The Christmas Clean Up
Christmas is the time of year for many things. It’s the time of year where your family can get together and have a great time. It’s the time of year where you spend more than you could have ever imagined. It’s the time of year where you can finally look forward to the new year, and all of the new things that are going to come your way. The whole of the festive season is going to be based around your family home, most likely. It’s going to turn into one of the most festive houses in the world we hope, but all of this attention round your home definitely calls for the Christmas clean up. It’s something that all home owners go through, and it’s definitely something that we all dread. Because there’s three parts to the Christmas clean up that happen over the matter of a few weeks. There’s the pre Christmas clean up, the during Christmas clean up, and the finale, where everything you’ve accumulated over the festive season is collected, and your home is put back to how it once was, and Christmas fades away.
The Pre Christmas Clean Up
The pre christmas clean up is one that just has to happen. You’re going to have so much commotion around your home during that time, and it’s just so hard to keep it clean whilst everyone is around. But what makes it worse is if you haven’t even done any pre Christmas cleaning. This is your time to focus on all of the little areas of your home that you might have ignored already, and get your house just the way you want it. So, to do a pre deep clean, you’re going to have to move everything. Simply moving your furniture around to get to all of the places that you haven’t been to for such a long time can make the place feel so fresh. We’re talking about all of the furniture you can move as well, not just getting the vacuum cleaner (hoover) to go under the coffee table.
Then, you need to think about the two rooms in your home that are going to get the most attention at this time of year. The first being the kitchen, and the second being the living room. It’s the one time of year where everyone seems to spend an abnormal amount of time socialising in these two rooms. On Christmas day you’ll often find that people are piled into the kitchen to try and help with the cooking, or relaxing in the living room with their feet up, waiting for the food to come out. For the kitchen, the deep clean is going to be one of the most satisfying. You’re going to have to take everything out of the cupboard, and then use a deep cleaning solution to lift off all of the dirt and grime that might have been sitting there for so long. Just like with the furniture you’ll be moving, there will be things in your cupboard that have sat in the same place since before time began. You’ll just feel like you have such a fresh mind if you have fresh cupboards for the festive season. As for the rest of the house, it’s all about making sure you’re cleaning places that you have never gone before, and trying to create as much space as possible to ensure you’re not having the most cramped Christmas.
During Christmas Clean Up
Ok, so now your mind is going to start going into panic. The Christmas clean up is one of the most daunting tasks there is. Just think about how much mess you’re going to get everywhere, how long it’s going to take you to clean it up, and how many people’s mess you’re going to be cleaning up. So, now we know your heart is racing, let’s give you some top tips to ensure the Christmas mess doesn’t get out of control. Tip number one comes first thing in the morning on Christmas day. If you have a little family running around after you, the one thing you’re going to have to deal with is wrapping paper and boxes everywhere. Things get lost, you can’t remember who got what for who, and it all becomes a nightmare. So, get your children to open their presents one by one, and every time they do they have to put their rubbish in a plastic bag, and the name tag with the present. At least then your floor remains clean, and you can actually figure out who you have to say thank you for what.
Now, then the next part is going to come when all of the food and drink is around. Just picture this. You’ve got people of all ages carrying around plates and trying to juggle a drink at the same time. It’s going to be inevitable that something spills onto your nice new carpet, and “stain” panic kicks in. If it is red wine going on lighter carpet, or something similar, you’re just in for an absolute nightmare. You might even have to have a look at Chem-Dry carpet cleaning if the stain is proving to be one that just won’t go. For any lighter spillages, just make sure you’re dabbing rather than rubbing, and finding a cleaning solution to apply asap. The last thing you’re going to want is for stains to be littered around.
The Post Christmas Clean Up
The final stage is the easiest to do. It’s the wind down from Christmas, and your home returns back to the normal abode that it once was. The best thing you can do once all of your Christmas decorations have been taken down again, is to give your house the deep clean that you are going to give it before the festive season starts. At least then you know that any dirt and grime that could have potentially come about over Christmas, will no longer be there!
Don’t let the Christmas clean get on top of you. Make sure you’re sorting things as you go, and you’ll never have to deal with the stress.
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.