I have heard it said "If something is in order, noone will notice it. But if it is out of order, everyone notices." The living room is generally the first room folks see when they walk in someone's home. So, as they come in, the hope should be they notice nothing, because everything is as it should be. Here are some quick steps that we use in our home to help our family keep that first impression to a minimum.
First we pick up all the books we see on the floor. We must put each one away as we pick it up, not put it in a pile, otherwise we are working twice. We would rather not. We actually have a bookshelf there in our living room where we keep my books and their educational books. We have another one in the boys' room for their reading books. We have a little nook just to the right of our front door where we hang the book bags on the hooks.
Of course, we should all put our shoes away as soon as we take them off. But more often than not, we don't. Especially, as soon as the kids get home from school. We all get in the floor for homework time. So, that means that we will all kick off our shoes while we are there in the floor. But come cleaning time, which seems to be neverending, we put our daily shoes in the bottom of our little nook so we can slip them on to go about our day. Other shoes go properly in our closets, not just thrown on our floor. Oh, girls tend to need more space for shoes, as we tend to have more. So, I suggest those shoe racks that fit over the closet door.
I can't stand to step on a toy in the floor while I am barefoot. Oh, that hurts. But, it happens betimes. So, next I have the kiddos pick up their toys and put them up in their toybox.
Whether it is socks they took off after their shoes during homework time, or the jackets they wore that day, somehow clothes end up on my floor. So, the next thing we pick up is all the clothes and take them to the laundry. And we pick up jackets and go hang them up.
The rest should pretty much be papers, trash, and dust. So, I determine what needs to be saved and put it away. Then I pick up all the big trash that can be picked up and throw it away. Our floors are all hard wood floors, so then we sweep. And our living room is straight and presentable for company, should any drop by.
Of course, there is more to actually getting it clean, feather dusting, oil dusting, mopping, windows and window sills, cobwebs in corners, dusting the ceiling fan blades, etc. I hope this list will help you keep your living room presentable. God bless!!
Excellent list, thank you.
Oh, you are welcome, goodselfme. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! And thank you for your comment and rating!! God bless!!
Thank you for the complete list of things to do to keep the living room ready for unexpected company. Easy to follow and great ideas.
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