Hints to Keep the House Tidy During Holiday Season
Though fun and exciting, the holiday season can be a hectic time of year. Parties and gatherings can throw your routine completely out of whack. In addition, streams of visitors and guests mean your home needs to be tidy but also leave you with little time to stick to your daily house cleaning schedule. The following holiday cleaning tips can help you maintain a festive mood while keeping your home both fresh and functional.
Create a Holiday Cleaning CaddyHoliday home cleaning will be much easier if you’ve got all the best cleaning supplies ready to go. Load a shower caddy or handled basket with frequently used cleaners and tools, such as:
- Microfiber cloths
- Scrub brushes
- A spray bottle of vinegar or your go-to all-purpose cleaner
- A spray bottle of water
- Baking soda
- Dishwashing gloves
Decorate with PurposeYou’ll undoubtedly be doing some seasonal decorating for fall and winter festivities. Make these efforts count twice by working in some holiday home cleaning as you go! Dust off mantlepieces and sideboards when you set out menorahs or nativity scenes. Or give your dining room a good cleaning as you prepare to display your kinara or cornucopia. You get the picture. Wherever you're decorating, take the opportunity to employ some holiday cleaning tips, too.
Clean as You CookFood is the cornerstone of traditional celebrations across many cultures, so it should come as no surprise that our holiday home cleaning tips incorporate the kitchen. It’s easy to get overwhelmed once plates and cookware start piling up in the sink while grease spatters and spills slowly take over your stovetop. Wash a round of dishes while the potatoes cook or wipe down the counters while the chicken roasts to help keep kitchen messes in check. You’ll thank yourself later.
Prioritize Holiday Cleaning ProjectsOne of the best ways to work holiday housekeeping into your daily cleaning schedule is to set priorities. Think of the areas that really deserve your attention like dishes, laundry and messes that need immediate cleaning. Next, consider the places visitors will see, such as guest rooms, bathrooms and common spaces like the living room, dining room and kitchen. Focus your efforts on these tasks and areas and leave chores like organizing your bedroom closet on hold until after the dust — and New Year’s Eve confetti — settles.
Establish Manageable GoalsThe holiday season is a busy time of year and it’s easy to get swept up in the celebratory chaos and bite off more than you can chew. However, you’ll make yourself crazy and ruin your chances of maintaining a daily house cleaning schedule if you do that. Instead, focus on small goals that are realistic, such as:
- Washing and putting away the day’s dishes away before bed
- Wiping down countertops immediately after dinner
- Dusting or folding laundry while watching television
- Writing holiday cards or wrapping gifts as you listen to relaxing music or your favorite podcast
- Vacuuming one part of the house each day
- Making sure any clean laundry is folded and stowed before you go to sleep
- Setting a timer for 30 minutes a day and cleaning whatever you can in that time
- Cleaning the bathroom once a week