Although some people really do love cleaning, it’s certainly not for everybody – and getting your house shipshape after all the busy festivities and extra cooking is no mean feat! The last thing you perhaps want to be doing after all that relaxing is getting back into the everyday chores, but who doesn’t love that ‘fresh as a daisy’ feeling after you’ve given the house a big cleaning blitz? We’ve got some great advice on how you can storm through the big festive cleaning project, and some handy tips on how to make your home so clean it sparkles!
Where do I start?
Before giving your home a good scrub, it’s always a good idea to get rid of the clutter. Gifts and presents often bring with them a lot of packaging, and you won’t be able to see the wood for the trees until you clear all this out. Fill your recycling bins to instantly get some organisation satisfaction! The tree unfortunately also has to come down. If you’ve gone for a real tree this year, there’s plenty of alternatives to just chucking it out with the rubbish. If your tree has roots, why not plant it in the garden or see if anyone you know has a spot for it in theirs? It’s always worth checking with local councils and charities for recycling options, as many charities now happily recycle trees for a small donation to help their cause.
As much as we want to love all our presents we receive over Christmas, unfortunately sometimes a gift is either just not practical, you already have one or you simply don’t like it! Don’t feel you have to hold onto unwanted gifts, as chances are they’ll likely just stay hidden collecting dust when there could be someone out there who would truly cherish it! One man’s rubbish is another’s treasure after all! Carry on the season of goodwill by donating any unwanted gifts to charity shops, who will most certainly appreciate anything you don’t need, or you could always list them on an online auction site to help with the post-Christmas budget. Save on packaging with our great-value bubble wrap, envelopes and labels to help your deliveries arrive in one piece!
Have a clear out of your office space and make use of your shredder by getting rid of any receipts you no longer need and clearing out unwanted paperwork. Now is the perfect time to utilise all available storage space! For some great handy hints and tips on how you can maximise your storage space, check out our special blog on storage tips!
Get stuck in!
Many of us have busy lives and don’t get to clean as often as we’d like to… Now all the guests have left and you’ve perhaps got some more time before you’re back at work, it’s the perfect time to deep-clean your home and get it ready for a fresh new year.
Your oven is likely to have taken a bit of a battering over the festive season… Give it some TLC and treat it to a nice spruce up! We recommend the Oven Pride Complete Oven Cleaner 500ml which transforms racks and grills back to a shiny sheen as well as tackling the inside of the oven. Make the kitchen floor so spotless you could eat your dinner off it (not that we’d recommend this!) with a steam cleaner to abolish any ingrained dirt left over from the Christmas festivities. If you’d rather stick to the traditional mop and bucket, inject some fun (slight exaggeration) into mopping up with our retro English Heritage Mop Bucket.
The worst thing about cleaning has got to be having all your hard work so quickly undone. Who hasn’t been there when the floor has just finished drying, you step back to admire your handiwork and the dog runs in to coat the floor in a fresh, lovely slick of filth, the kids drop everything sticky they suddenly possess and the partner forgets to take off their muddy wellies? It happens to the best of us! Stock up on our anti-bacterial floor wipes for the little spillages that don’t require mopping up, and keep your kitchen surfaces germ-free with our anti-bacterial wipes, available in lemon and mandarin or fuji apple and apricot. We particularly like the fresh scent of the apple and apricot wipes!
Abolish any lingering dust with our multi-purpose polish wipes. Perfect for quickly dusting off any decorations before storing them away ready for next year. Always polish before hoovering so you can catch any fly-away dust that’s been dispersed from the duster straight into the vacuum. Finally, don’t forget the the windows! Check out our smear-free, quick-drying glass wipes, which make the chore of window cleaning simple and effortless. No more spending hours rubbing in more smears than you rub out!
When it comes to stocking up on cleaning essentials, Wilko really is a one-stop shop. Check out our great value sponge scourers, large dish cloths, and rubber gloves of every size – so nobody has an excuse to get out of their turn!
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The finishing touches
Once you’ve cleared your space, it’s time to take advantage! Get trying out different looks, move the furniture around for a bit of feng shui and hang up new pieces of artwork that you’ve been gifted over the festive season.
After taking down the Christmas tree, you’ll likely have a bare, bald spot that was once so jolly and festive! Avoid post-Christmas blues by filling the space with something bright and cheery. How about a new plant to keep the green-vibe alive? Or a floor lamp to fill your room with light where you’re missing the glow of your Christmas tree?
To instantly inject some new personality into your walls and keep the Christmas memories alive, why not free up some space on your phone or camera by printing out your favourite Christmas snaps? Put the best ones in photo frames to liven up your walls, and keep the rest in an album you’ll love getting out and reminiscing over.
With the cleaning complete and the finishing touches in place, it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy tucking into all the chocolates and naughty treats left over from the Christmas feasting. Go on, force yourself!