Your in-laws are coming over, so is your neat freak sister and who can forget granny with her white glove ready to test for dust at any possible moment. That’s right – it’s the holidays and your house needs to pass the family cleaning inspection.
During the festive season holidays, family time becomes a regular occurrence and your home once again has become the place to entertain. “With this, comes the great responsibility of having a clean home – and that is the last thing you feel like doing during your holiday break,” says Shakil Ahmad, brand manager for home cleaning brand Chemico.
During the holidays it is important to avoid the panic and clean smart. “By doing this you can cut your cleaning time, have a clean home and still enjoy your holiday,” says Ahmad.
Cleaning smart does not mean doing the bare minimum; it’s about cleaning your home in half the time. Ahmad suggests the following smart-cleaning tips for this holiday season:
No shoes in the house
With the warmer weather this should not be a problem, and by doing this less dirt and dust will be trudged into the home which adds up to less mopping, vacuuming and sweeping. Specify a shoe location in the house where your family can leave their shoes.
Clean as you go
If you see a scatter cushion on the floor pick it up – one less thing to do later; if that divine sandwich you had for lunch left a few crumbs on the counter, don’t wait until they fall on the floor making your get out the broom, quickly scoop them up and do a quick wipe down.
Use cleaning products that have multiple uses
There is no need to keep walking back and forth for different cleaning products when one product can do a variety of jobs.
When cleaning up small kid’s toys use a CLEAN dustpan to collect the small bits and pieces
This is much quicker than picking them up with your hand and you will be able to get them all at once.
Enlist the help of your family
Your children’s rooms are their domains and they need to make sure that their beds are made, and that nothing is lying around on the floor. Do a quick inspection every morning, and give a small reward for a job well done – much easier than having to do it all yourself, and you are teaching valuable skills at the same time.