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This post is all about holiday cleaning.
Do you often end up running around frantically to get your home clean and holiday ready? If so, you are far from alone. The days leading up to the holidays have a happy knack of sneaking up on you, when you are least prepared. Don’t they?
Nonetheless, being short of time to spruce up your home is not a good enough excuse to avoid doing it properly. If you believe that you can get away with dusting your shelves, doing a quick wipe to remove dirt or pushing your clutter under the sofa, I’m gonna need you to rethink your strategy.
How To Reduce Holiday Cleaning Stress
So, today I’m going to share with you 6 tips to reduce holiday cleaning stress so you can get your home prepared before guests arrive with the smallest amount of effort. After reading, getting ready will be less stressful and you can finally get into the holiday spirit.
1. Declutter Home Before Decorating Home
Don’t put off decluttering your less than tidy home, until the holidays actually arrive. It is far better to do this ahead time though (at least a week), before bringing in the Christmas tree. You can find a large box and use this to put unwanted items in, including decorations from previous years that you will no longer use and store it in a temporary location.
Then when you finally have some time, give the box to a local charity shop, to help those who are less fortunate and free up some much needed space in your house. It’s a win-win! Check out my Declutter planner in the HBH Shop as it includes a holiday cleaning checklist.
2. Focus on the Kitchen
During the holidays, the kitchen in your home is often used as a communal area, so it is important to ensure that it looks and smells nice. I mean no one wants their visitors to see a dirty kitchen. Have your cleaning supplies ready (i.e. all-purpose cleaner, dish soap, white vinegar, spray bottle, paper towels and etc) and a holiday to-do list handy. Holiday cleaning should include: wiping down counters, moping the floors, cleaning dirty dishes, cleaning out fridge and etc.
Also, most people, when they do weekly cleaning chores, don’t pay much attention to their windows or baseboards. So don’t forget to these areas to your cleaning schedule. In addition, remember to dust your light fixtures and use hot water to flush your sink drains.
3. Maximize Your Efforts With High Quality Cleaning Tools
Before the holidays arrive, stock up on some good quality cleaning products that have long-lasting effects. Preserve your energy by acquiring the right tools that will help you cut down on cleaning time. For example, when I’m cleaning my hardwood floors in areas like the dining room, I like to use Bona PowerPlus System because it keeps my floors sparkling clean.
The entire system comes with Bona Premium Microfiber Mop, a Deep Cleaning Pad, and Microfiber Dusting Pad and a Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner. The entire PowerPlus system has helped me cut down on cleaning time this holiday season and has helped me save money.
For my initial clean, I used Bona’s PowerPlus Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner and the PowerPlus Deep Cleaning Pad. To maintain the clean, I use Bona Premium Microfiber Mop and the Microfiber Dusting Pad to bring the finishing touches.
If you have carpet in areas your overnight guests will be frequenting like your living room or guest bedroom, vacuum it, remove carpet stains and if necessary do a spot clean treatment with a steam cleaner.
4. Stick to a Holiday Cleaning Schedule
It’s fine to overlook certain things while you’re rushing off to holiday parties and events. Nonetheless, there are some cleaning chores that need tending to. For example, if you’re doing the laundry, grab your laundry basket to clean wash cloths from the bathroom, table linens, and kitchen dish towels.
If cleaning the fridge, clean inside and remove expired food to make room for this year’s leftovers. Before you prepare your holiday meals, scrub the oven with a simple baking soda and water solution. And when cleaning the sink area, clean the garbage disposal, refill hand soap and wash dirty dishes in the dishwasher. If you neglect to do these things regularly, you’ll end up making more work for yourself and you’ll end up stressing yourself out.
Come up with an easy holiday cleaning schedule that you can refer to each day or week to complete these tasks. Honestly, this is a good habit to get into, even once the holiday season is over.
5. Maintain The Clean
Holiday guests always leaves things lying around even when they make an effort to tidy up. It’s really out of your control so don’t let it leave you feeling overwhelmed. You can keep your home much more orderly, if you spend extra time touching up areas to maintain the cleanliness of your home. Have easy solutions readily available like disinfectant wipes for spills and Bona’s Premium Cleaning Pad and Microfiber Dusting Pad to maintain floors.
6. Ask for Help
Your holiday cleaning would run more smoothly if you enlist the help of others. My mom and I usually tackle the cleaning ourselves before and during the festivities, but when my other family members or friends are available, they chip in too. Often, your family are more than happy to assist!
You can have your teenagers and older children put away coats from guests when they arrive, remove any clutter from the entryway and help set party food on the table. If your brother excels at turkey carving, ask him to get to your house earlier to get it ready. Don’t forget, the day should be enjoyable for you too.
The holidays should be time spent on loved ones and enjoying the season. So follow these cleaning hacks to get your home ready before the big day so you can relax and have a good time with your loved ones. If you want to learn more cleaning tips to reduce holiday cleaning stress, Bona has some smart solutions for you right here!