4 weeks to go: bedroom
Cleaning commandment: ‘I will take my shoes off before going into the bedroom’
Make all the bedrooms a no-shoe zone from now until Christmas. This way you can minimise the amount of dirt that’s brought into bedrooms and therefore the amount of cleaning you need to do before the festive season starts.
Shoes bring dirt, grime and bacteria into your home and cause carpet wear and tear too. So create a little shoe station outside each room where everyone can place their shoes before entering the room. If guests are coming to stay for Christmas this will also give them an organised space to store their shoes or other small items.
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Project squeaky clean: how to clean a mattress
Pick a sunny weekend and take each mattress out of each room, one by one. Start with the biggest mattress first and work your way down to the smallest. This way you take care of the biggest job first, so the rest won’t feel so tiresome. Follow these three simple steps to clean each mattress in your home:
1. Strip your bed of all linen and toss in the wash. Now vacuum the mattress thoroughly using the upholstery attachment.
2. Spot-clean any stains and allow to dry. Sprinkle the entire mattress with bicarbonate of soda and leave for 24 hours (outside in daylight hours if possible).
3. Vacuum again and deodorise by spraying with white vinegar. Don’t forget to use a mattress protector to protect yourself from dust mites and your mattress from potential stains. We like Protect-A-Bed mattress protectors (from R309, Takealot).
1 hour to a sparkling sanctuary
For those quick but effective cleaning jobs, try these cleaning hacks to make sure you’ve taken care of every nook and cranny. Never lose sleep over a dirty bedroom again!
20-MINUTE TASK 1: Using a damp microfibre cloth and a little detergent, wipe down doors, windowsills, skirtings and switch plates.
20-MINUTE TASK 2: Wipe blinds using a microfibre blind cleaner. We like the Addis Blind Cleaner (R79,99, Pick n Pay.) Sheer curtains? Remove and toss in the wash.
Organising commitment: ‘My bedroom is for R&R and is a no-dumping zone’
Making a concerted effort to minimise clutter in and around your bedroom ensures you get the rest you need. This way you’ll have maximum energy for the holidays, and you’ll have picked up a new and effective habit for the new year.
Project tidy up: sort your wardrobe in 3 easy steps
Soon after the festive season is the new year. So get into gear a little earlier than you possibly normally do and sort out the bedroom cupboards in your home before Christmas. It can also be a fun thing to do with your kids, so make sure you get to their wardrobes as well.
In order to clean out your wardrobes effectively, you need to ask yourself these three questions regarding each item:
HAVE I USED IT IN THE PAST YEAR?
Bar a couple of sentimental items, if you haven’t worn it in the past year, you know what to do.
DO I NEED IT AND LOVE IT?
If you can’t answer yes to either of these, then it’s time to pass an item on or say goodbye.
CAN IT BE REVIVED?
If a new hemline, zip or tear repair can resurrect an item, then go for it. But give yourself a deadline to get it done, or get rid of it.
1 hour to a blissful bedroom
Set yourself manageable 10- to 30-minute tasks, and before you know it your bedroom will be a place of tranquility and restfulness (just how it should be). Get stuck into these three tasks and get it done in no time:
20-MINUTE TASK 1: Choose two areas that need tackling. From a messy bedside pedestal to that drawer that’s drowning in charger cables and junk, it’s time to put things where they belong.
30-MINUTE TASK 2: Take control of a specific area in your wardrobe, for example shoes and scarves, and spend some time sorting into ‘sell’, ‘give away’ and ‘repair’ piles. Repeat this task every few days until you have pared things down completely.
10-MINUTE TASK 3: Reclaim your corner chair for sitting – not as a storage facility for clothes. Hang up what’s clean and decide on what you plan to get rid of.
Beaut bedroom buys
1. A tallboy holds so much and is ideal for a small space. Benet Tallboy R6 299, @home
2. A collapsible trunk is ideal for stashing seasonal clothes and blankets. R500, MRP Home
3. Dress your bed with a Vencasa crushed-cotton duvet set. From R1 100, www.vencasa.co.za
4. A chest of drawers that doubles as a bedside table works twice as hard. Cresthill dresser R9 995, Coricraft