29 Things You Don’t Have to Clean Until January 6

published Dec 19, 2019
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If you’re just about done in by all the holiday flurry of cooking, entertaining, school parties, gift shopping/wrapping/giving, and squeezing in the bucket list of traditions… well, it may be time for a little relief.

Even if the item is only on a mental checklist or nags at you from a guilty place of shoulds, purposefully crossing something off your list of to-dos can take a big load off your shoulders and open up the possibility of a bit more rest and relaxation. By letting some unnecessary things go, you create space for increased mindfulness, presence, and grace over the holidays.

To that end, let’s take bit of a cleaning break and just enjoy being home with our loved ones. Keeping up with basic chores and regular picking up of clutter will keep your space a pleasant place to be, but here are some cleaning tasks that can wait a few weeks with no harm done:

Things Nobody Will See or Notice

  • Dusting the ceiling fan blades
  • Washing walls
  • Vacuuming under your couch cushions
  • Vacuuming under your furniture
  • Tidying the laundry room
  • Cleaning the mudroom
  • Organizing the garage
  • Sanitizing the interior of your garbage cans

Routine Tasks You Can Skip Once or Twice

  • Deep cleaning your toaster oven
  • Deep cleaning your coffee maker
  • Deep cleaning the dishwasher
  • Deep cleaning the oven interior
  • Cleaning your plants’ leaves
  • Dusting your picture frames
  • Dusting your blinds
  • Dusting bookshelves
  • Cleaning out your pantry
  • Cleaning out your refrigerator

Things That You Can Spot-Clean

  • Grout-cleaning
  • Scrubbing out the bathtub
  • Wiping down your back splash
  • Wet mopping bathrooms
  • Wiping down cabinets

Things That Just Aren’t That Important

  • Window cleaning
  • Baseboard cleaning
  • Vacuuming upholstery
  • Shining shower fixtures
  • Polishing wood
  • Polishing your granite

When Jan. 6 does roll around and you’re ready to get back into the swing of cleaning things, make sure you’re signed up for the January Cure, our one-step-at-a-time program designed to get your entire home ready for the cozy, comfy season ahead.

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