Get Your Home Ready For Hosting At Christmas
Whether you’re hosting at Christmas or not, chances are you’re going to be cooking at home a bit more than usual. The children are off school, there is wrapping paper everywhere, decorations leaving their mess, falling pine needles and excess glitter.
We all have this idyllic picture of the Christmas holidays at home – sparkling surfaces and every Christmas decoration in its rightful place, no clutter in sight! Somehow in these Instagram images, we have managed to muster up a massive roast dinner on a perfectly laid table and still, the kitchen somehow looks like a showroom.
We all know that’s not realistic though, right?
Here are a few great tips from our Professional Cleaners at Housekeeping Heroes – which will help ease off the stress of hosting at Christmas.
Declutter Before You Decorate
Surfaces always look neater when clearer. However, you want to invite some Christmas sparkle and cheer into the home. The key here is to clear your display spaces of their usual nick-nacks and decor first. Simply put them in the same box you take your decorations out of.
You don’t want to double up on storage décor. So, simply replace your non-Christmas items with your reindeer, elves, stuffed snowmen and jiving Santas for a few weeks.
If you have children, then you’re probably already wondering where you’ll find space for their new toys and clothes after Christmas. So try and be prepared for the new by sorting out the old, and have a ‘Pre-Christmas Clear-out’. You can even involve the kids in this too and make playful games or pocket money opportunities by getting them to go through their toys with you. Together you can sort out what they want to keep and what they would like to give to a charity of their choice.
There are local charities now collecting shoeboxes of toys to give to less fortunate children. What a wonderful way to help your child be involved in the true meaning of Christmas while you get your house in order! Win- Win!
Rearrange the Kitchen Cupboards
This sounds like a big task but it’s actually pretty quick and avoids waste. Take the food that you are unlikely to eat over Christmas from one cupboard and fill up the spaces in your other cupboards. You should then leave space in one cupboard just for your holiday snacks and treats together.
This way, you aren’t searching through your shelves for the mint sauce and those Twiglets you bought once. Not to mention you are less likely to find that exclusive Christmas pudding at the back of a cabinet six months later.
Divide and Conquer
If you’re hosting at Christmas, don’t take it all on yourself. You don’t have to be Supermum or Superdad! Don’t be afraid to divvy up the tasks. Ask someone else to bring dessert or Alcohol. People love to get involved, so let them, to a certain degree!
Many families have family What’s App applications now. Put on there a Christmas Food List and ask members to choose something off that list. Update the list as each person replies with what they would like to bring to the table so that you know that all your food and drink requests are covered and guests know what they are bringing. This will avoid doubling up on goods and you’ll know you’re not going to end up with 6 boxes of mince pies, 3 cauliflower cheeses and no alcohol – Imagine!
You don’t need to take on all the gift wrapping yourself. Get your children involved. If you’re looking after the dinner, delegate a trusted someone in charge of keeping glasses full and snacks circulating.
Keep Hosting at Christmas Simple (and planet friendly)
We are all tempted to go overboard at Christmas, resulting in increased clutter, overspending, confusion, and stress.
But remember – you will still enjoy your Christmas even if the wine glasses don’t all match and if you have to grab tables and chairs from the shed. Presents will still be treasured even if wrapped in the leftover paper from last year. And Christmas dinner is just the roast you probably cook most Sundays, except maybe with a couple of extras.
Be prepared and keep things simple when hosting at Christmas.
Consider a Spring (Christmas) Clean
One thing we can ensure will ease some of your Christmas stresses is one of our most popular services, a One-off Spring Clean.
According to our customers and positive client feedback, we hear that having their home spring cleaned before OR after Christmas has been ‘worth every penny’.
Amongst decorating, cooking, childcare, housekeeping, wrapping, shopping, post office pickups and family visits, keeping your home clean and tidy can get left behind. However, it is also the key element in keeping you feel relaxed and in control.
You may think it’s too late to book a Spring Clean in time for Christmas, but fear not! Housekeeping Heroes still have some weekday spring cleaning slots available in West Sussex and East Sussex. We will help you clear the clutter and ensure your kitchens, bathrooms, floors and surfaces are sparkling more than the lights on your tree! We can help you feel confident and ready to invite your friends and family into your home for a celebration to remember.
The essential oils in our products come in a variety of 3 smells to compliment the seasons.
This season we have – Candy Cane, Hot Apple Pie, Winter breeze or No odor.
Please see our prices for a Spring Clean this Christmas
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