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Keep it clean this Christmas

Wednesday, 4th November, 2020 2:59pm

November is the perfect month to get your home ready for Christmas.

Starting to organise the house early means less stress nearer to the big day! Similar to spring cleaning, the festive season helps us to focus on clearing the clutter and cleaning, from the bedrooms to the living and kitchen areas.

Professional organisers, MnF Decluttering & House Staging, has a number of tips for home organisation ahead of Christmas:


* Start in your own bedroom and empty any bags that may be on the floor and then check your cupboards to see if there are items that could go to charity. Make sure that all items are put in their correct home. MnF’s motto is ‘A place for everything and like with like’.

This means all paperwork in the office area, all tools etc. put into the shed, all clothes folded or hung up in the wardrobe/drawers and all makeup and products placed in drawers or individual containers.

You have time to do one room each day so there is no rush.

* In relation to the kitchen, empty and clean all shelves and cupboards then place the food items together, do the same with pots and so again. Again, like with like. Start making a master list of food required for Christmas Day and get rid of any items that are out of date. Once you have each room decluttered and organised, give a thorough cleaning including the windows, curtains, cushions covers, and throws.

* Now you are ready to bring the decorations down from the attic! Those that are worn can be put in the rubbish. If you keep your decorations in bags, invest in some large plastic boxes for when you will be putting them away. You can put them away room by room and have the Christmas tree decorations in another box. Put a label on each box and write with a black marker which room it is for.

Put on your favourite music or podcast and enjoy the process and allow the kids to help and don't try to control the outcome.

And remember, whatever you get done is perfect just for you.

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