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Clean Living Room Checklist: Tips to Get it Done!

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The living room is supposed to be a relaxing place for your family to gather. But, when it’s messy, it’s not very relaxing! Learn how to keep a clean living room with these simple tidying up tips!

Tips for a clean living room.

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This is a crazy cleaning week around here! I am doing a post each day this week on simple tips to clean your home.


Today, let’s dive right in to the living room!

Clean Living Room Checklist:

1. Pick up any shoes, jackets, toys, etc.

First things first. Pick up the junk!

With a busy family, it’s inevitable that someone will throw their coat, gloves, shoes, bag, whatever in the living room floor. Or, hang something on the back of a chair or couch.

We created a mudroom in our garage to try to prevent this, but it still happens.

Taking a few moments to yell at your family will solve the problem…KIDDING! That is usually what I want to do, but I’ve found that asking nicely tends to work, too;-)

View living room from the front door.

2. Take any dishes to the kitchen each night

As a general rule, my kids are not allowed to eat in our living room. But, they can have water. So between them and my husband and me, we tend to accumulate several glasses in the living room by the end of the day.

Everyone in the home is pretty good about cleaning up after themselves (most days), but a few things usually get left behind.

Before bed, I put all of the dishes in the dishwasher. No one wants to be greeted by a mess in the morning.

It is just part of the bedtime routine at this point.

3. Keep remote controls tidy

If I’m being honest, I rarely turn on the TV myself. Seriously, I have instructions written out, guiding me step by step!

BUT, Jason and the kids use the TV quite a bit. Everyone is always much happier when they know where the remotes are!

Keeping them in a handy wooden bowl on one of our living room tables works for us. As you can see, the bowl is pretty beat up. But, it is easy to access. I find the easier things are to put away, the better the odds that they’ll actually end up in the right place!

Wooden bowl to keep all of the remote controls neat and tidy in the living room.

4. Vacuum and dust the living room 1 – 2 times weekly

It’s a necessary evil, but a space just looks so much more clean and put together after dusting and vacuuming. Both of these tasks are great chores for kids!

Most homes can get away with dusting only once a week. Vacuuming should probably be completed two times each week.

If you have a no shoes in the house policy, this helps tremendously! We don’t, but I sure would like to move to that.

5. Keep magazines and books under control

If you love magazines and/or books (guilty!), it’s crucial to have a place to keep them. This turns into more of a decluttering issue than “cleaning”, but be sure to recycle or donate books and magazines as needed.

It’s important to stay on top of this because stacks of books and magazines can give your living room a cluttered/messy look really quickly!

Magazines neatly corralled in a basket.

6. Fluff pillows, cushions, and fold blankets each day

Take a few extra minutes to make sure your sofa cushions and pillows look nice. A quick “fluff” makes a big difference in how clean a living room can look.

This winter, we all seem to want a blanket wrapped around us when we are hanging out at night.

In many home decor magazines, it’s clear that some have a knack for draping a blanket over a couch or chair and it looks like a million bucks.

I have yet to master this art! So if you are in the same boat, take a moment and fold the blankets. Ours go in an oversized basket by our fireplace.

Living room with cream and gray color scheme with goldendoodle in floor.

Doesn’t your living room look cleaner already?!!

Clean Living Room Checklist Summary:

  1. Pick up shoes, jackets, toys, etc.
  2. Take all dishes to kitchen
  3. Keep remote controls tidy
  4. Vacuum 2 times weekly; dust 1 time weekly
  5. Keep magazines and books tidy
  6. Fluff pillows and sofa cushions and fold blankets

Do these tasks and your living room will look like a million bucks! Of course an occasional thorough / deep cleaning will need to happen. But, if you do all of the above on a regular basis, the deep cleaning will be much easier!

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  1. Love all your tips and your rug! Well really your whole space! It’s so bright and clean! I do general pick up every day. I can’t stand having things out of place! Dusting, vacuuming and mopping I only do once a week.

  2. April, I love this! I hate clutter, and feel like when I do simple things such as tidy up and fold the blankets and fluff the pillows, it really makes such a difference. I love your checklist and how you have a different room for each day of the week!

  3. These are all awesome tips! The coffee table in my living room tends to be the “hub” of all junk if I don’t keep up with it, lol! Nice Article!

  4. I wish I could get away with vacuuming 2x weekly 😩 I do daily. But my favorite too has been tokeep small baskets handy to pick up small things. 3ach kid has one.

  5. Yess! I try to do as many of these as I can before bed. Nothing like waking up to a clean home.

  6. What a great checklist for keeping the living room clean! And that bowl you have your remotes in is gorgeous!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Lisa! I got the wooden bowl at a thrift shop for a couple of bucks! I wasn’t comfortable using it with food, but after cleaning, it works great for remotes!

  7. Just keeping everything picked up makes the room look so much better and livable. I only dust once a week.

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