Thanksgiving is next week – yikes!
If you haven’t started to consider a cleaning schedule for the upcoming holidays I want to share some quick tips and strategies to help you get your home up to par and ready for your guests.
To have the best holiday you can have, free from stress and worry, now’s the time to start thinking about getting your home ready for the holidays. You don’t want to be pushing clutter to the side to make room for the Christmas Tree, nor do you want to be stepping over clutter when the guests arrive.
Get Your Home Clean and Clutter Free For Christmas
Declutter and Clean
Now’s the time to start cleaning and decluttering your home. Once you’ve done the major, heavy-duty work, you’ll maintain it throughout the holiday season.
Most homes have too much stuff.
The draw of commercialism tends to entice us to go out and buy things we don’t need and end up not wanting. In the end, you have a house filled to the brim of things that are taking up precious space.
The beauty of owning and keeping less stuff is a calmer living environment filled with only the things you love and use regularly.
When you own less stuff you have more time and energy to live your life fully, you have more money in the bank and a better perspective on what’s important.
Clutter tends to block all of those things and instead leave you drowning in your emotional baggage. Watch this short video to learn more.
If you’re just getting started, you don’t need to turn into a minimalist overnight. I made that mistake once and ended up getting rid of things I needed. Take the time to think what you’ll get rid of and what you’ll keep. If you don’t have time for this step, pile it into a box and put it in the attic.
Once the holidays are over vow to start decluttering and throwing out what you don’t need.
Need more help? My Weekend Solution for Decluttering Your Entire Home will give you the step-by-step, done for you plan to get your entire house decluttered and clean in one weekend!
Three Rounds and You’re Done!
You’re going to declutter in three rounds:
- Round 1 – You’ll toss items that need to be trashed
- Round 2 – You’ll put items into boxes for donation
- Round 3 – You’ll put items aside that have some value, and you’d like to sell.
Start with what you want to throw away. That’s usually the easiest.
Go room by room and put into the trash bag all the stuff you want to throw away. As you pick up an object, think about the last time you used it, whether you truly love it and how hard it would be to replace it down the road if you change your mind. If you hate it, don’t want it, or it’s broken, toss it into the trash bag.
Once you’ve complete Round 1, you’ll go back with a box to start Round 2 and begin to box up the things that you’re ready to part with but would like to give away. Again, you’ll ask yourself how much you love something, and how hard it would be to replace the object down the road.
Finally, in Round 3, you’ll box up what you want to sell at either your next yard sale or on a yard sellers site.
Whew! The house is finally decluttered! Excellent job! Now it’s time to get out the cleaning supplies and start cleaning.
What Goes Into A Deep Clean?
A deep clean includes all the items you don’t do on a regular basis. It means wiping down baseboards, cleaning behind and under furniture, washing windows, cleaning out the oven, scheduling your upholstery, blinds and window treatments for cleaning and much more.
These articles will help you get your house up to par and ready for the guests to arrive:
Use The Best Products
What will also help is using the best all natural products out there. That’s why I belong to Grove Collaborative. They deliver environmentally friendly products including the all new Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday Set — and they want to send one to you for free, too! The set includes Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap, Grove Collaborative Bubble Up, and Grove Collaborative kitchen towel!
When you sign up for Grove Collaborative using my link, you’ll get the Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday set for free + free shipping. If you’re already a customer, you’ll get 50% off of the brand new and amazing Grove Collaborative Bubble Up. Don’t forget to sign up for the free VIP trial, too. Not only is the free shipping amazing, you’ll get perks like free gifts, price matching, and personal customer service.
Grove only has a limited number of sets available (and they ALWAYS Sell Out!) and the offer ends November 21, so grab yours now! Here’s how it works:
- Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You’ll receive the Mrs. Meyer’s offer for free when you sign up! If you’re already a customer, you’ll receive the Grove Collaborative Bubble Up for 50% off.
- Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket — this takes under 30 seconds!
- Once you’ve answered the questions, you can finalize your basket of products to suit your household needs by adding or removing items.
- To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.
- You made it! Click Finish & Pay and place your order.
I often get asked how I keep my home neat and clean. The key is that I clean up every single night before bed. I put things back where they belong, wipe down the counters and vacuum/mop any areas that need it.
Because I do this daily, I wake up every day to a clean home.
Cleaning and decluttering is not the most enjoyable aspects of preparing for Christmas, but by getting them out-of-the-way early, you’ll leave plenty of time for the stuff you truly enjoy.
Start now, and by Thanksgiving, you’ll be focused on food and family!