30 Day Countdown to Christmas
the demands of the holidays always seem to bunch up in
the frantic last few days, why not try these timely tips
on cleaning, organizing, decorating and cooking,
courtesy of Home Made Simple online at homemadesimple.ca. Here's a sampler of their
30-day countdown to the holidays:
4 Weeks Before:
Get Out Your Calendar: Mark
parties, concerts and tasks. This allows you to schedule
when to clean, bake, wrap, decorate, shop, and reserve
time for yourself and family.
Gifts: Buy as much as possible in
advance and wrap them immediately.
Holiday Food: Gather recipes, take
inventory of ingredients needed, check for available
food containers and make a master-shopping list.
Clean and Purge: If you do one good
clean now you can keep it up quickly through the month
by spot cleaning here and there throughout the holidays.
Tip: Make jobs simple with supplies like Swiffer Dusters
and Swiffer Sweep+Vac, as well as Mr. Clean MagicReach
and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. This is the time to clean
any hard to reach places like bathrooms, ceilings,
corners and under sofas and tables. The extendable
handles on MagicReach and Swiffer Dusters are ideal for
2-3 Weeks Before:
Time To Bake: Lay out all the
ingredients and baking supplies right at the start to
make the task more organized and enjoyable. Bake, then
freeze for future needs. Tip:Clean up after baking can
be easy. Wash baking pans and utensils with the
grease-cutting power of Dawn in the sink or Cascade 2in1
ActionPacs in the dishwasher.
Trim The Tree: This is a great
event for the whole family, especially if you have hot
chocolate, sweet treats and holiday music on hand.
Examine all decorations and lights (see tree trimming
tips at homemadesimple.ca) and to make sure everything
will sparkle, give them a thorough dusting with Swiffer
1 Week Before
Fill The Freezer: Prepare
make-ahead dishes and freeze. These will be a lifesaver
after a long day of shopping or for unexpected guests.
Raid The Fridge: Clean out and free
up space on the inside. Use Mr. Clean Antibacterial
Multi-Surface Cleaner on the outside to give it a
Make Your Entrance Grand: Clean and
free up space in your hall closet. Tip: Use Febreze Air
Effects in your closet to eliminate odours. Use Febreze
Fabric Refresher to eliminate odours and freshen the
rugs and carpets. Use Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean to
remove scuffmarks from door trim, doors and handles.
1 Day Before:
Set The Stage: After a quick spot
clean, set a beautiful holiday dining table and place
fresh candles and flowers throughout the house.
- News Canada