3 Weeks to a Cleaner Home, Day 1 The Dining Room

Today I am worked in my dining room. I picked this room to start because it seemed to be the easiest in my home. I was able to get the kids to help and we cleaned from ceiling to floor. We did not have any de-cluttering to do in this room.

Here is my room before

I was able to get my kids to help out with cleaning the dining room. At first my son didn’t want to help but after I told him we could set the timer and try to get done before it goes off he was in.

Here it is after


Now doesn’t that look more inviting. The dusting I did on the ceiling and the skylights doesn’t really show up well but there were some cobwebs up in the vaulted ceiling. My curtains were washed recently and still looked good so I did not have to wash them. I did see some splattered food in few areas on the wall near where my son sits, so I quickly cleaned them up too.

If you joined me how did you do with your cleaning? Were you able to get all you wanted done in an hour?

For Tomorrow

I will be taking on my living room tomorrow. This room has more clutter than most areas of my home. The magazines and newspaper gets dumped here along with any other paper projects I might be working on.

Here is my list of what I want to accomplish in that room.

  1. Dust the ceiling
  2. Sort through the toys on the bench and get them to a manageable amount.
  3. Sort through the magazines and keep just the latest issue.
  4. Remove the paper clutter.
  5. Dust all the horizontal surfaces and pictures.
  6. Vacuum the carpet.

Be sure if you are joining me to leave a link to your blog post in the comments. If you don’t have a blog let me know in the comments how you did on your cleaning today.


Other posts in this series:

3 Weeks to a Cleaner Home

8 thoughts on “3 Weeks to a Cleaner Home, Day 1 The Dining Room”

  1. Hi Shelly, 

    Your kids are such great helpers. 🙂 Your dining room looks great, too. Our dining room is pretty simple, but it constantly needs to be cleaned & vacuumed. I clean the table & chairs just about every day, they’re wood. Then one of my older kids has a chore to vacuum the dining room 1-2x per day, depending on how many cheerios, bread, and chip crumbs are on the floor. lol  

    1. I am glad my youngest is better at keeping his food on the table now. I remember having to sweep each day a few times a day just to keep the food off the floor. Having dogs that will eat anything that hits the floor is helpful too. Well until they eat something they shouldn’t.

  2. I’m so glad to see your son helping out! He seems like he is doing much better 🙂

    Our dog cleans up after the kids at our house too. I never knew how much help it was until he was at the groomer one day and there was food all over after lunch!

  3. *I am currently in that sweep every 5 minutes (it seems) stage. Allergies and aversions to dogs keep the broom and dustpan in my hands! Ahh.

    I might be able to join you on some of these challenges as I am trying to get our house back in order after a little bit of “time off”.


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