Neglected home-cleaning tasks add an extra level of stress over the holidays that you simply don’t need.
The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. It’s a time for cooking, baking, gift-giving and making merry, yet many people obsess over the many cleaning tasks they’ve skipped throughout the year. Of course you want your home to be a beacon of holiday cheer, but with shopping, running errands, work and family obligations, keeping it clean can be an insurmountable task. Read on for some practical tips to keep your house tidy during the holiday season!
Focus on the Foyer
The foyer is the area people will see first upon entering your home, so it’s important to make a good first impression. Spruce up your entryway by wiping down your front door (it’s OK to admit this is something you rarely do).
Give that dusty doormat a solid shake and make sure that dirt and debris haven’t collected in the nooks and crannies of the threshold. Add fresh flowers or a festive holiday poinsettia, and your guests will think you worked all week to spruce up!
Clear the Coat Closet
Take a quick check through your coat closet and make room for your friends’ and family’s coats when they come to visit. Add extra hangers and transfer any non-essential items to another room. You’ve been meaning to put those flip-flops and sandals away for months now anyway, right? Then make yourself a solemn promise to tackle that pile come January, so you don’t end up moving it again next year!
Keep it in the Kitchen
The kitchen is arguably one of the most important rooms during any holiday celebration. It’s the heart of the home, isn’t it? So make sure your kitchen looks and smells nice before guests arrive.
Flush your sink with boiling water and lemon (or baking soda and white vinegar if it’s really bad), and don’t forget to check around light fixtures and switch plates for dust. This holiday season does not involve bunnies of any kind, especially the dust variety!
Don’t Abandon the Bathroom
It may not be enough to simply wipe the bathroom down with some deodorizing cleaner. Instead, you may need to push up those sleeves and really get in there!
Use a stiff-bristled brush and scouring powder to brighten up the grout and tackle the nooks and crannies around the sink and tub. Some people take this opportunity to clean out their medicine cabinet as well, because everyone knows Aunt Ethel will sneak a peak!
Snuff Out Smells
If, despite your best cleaning efforts, your home doesn’t smell quite as festive as you’d hoped, brew a quick pot of coffee. That familiar smell will cover up just about anything and buy you some time to find the source of the sourness.
Or add some orange and lemon slices, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla (or any classic holiday spices you prefer) to a small saucepan of water and heat gently on the stove. The smell will infuse your home, and your guests will believe you spent the day baking yummy treats.
If you have throw rugs around your home, scoop up those dirty things and throw them in the washing machine. If you can, keep them out of sight until after your holiday get-togethers are done. If you simply can’t help yourself, place them where incoming guests can wipe their feet and move on.
No one wants to attend a holiday party reminiscent of their grandmother’s parlor, with its plastic-wrapped lampshades and vinyl slipcovers.
Forget it All and Hire a Professional House-Cleaning Team
Of course, if you want to simply enjoy the holiday season with your friends and family, leave all this home cleaning business to the professionals. Contact a residential cleaning service in your area to handle all the unpleasant and time-consuming tasks. Meanwhile, you can shop, bake, decorate and wrap gifts to your heart’s content, instead of fretting all season long about those obnoxious home cleaning tasks.