It’s been a long and busy year and if you’re like most of us, we’re getting ready for the festive holiday season! But before you start thinking about what’s on the menu, let’s discuss 8 cleaning tips to help spruce up the home so you can welcome guests and feel more organized for Christmas!
Go through all your closets and divide into keepers and giveaways. If you’re not sure, a good rule of thumb is: if you haven’t worn it in two years and/or it makes you feel guilty, it’s a giveaway. Of the keepers, wash, mend or send those that need it to the dry cleaners.
Mittens, Hats and Scarves
Pair up mitts hats and scarves and stack them neatly where they can be easily accessed. Any singletons or worn out gloves should be thrown out
Clean boots and shoes thoroughly and spray with waterproof protectant so they are ready for winter wear.
Pots and Pans
If your pots and pans tend to end up in various cabinets, consider a more convenient storage system for frequently used pans, such as a hanging rack (or drawer) near where they’re used. Pans that are used less frequently can be stored further away or even in the pantry.
Go through your spices and throw away those that are expired or have just a teeny bit left in the bottom. Return them to the rack in alphabetical order, making them much easier to find.
Cans and Cupboards
Pull all those cans and boxes of food out of cupboards and reorganize them. If you’re like me, some things get shoved to the back over time, and you end up with multiples. If it’s still good but you really are never going to eat it, put them aside and donate them to the food bank.
File Away Papers
If you do a lot of work at home or make your living there inevitably piles of papers, books and files grow. Now is the time to go through them systematically and consider what needs filing, and recycle what doesn’t.
Computer Clean Up
While you’re at it, do the same with your computer. Delete old files; empty the trash; store files you want to save on memory sticks or an external hard drive.
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