Tips For Stress Free Holiday House Cleaning
The holiday season can be a time of joy as we spend time visiting with friends and family, creating memories and sharing the moments that make life special.
However, there is often a lot of stress that proceeds all these wonderful moments.
One of the most stressful parts of the holiday season is having family members coming to visit. It can be like having a group of inspectors stopping by to give you're home the once over.
This can cause any host, to go overboard trying to make sure that their home passes inspection!
So, let's look a few tips to help you find a happy medium and avoid added holiday stress by going overboard.
1. Look at Your Home With the Eye of a Visitor - We may hate to admit it, but how often do we go into a friend or relatives house and we notice those things that are out of place or need repair... TOO OFTEN!
Well, now is the time to put our "visitor's eye" to good use. Start outside of your home and walk in as if you were coming to visit. Walk through all the areas of your home where visitors are likely to be during their visit. Make notes about the imperfections you see.
2. Prioritize & Create a Plan - Once you have your notes of the areas that need to be taken care of before your guests arrive, prioritize them. Number the items in the order of the "must complete" to "it would be nice" to complete before the holiday arrives.
Once you have your plan of attack, next is to schedule when you will attack it. We all lead busy lives and by adding new things to the day, we runt the risk of creating more stress for ourselves.
By scheduling when you will do these things gives you structure and allows you to slowly and methodically complete your list. As you schedule your list, consider only tackling 1 major project a day and spreading the list over a week or so.
3. Concentrate on the Most Important Areas - Sometimes when we use our "visitor's eye" we are still overly critical because it is our home. We sometimes fail to cut ourselves any slack and feel like everything is a priority.
Well remember, these tips are supposed to help eliminate or at least limit the amount of stress you feel when getting your home clean and ready to greet holiday guests.
So, if your list makes you overwhelmed or you're not sure what is the highest priority, them focus on the main areas your guests will see.
Focus your cleaning efforts on the kitchen, bathrooms, dining room and guest bedrooms.
Let's face it, these are the places where your guests are likely to spend the most time during their visit. By concentrating your efforts in these areas, you put your best foot forward where you need it most.
Are You In Over Your Head?
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try or home much we prioritize, getting our home into visitor shape may be more than we can handle before a holiday. If that's the case, don't hesitate to reach out to the professionals.
Contact Us we're just a phone call away from being able to help put your holiday cleaning mind at ease.