When the holiday season arrives, it’s time to plan for delicious meals, entertaining, and reconnecting with family and friends. If you’re usually the host or hostess during most holidays, keeping your home clean and tidy can be a bit of a challenge. Of course, you want everyone to enjoy spending time in your home but keeping up with chores and cleaning can sometimes feel overwhelming. In order to make this holiday season easier, here are a few ways you can keep your home tidy throughout the festivities and beyond.
Tidy Up Daily
With our busy lives, it’s extremely easy to let things get cluttered without even thinking about it. To combat this, start tidying up your home every day and make organization tasks a habit. Put shoes away instead of tossing them on the floor, and make sure you hang coats in a coat closet or take them into your room. Remove trash and put used plates and cups into the dishwasher after every snack and every meal. Children’s toys should also be put away every night before bedtime. When you make tidying up a regular part of life, it will be much easier to keep the clutter under control.
If you’re the main host or hostess for the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas can feel more stressful than it should. Mitigate some of your duties to other members of the household so you’re not stuck doing all the hard work yourself. Create a chore chart for your kids and have each one do whatever is on their list according to your calendar. You can reward their efforts with a small allowance or other tokens of appreciation. Organize your chores list in a central location, and then check each one off as it gets done. Just like tidying up, when chores become a habit, your home will stay clean all season long.
Clean as You Go
You probably aren’t looking forward to doing a deep cleaning before your holiday guests arrive. One way to avoid this tiring task is to start practicing a few habits that will help you clean as you go. Here are some examples of how you can keep your home clean and tidy on a regular basis without the back-breaking work:
• Scrub your shower every time you get out. Whether you need to wipe down the glass shower door or scrub the walls, doing this every day will keep the tub and shower areas fresh, sanitary, and clean. Toilets should be scrubbed once per week to ensure they’re fresh, too.
• Whenever you cook, clean up as you go instead of after you eat. This will make the final cleanup a snap, and all you’ll have to do at that point is put the dishes into the dishwasher.
• Keep an eye on your fridge and wipe down spills as soon as they happen. Check expiration dates and toss anything that’s old or past its prime.
• Commit to doing some form cleaning or organization for at least 20 minutes every day, and you’ll be surprised at just how tidy your home can be whether it’s the holidays or any other time of year.