Seasonal decorating. A term that scares me slightly. I live in a one bedroom loft and there isn’t a lot of room. Last year I put up a Christmas tree but at that point I didn’t have a couch. This year, a Christmas tree wasn’t going to happen.I knew I wanted to do something but wasn’t really sure – then P&G asked me to be in their “Season Cleaning Holiday 2013 Challenge” and I realize it was the perfect time to get my act together and have my space start to feel like the holidays were coming. Here’s what I came up with! It’s a little more impressive when you look at the before:
Okay so the truth is that my living room had become a bit of a dog area. Pretty dusty with dog hair on the couch and clothes hanging out in the chair. Something had to change, and big time. The first thing I need to do was clean . . . and P&G sent me these lovely products to get me started.
I got a cleaning kit with Swiffer 360 dusters, Bounty paper towels, Dawn dishwashing liquid and and Febreze Air Effects spray. The first step was to clean, and I was actually excited about it, because the area needed a deep clean. Woot!
First step was to remove everything from the shelves and wash the ceramics, etc. with the Dawn. Which it awesome because it lasts two times as long as regular dish soap, and you just need a little bit. So while those were soaking, I used the Swiffer on the shelves. Um, there’s a little bit of dirt, wouldn’t you say?
I’ve been using Swiffers on these shelves the entire time I’ve lived here. They work better than feather dusters, especially the dog dander and hair that ends up there. The 360 Swiffer also has 50% more fibers than the regular Swiffer, which is probably why I trapped even more dirt.
Next step was to clean the dirty coffee table with Bounty paper towels. These paper towels are 2 times more absorbent than the ordinary brand AND they don’t tear. You can also pick-a-size which is very important to me. You know what they say about people who don’t use pick-a-size paper towels? I don’t know, but it can’t be good.
Finally I vacuumed, and saved the Febreze for the end. Because I had something important to do, which is go to The Home Depot and get the decorations and supplies for a few projects.
I didn’t realize The Home Depot had so much good stuff for the holidays – but they did. Even decorations! I picked up one nutcracker, spray paint, lights, Command strips, wood trim . . . then I went back later and bought a rug and more nutcrackers. What can I say?
Those glass containers on the coffee table were painted with red acrylic paint and I used scalloped FrogTape to make the pattern. Simply peel up when wet and let dry. Then I added plain wood acorns inside!
The ornament canvas about the couch was pretty fun to make. My boyfriend helped me with this one. We used regular wood trim and cut it to fit our canvas. We spray painted the wood trim and several plastic ornaments I got from the craft store. Then we HOT GLUED the trim and the ornaments to a plain white canvas. YEP – it was so easy and didn’t take long! Can you believe how fun it looks?
Once I was done with the canvas, I hung it up along with the Christmas lights (using the Command strips). Then I sprayed the Febreze Air Effects in the Linen & Sky scent. This was a biggie given that my living room *may* have smelled a little doggy. Yoshi loves to hang out in there! What I love about the Febreze is that it has a clean scent and it actually eliminates the odors rather than covering. So the bad smells don’t come back.
After I sprayed, I put up the remaining decorations and put the items on the shelves back. I also used some green bins I have to hide a few things during the holidays. They just happened to be the right color (don’t you love it when that happens?).
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