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My Amazing 31 Day Countdown To Christmas Cleaning.

It’s that time of the year again when we’ve got a huge list of things to do and so little time to get it done! We battle through the crowds, grab last minute presents, write cards that don’t get sent because we’ve missed the last Christmas post. We have expected guests, unexpected guests, food to prepare, drink to purchase and nibbles to serve and of course the Christmas cleaning to stay on top of. We work full-time, look after our kids and try to do it all by ourselves.

Every year I struggled with getting organised and getting everything together in time for Christmas. I searched for some sort of Christmas planner that would help me figure out what I needed to do and when I needed to do it in the run-up to Christmas, and throughout the holiday season, however, everything I found fell short of my needs. I needed a day by day countdown for  Christmas cleaning and organising which would  cover:

  • Christmas cleaning
  • How to win at Christmas shopping
  • Christmas food shopping
  • Christmas post and parcel deadlines

 I needed something that would get me organised on the run up to Christmas without taking up too much time. So I decided to write a list of my own to use each year to keep me on track,  and I have decided to share it with you free of charge!

Jump into our Free Christmas cleaning and organising  Workshop today and  follow our 31-day steps to an organised Christmas Day!

I used to spend a whole day cleaning before guests arrived which left me exhausted and unable to enjoy my family during the holiday season. No matter how hard I tried, I never felt as if I had an organized home during the Christmas holidays, despite chasing my tail around for weeks! My 31 day Christmas cleaning and organising guide will give you a schedule to follow to clean your house for Christmas without getting swamped and overwhelmed or having to struggle to do it all at the last minute.

How to use this Christmas cleaning and organising guide

  1. Start this workshop as soon as you can, and start at week 1. I would advise starting it early November or slightly before if you can. This workshop has been designed to start in the months before Christmas so you have a clear run of jobs and tasks to tick off your list before Christmas day comes. It’s designed to get the small time-consuming tasks out of the way well in advance, so you have got a few days to stress-free before Christmas, to put the finishing touches to your Christmas day party or family get together. 
  2. Complete one task a day, you will find a new task every day for 31 days.  One of the reasons I decided to create this list was to break down the month of December and all the work that goes into Christmas planning and Christmas cleaning into bite-sized manageable pieces, and in an order which brings you smoothly to Christmas day with everything ticked off your list. Follow the Christmas cleaning tips so you don’t have to deep clean your house the day before your guests arrive!
  3. If you miss a day it’s not too much of a problem, however, try not to miss more than a couple of tasks on the list, or you’ll find you will run out of time to get all the tasks done and get organized! For instance, if you don’t write out your cards early on in the month and purchase stamps you’ll miss the final post date for Christmas cards! Follow our Christmas cleaning and organising plan and you won’t miss a thing!
  4. Some days are shopping tasks. Some of the shopping preparation could be done on one trip to the shops and crossed off your list! For instance, Christmas cards, sticky tape, wrapping paper and stamps and some non-perishable foods can all be purchased well in advance in one trip to the supermarket, however, I have listed them separately so you have the choice to do them when you can!
  5. Some days are dedicated are pre-planning for the Christmas season. This includes menu planning, to find out more about how to start menu planning read this post 
  6. Some days are for holiday cleaning tasks. This is one part of the workshop that shouldn’t be compleated out of sequence. The reason for this is that you can start deep cleaning your house for Christmas a month prior to the big day by doing a few small jobs each day. By the time Christmas day comes, the majority of your big Christmas cleaning jobs will be done and you will only have to do a quick touch up and maintenance cleaning from then on. If you’d like some tips and help with cleaning motivation click here you can also check out my what essential products I keep in my cleaning kit by clicking here.
  7. Some tasks are quick and easy while others are more time consuming, so you may want to pick a task that suits your schedule, it’s ok to swap tasks but try not to skip any!
  8. Tick off the tasks as you complete them so you know which ones you’ve compleated and which ones you still need to do, that way nothing gets missed!

I’ve tried to cover as much as I could for the average family, but if plans differ in your household you may like to substitute a task which isn’t relevant for you, with one which is, such as booking flights/taxis if you are planning on travelling for instance.

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If you’d like to print the workshop so you can put it in your Christmas planner and cross off all the tasks you complete, just click the button below!

Getting your house clean for Christmas can be a struggle if your house is cluttered. If you have some time to spare in the run up to Christmas you may like to follow our decluttering tips so you are don’t get so overwhelmed with trying to keep your house clean and organised over Christmas. If you are struggling with motivation to declutter we have some tips to help you simplify and create more room for the things you love.

Frequently asked Q&A

How do you decorate your house for Christmas?

I like to keep my Christmas decorations simple and meaningful. We have a tree full of candy themed ornaments for the kids such as gingerbread men, candy canes and doughnuts etc. My focus is always on lighting to make the house feel cosy and warm.  I love with glowing twinkly Christmas window lights to make the house inviting to christmas visitors. 

What do you plan to do on Christmas day?

We get up super early with the kids and spend the morning cosying down together, then, in the afternoon we visit family for Christmas dinner and have a family stroll in the dark to walk off the Christmas pudding!

How do I get my dirty carpets clean in time for Christmas? 

The best way to spruce up grimy carpets would be to use a carpet steam cleaner. This is one of the best methods of carpet cleaning and it can be used as an upholstery cleaner too depending on which model you hire. Steam cleaning machines can be hired relatively cheaply, or for the best carpet cleaner you could hire a professional carpet cleaning company for professional results.

Have you jumped on the Elf On The Shelf train yet? Well, if you have you might want to check out and download our free printable  Elf on the shelf ideas list,  and put it in your Christmas planner! Full of a months worth of  last minute no plan ideas that are perfect for the nights that you’ve forgotten to move the little fella!

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Give your elf on the shelf the arrival it deserves this Christmas with our free fabulous elf on the shelf arrival letters! These letters are designed for boy or girl Elves and I have also included a blank letter if you’d prefer to write your own!

Keep your kids occupied while you get your Christmas cleaning  and organising done, download our free Christmas elf colouring pages!

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How To Quick Clean Your House Before Unexpected Guests

 

 

We all know that when your house is freshly cleaned and polished that no one visits right?

And we all know that when we are overwhelmed with chaos and haven’t had time to clean, we get a phone call to tell us that someone is dropping by in five minutes.

Whether you’ve got five minutes to dash about or whether you need to pop upstairs  to do a quick clean as your guests are arriving,  I’ve put together a quick list of super fast things to clean in a hurry!

 

 

 

Fragrance

 

It is important to get your house to smell clean, as this can trick a visitor into thinking you’ve been cleaning all day!

  •  Get your home smelling clean and fresh,
  • fling all the windows open to get some fresh air to circulate.
  • Fill sinks with disinfectant and allow to sit to disperse a fresh scent
  • Wipe areas near the front door with disinfectant, so the house smells clean as guests arrive.
  • In winter, wipe radiators with disinfectant to help smells circulate into all the rooms.
  • My favourite go-to disinfectant for emergency cleaning is Dettol  I always carry  this in my cleaning kit 

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 Quick Clean The bathroom

 

If your bathroom is dirty, unexpected guests will assume the rest of the house is too!

It’s challenging to keep the loo clean when you have small kids but keeping a toilet cleaning routine helps avoid the emergency toilet cleaning in a hurry!

To learn the best way  to clean your loo click here

 

 

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  • Wipe down the toilet, sink and shower doors
  • Put out fresh towels
  • Pick up anything from the floor
  • Spot clean mirrors

 

 

 

Close doors

Close any doors to which the unexpected guests will not be entering, don’t worry about the rooms they won’t be going in, use your time to clean the rooms the guests will be using most, such as the kitchen, bathroom and communal areas.

 

 

Tidy up

 

Apart from the bathrooms, tidying up is the thing which will have the biggest impact on your cleaning and tidying efforts.

A house will never look clean unless it’s tidy,  pick stuff up off the floor and put stuff away!

  • Straighten cushions and books

 

  • Discard magazines

 

  • Put away toys.

 

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If you’re struggling to find motivation to clean regularly click here

 

 

 

Food

Serve some nibbles!

I always keep a jar of olives and some cheesy crackers and crisps to serve if I’m caught out by visitors, this helps people feel welcome and at home.

Some garlic bread slices in the freezer are also great for serving in a hurry!

 

 

 

 Quick Clean The kitchen

 

The kitchen is a priority to clean or at least to tidy before anyone comes round.

Try to get into the habit of keeping your kitchen clean all the time, find out how to keep your kitchen clean and tidy here , so it’s one less thing to clean in a hurry!

 

  • Put away dishes
  • Empty rubbish
  • Sweep floor
  • Change dishcloths and tea towels.

 

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Keeping your house guest ready.

 

The easiest way to avoid having to do a quick clean before guests arrive is to try to establish daily routines which will help you stay on top of the housework, so if you are caught out by visitors, a quick tidy round and straighten up will be all that is needed.

Read how I use my daily routines to keep my house guest- ready here

 

 

 

Delegate

Try to get your kids to help by setting a timer and getting them to put away as much as they can in ten minutes for a prize as the timer goes off,  if three people are tidying for ten minutes each then you’ve got 30 minutes of tidying done!

 

 

 

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How To Create A Capsule Wardrobe Color Palette

 

 

In my last post Wardrobe Essentials ~ The 7 key pieces for every closet. You learnt how to streamline your closet, and to strip everything back to a basic skeleton of go-to items.
If you missed it click here to follow the first step! We also showed you how to choose the base colours for your capsule wardrobe.

In this post you will be learning how to create a  capsule wardrobe color palette  to really bring it to life, this will help:

 

  • Always have matching items to hand.
  • Make dressing easier
  • You spend less money on clothes
  • Make clothes shopping far easier
  • Wear comfortable clothes all day every day.


 

This is the fun bit!

  1. Go to your closet and pick out your favourite outfit, the one which makes you feel fabulous.
  2. Now pick out a few other favourite pieces.
  3. Lay them all out on the bed and take a good look at them, do they all contain the same pop of colour?
  4. If they do have a colour which stands out to you,  you’ll probably find that this is the colour pop you’ve been looking for to add to your closet and you can eliminate the rest. We tend to wear colours which make us feel good.
  5.  If you are struggling to find some colour inspiration have a look at some colour pallets to see how colours work together.

 

 

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Capsule wardrobe color palette

 

 

Once you’ve chosen your pop of colour you can begin to add items to your wardrobe in your chosen colour such as a pop of blush pink as featured here. You will only need to add a few carefully chosen pieces to wear with your basic wardrobe to create lots of fantastic outfits. Try to use as many items from your closet to avoid having to splash the cash!

All of the items I have chosen as an example work well with the 4 base colours we visited in my last post simply because I have not ventured out with the colours I have chosen.

Every item I have chosen is either plain or has one or more of my base colours , this makes it super easy to throw together a stylish, matching outfit in no time , no matter the weather, climate or occasion, everything goes together, casual or smart, the possible outfits are endless, and shopping is effortless.

 

 

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Winter color palette

As you can see you could be adventurous with your choice of patterns as long as they don’t venture away from your choice of base colours.

 


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Shoes

It’s important to have only a few shoes which will go with every outfit you create, depending on your lifestyle.

  • Boots
  • Flats
  • Wedges
  • Heels
  • Pumps

 

Patterned shoes are also ok, as long as you stick to your chosen color palette

 

Studs, spikes, fur, prints and sequins can give your look an edgier feel and make you feel fabulous darling!

 


 Accessories

Keep accessories simple, but make a statement!
keep within your colour scheme!

 

Most of all have fun creating, and building your new capsule wardrobe!

Why not try to build a kids capsule wardrobe to make it easier to get your little people dressed every morning? My kids love being able to put together a stylish outfit and no matter how crazy the combination of clothes they pick out it all still looks good together!

 

 



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Minimalist Wardrobe Essentials : What You Need To Know.

 

If you are just starting out on your journey to creating a  minimalist capsule wardrobe we are here to talk you through the minimalist wardrobe essentials you need, to have in your closet as a solid foundation.

I like to think of these minimalist wardrobe essentials as the building blocks of your wardrobe,  that holds the rest of your wardrobe together. Why you need to streamline your wardrobe.

Streamlining your wardrobe helps you to

  • Always match.
  • Spend less on clothes.
  • Make clothes shopping easier.
  • Stop impulse purchases
  • Get dressed quickly

 

 

First, choose your four base colours. Let’s get started!

  • Brown
  • Navy
  • Grey
  • Charcoal
  • Black
  • Camel
  • White
  • Plumb
  • Khaki
  • Blue

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They are all great colours to choose from and in any combination work well together.

 

 

Next, we are going to choose trousers

Including a couple of straight legs and wide leg trousers into your closet will allow you to create some fabulous casual looks and is also a great place to start to venture away from jeans.

 

I’ve included leggings in this list of essentials because they are very versatile  to wear with

  • Tunics
  • Long shirts
  • Dresses
  • Slouchy jumpers
  • Slouchy cardigans

if accessorised well, they look great, with a bonus of being super comfortable.

 

 

 


Jeans

Add some skinnies, some wide leg and some slouchy to fit every occasion

 

 

 

 

Tops

There will be a few key pieces you need in your wardrobe to mix and match together, which are great for layering too.

  • Tanks
  • Short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Cardigans or jumpers if preferred.

This is an example of how you would incorporate these items into your closet.

 

So, now you have 19  minimalist wardrobe essentials in 4 base colours (black, grey, blue, white in this example)>You can swap any of these essential colours with base colours of your own choice.

You will have plenty of time to play about with colour later on, so keep your base colours very simple and make sure they work well together!

In my next post, How To Add A Pop Of Colour To Your Capsule Wardrobe, we cover the next steps you need to follow to add a splash of colour to your newly streamlined wardrobe,   click here to read it now!

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