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Home Cleaning Tips for the Holiday Season

With the holiday season just round the corner, you must have pulled out all the decorations from storage to check whether they are clean and in a state of good repair. But aside from this, it’s also important to ensure that the rest of your home is equally sparking clean during the holiday season.

After all you don’t want to welcome family and friends into a home that’s messy or not pristine, when they drop in to share some holiday cheer with you. Here are a few home cleaning tips for this holiday season:

  1. Start early

With the busy work schedules and personal commitments that people have, it’s easy to defer cleaning the home or hire cleaning services professionals. But this isn’t a good idea because it can become very difficult to clean every single room and feature in your home when you are organizing parties or family dinners around Christmas and the New Year. This is why it makes a lot of sense to start early.

Begin with cleaning the living, dining and kitchen areas and then move to the staircases, hallways, bedrooms, bathrooms and other areas of your house. Create a schedule and stick to it. Clean one room at a time and do that thoroughly paying extra attention to vacuuming the carpets and furnishing, checking for liquid stains, removing cobwebs and dust from the ceiling corners and air-conditioning vents etc.

If you are too pressed for time, consider hiring cleaning services professionals to handle most of the major cleaning tasks and then tackle the other jobs yourself. When a large part of the house is thoroughly clean, you will be more motivated to complete the rest of the cleaning tasks yourself.

  1. Clear all the clutter

It’s not difficult for the clutter to build up in a home; boxes, items that don’t work, clothes that you or your family members don’t use any longer, small electronic devices and appliances that have stopped functioning, old toys and old furniture etc. pile up in various areas of the home and make it look messy and cluttered.

Even before you start cleaning your home or call for professional cleaning services make it a point to remove all the clutter from cupboards, cabinets, closets, kitchen storage, the garage and even the attic and basement areas. This in itself will help make your home look a lot less messy and it will become easier to clean these areas as well.

  1. Ensure that everything has its own place

An organized home is easier to maintain and clean. Make it a point to ensure that everything has its own place. When you take out anything to use it, put it back in place once you are done using it and encourage your kids to put away their books and toys etc. If you are cooking a lot of goodies in preparation of the holiday season, there may be many appliances and utensils out in your kitchen that you don’t use very often otherwise. Put all these away in their places as this will keep the kitchen clutter-free as well.

  1. Create a cleaning schedule

As mentioned earlier, it’s important to be methodical. This is why creating a cleaning schedule is crucial and sticking to it, even more so. This will help you get your home sparkling clean in time for the holidays.

If you’re organizing a big party, maybe you’ll consider hiring a cleaning company.