Christmas decorations

Holidays have their way of sneaking up on you, as much as we try to prepare. Don't you just love Christmas or Hanukkah? It's the time of the year when everyone prioritizes family, friends and spending quality time together. These next couple of weeks will be spent making our rounds to the homes of friends and family, and in turn, we also have to host parties and visits of our own.

One of the most common chores to leave for the last minute is cleaning. After all, your guests won't be arriving for quite a while, and you have got a lot more important things to take care of first. Think, though-have you ever really had enough time to clean when you leave it to the last minute? To make things easier on yourself, get your holiday cleaning done early this year. Here are tips to help you on your way.

Cleaning a spill on the carpet

It's inevitable. No matter how careful everyone tries to be, someone is going to spill some food or drink on your nice clean carpet. To keep the spill from doing damage tries to dab it up as quickly as possible. Grab two clean white towels. Use one to dab at the stain with the solution, and the other to alternately blot the area to soak up the spill.

Keep frost away from windows

In case you live in a cold weather area, it's nice to be able to look outside and see the pretty winter snow and holiday decorations. If your home windows fog up in cold weather, there's a solution. Wipe windows with a solution of 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol (or antifreeze) per 1 quart of water.

Cleaning your precious knickknacks

If you have a great collection of knickknacks that you love to display but hate to clean, here's some good news: there's a quick and easy way to clean your figurines. Simply place your knickknacks inside the kitchen sink and spray them with window cleaner

Make Piles

This might not sound like cleaning to you, but making piles of what you want to keep and what you want to trash, or what goes in storage and what does not, can help you to move mountains in starting your cleanup. Often reducing the bulk of what you have got to sort through is half the work, and it is not even that difficult (though perhaps it is a bit overwhelming). So, to start out, pick one room and start making a pile of things you do not need to keep around. Once those things are out of the picture, think of another room, and go from there. This simple method of the preliminary organization should have you feeling so productive that you will get on a huge role.

Have a System

Once you have gotten yourself organized, make sure to stay that way! Have labeled containers to place things in that you don't need year round, like holiday decorations and seasonal clothing, because you will not need to repeat the deep clean process every single year. Large plastic boxes work well for the bigger, non-breakable stuff; if you use them to store more fragile items wrap them in some protective bubble wrap or tissue paper beforehand.

Rent a Dumpster

A great tip to keep your deep clean moving when the going gets tough is to rent a dumpster from a reputable dumpster rental company. Not only will it serve as a reminder to get moving, but a dumpster will solve issues like weekly trash removal limits that your huge cleanup might exceed.

When we gear up or get ready for Christmas or Hanukkah, we not only make sure our home is clean but that it stays that way and that we can maintain the good condition of our house. The part of our home that will probably get the most wear regarding usage will be our floors. It will also experience the most soiling and spills. During parties or guest visits the floor will have its share of action, so the following are tips to remember when these accidents do happen.
Where on earth do you start cleaning when your whole house looks like a set from the movie "Twister"? Perhaps the best thing to do is bring your big trash dumpster inside and start shoveling it all in. If you don't want to be quite that dramatic, start with the simple things like picking everything up off the floor and all flat surfaces - countertops, tables, cabinets. Put everything away that has its place. Give away as much of the clutter as possible. All the rest that cannot be salvaged, just throw in the dumpster.