Seasons Cleaning Christmas decorating challenge.

Enter to win a $200 Home Depot gift card - spruce up your space for Seasons Cleaning!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:

Anderson Loft Photo BeforeOkay 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.

Cleaning productsI 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!

IMG_2783First 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.

IMG_2785Next 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.

Shopping trip to Home DepotI 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?

Painted Glass JarsThose 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!

Ornament Canvas CollageThe 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?

IMG_2788Once 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?).

Anderson Loft PhotoWhat do you think? I’m SO happy with my living room. It feels so clean . . . so fresh . . . so holiday! Yay!!

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Comments

  1. Barb says

    I would start in the living room, but then proceed to the rest of the house! Would love to win!

  2. amy @ one artsy mama says

    I love your decor! Hmm, I just cleaned our living and dining rooms, but the kitchen could use it!

  3. says

    The living room is always hankering for a dusting and vacuuming… especially after I’ve hauled out the decorations. For some reason, there is no mess than rivals a post-decorating mess!

  4. Shanna @ Queen of the Castles says

    I’m a single mom of 4 and a full-time nursing student … my entire HOUSE needs a good cleaning LoL

  5. Christi Steinbeck says

    Thank you for sharing and keeping it real and showing your house and that it actually gets dirty also! Being disabled I can use all the help I can get for my cleaning needs and to keep up! Thanks again for sharing!

  6. Ashlee says

    GAH, right now (after vacation) EVERY room, but esp the living room, so we can move furniture and finally put up the tree!

  7. susan@Organized31 says

    The master bedroom. I have piles of gifts to be wrapped in the room. I need to get it all cleaned up.

  8. says

    Love your festive den! love it! The red and green balls are chic and you know I adore those pups!!!
    I have a wall of bookshelves in the den and would start taking my books off (and there are a hundred+) and clean those shelves! xo

  9. Julie Henderson says

    Hard to pick JUST one, so I’m gonna have to prioritize the rooms that need some TLC: Living room, master bdrm, & my very small-but-hopelessly disheveled craft room. Amy, you must be such a fun person, & I’m smitten w/ your cute doggy children! Blessings to everyone for a holiday season filled w/ peace & blessings.

  10. says

    I don’t like to clean these days but if I win I can sit out the cleaning supplies kind of like decorations. Thanks for the chance. Love love love your blog.

  11. Emily @ Two Purple Couches says

    I love it! Your space looks amazing! The ornaments on canvas are awesome!! My family room, kitchen, and bedroom could use a deep clean. And I always worry about our home smelling “doggy” to others.

  12. Noel says

    I have a lot of rooms to clean…basically all of them. I keep up on the cleaning from week to week but it’s hard to find time for deep cleaning.

  13. Megan says

    I need to clean the whole damn house! With 3 kids and two dogs it always needs cleaning somewhere!

  14. Haley says

    I would clean my kitchen, which is in great need of a deep clean! I’d also love to make one of those ornament canvas art projects. The gift card would be great for that!!

  15. mikele meether says

    I need the help cleaning my own house! I’m disabled and the swiffer products really help me get through my cleaning.

  16. Kim Loyer says

    Any room would be great but seeing as my living room is also my craft room divided by a couch…well that kinda says it all, doesn’t it? BTW…love, love LOVE what you did with what you had! Fabulous!

  17. Elisa B says

    At this point, it’s my bedroom. I finished my Christmas decorating and all the boxes and bits and bobs have been haphazardly shoved out of sight in my room.

  18. Autum says

    It’s a toss up between my kitchen and living room. Both will be seeing people traipse through holiday day and beyond but now that I think of it my bathroom could use it too. ;)

  19. Christina says

    Right now I need to clean the kitchen… its become a catch-all of stuff while decorating and I have a lot of baking to start next week. And my bedroom… its a mess of bags and wrapping stuff and just stuff lol.

  20. Beth N says

    My entire house needs to be cleaned… have been recovering from surgery so it is not pretty up in here!

  21. rEETU says

    You know, I think its definitely the bathroom! I mean so many people use it from being in and out of your house for get togethers!

  22. Emily romero says

    Bedroom because I started a remodel, but never got to finish it… The struggle is real lol

  23. Cath T says

    Yikes–every room. Really need to get the kitchen super clean, though, for holiday baking and meals.

  24. Liz O. says

    I need to clean many rooms but especially the basement and craft room ! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize!
    Have a wonderful day and a wonderful holiday season!

  25. christina p says

    The dining room. We don’t actually eat in there, I use it as my study room but it could really use a super clean!