We all look forward to the holidays, the food, the guests, the Christmas carols, the presents and the overall ambiance of love and warmth.  And getting your house ready for Christmas is part of the fun.  Putting up the decorations and tree awakens your festive spirit.  But before we get to the fun part, we need to tackle one great chore first:  house-cleaning.

 

Here are our ideas to help you clean efficiently and prepare your home for Christmas:

  1. Plan ahead.

Go around the house and take note of what needs to be done and where.   Make a list of what needs to be cleaned and vacuumed, also a list of what to buy.  You can hire professional cleaners to do some of the heavier work like carpet cleaning.

Suggested areas to be surveyed for cleaning:

  • Home for ChristmasBedrooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Hallways
  • Entry areas
  • Carpet
  • Floors

Ideas on what to stock up on:

  • Tissue boxes
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Cleaning products like laundry and dishwashing detergent
  1. De-clutter.

Pick up small items that are scattered around the house on tables or shelves.  Anything that is not valuable or useful is considered clutter.  But if everything you have has sentimental value, then you’ll need to make a choice.  Only put out one or two items and store the rest.  Assign a box, basket or drawer for other small items people tend to leave around.

Examples of clutter you should keep or get rid of:

  • Breakable bric-a-brac (especially if your houseguests have small children)
  • Old magazines, junk mail, catalogues and books you don’t read
  • Knick-knacks on the tables that you don’t really value
  • Old clothes that don’t fit or you no longer wear
  1. Dust and wipe.

Wipe down and disinfect surfaces, and work on removing stains.

  • Shelves and cupboards
  • Doors and door knobs
  • Photo frames
  • Upholstery like couches and chairs
  1. Wash and/ or shine.

Wash anything made of fabric and if it looks too old, replace it.  Wash the other items to disinfect and remove any odour.  Polish carefully to make them spotless.

  • Special dinnerware
  • Table linen
  • Bed linen
  • Rugs
  • Mirrors
  • Stove top
  • Kitchen table
  • Fridge
  • Appliances
  • Windows
  • Rubbish bins
  1. Finally, it’s time to bring out the decorations. 

Dust them off, hang them up and delight in the dazzle and colour they bring to your home.

Arrange your Christmas ornaments:

  • Christmas tree and trimmings
  • Wreaths
  • Christmas stockings
  • Flowers or candles
  • Christmas lights

From cleaning to decorating, we hope our ideas helped make your household’s preparation for the Christmas season easier.  You can confidently welcome your guests and enjoy the holiday season when your home is organized and beautiful despite the rush and all the activities.

Image:  Andrew Malone