We all look forward to the Christmas 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 the Christmas season, 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 Christmas 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-Christmas Cleaning Checklist
- Clean or rinse out any special dishes, glassware, and cutlery.
- Source extra chairs, crockery and cutlery.
- Consider using paper plates (ideally, recyclable ones) and napkins at buffet meals for ease.
- Shake out or iron any table linens.