The Fast And Furious Fall Cleaning Event begins today! I’ve been holding the Fast and Furious Fall Cleaning Event for about 14 years here at CHK and we’ve been cleaning our homes, decluttering and organizing together in the Autumn for longer than that. I hope you’ll join me for this event and share pictures on your own blog if you like, just leave me a link so everyone can find you.
Are you ready to do some Fall Cleaning? Today I will present some instructions and lists for cleaning the Dining Room or Dining Area of your home.
If you’re like me, you have been anticipating this event because there are things that just really need to be done in the house and you need some motivation. I hope I can provide that. Its so much more fun and motivating to clean along with others!
Here’s how it works:
- Read the instructions, print them out if you need to.
- Go work on the day’s cleaning.
You might have better success today if you print this out and take it with you. My goal is simply to offer suggestions for cleaning and organizing and help you get your home in order the way you want it to be.
Remember, this kind of fast cleaning isn’t for everyone. Its for those who are physically able to move about and work fast and furiously. If you can’t keep up, please don’t feel badly. Just do what you can and feel good about it! Root for the rest of the ladies, and clean as you are able! We will cheer you on, too!
If you need help with knowing how to clean when you suffer form a chronic illness or disability, take a look at my Homekeeping Lists for the Chronically Ill and Disabled.
Today and Tomorrow … we will be working on the eating area or dining room. This is a difficult thing to dictate what to clean because some have dining rooms and some don’t. Some use the dining room regularly and some don’t. So we are going to have differing levels of need for our eating areas today.
Here are some general cleaning recommendations for most any room, with a few suggestions thrown in here and there for the eating area. If you have suggestions of your own, feel free to post them!
Print This Out If You Like!
First Things first:
De-clutter. Get everything out of the eating area that doesn’t belong there on a daily basis.
If you have a real clutter problem, get out your 4 boxes, baskets or bags and label them like we did for the master bedroom. You will throw away some things, store some, put away some or give away some.
Clean out hutches, cabinets, clean off shelves, tables and chairs.
Get everything out of this room but the furniture.
Move things off walls and off of all surfaces.
Clean anything that can be wet. Go ahead and make a sink of hot soapy water and immerse items that you can clean in water. Anything else, just sit it on the kitchen counter for now.
Now Start Moving Things Out Of Your Way
Take down curtains, toss in the wash if you can or air them outside.
Take up rugs, wash or air.
Take up chair pads, wash or air.
Get the chairs out of this area for now.
Get rid of cobwebs; use a towel on the end of a broom or other tool. Don’t use polish or cleaner for this you can streak your ceilings and walls!
The Nitty Gritty Cleaning Part
Make up a pan of hot soapy water or use whatever chemical you like. Wash ceiling and walls if needed taking care with the kind of wall coverings or paint you have.
Wash down the door frames and window frames.
Wash doors and baseboards. Dry if needed.
If you can touch up paint in this room today, now is the time to do it.
Clean the furniture, wash and/or polish.
Clean and polish chairs.
Spend time cleaning and polishing the table.
Replace anything that truly goes in the storage areas of this room such as the hutch, cabinets, shelves, etc.
Sweep,vacuum and/or mop.
Polish wood floors.
Put Things Back
Bring chairs back into the room.
Spread out your tablecloth, if you are using one.
Place a nice little arrangement on the table or a candle.
Replace curtains and rugs.
Now get moving and then come back and let me know how you’re doing!