Christmas is less than a month away and already my thoughts have turned towards organising the house.
Our house is fairly small and we have to juggle the furniture around just to fit in the tree, so it’s the perfect time for a pre-christmas sort out.
The kids are encouraged to donate any unwanted toys and books to the school Christmas fayre or the charity shop and last years outgrown winter clothes are handed down to family friends.
Moving the furniture means it is a great time to give everything a bit of an extra scrub, although I am still finding bits of ingrained glitter from last years wrapping paper. Note to self: Never by sparkly wrapping paper EVER again.
I try to hold off putting up decorations until as late as possible, mainly because I find the lack of room it leaves us is quite stressful and it seems I am not alone.
Regina Blitz, one of the UK’s leading kitchen roll brands have put together a Christmas Campaign surrounding the ‘Stress of Mess’ and the impact it has on enjoying family moments over the festive period.
The results revealed:
- 63% of UK residents admit they miss out on family time during the festive season because they begin to tidy the house a week before the big day
- 37% of UK residents like to get in early and begin tidying 10-18 days in advance of Christmas Day
- Generation Y especially are putting in the extra hours, with 79% of millennials dusting, polishing, scrubbing and scraping in the lead up to Christmas more than normal
- Over half of UK residents (52%) reported the house a complete mess again within an hour or less of guests arriving on Christmas Day, even after their best attempts to keep things in order.
My top tips for keeping the mess under control this Christmas
1. Enlist the help of the family to declutter and clean – my kids love dusting and hoovering and it could be the perfect trade-off to let them help you put up the Christmas tree and decorations when they have finished
2. Keeping the house tidy can be a challenge, but those Christmas Elves that visit this time of year can be the perfect encouragement to keep things tidy. Help teach the kids independence by clearing up any spills they have caused, themselves.
4. Allocate a task per day and spend no more than 15 minutes on cleaning. You would be surprised how much easier keeping the house tidy is if you do it little and often.
5. On Christmas Day itself, encourage kids to drop their wrapping paper into a bin bag as they unwrap their presents, that way you don’t have to pick up after them AND you are less likely to lose anything in the mess.
6. When cooking Christmas dinner, wash up or load the dishwasher as you go, that way the mess won’t seem quite so overwhelming when you have finished your meal.
7. Don’t sweat the small stuff!! Christmas is about having fun and making memories – no-one is going to be bothered by ornaments out-of-place or a little bit of dust.
8. Keep a roll of Regina Blitz within easy reach! The all-purpose household and kitchen towel is perfect for any cleaning task around the home, from unexpected spillages to an impromtu window or bathroom cleaner. Its triple layer sheets with a super-strong emboss are almost 70% bigger than standard kitchen rolls and can be used inside and outside the home.
Regina Blitz is available to buy from all leading supermarkets as well as independent retailers priced from £2.50.
Disclaimer: Post written in collaboration with Regina Blitz and Tots100. All thoughts and opinions are my own