All Around the House forum: Week Five - Living Room / Family Room

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Apr 25, 2011 9:18 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
I was just wondering.
Do you have a Living Room AND a Family Room, or just one room where everyone gathers to watch TV and play games and just BE with each other?

In our home we actually DO have two rooms. We have a regular living room complete with a large screen TV and the Wii, a couch and a sofa, a large rocker that the 'other grandpa' loves to sit in when he comes to visit, and my overstuffed rocking recliner. This is also the room where the older members of the family gather to watch TV together and where I have my computer (laptop).

So this room does get very messy and cluttered. When Week Five comes around I'm always amazed at just how much I don't see in this room the other four weeks of the month!

The younger kiddos have the Family Room - we actually call it the Play Room. This is where the board games and video games are stored, and where the DVD player and XBox reside. It's also the room with the wood stove, so things get very dusty very quickly. Thankfully, because of the younger kiddos, this room gets picked up on a more than daily basis, so it's never too far out of 'whack'. But, it takes a good hour every week to get it cleaned from top (cobwebs caused by wood heat) to bottom (juice spills on the floor), and corner to corner (the cats are shedding!).

So, I'm pretty psyched up when it comes to Week Five! Let's get to it, shall we?
So, in keeping with what I wrote above, today's Mission is to go into your living rooms and stand there. While you are standing there I want you to look around you and look at the flat surfaces (end tables, coffee tables, tops of tv's/entertainment centers, bookcases, mantles, etc).

What do have on these surfaces? Are they the same decorative things that you have always had? Do you really love them? Are they cluttered up with too many things? Too many ducks, bunnies,candles, cows, precious moments etc? Do they still bring you joy and do you still love seeing them in your living room? Or are you just used to them being there and you really don't see them at all?

Your mission is to get rid of the stuff that is cluttering up your living room. Take 5 minutes to let go of some things. I am willing to bet that more of you will find you do want to get rid of some things because they do not bring you joy and you are just used to them being there.

What do you think?
When you are done, come on over to the Weekly posting here and let us know what you did and how you feel.


Now, I may actually do this Mission on Monday ... but I like doing it on Tuesday, too.
Let's have a detailed vacuuming session. This means to vacuum the room, making sure to get up against the baseboards and to get under the furniture. Please be careful that you don't hurt yourself trying to move furniture. If it is too difficult to get under the couch or chairs then just try to get as close to the base of the furniture as you can. Don't forget the corners!! And up the walls to the corners of the ceilings!

Have fun and don't get sidetracked!
If you DID get sidetracked, come over to the Weekly posting here and let us know what you did!


OK - this one I get to do in BOTH rooms:
For today you are to take 5 minutes and dust the decorative items in your living room. The picture frames, lamps, lampshades and knick knacks, this is a detailed dusting. Turn on the music and move quickly, you will be amazed at how fast you can to this!!!

Did you uncover some more clutter? If you tossed some more clutter today, come over to the Weekly posting here and let us know what you released!


OK. What more can we do in our Family Rooms or Play Rooms? How about dusting those neglected areas? You know what they are, right? Grab a feather duster or dust rag and go after the tops of door jambs, tops of pictures, molding, windows, corners of the ceiling and the tops of your curtains. It is amazing at what gathers higher up!

I happen to be rather short, so I often forget to look UP even though our ceilings are rather low!

Now do not get obsessed and start tearing the room apart. Just look up and dust! If you have something with a long handle it makes this easier. A tip for those of you with high
(Cathedral) ceilings: get a long section of small diameter PVC pipe and drop the handle of your feather duster in it, secure it with a strip of duct tape and start dusting away! PVC pipe is readily available in any home improvement store.


Today is the last day of the Living Room and Play Room Week. Your mission for today is to place something pretty in these room that is just for you.

I am thinking of some lovely flowers that are from your garden or a small bouquet that you can purchase for just a few dollars. Maybe you have a lovely arrangement or plant somewhere in your home that would be just right in your freshly cleaned living room!

Then, just sit back this evening and enjoy the beauty of your room!

Do you have some comments or stories about your adventures this week? Then, come over to the Weekly posting here and tell us all about it!

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Apr 26, 2011 8:30 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Will be back tomorrow for some direction. Thank You,
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Apr 27, 2011 7:24 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Having problems reading so DH really INCREASED my font size for me. Having cataract surgery soon. Won't be posting much till it's over. I'll be with you all though - every day. DH reads posts to me when I'm having a hard time...Very boring - no reading, no sewing, etc for a while. But we did get some books on tape so that helps. Find out Monday when the surgery will be.....
Great excuse for dust though - RIGHT???? I can't see it so it isn't there!!!
Apr 27, 2011 1:54 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh Barb, I LOVE your sense of humor Rolling on the floor laughing Let us know when you get a date.

Arlene - welcome HOME! I bet the change in weather is not so fun though, huh?

Candyce, this house does not have a formal living room and family room. Just one room and nothing formal Hilarious! BUT, it does have the wood stove. But today the AC is on Whistling

Bad storms and super cells and tornadoes all moving this way.... I'm getting too old for this.

Apr 27, 2011 2:46 PM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
Please be safe Vic. I'll say many prayers ....
Apr 27, 2011 3:00 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Thank you Barb Lovey dubby God bless you!
Apr 27, 2011 10:36 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Back from CA and just cruising through. Dead tired; give me a couple of days. Cleaning is LAST on the list; haven't even unpacked the suitcase.
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Apr 29, 2011 8:46 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
vic ~

I haven't seen any posts from you. Are you and yours OK?
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Apr 29, 2011 9:48 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I'm here :-) - and hurting for all those that aren't.

What a mess further south, huh?

Group hug to all....


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