It’s true, the Christmas countdown is on! If you haven’t already started, now is the time to get down to it and prepare your home for the festive season. Let’s be honest, as soon as advent hits, we don’t want to be cleaning, clearing and decluttering. We’d much rather deck the halls and dress the house in beautiful, sparkling adornments, ready for the merry chaos of Christmas.
Whether or not you intend on inviting family and friends to the house for parties or dinner, the man in red is sure to make an appearance. And we all know that Father Christmas brings a whole load of stuff you just haven’t got the room for. By prepping your home before December, whatever surprises Santa has in store, you’ll know where it can be kept before and after Christmas day.
The great, big Christmas declutter | Before you start
Before you throw yourself into the deep end, make sure you’ve got the family on board. While you’re tackling the tough stuff, asking children and teens to help around the house is a great way to keep on top of things. These recycling bins with colour-coded lids are perfect for separating waste and recycling – providing a way for kids of all ages to contribute. Adding recycling stickers helps to ensure that the right items end up in the correct bin. Other overlooked bits and bobs include making the beds, pairing socks, washing pots. It’s about time, isn’t it?
But where to start with the great, big Christmas declutter?
Go from top to bottom, that typically does the trick. Get yourself up into the loft. Go through the Christmas decorations. Keep your faves and donate any golden oldies that don’t feel so festive nowadays. Dust everything off, and make a list of anything you need to add to your collection. While you’re up there, make the switch from summer to winter duvets.
Don’t forget the little details
As you’re cleaning and disinfecting the house, don’t forget to skim the skirting boards and door frames too! It’s easy to miss them. Steam mop hard floors, clean the carpets to freshen them up. In playrooms and children’s bedrooms, give the walls a good wash down. Those rooms have seen some seriously sticky hands, slime, muck, and gunk.
Charity, Sell or Dump?
Throw away any broken toys, while making a pile of any unwanted, older ones. Either take them to your local children’s hospital or donate to charity. They will make some children out there really happy this Christmas! Give teddies a bubble bath, in warm water and washing liquid, and as they dry off, rearrange the space so there’s room for any new arrivals.
Storage, storage storage
As you make your way into the kitchen, try to do the same. Clean the cupboards, buy storage to keep items organised. It’s great for categorising loose food items and packets, too. It’s always annoying when they’re falling about the place. Give appliances a good scrub, ready for the Christmas abuse! Don’t forget to throw out any BBE 1999 tin cans and spices. That is unless you’ve become rather fond of them over the last 20 years.
More ways to prepare your home for Christmas
And when all that’s done and dusted – quite literally – kick back, relax, and enjoy some online Christmas shopping with a cup of something mulled.
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