By: Gemma Leggett

Cleaning Your Home Right Before Christmas

Tags: Christmas Cleaning, Home, Planning and organization

The holiday season can be stressful on its own with the preparations for the big day and hosting and attending holiday parties, but one should not forget to catch up on home cleaning either. It can be hard to cram in cleaning while juggling between wrapping presents and baking Christmas cookies, but with the right plan, it’s easier than you think. Dividing the work on several days will help you squeeze it into your schedule. You won’t even have to block out an entire day if you commit a few hours daily to the cleaning process as you count down the final days of Advent. Getting your home neat, clean and tidy right before Christmas Day is possible if you follow a simple schedule. 

Day 5
Laundry and dishes should be maintained as usual; especially dishes which have to be done on a daily basis, but if you are lagging somewhat behind, take some extra time to catch up with it. In that way, they’ll not stand in your way, and you can move onto other activities without any hindrances. Your kitchen counter and sink will be clean, and there will be no random clothes lying around.

Day 4
Bathrooms get dirty and dusty very frequently by nature and they require constant maintenance. Use Day 4 to clean all of your bathrooms and disinfect sinks, faucets, toilets, mirrors, bathtubs and showers. Leave out the floors and clean them the day before Christmas. If you are expecting guests/family to stay at your place for Christmas, prepare and wash all towels, sheets and blankets to welcome your guests with fresh bedding. 

Day 3
Dust accumulates easily, so dusting off your knick-knacks, counters and shelves 3 days before Christmas is just perfect. Work your way from the top to the bottom to avoid spreading the dust on the parts that you’ve already finished. Clean all rooms (except the kitchen) to avoid digging out the supplies again on another day. While you are dealing with dust anyway, pick up the vacuum cleaner and vacuum the floors and carpets, and don’t forget the corners and areas that are hard to access. If you still find the time, mop your tiles, wood floors and vinyl, or simply leave it for the next day.

Day 2
You’ve probably been busy in the kitchen in the past several days with preparing stuffing, pudding and other food that can be kept in the freezer until Christmas dinner. Now we are one day before the big day, and it’s time to polish up the kitchen. Deep-clean the kitchen appliances (stove, microwave, electric kettle, etc.) and the kitchen sink. Clean out your fridge and toss out spoiled food to make room for the weekend meals and leftovers. Wipe the counter and dusty shelves, too. After that, clean your bathroom floors and touch up areas that got dirty again in the past five days. 

Day 1
Enjoy Christmas day in a clean and cozy home with your family. Gather together to open presents and revel in other family Christmas traditions.

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