Hello, Clean My Space Nation and welcome to our first Clean With Me video! We thought it would be fun for you to see how I clean and then follow along. We chose the living room as our first space to tackle, not only because it happens to be the cats favourite place to hang out, but because a lot of living happens in this room (hence the name!). We eat in here, hang out, watch tv, do work…you get the idea! So it gets messy! And now it’s time to give it a good clean.

What you’ll need:

  • A laundry basket for misplaced items
  • A garbage bag
  • A recycling bag
  • Microfibre cloths – flat weave and regular
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Vacuum with a brush attachment

Wave One: Decluttering

I work my way around the room in a clockwise motion putting any items that don’t belong in the laundry basket, throwing out any garage or recylcing and just basically tidying it up to prepare it to be cleaned. I then line items up parallel and perpendicular which makes the space look a lot tidier.

Wave Two: Cleaning

This is where we dust, polish, disinfect and wipe everything down. I once again go clockwise around the room working top to bottom so I don’t miss anything. For the TV I use a flat weave microfibre cloth with a little bit of liquid. You don’t have to clean everything during this cleaning but if you notice something is dirty this is your time to get it clean!

Wave Three: Vacuuming

This is my least favourite wave, but it has to get done. I start by vacuuming my pillows. If you haven’t done your upholstery in a while, now is the time to do it. After vacuuming the pillows, give them a fluff and put them back nicely. Now move any large items out of the way to prepare to vacuum the carpet. Start by breaking the room up into three sections then vacuum from left to right using the W pattern.

Now that the room is done I just need to clean up any dirty dishes that were put into the laundry basket and get rid of the garbage and recycling. The room does look great and it only took about 20 minutes. The trick is to be systematic and organized. I hope you enjoyed cleaning with me and please let me know which room you would like to clean with me next!

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  1. I’ve seen one woman re-purpose hers as a Christmas Tree skirt. Needless to say, it was beautiful! And, she and her husband enjoyed it every year!


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