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How to Prepare Your House for Navratri

When thinking about Navratri & how to plan for it, making sure the house is clean & tidy will be a priority – read advice on how to prepare for Navratri here.

Unlike Christmas or Diwali, Navratri isn’t just a single day of festivities – it’s ten. Preparing your home for nine nights of celebration might sound like a bit of a nightmare, but it’s actually not as difficult as you may think. If you’re wondering what to do in Navratri to help keep your home looking clean and tidy, here are some great tips to get you started:

 What to do in Navratri Before the Celebrations

 

  • Tidy your Home Thoroughly

As you know, Mother Durga is the embodiment of power, and she will only visit homes that exude positivity and powerful energy during Navratri. How can you expect your home to release this positive energy if it’s not well kept? By giving your home a thorough clean – vacuuming, mopping floors, cleaning windows, and decluttering – you can help to open your home up to Mother Durga and make it more inviting for guests in general.

  • Clean your Puja Room

One of the most important things about Navratri is prayer to Durga. If you’re setting up a Puja room or mandir for the Navratri festival, it’s important that you keep them clean, and it’s much easier to maintain cleanliness if you make sure they’re spotless before the start of the celebrations. One of the most important things to keep clean is your Durga idol. If it’s made of metal, the best way to remove any dust and dirt is to use a specialised cleaning product (read the label for instructions), but sprinkling some baking soda onto a dampened cloth and wiping can work in a pinch. The baking soda is very mildly abrasive, so it should remove dirt without damaging your idol, but it’s important to test any cleaners on a small, unnoticeable area first to be sure.

What to do in Navratri

 

  • Wash your Dishes

Many of us like to make sabudana khichdi at Navratri – it’s quick and simple, and fits in with the fasting tradition of the festival. It also tastes pretty good, too. Unfortunately, those sabudana, while delicious, can be a nightmare to clean once they dry out. As they dry, they begin to stick to your plates and bowls, and it can be difficult to remove them without soaking for hours. During Navratri, try to keep on top of the washing up – if you clean straight after mealtimes, any leftovers will be easy to scrape off, and the plates will be easy to clean with just a bowl of warm water and a good quality dishwashing liquid or bar, like Vim.

  • Wash your clothes

Are you planning to make sabudana vada during the Navratri festival? They’re delicious, but they’re also deep fried, and, as careful as we try to be, accidents do happen. If you find your clothes splashed with oil while you’re making mouthwatering sabudana vada, don’t panic. Use a cloth to soak up as much of the oil as possible, and then apply a good quality stain remover. Just read the label to ensure that you use it safely and effectively, and test on a small, unnoticeable area to be certain. Having applied a stain remover, wash in hot water in your washing machine with your favourite detergent to see great results – we find Surf excel useful for stain removal.

What to Do After the Festival

 

  • Prepare for Dussehra

The 10th day of Navratri brings yet another celebration – Dussehra. Many people will thoroughly sanitise their homes at this time. Don’t worry, though – this is easier than it sounds. You can opt to buy a cleaning spray or wipes from the store. As always when cleaning, wear gloves, open the windows, keep products away from children, and test on a small area first.

Believe it or not, preparing your home for a nine-night festival really isn’t all that different to preparing for a one-day celebration. It starts and ends the same way – with a thorough clean – and you can use the days in between to simply keep on top of the tidying. You don’t need to exhaust yourself during this time, just spend 30 minutes each day doing some general upkeep and you’ll see just how easy it is to keep everything looking fresh.