Friday, November 23, 2012

Pre-Holiday Deep Clean

A pre-holiday decorating deep clean is a great idea before you put those Christmas decorations up.  If you clean before you cover your apartment with tinsel and lights, you'll have less to clean around later and you can spend your time on more fun holiday activities.  Apartment Therapy gives you a run down of what to do now so you can get on with the holiday fun!
Your first task is dusting.  Second, vaccuum and mop the floors to make sure your tree doesn't harbor any hidden dust bunnies.  Also, if you had a huge house of people for Thanksgiving dinner, chances are you've got a lot of dirty feet that need to be cleaned up after.  Run a feather duster or broom over your ceiling and in the corners to ensure all cobwebs are wiped away before lights go up that could put the spotlight on creepy crawlies.
Post-Thanksgiving dinner is a great time to give your kitchen a thorough cleaning.  Giving the oven, stovetop, sink, counters, cabinets, floors and sink the cleaning attention they deserve will make you want to bake those Christmas cookies, pies, cakes and candies.  
Now is a great time to go through your closets and get rid of things you don't need anymore to make room for not only house guests' belongings, but also any clothing or accessory gifts you may get for Christmas.  Finally, cleaning the windows can allow more light in during the short days of winter.  It also can prevent having those strands of light illuminate every finger smudge on your windows.