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I’m a new homeowner and love entertaining in my little house that’s all my own. The only problem? The mess that’s left behind, which is all my own responsibility too. Spending time with friends in the space that I laboriously decorated is a delight, but waking up in the morning to a sticky coffee table, crunched-up chips ground into the carpet, and empty cups everywhere is almost enough to swear off ever throwing another party again.
Luckily, investing in the right tools has been a game-changer. It’s a bit of money up front, but man is it worth it in the long run. With a powerful, cordless Dyson that zips around all the nooks in my tiny space, and effective, chemical free cleaners that make me feel like I’m taking care of myself and my pup in the process, tidying up post-fiesta has never been less of a hassle.
These days, it takes me just 15 minutes to clean my entire living room. Here’s how it’s done.
Put on Some Tunes (1 minute)
Whether you’re into podcasts, audiobooks, or music, listening to something entertaining is essential to making the whole process much more enjoyable. Spinning a vacuum around to the beat of your favorite song is way better than listening to the hum of a motor (although the Dyson Cyclone V10™ vacuum is pretty quiet), and it’ll make the chores go by faster.
Gather Supplies (1 minute)
Now that you’ve got the entertainment sorted, the next step is gathering everything you’ll need before diving in. You’ll want to have a vacuum, glass and surface cleaners, a couple of microfiber cloths, and a bin for recycling or trash.
Round Up the Trash (1 minute)
Even if you’re not doing post-party cleanup, the living room often seems to be a magnet for discarded-but-not-yet-thrown-away things like old newspapers, magazines, and half-opened junk mail. Now, while you’re in the cleaning groove, is the perfect time to toss anything that should have been disposed of a while ago. Throw it all into the recycling bin you brought along for the ride.
Clean the Clutter (2 minutes)
The next step is sorting through all the stuff that’s there to stay but out of place. Take any old glasses or dishes that have been lying around and toss ‘em in the sink or dishwasher where they belong. Gather any stacks of coffee table books, knick knacks, or other decorations from surfaces like coffee tables and shelves, and set everything on the couch for now.
Dust it All (2 minutes)
From the ceiling fans and light fixtures (including lamps!), to artwork and bookshelves, the old method used to be dusting from top to bottom so that any stray dust floated downward. With a stick vacuum that converts into a handheld device at the press of a button, you don’t have to worry about working in such a systematic way — just suck up the dust in whatever order you feel like. A bonus of the Dyson Cyclone V10™ vacuum is that it still has incredible suction power, so you don’t have to waste any time going over things twice.
So Fresh and So Clean, Clean (3 minutes)
The next step is getting all the grime off of your living room’s surfaces, from the coffee table and side tables to the bookshelves. Take one microfiber cloth and your surface cleaner to these spots, and go over any mirrors or picture frames you have with glass cleaner and the remaining cloth.
Put Everything Back in its Place (1 minute)
Time to take everything off the couch and place them back where they belong, on their freshly-cleaned surfaces. This is when the satisfaction of cleanliness emerges — and you’re only eleven minutes in!
Tackle the Furniture (2 minutes)
Now that the couch is free again, it’s time to give it — and any other furniture you have — the once-over with your vacuum. If you’re using a stick vacuum, you can just zoom along with the device still in handheld mode. If you’ve gone the traditional route, you’ll have to take the extra step of transitioning the vacuum from floor mode into hose mode in order to get into all of those notorious crumb-collecting fabric folds (so add two minutes).
Finish With the Floor (1 minute)
If you’ve got a rug or two in your living room, pop your vacuum back into floor mode and vacuum them first (a speedy task with the Dyson’s bristle head designed to get deep into fabrics). Once they’re clean, fold them up and push them aside. Now that your floor is uncovered, glide the vacuum over it to complete your final cleaning step, and put the rugs back in place when you’re done.
Add Some Final Touches (1 minute)
Pop an air freshener into the wall or spritz some room freshener around for a fancy final touch. A bonus: The Dyson’s whole machine filtration has also helped ensure that nothing nasty is floating around your atmosphere.
Do a Little Dance — You’re Done (0 minutes)
Now go enjoy your day. (Congratulations, by the way.)
Cinnamon Janzer is a freelance journalist and content writer based in Minneapolis. You can read more about her at www.cinnamon-janzer.com.