New Year's cleaning: how to make the process easier in just 5 steps
Pre-holiday cleaning and maintaining cleanliness during the celebration itself can be a nightmare. There's so much to do, and yet in the process, new areas of clutter and stains keep appearing. And who knows how to survive the holidays without stressing over cleanliness?
First of all, psychologists recommend convincing yourself that perfect order is impossible to achieve anyway, and even if it exists, it does not make anyone happy. Time spent well together is worth much more than a shiny floor and perfectly arranged items. So just relax and do what you can and what fits into your schedule. OBOZ.UA has also collected some tips on how you can make pre-holiday cleaning and maintaining cleanliness easier for yourself.
Make a realistic cleaning plan
Anything is easier to do if you have a step-by-step plan. But this plan should be realistic. If you have, say, two days to do everything, don't try to cram a living room makeover into that time. Write down the top priorities that you definitely need to do, and for each one, set clear deadlines. And stick to them. If you have a minute left, do something else. Or don't and spend that time on yourself. It will be even better.
Assemble an emergency cleaning kit
In fact, having all your cleaning supplies in one place is a brilliant idea at any time of year. A basket with liquids, powders, and brushes, or even a cart on wheels, will save you a lot of time because you won't have to run back and forth to get all this stuff during the cleaning process. So, analyze what you use to clean and put together a basket like this. For the holidays, be sure to add a stain remover to the set. Because, you know, red wine, dishes with sauces, creamy desserts. Also stock up on disinfectant wipes, microfiber cloths, and all-purpose spray.
Put several bags in the trash at once
People who have tried this life hack later ask themselves why they hadn't heard of it before - it's so convenient. Especially when there's so much work to be done, like during a general cleaning or a holiday dinner. When the bucket is full, you simply take one bag out of it, and a new one will already be inside. Minus the time spent looking for a clean bag and trying to put it in properly.
Get a serving trolley
It is convenient to carry not only cleaning products on a trolley. Such a device is also extremely convenient for serving food and cleaning dirty dishes. You'll deliver more full plates and bowls per trip, and you'll be able to take back even more dirty dishes. Plus, there's less risk of breaking something and then having to clean up the mess. If you don't have a lot of space in your apartment to fit a cart, then at least use a tray. It will already reduce the number of trips from the kitchen to the table and back.
Buy a rubber brush for pet hair
Even if you don't have a cat, a dog, or even a hamster, a pet hair brush will come in handy during the holiday season. That's because it makes it easy to pick up loose pine needles from any surface. Or clean the carpet and upholstery of upholstered furniture. Choose the option that is convenient for you, because they come in both brush and glove forms, and you will restore perfect order much faster.
Earlier, OBOZ.UA talked about three rules of perfect cleanliness at home, which will help to do without general cleaning.