As a dedicated homeowner, you have established a cleaning routine and you firmly stick to it. However, holidays pose a challenge to preserving the cleanliness, especially if you are about to play host to several family gatherings. Instead of putting up with the inevitable mess and spills that will most probably occur, you’d better take adequate measures in advance and save yourself the exhausting scrubbing when your guests leave. Here are the main areas you should pay attention to:
- Perform a thorough cleaning before the arrival of your guests. Make the beds in the guest rooms, dust the surfaces, mop the floor, check for any cobwebs, etc.
- Keep the holiday decorations such as happy birthday garlands to the minimum and make sure you decorate the house after the aforementioned cleanup.
- Protect the high traffic areas such as the stairs, the area at the front door, etc. Place rugs and kindly ask your guests to take their shoes off before they enter the room otherwise you might have to arrange carpet cleaners to deal with the muddy stains and barbeque sauce spills.
- Along with carpets, sofas endure a lot of wear and tear during family gatherings. In order to minimise the risk of stains and crumbs all over the couch, place a blanket, which you can shake off or toss in the washing machine should an accident occur. Beware of unpleasant smells and eliminate them right away. Upholstery and fabric curtains and drapes absorb all kinds of unpleasant smells, so consider professional sofa cleaning before the start of the festivities and don’t allow your guests to smoke in the room. The bad smell will linger for weeks. It is important to identify the source of the bad smell and adequately treat it. You can use your own air freshener consisting of water and a few drops of essential oil. Alternatively, you can bring a bowl of vinegar to boiling and let the scent spread across the house. Vinegar has fantastic sanitising and odour neutralising properties.
- During the holidays, we buy tons of food and most part of it is thrown in the garbage bin soon after that. Keep a close eye on the kitchen and make sure inedible food leftovers do not cause the bad odours. Inspect the food in the fridge and throw out any suspicious leftovers.
- After the holiday cooking, the chance to have your oven and grill dirty is pretty high. Instead of waiting for your guests to leave, put your rubber gloves on and remove the accumulated grease with a solution of baking soda and vinegar.
- Your guests will probably start wondering what’s wrong with you if you walk around the house with a mop in one hand and a multi-purpose cleaner in the other. After all, holidays are intended to have fun rather than catching every dust particle in the air. Yet, that does not mean you should completely neglect the house. Spend 10 to 15 minutes in cleaning and putting different items to where they belong. You can get up half an hour before the others, make your morning coffee, wipe down the countertops, sweep the floor, etc.
- If weather allows, spend some time outdoors. The best way to keep your house clean is to organise a barbeque or pool party in the garden.
- Even if you follow the aforementioned tips, you will have to perform yet another clean-up when your guests leave. Just follow your standard house cleaning routine. Vacuum the carpets, do the dusting, remove the fingerprints from the windows and glass doors. Take off the decorations before you start the cleaning, though.
- You have probably received a lot of wanted and unwanted gifts and you need to take care of them as a part of your de-cluttering routine. Sort them out and decide which of them you will use. As for the unwanted gifts, you can donate, re-gift or sell. It is up to you, you just need to fulfill your goal to keep the house clutter-free. Refrain yourself from keeping unnecessary stuff in the closet if you know you will never use it. The items you don’t need can make someone else happy, so go ahead and post an ad on your local community website or just make a gift to someone who would be happy to have a new toaster or a curling iron.
Being a host to family gatherings can be a bit overwhelming, but after all, restoring the cleanliness in the house will take you a couple of hours but the nice memories of the good times spent with people you love will help you make it through the next holiday season.