I know it may seem like this is planning mad, but around 6 weeks before Christmas I start to plan not only the gifts and the decorations but also meal planning and cleaning the home. It’s a family affair too, as I do make sure that I divvy the tasks to include everyone. Experience has shown me that if the children (ahem and other half) are involved in the pre-Christmas prep, life is so much easier over the Christmas period.
I’m going to concentrate on cleaning in this post. Everyone’s home is different, and we all have different pressures on us around this time. You might be like me, and its busy right up untill the big day, but you start early and divide up the chores, doing a little each day or week. Or maybe you have just completed some home renovations (which is so common in the run up to Christmas) and then I would recommend after builders cleaning service, and get the experts in to help.
- Divide the tasks in a way that works for you.
- Start at the top of the home and work downwards.
- Buy cleaning supplies
- Book a Christmas delivery slot
- I have a dedicated Christmas planner, which I use every year, it saves so much time to have it all in one place.
Starting with the kids rooms
- declutter any of the toys, clothing, shoes or books that they have grown out of. Divide into piles, special things can be saved and items for charity, placed in bags for collections or taken to a charity shop.
- Move larger items and give everywhere a through clean.
- Make sure any stains or repairs are dealt with.
- Clean all of the bathroom
- If you have any limescale on showers or taps, now is the time to tackle it.
- Any empties can be put into recycling. Also go through the products to check what you have, and if there are any gaps. This might be the time to add them to your christmas wish list, or alternatively add them to
- Think about fresh towels, invest in some new ones if you need to.
- This is one reason I start very early and its because it give me the opportunity to go through both of these, and use up things. Once its near empty, it makes it so much easier to deep clean. I always use hot soapy water to do this, as it had no odor, and gives it a really good clean.
- Declutter any cupboards
- Wipe down walls, tiles and splashbacks. If you have marks that you can’t get rid of try a magic eraser.
It’s always good to depp clean both of these before Christmas. More regularly is better, however its one job I hate, so don’t do it as often as I should. You may want to hire a professional, and if you do, try to get this booked in quickly, as they do get booked up at this time of year.
A microwave is a lot easier to give a deep clean to. I use a microwave dish full of water with a lemon cut in half in the water, put it on full power for three minutes, then leave for around ten minutes. Then open the microwave and clean it out. Any residue should clean easily.