Christmas is almost here again; as a matter of fact, today we are officially 84 days away from Christmas. So yes, it is time to start preparing, cleaning and decorating your homes. As you know, it’s the biggest holiday of the year, and it’s also the time of year when the whole family gets together.
If you grew up as I did, you are probably dismantling your home and have started cleaning. Thank God, as an adult I have developed my own traditions and cleaning techniques that eliminate this hassle. If you maintain a clean house, furniture, windows, all year through, there will be no reason to feel overwhelmed come the holidays. Christmas is all about fun, gifts, food, and spending time with friends, family and more.
Don’t be confused about where to start or to end when it comes to cleaning, because as we all know cleaning for Christmas can be endless. Making your Christmas list and having all other planning for the holidays done in time is one thing, but letting your holiday cleaning and organisation overwhelm you is another matter.
• Before you start, make sure you have a pair of rubber gloves or two, a few cleaning cloths, a toothbrush (assign for cleaning only), soap solution, disinfectant, and hand towels. You do not have to clean your entire home in one day. Turn tasks into a family effort and get the husband and kids involved; assign chores. Remember, many hands make light work.
• Walk through your home with a visitor’s eye, making notes of any imperfections you may be used to but which guests will notice, such as house plants with dead leaves. Remove dead leaves, fertilise, and maybe even repot your plants. Remove clutter, donate what you do not need but which is still good, or store away neatly.
• Wash and shine windows. Dry clean or wash your window treatments if you plan on using them for the season. If not, it’s not too early to put up the new ones. In cases where you ordered custom-made treatments, your drapery specialist will install them for you.
• Launder or change shower curtains and bath mats, deep clean bathroom and medicine cabinets (yes, people will look).
• Clean range or stove-top surfaces and ovens, and it may also be a good time to replace the burners.
• Clean refrigerator, get rid of all the salad dressings and other condiments that have expired or whose taste you just did not like; make room for those yummy Christmas goodies. Please remember to dust the top of your refrigerator.
• Wipe and clean all large and small appliances, and clean kitchen cabinets inside and out.
• Clean and polish the kitchen sink and dish drainer.
• Polish your door knobs...yes I said it; it’s something we tend to forget.
• Dust all surfaces, including bookshelves, photo frames, art, ceramic collection. Remember to clean and dust your ceiling and/or standing fans.
Decorate with fresh flowers, scented candles, plug-ins, Christmas lights, ornaments, wreaths and a Christmas tree.
So, whether you own your home or condo, or rent an apartment, cleaning and getting your home ready for Christmas should not be a painful task. Make sure you clean and decorate it to the best of your ability during Christmas and always because it will not only make your home feel cosy, but it will give you inspiration every time you walk through the door. Plan to make this holiday season memorable, and you and your family will be thankful you did. Enjoy!