The festive season is upon us, and although there is a lot to enjoy, there can also be a lot of stress. Making sure you have bought all you need, from food to gifts, as well as nativity shows, Christmas parties, visits to Santa’s grotto, and so on. Life can be hectic at this time of year. As a result, it can mean that the home can sometimes take a bit of a backseat. You might be getting festive decorations up, but is the rest of the house just full of stuff and full of clutter? Do you find it hard to maintain a good cleaning routine when you’re so busy?
Don’t forget the outside of the house as well as indoors. Give your windows an extra clean before you hang up the lights. Spruce up the garden and rake up dry leaves. They can also clog gutters which can lead to leaky roofs and water damage, among other concerns. If you feel unsafe cleaning your gutters up high, then you should hire a professional. Companies like Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning Kent can help you and provide a quality service.
Keeping up with the cleaning in the home can feel a little overwhelming sometimes. You don’t want it to take over your life, but equally, you know that dirt is piling on top of dirt! But when there are so many fun and enjoyable things to do, it can feel like the last thing that you want to be doing. However, with just a few simple changes and with some planning, it can make a difference to your holiday cleaning routine. So here are some of the things that you can do.
Stock up on your essential cleaning supplies ahead of time.
There is not much worse than getting ready to clean when you have some spare time but you haven’t got anything in to help you. That is why being prepared and having your supplies ready to go can really help you. Even if you are someone who makes their own natural cleaning products, having them made up and ready to go will make your life so much easier.
Make a list of what you need before you go to the shops, because it can be easy to go a little mad with cleaning products, especially if you would class yourself as a ‘Hincher.’ Then you can check off your list and make sure that you have enough supplies to see you through until at least January.
Declutter before the house gets full of more things.
When you have a Christmas tree up and other festive decorations, the house can feel more full. Not to mention that gifts can start piling in the house, which can leave the home feeling quite cluttered. Although this is part of the festive season, if you want it to feel less cluttered, making it easier to clean and stay on top of, then it is a good idea to have a big declutter, sooner rather than later. This can be a good idea when it comes to the kid’s toys, but also for other bits in the home that you just don’t need to have more of.
When there is a lot of ‘stuff’ in the home then it can also feel like you can miss a lot of things, especially when it comes to keeping the home clean. You might need to call pest control when you start cleaning and decluttering, as you could mice things like droppings or signs of infestations. So it really is important to stay on top of it and make sure that your home is as decluttered as possible.
Focus on the high traffic areas.
When the children are home for the Christmas holidays and you have people over to visit, there will tend to be a few rooms that are going to get used more than others. To not overwhelm yourself when there is so much else to do, keep a focus on having the high traffic areas clean and tidy, and it will not only look good, but prevent the chance of dust and dirt from being spread into other rooms.
One idea is to make sure that you have somewhere specific for shoes to go, so that winter mud and dirt doesn’t get spread throughout the house. This could be a shoe rack or a small rug, depending on the space that you have. If there are any furry friends in your home or that will be coming to visit, then make sure that you have some towels handy by the door, as they can bring in muddy pawprints if you’re not too careful.
One final last thing is to make sure that you get all of the family involved. It isn’t just down to one person in the house, because you all live there! If everyone has a set room to look after and clean, it can spread the burden and give the children some responsibility around the house.