7 Ways You Need to Change Your Cleaning Routine for the Holidays

published Dec 20, 2018
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The holidays are demanding, in more ways than one. Whether it’s because you have out-of-town guests coming to visit or a towering Christmas tree to look after, like it or not, you’re going to have to do a little more cleaning for the next week or so. Read ahead for seven things that you might need to change in your cleaning routine for the holidays, and how to make it happen.

1. You’ll need to clean for guests

‘Tis the season for spending time with loved ones, which means you might have guests dropping by. You’ll need to make a little extra time to get your guest spaces extra ready, whether that means cleaning getting the bathroom sparking clean, or just fluffing and vacuuming the sofa (a.k.a. “guest bed”). All that really matters is that you create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your visiting friends and family—that might mean scheduling a marathon cleaning session before your first guest arrives, or setting aside 20 minutes or so during the day to tidy a tiny bit along the way.

2. You’ll have to take care of a tree

If you celebrate Christmas, chances are you have some type of tree in your home to decorate and admire, maybe even a real one. And just like any other living thing, you have to water it, check up on it, and clean up after it accordingly. Add a step in your daily routine to sweep up dried pine needles (or tinsel) and check water levels.

3. You’ll want to declutter (for space to store gifts)

If you’re hiding away secret presents on Santa’s behalf, or just making room for the haul you know you’ll come back from your family Christmas with, a lot of us have to move things around this time of year to make more storage space. Whether it means finally clearing out the back of your closet or getting creative with the spare room under your bed, you might want to take this opportunity to get rid of some old stuff to make room for the new.

4. You’ll have to forge a workspace for wrapping

Just like you might want a clean place to hide presents, you’re going to need a clutter-free space to nicely wrap your gifts. Consider devoting your home office desk to all your gift wrapping needs and tidy that area up routinely or invest in a small space-friendly door organizer to store all of your gift wrapping accessories in style (without taking up an inch of surface space).

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5. You’ll want to freshen up your decor

Whether it means dusting off your mantels and stockings, fluffing up garlands, or even salting your wreaths, you’re going to need to take extra care of your holiday decorations to keep them looking nice and intact for next year. Do yourself and your favorite festive decor items a favor and spend a couple of minutes every other day or so freshening them up (or cleaning them off) throughout the holidays.

6. You’ll want to keep your floors and/or carpet clean

If you’re one of the 25 million Americans who purchased a Christmas tree for the holidays, odds are you’ll be spending some time on the floor around it opening presents. This means you’ll want to give your wood floor a good mop and your carpets a thorough vacuuming so that you can open gifts (and take holiday pics) sans any unsightly debris.

7. You’ll need to think about post-holiday storage

It’s the season for decking your halls with holiday decor, which means you’re going to need a place to store all of your decorations when you’re done. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable and effective items online to help you smartly store your festive stuff, such as this savvy ornament box and these convenient light storage reels (that also work great for garlands).