Christmas time at our joint is like a whirlwind of mayhem. While I try and keep a handle on everything going on, it feels like some days I have the house spick and span at 9 am, and by midday, it’s like a bomb has hit it. Kids toys everywhere, the dog has tracked in dirt from the backyard, there are empty plates that need doing from the rels coming over for some morning tea Christmas cake. Like, how did I get myself into this mess? And it is a mess!
Luckily, I’ve gotten a bit used to the Christmas melee, I’ve learned how to keep (some of) a handle on things. So I thought I better impart some words of wisdom to you, dear reader. If you’ve ever felt like you are out of control over Christmas and need a little extra help (and sanity), then you’ve come to the right place.
Lesson 1: You aren’t a saint, get help
For me, the first thing that I concluded early on is that I am not just a one-woman warrior. I can’t do all this by myself during really busy times of the year. So, that’s cool. I decided that during all school holidays that I would get a cleaner in at least once a week. And sometimes, to be honest, it’s twice a week. There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing this! You are no less of a smart person! It’s not like you are failing anything! I did for a time try and got the kids and my husband to help out more – but honestly, their cleaning skills are just not up to my standards. Having a professional cleaner around is awesome because they do a good job and they clean my house top to bottom. It’s something that really helps, and hey it means I get more of a chance to hang out with my family during the holidays. It’s win-win.
Lesson 2: Shoes at the door
I used to be one of those people that always thought houses, where people leave their shoes at the door, was odd. Not anymore. It’s now common practice in my home. Even if you have guests around, they can do the same. We have a little shoe rack at the door so people can feel comfortable doing so, and even some home slippers for if they don’t want to be barefoot. Seriously, it’s saved a lot of my sanity and means I don’t have to be cleaning the floors every other day. Because seriously, who needs that in their life? Not me, that’s for sure.
Lesson 3: Go out instead
If you want to do social occasions, then it’s always nice to entertain at home, but seriously, cleanups after having guests around can be draining if you’re doing it all the time. For real, it’s summer out over Christmas, so it’s warm outside at all hours of the day. If you’re trying to budget (and hey, isn’t everyone trying to over Christmas a little bit?), then you don’t have to choose restaurants or other activities where you’re spending money. There’s nothing that I like more than getting everyone together for a barbeque in the park. It’s cheap, cheerful, and nobody has to clean up – except for the barbeque plate and to have to load your rubbish into the bin at the end of it.
Lesson 4: Make sure to groom the pets regularly
This is more of an overall life tip, for throughout the whole year - it’s not just for Christmas. Grooming your dogs (or cats) regularly can help to cut down on the pong and also the amount of hair that they end up leaving all over the house. You’ll need to regularly brush them yourself, and then either bath them yourself once a month or get a mobile pet cleaner to come round to wash them. If you’re feeling it, then you can even take them to a fancy pet salon if you like and give them the works. I alternate between having the pet people come around and doing it myself at home if I’m feeling up to it. If you feel like they are still getting dirty, there’s no reason that you can’t clean them more. And always, always wash them if you go to the dog beach; otherwise, they are going to stink up your car, home, and you – which is not what you want at all!
You can also contact with a professional cleaning service provider as a Christmas surprise for yourself!