Cleaning & Organizing

The 2015 New Year’s Cleaning Challenge: Are You Ready Chicago & Indianapolis?

New Year, new priorities! As we bid farewell to 2014, it’s time to focus on New Year’s Resolutions that will help us live a simpler, stress-free 2015. We believe that the best place to start is—you guessed it—home sweet home.

Inspired by Organized Homes’ 2015 New Year Cleaning Challenge, we decided to compile our favorite new year cleaning tips for your space. Let’s dive right in:


  1. Give shoes a home with a shoe rack. If they can’t fit on your rack, they don’t belong in your entryway.
  2. Ditto for coats and jackets. Install a few hooks to house them and store the rest in your closet.
  3. Avoid placing chairs or tables in the space. They tend to accumulate clutter.

Living Room

  1. Become best friends with your vacuum and dust your space weekly.
  2. If possible, wash shams and furniture covers at least once a season. Wipe any non-removable upholstery with a gentle cleaning cloth.
  3. Clean your windows! Spotless panes make all the difference in the world.


  1. Clean your counter tops before bed each evening.
  2. Regularly wipe down all of your kitchen appliances.
  3. Don’t forget about your fridge! Regularly scan the space for expired condiments or forgotten leftovers. Periodically remove all the contents to wipe down the shelving.


  1. Scrub the sink, toilet, and shower with disinfectant cleansers.
  2. Make your reflection shine and thoroughly clean your mirror.
  3. Mop or sweep the floor and cleaning tools to rid them of dust bunnies, hair, and any other debris.


  1. Don’t let under the bed become a clutter zone. If possible, keep it entirely clear.
  2. Clean out your closet to free up space.
  3. Wash your sheets weekly in warm water.

If you need a hand getting your goals into gear, use Organized Homes’ house cleaning checklist to get started. As our favorite house cleaning blog, this site is chock-full of tips and tricks to make 2015 your most organized year yet. After the chaos clears, The RoomPlace is available to offer you furniture and tools to help with your clutter-free goals!

Cleaning & Organizing Design Tips Living Rooms

4 Tips for Buying Pet Friendly Furniture from The RoomPlace

Newsflash: Your pets and your home decor can coexist peacefully! With these buying tips, you won’t have to sacrifice any aspect of your home sweet home from beautiful, elegant furniture or snuggle time with your favorite feline or canine companion.

Be a Matchmaker

A black upholstered sofa might make a dramatic impact on your space, but the white fur that clings to it has a way of deadening the effect. Select fabric that either matches the general shade of your pet or features a bold pattern. This will distract from the pesky stray hairs that will inevitably follow when you have a pet in the home.

Focus on Durability

Microfiber is king among pet friendly fabrics for sofas. This synthetic fabric is tightly knit and not easily ripped, torn, or scratched. Leather is another durable option for pet resistant furniture. While it isn’t completely bulletproof – repeated cat scratching will take its toll – a piece like the Odyssey will see your canine companion through its rebellious puppy years and into mellow adulthood.


Create Limits
Furniture can serve as a creative way to create boundaries for your pet. Ottomans, benches, and occasional tables are the perfect way to artfully prevent your pup from straying into a do not enter zone, saving you from an eyesore of a fence or pet crate. When your pup isn’t around, you can simply move the pieces to suit your needs. Make sure that these pieces are upholstered in the dog friendly furniture fabric we mentioned above.

Train for Your Furniture’s Sake

Even the best pets can get a little rambunctious sometimes. In general, pet owners will want to learn how to keep dogs off furniture, as this will minimize the risk of any unexpected accidents. Also regularly trim your cat’s claws to eliminate kneading damage.

Gearing up to augment your home with new furniture? The RoomPlace team can provide guidance on the best option for you and your pet. We’ll help you find the perfect match!