For many of us, the thought of Christmas sparks those warm, fuzzy festive feelings, but the thought of all of the household tasks can seem daunting.
When it comes to perfecting household chores this Christmas, we've put together a three-week guide to help you prepare the house from top to bottom and leave you enough time to enjoy the Christmas festivities, without any stress!
Three Weeks to Go
The Living Room
It's time to prepare the living room for the main event – the Christmas tree! Pull all the furniture into the centre of the room and vacuum the floors and soft furnishings. Begin to clear a space for the tree and dust off the decorations.
Santa's getting ready to travel across the world on his sleigh and he needs a clean fireplace to get the job done! Take this time to dust the mantlepiece and make it look as presentable as possible with your family's stockings.
Two Weeks to Go
Turkey ordered? Check. Clean cupboards?…not so much. Prepare your fridge and cupboards for the Christmas feast by clearing out and wiping down all surfaces and shelves so you're ready for the ‘big shop'. You'll need as much room as possible for all your festive treats.
One Week to Go
Entertaining guests over the festive period? One week before Christmas is the perfect time to ensure their bedroom is visitor ready, so it’s a good time to ensure that your guest towels and bedding are washed, ironed and ready for the big day!
The one job that’s often forgotten about… the big oven clean! With family and friends poking around your kitchen on the big day, let your oven have it’s time to shine and make it mother-in-law proof! Using an oven cleaner like Oven Pride makes one of the most hated household chores that little bit easier.
Simply place the racks in the plastic bag provided, add the solution and wait 24 hours. Swap scrubbing for hours and spend your time making those all important festive finishing touches to your home. Reserve your fancy cutlery and glasses for special occasions? While the Oven Pride is working why not make sure glasses are polished and the cutlery is clean and ready to go?
Tip: If you notice any stains on your glassware, fill the sink with warm water add a small amount of bleach. Soak for at least 30 minutes. Make a paste from baking soda and water and rub it into the stained area. Rinse well and allow the glasses to air dry. If the stains remain, repeat the process.
24 Hours Before
To get your bathroom ship-shape before Christmas guests arrive, make sure to clean the shower and sink with an all-purpose spray. Clean the toilet and maybe open a lovely reed diffuser to make sure it is smelling ultra fresh!
Tip: To clean toothpaste stains and water marks, create a solution with equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and use a microfibre cloth to wipe clean.
Living Room & Dining Room
Time for one last vacuum in the living room to clear any loose pine needles and dust and polish surfaces!
Finally, why not set the Christmas dinner table the night before to ensure the big day is as stress-free as possible? Then pour yourself a drink and enjoy the festivities, after all, you’ve certainly earned it!
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