Hide your clutter in the closets because this is NOT the time of year for decluttering and neither is deep cleaning. All I am suggesting is that before decorating for Christmas, you give your home a quick cleaning.
Hopefully you deep cleaned your home in the fall.
If not, no worries, just shove all the dust and clutter where no one will see it and deal with it in January!
I mean it!
If your relatives are so nosy that they poke their heads into your closet, just let them know that decluttering happens in January. The end!
What Should You Clean?
The living areas are the focus of preparing for Christmas decorations but cleaning other areas like the bedrooms will make you feel so good.
If you clean your house each week and do some upkeep each day (while children are growing up) you will find this such an easy thing to accomplish. You won’t be frustrated with seeing extra things that need doing.
- Quick clean the bathrooms – wash the sink, toilet, and wash the floor. I like a clean sink and toilet. That is one of the joys of using the restroom at home. You don’t want your bathroom to be dirtier than public ones! Bleh!
- Quickly vacuum the living room, family room (if you have one), and bedrooms (if you are extra motivated) – in fact, you don’t have to do this one at all! Delegate, delegate, delegate! Do you have children? If so, you do give them chores, right? Have one of your children do the vacuuming. You will be sure to have a quick cleaning of your rugs done! If you have wood floors, do whatever you normally would do to get them cleaned.
- Kitchen – Do a quick cleaning of the kitchen. After all, you will be baking and cooking up a storm during December and you will want a clean germ-free environment to do your baking. Disinfect the counters, use an oil-based cleaner like Murphy’s Oil to clean the cabinets, wash the window(s), scrub the sink real good, wash the fridge inside and out, wash the table and chairs and get all the dried jelly off, sweep and then wash the floor. OK, so this was more thorough but necessary. Just don’t stress over it and spend no more than an hour cleaning.
- Dust??? Yeah. Dusting. Sometimes I dust regularly but usually I don’t. What I don’t do is set a decoration down on a coffee table or shelf in a pile of dust that has collected since summer!! You get the idea.
I am not talking about stressing over cleaning your home. Just do your regular weekly cleaning before decorating. That’s all.
Get your kids involved. I always did. It works.
Then you can serve up the caramel popcorn while you are decorating and make some wonderful memories with your kids.