The holidays are a busy time of year. Family and friends come and go. The kids are out of school and there’s still work to be done.

While the holidays are meant to be relaxing, they can often become a stressful time filled with gift buying, baking, and cleaning. Relaxing comes at a price, too!

 

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To make the holidays a little bit simpler this year, try these simple ways to keep the home looking great even when there’s a lot going on.

1. Stock Up Ahead of The Holidays!

One easy way to make it easy to clean, organize, and live through the holiday season is to stock up before the holidays even begin.

There are some things that you know you’ll need during the holiday season:

● Gift paper

● Gift bags

● Baking supplies

● Snacks

● Toilet paper & other household toiletries

Make a list of everything nonperishable that you will need for Christmas visits and festivities. By buying all of these things before the hustle of the holidays sets in, you’ll save yourself time and effort later in the season.

2. Nightly Sweep for Sanity

It’s easy to think that you’ll get to the cleaning later. But when you think this every day, you will end up putting your cleaning off until it has piled up. The longer you wait, the more stressful cleaning will become.

To save yourself from this stress, do a Nightly Sweep for Sanity.

Go through the rooms that tend to get the messiest: the kitchen, the bedroom, the kids’ rooms, and the living room. Put away everything that can be cleaned up in less than five minutes.

By putting a few minutes of cleaning into each room, each night, you’ll help yourself feel like your house is in order through the holiday season.

3. Individual Tidy Baskets

Everyone in your home helps make the mess, so shouldn’t everyone also help to clean it up?

Get all of your kids (and your spouse!) involved in the cleanup around the home. While they may be reluctant at first, making it a part of the daily routine will have them helping you willingly in no time.

Make each member of the family (including you!) a “Tidy Basket.” Use colorful name labels to put a name on a basket or plastic container for each member of the family. Children will be more likely to willingly cooperate if you have personalized name labels for your children that they have picked out themselves on their bin. You can even let each child add other decorations to their bin to make organization for fun.

Throughout the day, put items that need to be tidied up into the baskets with the name labels. When cleanup time comes, everyone takes their basket and puts the items away where they belong.

For extra fun, make it a race to see who can put things away the fastest.

4. Hire a Maid

If your holiday seasons is crazy busy, don’t feel bad about bringing in some extra help!

Hiring a maid to clean your home one or two times throughout the holiday season can give you a much-needed break while also helping you find a fresh start in keeping things tidy. You won’t regret the rest or the cleanliness!