Well, it’s nearly time for Santa to pay us all a visit and that means one thing – the dreaded stress and chaos on the run up to it!
If you’ve read our last two blogs, we talked all about the lead up to the big day and how you can make sure the day runs smoothly, with minimal hassle.
When you think of Christmas, you don’t tend to think about the pre-Christmas clean, as you’re thinking about making sure all presents and food is bought and ready. But, when we think about the start of a new year, it jumpstarts us to think about it being the start of a new, more organised you.
This week’s blog is going to help you declutter your mind, as well as your old bits and bobs hanging around the house – a clear out is what is in order!
Firstly, let’s start with your mind. This time of year can often lead to panic and stress – this will manifest if you don’t try and sort through what’s bothering and stressing you.
We suggest sitting in a quiet room with a notepad and pen. Grab yourself a glass of water and slowly start to think about what is making you feel most stressed.
Write it down and make a note of how much of a priority it is – if you have deadline dates to go with it, even better, as this will help you identify how urgent each task is.
Writing out a to do list is a well-known stress buster, but don’t over complicate them! Keep them neat and brief, so you can easily understand what you’ve got left to do with just a quick glance.
The Christmas declutter
Now, let’s jump into organising your home in preparation for the new year. It’s time to plug in some of your favourite tunes and get cleaning!
We suggest dividing the cleaning tasks by room, so it’s not too overwhelming! So, let’s start with the kitchen – the heart of the home.
First of all, raid your kitchen cupboards. If you’ve got any food in there that you know you won’t eat, why not donate it to a local food bank? This way, you’re supporting local charities and the individuals who use them, as well as decluttering your cupboards.
During this process, give your cupboards a good clean with some disinfectant to get rid of all the germs that have built up. Give the floor a scrub and be sure to defrost your refrigerator to free up some space for all the Christmas leftovers!
It’s always best to start in one corner of the room and work clockwise, so you’re not going over the same areas more than once.
If you’ve got a family, you’ll know the living room is where objects which don’t belong there seem to accumulate. Start by returning these objects back to their rightful place – you’ll be shocked how clear your living room will now look!
Give surfaces such as units and coffee tables a dust – not forgetting glass and mirrored furniture!
Use the long hose of the hoover to remove any dust and crumbs down the sides of your sofas! While you’ve got the hoover out, make sure you don’t forget to go over any rugs or runners!
Strip the beds and put some festive sheets on! Nothing beats getting comfy in clean bedsheets, especially when you’ve got a good Christmas film to watch!
Open the windows and get some air circulating – it may be cold, but the room will feel so much fresher and clean once you’ve let some fresh air in.
Rid your wardrobes of any clothes you haven’t worn over the year – but make sure you donate them! There are so many charities in need of clothes donations, so why not do a good deed at the same time?
There we have it! Our ‘New Year, new you’ post! We hope this helps you to declutter your mind and home, allowing us to prepare for 2017!
We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers for your support this year – we couldn’t do what we do without you, so thank you so much. We can’t wait to continue working with you and see what 2017 holds for Clean Sweep!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – we hope you have a fantastic time with your family and friends.
- The Clean Sweep team.