If you’re anything like me the minute Christmas is over (think Boxing Day) I’m itching to take down the tree, remove all the decorations from the entire house and get stuck into a deep clean. I slowly start the process on Boxing Day and by New Years Eve it’s only the Christmas tree that’s standing and left to put away. Call me a grinch but I love to start the New Year with a clean slate, ready to tackle a mass cull of all the crap we have accumulated over the Christmas period.
This is my cleaning and declutter routine:
Tidy coats and shoes – only keep the ones you use regularly and the others can be put away in your wardrobe or other storage you may have.
Hoover and mop floors and under doormats
Wipe down furniture, door handles, door frames
Hoover floors, under sofa, inside the sofa and mop floors
Wipe down every surface from doors to book shelves to photo frames
Put away children’s toys and find new homes for new Christmas toys
Clean and organise every cupboard
Hoover under and around beds and furniture
Wipe down all surfaces including doors, handles, switches, bed frames
Organise wardrobes, throw old tatty clothes away, make a pile for the charity shop and friends
Organise your dressing table, removing any beauty products you no longer use, that are empty or passed there sell by date
Put a load of washing on and put away laundry
Go through toy boxes and remove any toys that they no longer play with, toys with missing pieces and make space for new toys they received over Christmas
Go through wardrobes and remove old tatty clothes, clothes that no longer fit and make space for new clothes for the up coming season
Clean all surfaces with anti bac including doors and handles
Hoover and mop floors
Wipe down all surfaces with a strong anti bac this includes shower curtain, bath, taps, toilet handle, toilet itself and sink etc
Put bleach down the toilet and give it a good scrub
Wash and replace bathmat
Organise bathroom cabinet, throwing away things you no longer use
Sort through bath toys getting rid of any that have gone mouldy or they no longer play with
Re stock toiletries and loo roll
Clean windows and mirrors
Try and minimise what you have on your kitchen counters
Remove dish rack and clean
Clean the sink and taps and use a strong drain blocker
Sort and organise every kitchen cabinet (including the crap drawer, we all have one!)
Go through food cupboards and fridge and throw out anything that is out of date
De-scale kitchen appliances
Clean your oven inside and out that goes for your microwave too
Wipe down all surfaces, including hob, inside fridge, door handles, switches etc
Refill soaps and washing up liquid
Clean your washing machine, dishwasher inside and out
Hoover and mop floors
WAYS TO STAY ON TOP OF THE CLUTTER:
Always stay on top of house work and don’t let it build up.
Always put away laundry after each load, put away dishwasher dishes, empty bins etc
Try and stick to a cleaning routine. I like to use ‘this one’ I found courtesy of Pinterest.
And finally stick on some music, get the kids involved and enjoy the de cluttering process! It’s good for your mind, soul and is the perfect way to kick-start your new year!