We’re just ten days away from Christmas, and you probably have your shopping done and the menu planned. In your haste to finish these annual tasks, however, you may well have forgotten one of the most important: cleaning your home. You will likely have many relatives and friends coming by over the next two weeks, and you want to make the best impression possible this time of year.
Here are some tips on how you can get your home clean for Christmas:
Think about where your guests will be during the days ahead, and make a list of what needs to be done in these spots. Prioritize the ones which need the most attention (eg. the dining room and living room are high traffic areas, the basement not so much).
Clean the Kitchen
Make sure that all food preparation areas are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. Remove any superfluous materials in the general area; you will need as much room as possible to work and move around freely.
Eliminate the Clutter
You with have a lot of people, gifts, coats, boots, and other things to deal with, so try to make some extra room. Look around each of your rooms and decide on what won’t be needed. These things can go into the basement or attic for now (or into the garbage, if you have been putting it off).
The family enjoys Christmas together, so there’s no reason that everyone living under this roof can’t help to clean it. After all, they were the ones who made it a mess in the first place!
The crack in the living room wall you didn’t have time to fix? Christmas decorations can hide it for now. That stain the dog made on the rug in the corner? Try putting the Christmas tree there this year.
There is nothing wrong with a little cheating when you are down to the wire. However, you must promise to add these forgotten tasks to your New Year’s Resolutions list.