It’s the holiday season! Are You Prepared?
The holiday season is synonymous with delicious cuisine and valuable time spent with family. Unfortunately, some of us associate the holidays with heaps of dishes, hectic schedules, and the need to entertain people. Holidays are an excellent opportunity to rejoice! Don’t let the responsibilities of entertaining and cleaning distract you from having a wonderful time.
Use this list to keep track of your chores. Get everyone in the family participate if at all feasible.
Don’t put it off. You do not need to set aside four or six consecutive hours to complete the task. Clean your house in small chunks throughout the following few days to spread out the workload.
Get everyone in the family involved, even older children.
To make place for guest coats, begin with the entryways, foyer, and central closet area.
Take a small block of time the next day to clean toilets, corridors, and sitting places.
Next, tidy your guests’ bedrooms and any other spaces they may visit.
Purchase a microfiber cloth and a mophead.
Cleaning Up Following the Holidays
It’s the Christmas season, so there’s plenty of time to spend with family and friends. However, it also involves a lot of cleanup once the guests have left. With these simple Christmas cleaning ideas, you can give your home a fresh start in time for the new year — or perhaps simply your next party!
Get rid of any undesirable goods. It’s the thought that counts, but don’t allow good intentions contribute to your post-holiday clutter. If guests insist on bringing a present, make it something appetizing that everyone can enjoy. Otherwise, return any unwanted presents. Consider donating such items to a charity of your choice if it is appropriate. Without those extra items, holiday cleaning will be much easier.
Examine the holiday cards you received in the mail and make a note of who sent them to you. Use this as a thank-you list or the beginning of your Christmas card list for the next year. Then, clip the photos from the charming cards, attach thread, and use them as free gift tags. Throw the ones you don’t want in the recycle bin, and you’ll be well on your way to cleaning up after the party.
Clean up the guest room. To keep the bedsheets fresh, wash them in warm or hot water with a capful of white vinegar. While the sheets are drying, use your vacuum’s upholstery attachment to completely clean the mattress, paying specific attention to the seams. To make your next guests feel at ease, replace the bedding and fluff the pillows.
When it comes time to take down the Christmas lights, one simple method will save you time the next year: Wrap light strings around a piece of cardboard or a paper towel tube to keep them orderly and simple to unravel the following season. This also prevents you from becoming the neighbor who still has string lights strung up outside on Valentine’s Day.
When does your garbage collection service pick up Christmas trees? Find out so you may place your tree curbside according to the collection schedule. If you don’t have to worry about pine needles spreading throughout the house, cleaning up after your party will be much easier.
How to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests
Guests and the festive season go hand in hand. Occasionally, guests appear with short notice. It’s all part of the season’s fun and excitement. Molly Maid is here to provide tips on how to swiftly prepare your home for unexpected visitors such as family members, acquaintances, or neighbors.
Everyone must pitch in! Gather the entire family in the kitchen and assign cleaning/decluttering tasks. Priority should be given to high-traffic, visible places.
Because it’s the holidays, keep munchies on hand. What a treat it would be to have cookie dough on hand to bake? Fresh-baked cookies, and the wonderful aroma that goes with them, are extremely inviting.
Make certain that the family is presentable. Who requires a new shirt? What person has a stain on their pants? Who is still wearing their pyjamas? Nobody expects you to dress up for a drop-in, but a hat or a ponytail holder may do wonders for dirty hair!
Play some Christmas music in the background.
Almost finished. Finally, go through the house quickly. Are there clean hand towels and toilet paper in the restrooms? Are there any messes or tripping risks, such as children’s toys in the hallways? Is your coffee table tidy? Carry a laundry basket around with you to quickly collect errant objects, then store the basket in a closet for later use. Finally, double-check those cookies before the doorbell rings!