“When the festive season comes around we tend to think of smiles and laughter, and completely block out everything that happens up until that point,” says Sarah Webb, brand manager for cleaning product Chemico. “But getting to that point is dependent on organisation and your whole family pulling together.”
Entertaining in your home means cleaning before, during and after, and sometimes even more than that. But don’t let the stress of keeping your home clean this Festive season get you down; Webb provides the following four tips on how to make your cleaning job a little easier:
Divide and conquer
Give each member of the family a designated job – these can vary during the day depending on what is happening. For example, your son will be responsible for the floors before the guests arrive; then responsible for the setting and clearing the dishes; and, then once again responsible for the floors when the guests have left. Don’t be afraid to delegate.
Clean up after yourself
If you use a towel make sure it is hung back properly on the towel rail; if you make a sandwich clean up the crumbs straight away – this type of cleaning will give you less to do when the big, Festive season lunch occurs.
Organise your cleaning to do list
Keeping ALL the cleaning for the day of the big event, will only make you feel the Festive season cleaning stress. There are jobs that don’t need to be done on the day – clean the oven a few days before; cleaning and preparing the cutlery and crockery needed for the lunch can be organised the night before; windows can be done a few days beforehand and even the bathrooms can be cleaned the day before.
By organising your cleaning regime this Festive season, there will be no need to feel any stress and for once you will be able to enjoy the festivities with the rest of the family.