The holidays are a time of great joy and fun for the whole family but they can also be stressful without proper preparation.
If you have guests staying with you for the holidays then becoming overwhelmed could be a reality, unless you think ahead and have a game plan of course. The most important thing is to prepare early. If you get your house in order before they arrive then think about how much better you’ll feel after they’re there. Make sure that before your guests show up, you have taken the time to change the bedding and clean up the bedrooms and bathrooms they’ll be using. One great idea is to create a welcome basket for your guests. In the basket you could include keys, a local map, water bottles and any other items you think would be appreciated
A wonderful way to get the house cleaned up fast is to set up a chore sheet and place it on the refrigerator. Be advised, a chore sheet works best if you have kids! We aren’t trying to cause any marriage problems here :). Delegating various chores to the kids really helps to get them involved and lightens the overall burden of cleaning. Think about how great the house will look after everyone teams up to get the job done right! Now, a word of caution, kids don’t exactly have the best reputation when it comes to quality cleaning so it is important to explain how you want things done and more importantly to hold them to it, hence, the chore sheet on the fridge. Offering a reward for a job well done is probably the most effective way to ensure that the job is “well done”.
If you have a real Christmas tree, a great and inexpensive way to keep the floor clean is to wrap the base of the tree with a sheet or blanket. This technique can look great; just make sure you get a nice looking sheet in an appropriate color and spread it around the bottom of the tree evenly so that it looks best. By so doing, this provides the most exposure so that when the pine needles fall there is something to catch them. Cleaning up is simple and no vacuuming is required if you do things right. Simply, pick up the sheet carefully and carry it outside for a good shaking.
If you don’t feel like dealing with the hassles associated with micromanaging the kiddos or doing the work yourself feel free to give us a call. Keep in mind that the holiday season is busy so be sure to call in advance for any cleaning services needed.