruetemple

David Foessel

Atelier_142 / Atelier Wilda

Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners

Pit House / UID Architects

Kengo Kuma & Associates

Même – Experimental House / Kengo Kuma & Associates

Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Tetris House / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Carolina Castroviejo

Wison Tungthunya

Bear House / Onion

Toby Scott

Naranga Avenue House / James Russell Architect

Matt Clayton

Scenario's House / Scenario Architecture

Hiroshi Ueda

Nest / UID Architects

Mom Hangs 3 Wall Hooks On The Back Of The Cabinet Door, Solves A Common Kitchen Problem

Chances are, you have probably used command hooks before. They are an incredibly nifty and useful tool that you can stick anywhere, and you can always remove them easily without damaging the wall or having to bring out the drill.

While most of us use them to hang coats and keys, it turns out they are far more useful than that. At Shareably, we have compiled a list of creative ways to use command hooks that will make your life so much easier.

Prevent Your Trash Bag From Slipping

It’s frustrating when your trash bag slips off the bin. You have to constantly readjust it, but it turns out, there’s an easy solution. Place a command hook on both sides of the bin to keep the bag in place.

Don’t Have A Trash Can?

Stick two command hooks on the inside of a cabinet door. Then you can hang a plastic bag that can store trash. This is perfect for the bathroom or other locations in the house where you need a trash bin but don’t have one.

Organize Kitchen Cupboard

Command hooks are an effective tool to use to organize your kitchen cupboard. Hang a few on the inside of a cabinet door, and then hang up your measuring cups and spoons. Label them for quick access!

Add A Shelf

If you have space on the wall, you can add a shelf using command hooks. Put a metal rack on top of the command hooks, and say hello to much-needed space.

Keep Colanders In Place

Colanders can take up a lot of cabinet space, so hang them instead.

Bulky Pot Lids

Do you have big, oddly shaped pot lids lying around your kitchen? Command hooks can help you store them easily. Use two command hooks to keep them in place.

Cleaning Products

Store cleaning products under the sink in an orderly fashion by using command hooks.

Toilet Brush Storage

Place a command hook on your toilet, and then hang the toilet brush off of it for easy storage and convenient access.

Hide Wired Hair Tools

Hang up your hair straightener and curler inside the bathroom cabinet. This could also be used for other wired products.

Mount Your Toothbrushes

Using a clear command hook sideways, you can mount your toothbrushes to save space near the sink.

Hang Headphones

Hang your headphones next to the monitor.

Mount Your iPad

Don’t like to hold your iPad. Mount it on the wall while you watch Netflix or other videos. This can also be used as a storage location when you are finished using your iPad.

Hang A Wreath

Flip the command hook upside down to hang up a wreath and keep it in place. Tie the wreath onto a ribbon and hook it onto the other side of the door. This saves you from using nails!

Wall Baskets

Keep your children’s toys and coloring paper organized by hanging up baskets in their room.

Hang Belts

Store your belts on a command hook for easy access. This saves space in your closet.

Store Jewelry

Don’t let jewelry tangled. Instead, hang them from command hooks. You can also use the hooks to organize your jewelry!

Ring Hook

Command hooks are perfect for rings, too.

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