Cleaning is no one’s favorite task, especially during the holidays. But, when the guests have left and the gifts have been unwrapped it is time to restore the order. Luckily, professional cleaners have perfected the art of avoiding overwhelm when resetting a house from chaos with some smart cleaning tips that will see you through to the new year.
Here’s how to avoid feeling overwhelmed when cleaning after Christmas for a peaceful home throughout the holiday season and beyond.
1. CLEAN AS YOU GO
Christmas can be hectic at the best of times, and you might find yourself trying to clean your house when you’re too busy. The best trick to prevent everything from becoming overwhelming is to clean as you go, says Kathy Cohoon, a representative for Two Maids & A Mop: ‘For instance, when hosting a holiday dirty dishes are inevitable but they don’t have to be the focus of the night,’ she says. ‘Wash up as you cook or assign the job to a family member so as you prep food, they clean up.’
2. KEEP A STAIN REMOVAL KIT HANDY FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER
When everyone is gathered for Christmas dinner and passing sides and sauces back and forth, some spills are inevitable. To avoid damaging your best holiday tablecloths or ruining your favorite Christmas jumper, Will Cotter, cleaning expert and COO at FreshSpace Cleaning, recommends keeping a stain treatment kit to hand to pre-treat tough marks and make doing laundry after Christmas a breeze.
There are some great natural stain removal techniques you can try too, making them safe for use around children, pets, and those with allergies.
3. BREAK DOWN TASKS INTO A CLEANING SCHEDULE
You don’t have to tackle everything at once during the holidays. It is important to take some time to relax, after all.
‘Instead of tackling the entire post-Christmas cleaning process all at once, break it down into smaller, manageable tasks,’ Hashi Mohamed, cleaning professional at Ivy Cleans recommends. ‘Create a cleaning schedule or checklist that includes specific areas or rooms in your home. Start with one area at a time, focusing on cleaning, organizing, and putting away holiday decorations. By approaching the cleanup in smaller increments, you’ll prevent feeling overwhelmed and maintain a sense of control over the process.’
4. CONSIDER MEALS THAT DON’T MAKE EXTRA WASHING UP
When prepping for Christmas dinner, you can put things in place to make cleaning up afterward a breeze, such as planning dishes that don’t create extra washing up, says Kathy Cohoon, from Two Maids & A Mop:
‘Create dishes that cut down on dishes from the start. Thank sheet pan roasts with veggies and protein or one pot sides. Also, consider asking guests to bring a side or dessert to cut down on those pieces of cookware or extra dishes to wash at the end of the night.’
5. CHOOSE AN ARTIFICIAL TREE TO SAVE ON CLEAN-UP
Although some people will argue that there is nothing quite like a real Christmas tree, faux trees require far less upkeep and less cleaning overall as you don’t have to clean up Christmas tree sap and pine resin, reminds Nick Valentino, cleaning expert at Bellhop:
‘While I’m a big fan of natural trees, they also have a shelf life and you’ll want to get them out of your house quickly before they drop all their needles on your floor. If you’re having a hard time getting all your post-holiday cleanup done, an artificial tree is a much better choice.’
6. USE A SOAKING OVEN CLEANER FOR LESS SCRUBBING
After Christmas one of the most dreaded cleaning tasks is cleaning an oven. With all the scrubbing to clean kitchen grease, it is safe to say it is one of the hardest household cleaning tasks to complete.
The cleaning experts at Carbona recommend using a soaking oven cleaner that you can leave to eat away at grease so you don’t have to waste all your energy on scrubbing.
WHERE DO YOU START WHEN CLEANING UP AFTER CHRISTMAS?
Start by either binning any discarded gift wrap and putting presents in their new homes to make your living room a relaxing escape from any remaining chaos, or degrease and tidy up your kitchen so you can get back to normal weeknight cooking without the stress.
WHAT ORDER SHOULD YOU CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR HOLIDAY DINNER?
They are also the simplest to hand wash if you need your dishwasher space for tougher trays. Once they are all washed and dried, you can turn to the table, removing any decor and wiping them down if needed, before throwing your table linens in the washing machine.
SOURCE: Homes & Gardens