Christmas Housekeeping Tips
We already revel in the spirit of Christmas, I have decorated my house and I am organizing feverishly for the festivities to come.
There is a lot to share with you in the coming days which I believe will help you render your home prettier than ever.
I read a very useful article of Jessica Anderson’s in Better Homes and Gardens magazine, which I believe you will find very interesting.
I pertain to organizing your house with a 7 day plan so we may all welcome our guests in perfect appearance!
Holiday Housecleaning Tips
7-Day Cleaning Plan: Day 1
1. Walk through your home with a visitor’s eye, making notes of any imperfections you may be used to but guests may notice, such as houseplants with dead leaves.
2. Turn do-it-yourself tasks into a do-it-ourselves effort — gather family members, go over the plan, and assign chores. Remember: many hands make light work.
7-Day Cleaning Plan: Day 2
1. Wash windows and vacuum window screens.
2. Damp-mop baseboards.
3. Launder and press window and shower curtains.
4. Launder bedspreads if needed.
7-Day Cleaning Plan: Day 3
1. Deep-clean bathrooms and medicine cabinets (yes, people will look).
2. Straighten bedrooms; remove clutter and donate or store out of sight.
1. Straighten coat closet, making room for guests’ coats. Add extra hangers if needed.
2. Wash throw rugs; set aside so they are nice and fluffy for party day.
1. Clean range or stove top, surfaces, and grates.
2. Clean out the refrigerator, making room for party foods; dust top of refrigerator.
3. Wipe down all large and small appliances.
4. Wipe down kitchen cabinets.
5. Take recycling to recycling bins or facilities.
Plan: Day 6
1. Sweep entryway, polish the doorknob, and decorate the entry with seasonal touches.
2. Dust all surfaces, including bookshelves, photo frames, and art. Don’t forget the ceiling fans.
3. Clean kitchen sink and dish drainer.
Cleaning Plan: Day 7
Time to party! Here are a few days-of touch-ups:
1. Clean trash receptacles and add fresh liners.
2. Wipe down any dirty areas in the bathroom using household cleaner and paper towels.
3. Wipe down bathroom mirrors and counters. Wipe down floors with a damp towel.
4. Put toilet bowl cleaner in the toilets; brush.
5. Hang fresh towels and put out fresh hand soap.
6. Damp-mop the kitchen floor.
7. Vacuum carpets and dry-mop wood floors.
8. Fluff sofa cushions and pillows.
9. Decorate with special touches, such as flowers or candles.