We all look forward to Eid holidays – to spending quality time with our nearest and dearest, to sharing traditional meals, and to revelling in the festive community spirit. But where there’s a celebration, there’ll also be cleaning up afterwards. Tackling dirty dishes, spilt juice, and crumbs under foot are just some of the chores that will still need to be done during Eid, but they shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the holiday like everyone else. Whether you’re hosting a family meal, receiving guests, or visiting relatives and neighbours, here are a few suggestions for how to stay in control of your housework.
Cleaning Up Tips: Get Organised Ahead of Time
A thorough clean before Eid to make sure everything is spotless and tidy before your guests arrive will go a long way towards maintaining your housekeeping routine. This will also minimise how much time you will have to spend cleaning up when everyone else has gone home. Use this checklist to get ahead:
Pre-Eid Cleaning Checklist
- Clean or rinse out any special dishes, glassware, and cutlery
- Source extra chairs, crockery and cutlery
- Shake out or iron any table linens
- Beat out carpets and upholstery
- Make sure empty rubbish bins are placed and accessible in all communal spaces
- Distribute tissue boxes in communal areas
- Empty the washing hamper
- Stock up on washing detergent, dishwasher powder, rubbish bags, and toilet and kitchen paper
- Stock up on stain removers for things like oil, grease, blood, and henna.
- Launder or dry clean any special outfits
- Take decorations out of storage
- Check and replace any missing bulbs on strings of lights
Giving Back to the Community at Eid
The Eid holidays are not just about eating and socializing – it’s also a time to be generous and charitable. We are encouraged to shrug off material concerns and think about how we can help those less fortunate than ourselves. Here’s a list of practical ways you can combine house cleaning at Eid with offering zakat:
- Employ someone who is currently out of work to help you with your list of pre-Eid household cleaning or maintenance jobs
- When making a meal plan for Eid, include dishes to be donated to homeless shelters or your neighbourhood mosque
- Clear and sort out closets, and give away any unwanted clothes, toys, and books
- Re-gift any leftover food or boxes of sweets or cakes to those less fortunate
- Distribute leftover bunches of flowers to community centres or elderly neighbours
Maintaining a House Cleaning Routine
If you have an organised household cleaning routine, it will make it easy to transition back to your normal cleaning routine when Eid comes to an end. Keep these tips in mind:
Daily Cleaning Checklist during Eid
- Clear up spills and address stains straight away to make sure they come out.
- Vacuum or sweep floors in communal areas and the kitchen.
- Empty rubbish bins.
- Check toilet paper and tissue box stocks.
- Do a quick clean of the toilets and hand basins.
- Cover and/or put food away in the fridge before you go to bed to avoid wastage and spoiling.
Post-Eid Cleaning Checklist
- Wash, dry, and store all dishes and cutlery.
- Return borrowed or exchanged crockery, cutlery, and chairs.
- Dry clean special outfits before storing.
- Take down any decorations and strings of lights and gently clean before storing them for the next celebration.
- Prepare a meal plan with for the next week to use up any leftovers.
- Make a shopping list of any missing items to buy or make before next Eid.