Excitement and enjoyment are beginning to build up as the holidays are rapidly approaching. However, the festivities also bring about a hectic pace that can also introduce some clutter and uncleanliness into your home. Furthermore, with everything happening, it is easy to miss out on other important things like keeping the house clean for you and your family!
The holidays are a time of joy and togetherness, but they can also be a time of extra mess and stress. If you’re like most people, your home is already getting cluttered with holiday decorations and gift-wrapping supplies. And, of course, there are all the extra people coming over and making themselves at home.
Here are some tips to help you keep your home clean during the holidays – without too much added stress.
Tips to Keep Your Home Clean During the Holidays
1. Create a Cleaning Schedule and Stick to it
The holidays can get pretty crazy. There is so much to do such as decorating, the different family events, getting presents and wrapping them up, and so much more. With so much on the schedule, it is easy to leave chores by the wayside. Things such as cleaning can be left undone until the last minute.
One of the best ways to stay on top of things is to develop and stick to a cleaning schedule. This will help you to efficiently clean all the areas of your home that need attention without feeling overwhelmed. In a sense, staying on top of the cleaning chores helps to keep the effort to a minimum as you don’t let the clutter and mess accumulate.
2. Make Use of Quick Clean-Up Tips
There are some quick clean-up tricks that can help you get rid of visible messes in a hurry. For example, placing a laundry basket in the living room can collect all the stray toys and blankets, while keeping an area rug vacuumed can hide a lot of footprints and dirt.
Another easy and convenient way to keep floors clean is by wearing shoe covers. In a way, having people wear shoe covers inside the room is a step above cleaning. This is because the shoe covers already keep the floors from getting dirty; a quick clean-up tip in its own right.
3. Take Advantage of Helpers
If you have family or friends coming over for the holidays, take advantage of their help! Ask them to do what they can to help out with the cleaning. Maybe they can pick up some mess in rooms, help sweep or mop, and even tidy the kitchen counters.
Your loved ones are sure to help out. In addition, you asking them to help you clean is like giving them a gift. It is the gift of discipline and valuing cleanliness.
4. Make Use of Storage Containers and Organizers
One of the best ways to keep your home clean during the holidays is to use storage containers and organizers. This will help to contain all of the holiday-related clutter and make it easier to clean up afterwards.
As a tip, we would suggest that you set up these containers and organizers around the house as early possible. Doing so will allow the people who live in your house to get into the groove and make it a habit.
Then, when the holidays come around, everything will move like clockwork, with the containers and organizers working their magic automatically.
5. Vacuum Often
Vacuuming is one of the most effective ways to clean your floors and carpets – and it’s especially important during the holiday season when there is more dirt and dust in the air.
Wearing shoe covers does help to lessen the amount of vacuuming that needs to be done. The shoe covers help keep the floors more clean by not introducing dirt and grime from the underside of shoes.
With this said though, it is always a good idea to continue vacuuming still. For one, it is best to be thorough. In addition, vacuuming often helps people stay ahead of dirty floors.
6. Clean While You Decorate
An efficient way to keep your home clean during the holidays is by cleaning while you decorate your home. This is much akin to hitting two birds with one stone: you are simultaneously wreathing your home with the spirit of the holidays while also taking away any dirt and grime.
As you are hanging decorations around the house, you can also clean the windows, the window sills, and other areas in the way.
Make sure to target your decorating in main traffic areas. This way, you are also assured that these main areas are also kept clean at the same time.
More Organization For Cleanliness, Less Stress
You can take a few simple steps to keep your home clean during the holidays. Give yourself plenty of time for cleaning so you don’t have any last-minute panic attacks. Make sure everyone in the house knows their role and is willing to help out with chores when needed, but also remember that this should be a team effort.
Keep up with routine tasks like laundry and dishwashing so there isn’t an excess of dirty dishes or clothes piling up while everyone is busy cooking and decorating for Christmas. The more organized you are, the less stressed you will feel about keeping your home neat!