The living room and family room are my favorite rooms to clean. I love to sit in a clean living room and read and relax. These rooms are also the easiest to clean if they are free of clutter. If you need to declutter these rooms, then see my page on Living Room and Family Room Organization.
When I clean these rooms I set a timer to fifteen minutes. It shouldn't take you any longer than this to clean these rooms.
If it does, then you may have too many knick knacks to dust. If that's the case, it may be time to think about alternate storage for these items. For instance, you could display a collection in a cabinet behind glass that blocks out dust.
Whether it's too much clutter, or too much knick knacks slowing you down from a clean living room, you need to deal with it to move forward.
Now that the clutter is gone and the knick knacks are stored and displayed for easy cleaning, let's walk through the easiest and fastest way to clean the living room and family room.
Tidy up first putting away all toys, magazines, newspapers, etc.
Dust everything with your Swiffer Duster starting at the top and work your way down (don't forget to dust the blinds)
Dust the baseboards if the room is heavily used, otherwise dust these monthly
Pledge all hardwood furniture every other week
Clean only the dirty portions of your windows with Sprayway and wipe with a micro fiber cloth (for more window cleaning tips, see my page on window cleaning)
Vacuum only the traffic areas (vacuum the furniture and under furniture only once a month or so)
Wash your washable curtains
Vacuum non-washable curtains
Dust ceiling fans and clean light fixtures
Vacuum all the corners and edges of the room (this is needed to vacuum up spiders and their eggs to avoid future cobwebs and may need to be done every couple of months)
Now, enjoy your living room!