This is part 6 of the series 7 Days to a Cleaner Home This series details how I get my whole house in company order in the space of 7 days.
The dining room should be a cinch to clean.
I mean we just eat there right? Wrong! We also dump our mail there, do crafts there, homeschool there, and read the paper there. For some reason in my nuclear and extended family it is a genetic trait to do most of our living in the dining room. So more than cleaning it needs tidying. Constantly.
Your 7 Days to a Clean Home Dining Room Cleaning Method
So my dining room also tends to be a catch all for junk mail, discarded backpacks, and anything else my family can think of. As a result, we’re going to start off by dealing with those things.
In addition to your dry room cleaning kit get a large basket and a garbage bag. (A laundry basket works just as well). Put these items at the entrance to your dining room.
- Start by getting rid of junk mail and dealing with other papers that don’t belong there. Use a shredder if needed. Go get it from the home office and plug it in. Use it.
- Cull all newspapers and magazines. Recycle what you don’t need or want anymore and the stuff you still want stack neatly somewhere. Preferably near your desk so you can go through them and move them on quickly. Make an immediate future goal to take 10 minutes a week to go through these things if they tend to get out of hand in your home. This small act goes a long way in keeping things clean.
- Pile the things that go into other rooms in your basket or bag. We will put these away when we’re done as opposed to just dumping them in their respective rooms.
- It’s time to start dusting. Dust along the ceiling corners, over the door jam and behind the door to your dining room.
- Dust along the baseboards also.
- Do you have surfaces other than the dining table and chairs in this room? A side table? A bookshelf? Dust them. Use your dust rag. If you use furniture cream or wood oil now is a good time to use it if you haven’t in a while. Keep your surfaces well taken care of.
- Now we want to get that dining table cleared off all the way. Wipe it down with a damp cloth. And don’t forget the table legs. Do you have a centerpiece for it? Make sure it’s nice and clean (fake…I mean faux plants get very dusty clean them in a paper bag with uncooked rice, shake it up) and set in the middle of your now clean table.
- Clean the dining chairs and dining table with a damp rag. Make an appointment on your calendar to clean your chairs once a week or every two weeks. I clean ours twice a month (but they get swept off after each meal).
- Now sweep and vacuum your floor. This is quick clean time but make an appointment to clean the base boards next time you give your dining room a deep cleaning.
- Do you tend to open a keep all mail on the dining table? Get a small basket for this and keep it at the end of the table. Better yet make a point to look for something you can mount on the wall that can hold unopened mail. I found one in a second hand store. Make another appointment on your calendar to go through all excess mail and papers that need to be filed.
- If you issue is crafts or homeschooling make a point to have a central place to keep all these things when not in use. Get a small bookshelf to store supplies
- Open a window (if there is one in this room) to let in fresh air.
Tips for future deep cleaning
- Clean the light fixtures
- Wipe down baseboards
- Mop floor if bare
- Have rug cleaned
- Replace table centerpiece
- Wipe down walls.
- Dust top of doorways
Turn out the lights and pat yourself on the back.
Tomorrow it’s time to showcase your work and some final thoughts…