At Christmas, there are two things that are guaranteed to happen: a small queue for the bathroom, and one too many cooks lurking in the kitchen. Between family members all wanting to take a shower at the same time of the morning, and peckish guests eager to see what it is that smells so good in the oven, these are two of the most popular rooms during the festive period, so it’s important to get them looking spotless. In the kitchen, use antibacterial sprays to keep the work surfaces clean, make sure you’re up-to-date with washing your dishes, and be sure to clean out your fridge – once the feast is over, you’ll need plenty of room for leftovers. To get your bathroom Christmas-ready, clean your shower screen with a suitable, high quality bathroom cleaner (or, if you’re in a rush and have no cleaner, vinegar) to get it looking crystal clean, and use a toilet cleaner like Domex to help remove limescale from the bowl.
If you’re putting up Christmas decorations in your home, you may find that they take up a lot of room and that your home suddenly looks very cluttered – this can be a nightmare if you’re expecting to accommodate a lot of guests. During the festive season, see if you can declutter the social areas of your home by removing anything that you don’t think you’ll need over Christmas. Store any fragile ornaments somewhere safe, keep kids’ toys in the their bedrooms rather than in the living room, and try to make sure everything has a place – consider putting up some temporary shelving to clear the floor a little. Place a small bin in each room, so guests always have somewhere to put their rubbish.
It’s Christmas, and if there’s one thing to expect at Christmas, it’s the unexpected. Whether it’s family members popping over unannounced, or guests bringing a ‘plus one’ without letting you know, you can often find yourself hosting a bigger Christmas than you intended. It’s a good idea to keep your spare bedroom, if you have one, ready to receive guests, and to have a pile of spare bedding and bath towels somewhere handy. You may want to give your guest bedding a quick wash if it’s not been used for a while. Using a fabric softener will make sheets seem extra fresh – great for guests.
As always, read the label on any cleaning or laundry products to ensure that you use them safely and effectively – if in doubt, test on small, unnoticeable areas of the surface first before applying liberally.
A Checklist for Preparing for Christmas
Here is a handy checklist to help you prepare for the festive season. Print this out and keep it with you throughout December as your own personal, pocket-sized helper.
- Stock your cupboards with good quality cleaning products.
- Check your Christmas crockery, and wash or wipe away any dust if necessary.
- Make sure your spare bedding is clean and fresh, and stored somewhere accessible.
- Place a few small bins around the house for guests to use.
- Ensure your Christmas outfits are washed, dried, and stored appropriately.
- Empty your fridge of anything past its ‘use by’ date to make more room.