During the holidays it is easy to lose track of cleaning your home. While you prepare placing decorations all over the house and get ready for the holiday’s toys, decorations, and so much more get out of place. If you are hosting parties or going out of town for the holidays you want to declutter your home now! These tips below allow quick and easy cleanup before friends and family visit you this year.
Set Priority Areas
Maybe you’ll have time, but with the holidays around the corner and the kids running around you may not be able to clean the whole house. This is why you will need to set absolute rooms to declutter. If you have guests coming to visit be sure to clean your common areas the most. You want to be sure it is clean and tidy, so you aren’t worried about a toy popping out and getting stuck on someone’s barefoot! Don’t be stressed about cleaning your bedroom or kids’ rooms first. Most likely guests won’t be seeing those areas of your home.
If you have children in the house decluttering your home is easier with their help. You can also make it fun for everyone during the holidays. If you have an Elf on the Shelfhave him/her leave notes around the house for areas that need cleaning. By having a little helper ask for help who reports on your kids’ behavior can help you in the process. This is a fun way to get your kids involved and give them responsibility.
We know that decluttering your home takes a while, especially during such a busy season. One way to make things a little more festive is by using cleaner with seasonal scents. You can make the house smell like peppermint, cinnamon, or pine. By using products with scents this is one less thing you need to worry about.
You want to be sure that when guests visit your bathroom is nice and clean for constant use, especially if you are hosting a holiday party. Minimize your bathroom mess by removing nay unnecessary items laying out such as bath toys. Be sure to stock extra in a bin or under the sink of toilet paper, soap bottles, and facial tissues. You also want to be sure you have set out fresh linens for use or decorative paper towels.
Almost every year holiday china sets have a small disaster whether it be scratching the plates or a broken item. However, this is one of the best times to do an inventory check. Now is the time to count your plates, glasses, silverware, napkins, and napkin holders. If you are choosing a new china set, consider the possibility of purchasing something versatile so that you can use it during other holidays and gatherings.
Clean the Bookshelves
Do you have bookshelves in common areas stacked with knick-knacks and unread books? If so, give away any items that seem to take up unnecessary space. This is also a great time to donate books that you no longer read or may never read. The holidays are the best time to give away any items no longer used in the house and giving away books is a great item to donate. If your kids have bookshelves in their rooms go through and look at the toys they store there and the books they have. If they have outgrown their books or learning DVDs then giving them away is a great idea for the holidays.
Gift Wrap Room/Station
Many people give gifts throughout the holiday season and a fun way to do this is by setting up a station or spare room. If you are giving gifts to young children who enjoy snooping around it is always fun to use a room. If you celebrate Christmas, you can leave a note on the door saying “Santa’s Workshop” so that the little ones won’t enter for fear of coal. By making it fun for your kids it makes it that much more enjoyable for you!
So now you have cleaned the whole house, made any food you needed, and wrapped all your gifts. Once this is all done after a few days or weeks of preparation it is time to relax. Whether you want to sit and read a book, watch a movie, or just spend time with loved ones. You have earned this time and need to be sure to rest for your body mentally and physically.
Now that you have a few tips to declutter your home during the holidays get started! You want to be sure you are doing a little bit of preparation each day as the months will go by quickly. You also don’t want to stress yourself too much before guests come to your home. Take time, even just 30-minutes during the day to start decluttering and cleaning. After the holidays you will need somewhere to store all those decorations and fine china, so contact us for a storage unit today.