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Sunday 11 April 2021

How to Clean a House During and After Christmas


Christmas celebrations can require a lot of cleaning! Read on for suggestions on how to stay in control of your housework during Christmas & create a house cleaning schedule.

Cleaning Up Tips: Get Organised Ahead of Time 

A thorough clean before Christmas to make sure everything is spotless and tidy before your guests arrive will go a long way towards maintaining your housekeeping routine. This will also minimise how much time you will have to spend cleaning up when everyone else has gone home. Use this checklist to get ahead:

Pre-Christmas Cleaning Checklist 

  • Clean or rinse out any special dishes, glassware, and cutlery.
  • Source extra chairs, crockery and cutlery.
  • Consider using paper plates (ideally, recyclable ones) and napkins at buffet meals for ease.
  • Shake out or iron any table linens.
  • Beat out carpets and upholstery.
  • Make sure empty rubbish bins are placed and accessible in all communal spaces.
  • Distribute tissue boxes in communal areas.
  • Empty the washing hamper.
  • Stock up on washing detergent, dishwasher powder, rubbish bags, and toilet and kitchen paper.
  • Stock up on stain removers and other cleaning products.
  • Launder or dry clean any special outfits.
  • Take decorations out of storage.
  • Check and replace any missing bulbs on strings of lights.

Daily Cleaning Up List During Christmas

  • Clear up spills and address stains straight away to make sure they come out.
  • Vacuum or sweep floors in communal areas and the kitchen.
  • Empty rubbish and recycling bins.
  • Check toilet paper and tissue box stocks.
  • Do a quick clean of the toilets and hand basins.
  • Cover and/or put food away in the fridge before you go to bed to avoid wastage and spoiling.

Post-Christmas Cleaning Up List

  • Wash, dry, and store all dishes and cutlery.
  • Dry clean special outfits before storing.
  • Take down any decorations and strings of lights and gently clean before storing them for the next celebration.
  • Prepare a meal plan for the next week to use up any leftovers.
  • Make a shopping list of any missing items to buy or make before next Christmas.
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