Christmas is almost here! You can feel the anticipation for some well-deserved time off in the air. The kids are excited for Santa and getting lost of presents while parents are looking forward to some time to spend with their families and relax at home. To make Christmas even more special, why don’t you clean thoroughly your house beforehand so that on Boxing day all you have to worry about is if your favourite football team will score?

Here are some tips on what to do to make your house feel fresh, uncluttered and rejuvenated.

  • If you still haven’t prepared your wardrobe for winter – now is the time! Take everything out and sort through your clothes. Make piles with what you still want to wear and organize it back in the wardrobe. Put summer clothes away. Donate to charity everything else.
  • Speaking of clothes, wash all you winter jumpers, trousers, scarves, hats, etc. and take your coats to the dry cleaners. After spending 6 months in the back of the wardrobe/garage/under the bed, your winter clothes desperately need some TLC.
  • Schedule professional carpet cleaning. There’s nothing like the smell and feel of freshly cleaned carpets in the whole house.
  • Clean your windows, inside and out. Then, put some stickers, decorations or lights to set the Christmas mood.
  • Wash/dry clean all your curtains.
  • Empty all kitchen cupboards and clean them on the inside. Then, browse through everything you’ve got piled on the counter tops and decide what you actually need. Everything else must go.
  • A good idea would be to clean all your kitchen utensils, plates, pots and trays. I’ve discovered a very easy way to clean bulky items that don’t fit or are not suitable for the dishwasher – run them a bath! Put some washing liquid in the bath and pile everything inside. Leave them for about an hour and then rinse.
  • Clean your oven and microwave.
  • Pay special attention to your bathrooms and WC. Clean thoroughly all tiles and spray with anti-mould liquid if required. De-scale any showerheads and sinks. Clean the cupboards and throw everything you don’t need away.
  • Right before Christmas, vacuum the whole house, dust all surfaces, make a cup of tea, sit down and enjoy!

I know all of this might seem like a mammoth task to take on but by no means you have to do this in a day or two. Make a list and do a little something every day so that in the end you’ll get a clean, uncluttered house without having worked yourself to the bone.

Happy Christmas!