Tips for Stress Free Holiday Cleaning
The holiday season can be a time of joy as we spend time visiting 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 feel as if a group of inspectors are stopping by to give your home the once over.
This can cause any host to go overboard trying to make sure that their home passes the friendly family 'inspection'!
Here are a few of our favorite tips to help you find a happy medium and avoid added holiday stress.
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 home and we notice items that may be out of place or need repair... TOO OFTEN!
Before your friends and family arrive is the perfect time to put your "visitor's eye" to good use. Start outside of your home and walk in as if you were coming to visit. Walk through areas of your home where visitors commonly stay or see. Make note of any imperfections you see.
2. Prioritize & Create a Plan - Once you have made note of the areas that need to be taken care of, prioritize them before your guests arrive. Do not procrastinate. 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 scheduling. We all lead busy lives and by adding new things to the day, we run the risk of creating more stress for ourselves.
Creating a schedule gives you structure and allows you to slowly and methodically complete your to-do list. As you schedule your list, consider only tackling one major project per 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 become overly critical because it is our home. We sometimes fail to cut ourselves any slack and feel like everything is a priority. Would you look around a visitor's home this way?
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 how 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 today! We're just a phone call away from being a stress-free holiday cleaning!