Make cleaning easier during the holidays using these 6 easy tips. Now is not the time to declutter and deep cleaning. Save those task for January, after the Christmas decorations are put away.
Now is the time for speed cleaning. Focus on a quick clean that makes your home look presentable and welcoming to guests and leaves you feel relaxed and ready to celebrate.
6 Fast Cleaning Tips
Remember you’re crunched for time during the holidays. It’s really okay to stick to fast cleaning routines. Your guests are coming to your home to see you and your family, not to check your floors for cleanliness.
1. Don’t scrub the floors.
I swiffer our floors and do a quick vacuum before guests arrive (I have 5 kids after all), but I wait until the day after the party to clean the floors. Guests track stuff in. They spill stuff. It’s inevitable.
2. Give the bathroom a quick clean.
Wipe down the following: the sink and the toilet. Check the floor for piles of hair, especially if you have children with long hair. I have 2.
3. Run the dishwasher and empty it before the party.
Since we use real china often at parties, having an empty dishwasher makes tidying up during the party a breeze. Every so often during the party, I check our kitchen sink and move the dirty dishes into the dishwasher. At the end of the party, we finish up and run the dishwasher again.
4. Close doors to rooms and don’t allow kids in bedrooms.
My number one rule for any party is having all the kids stay out of the bedrooms. It’s much easier if they stay on our first floor or in the basement.
5. Put stuff away.
Everyone pitches in to put away all the toys and other items that don’t need to be out. We re-arrange the chairs for seating for the guests and put unused chairs in a bedroom.
6. Use mood lighting.
Don’t turn on overhead lights if you don’t need to. Use glimmer lights, candles and small lamps to light up your home. Guests won’t see all the imperfections of living with kids, and your home will feel more intimate.