12 days of Christmas – To Do’s
First Day of Christmas: Clean the inside of the oven and the top of the stove. You don’t want the smell of roast turkey, ham or chicken mixed with the smell of last Thursday’s “Fish pasta”
Second Day of Christmas: Clean out your refrigerator to make room for leftovers. Make sure you have adequate storage containers and space for the extra food before the meals begin. Leave an open box of baking soda inside to absorb any odours your Xmas goodies might leave behind.
Third Day of Christmas: Empty coat closets of extra outerwear like spring jackets and sweatshirts to make room for your guests’ outerwear. Consider donating any outgrown apparel to a local charity organisation.
Fourth Day of Christmas: Empty all rubbish bins. Clean and disinfect inside and out with warm, soapy water and a neutral disinfectant. Drop several extra bin liners inside each container before relining for a quick and easy way to remove future rubbish when it really starts to pile up.
Fifth Day of Christmas: Clean the tops of ceiling fan blades and inside ceiling lamp globes. This ensures no surprising plummeting dust caterpillars!
Sixth Day of Christmas: Remove clutter from tops of kitchen worktops as this gives a more open feel, plus family and friends tend to congregate in the kitchen during party gatherings. Find a home for mail, magazines, books and other items that tend to pile up on tables in and around the house
Seventh Day of Christmas: Launder and press bed dressings for any overnight guests. Leave clean towels in each guest bedroom.
Eighth Day of Christmas: Move furniture, like small end tables and large potted plants, to a spare room to allow for extra chairs and sitting space around the tree for opening gifts.
Ninth Day of Christmas: Dust all surfaces, including areas such as skirting boards and windowsills. Pay attention to collectibles and picture frames – items you’ll want to “show off” to your Xmas guests.
Tenth Day of Christmas: Be sure your bathrooms meet the white-glove test. Remove personal items from counter tops and clean the toilet, sink and mirror to a sparkling shine. Use window cleaner on fixtures for extra gleam!
Eleventh Day of Christmas: Vacuum home from top to bottom, paying attention to areas such as the dining room, living room and kitchen, where people will gather the most. Don’t forget about your upholstery and hard-surface floors. They collect dust and dirt too!
Twelfth Day of Christmas: As your last task, set and style the table. You will be glad this is complete before Xmas becomes hectic with cooking and preparing final details for your families and friends’ arrivals.