Christmas is one week today! How has that happened? It has come round so quickly. I have been really organised this year and I’m now giving my house a good sort out. Getting ready for the influx of toys!! Today’s post is a guest post from the Queen of Clean herself, you may recognise her from Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. Lynsey is sharing her top tips for pre Christmas cleaning.
I really don’t know where this year has gone, we moved into this house November 2016 and it’s literally been the quickest year I can remember. Or maybe I am just getting old and they do say the years start to fly by as you get older.
It’s a really good idea to prepare for Christmas in advance. I find that if you split your house into sections and plan to tackle one section a week this is a good way to start. For example. The children’s bedrooms can be week one and so on.
Make sure you declutter as you go. Clear out wardrobes, cupboards, check underneath beds and in drawers. If you haven’t used it recently and it has no real purpose then it really needs to go. We have just done a big charity shop run and we sorted through all of Jakes toys and everyone’s clothes. We are far from a rich family but we are fortunate enough that we don’t need anything. I always encourage my children to want to give to charity so that another child can benefit from well looked after toys and clothes.
There are 5 things you can do in advance to make sure your home is sparkling clean this Christmas.
Clean your carpets
If you’re fortunate enough to own a carpet cleaner give them a really good clean and move as much of the furniture as you can. Carpets really do deal with an awful lot from the moment they are installed. Don’t panic if you don’t own a carpet cleaner many local companies will probably be offering a few Christmas cleaning packages for the festive season so look one up or there is also the option of hiring one or borrowing one of a friend.
Clean the oven
You may be like me and clean the oven pretty much after every usage but if not and it has a build-up of dirt and grim then it’s time to get your oven clean on. There are some fantastic oven cleaning products on the markets so you can quite easily do this yourself but always take care and use good cleaning gloves.
Clean the fridge
Have a really good fridge clean, take all the items out and the shelves. Soak the shelves in warm soapy water and clean all the sides using a good antibacterial fridge cleaner. Check all sell by dates on the food and wash over jars and bottles so everything you are putting back into the fridge is very clean. Add in a fridge deodoriser to help keep it smelling fresh and make sure you leave enough space for all the extra Christmas food.
Clean the silverware
If you are doing Christmas Day at your house then make sure you have plenty of cutlery and its sparking clean. Most of us have a nice set of cutlery or dining set that only makes an appearance on special occasions. So get this prepared. Just wash in warm soapy water, towel dry and if your silver has become slightly tarnished use a metal cleaner and buff to dry.
Organise and clean the Christmas decorations
Christmas decorations spend a long time living in dusty confined spaces until they are brought out again. How many of us actually think about cleaning them. You would of seen me a few years on Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners bleaching my baubles and still to this day I am stopped in the street and asked If I really do this and YES of course I do. But you don’t have to be as full on as me. A quick wipe over with a damp cloth will be enough. Make sure you test the lights before you put them on the tree. Plan your Christmas theme making sure it matches well with the room you are displaying your tree in. If threads on baubles are looking bare and the odd decoration is looking a little tatty then hide at the back or better still don’t hang at all. Over the years my children have made me various tree hanging decorations so we have a special tree on the middle floor for all their bits and pieces and they get to decorate this just the way they wish.
As always thank you for taking the time to read my blog post and I hope this advice has been helpful. Please feel free to comment below with any ideas that you would like to share.
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo
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