Hopefully you spent some of your weekend catching up on your shows, because today's spring cleaning task is all about your home's main entertainment area. If it's possible, I'm asking that you don't turn the TV on tonight until you spend some time cleaning up around the TV—on top of and throughout your media center area.
If you can swing it, I always find that it helps to tidy the TV area while it's plenty light outside. Your static-y electronics love to cling to every bit of dust that they can, and something about the sun streaming in the windows magnifies every last bit of it. (A fact I hate when I have people in my living room after a Sunday brunch, but thoroughly enjoy when I'm in clean mode and need the satisfaction of seeing it disappear.) Let's go!
TODAY'S 20-MINUTE TASK
Tidy the Entertainment Center or Media Area
Just like we did around the home office area, the mission today is to deep clean the TV, your other nearby electronics and the area around them.
- Grab your vacuum and clear the dust bunnies from the whole area, including behind the TV, around the other components (like your cable box or game console), and from all sides of your speakers. A brush attachment makes quick work of getting the dust out from vents.
- Make sure your TV is turned off and give the screen a wipe down with a dry, soft cloth (like microfiber). If you have a flat screen TV, pay mind to being especially gentle—you don't want to apply too much pressure for fear of scratching the screen or damaging the components within. If, after a dry wipe, your screen needs more TLC, you can lightly dampen your cloth with water (or a mix of water and a bit of vinegar) and wipe (not scrub!) the screen again.
- Sanitize your remote controls. They get a lot of use, and while you should likely be tackling this task more frequently than with every spring clean, now's as good a time as any to get it done. Dampen a cloth with a bit of rubbing alcohol and wipe the surface, using an alcohol-dampened cotton swab (or a toothpick) to get to the space between the buttons.
- If you have any time left, scope inside your media center cabinets and drawers and consider purging a few things from your DVD or game collection. You can donate any movies or games that are in good shape to a local library, shelter or veterans services association.
How did that go? And more importantly, what are you watching tonight when you're done?