38 days until Christmas. Are you ready for the holidays? Read my weekly posts from now until Christmas week and I'll help make sure you have an enjoyable holiday!
Last week, we talked about buying our food and freezer cooking to make Thanksgiving about spending time with your family instead of spending the day in the kitchen. Today we're going to discuss the thing I dread most about the holidays - cleaning the house.
Sounds pretty simple, huh?
Starting Monday, I started decluttering. Less around means less to clean. You'd be surprised how many bags I have for hubby to drop off at the thrift store. My rules for pitching are if it's not been used in the past 6 months, it's gone. If we have something similar, or something that will do it's job, it's gone. We have so much stuff and it takes forever to pick the stuff up. Easy solution is to get rid of the stuff!
In my house when people come over, they will really only see 3 rooms. The kitchen, the living room and the bathroom. So I focus all my energy there. I spend a few hours a day doing a deep clean in each of these rooms and by the end of the week, I've gotten all my major cleaning out of the way. Now, I just need to spend a few minutes picking up and straightening up at the end of the night and I'm good to go.
It doesn't have to be a major chore to clean your house. Enlist the help of your family. Tell them why you need their help and most important -what you expect of them. If they think "pick up" means to pick up and put the items on the couch (or under the couch) that's what they're going to do. You need to tell them exactly what you want done ("pick up and put the items in the proper home") so that they are actually helping you instead of making more work.
What are your tips for keeping your house clean for the holidays?
Don't forget to come back next week for another Getting Ready for the Holidays post!