Our lives are hectic, particularly during the Holiday Season. Tidying up the house before relatives arrive, preparing meals and side dishes, and doing all of the dishes after feasting doesn't always leave much time for relaxation, no matter how many hands are helping to lighten the cleaning load.
But the Holiday Season is supposed to be about relaxing and enjoying quality time with family and friends! What if you could make a few changes to your holiday cleaning environment and mindset to make cleaning a little more relaxing, and, perhaps, even enjoyable? By incorporating the tips below, you will not only get your home clean for the Holidays, but also enjoy some time to relax and unwind!
Tips for Less Stressful Holiday Cleaning
When it comes to cleaning for the Holidays, many of us procrastinate and put cleaning off until the last minute. We end up scrambling to get everything done, barking orders at our family and generally stress ourselves and everyone around us out. The first thing we can do to make holiday cleaning a less stressful process is to get started early and stop procrastinating. If you're able to do this, kudos to you! If you're not, simply follow the tips below to make your holiday cleaning less of a stressful scramble.
1. Set the Mood with Music.
Listening to music can help us de-stress and improve our focus, and better yet, holiday cleaning is much more fun when we're listening to our favorite songs and artists. Not sure what to listen to? Simply figure out what mood or cleaning environment you want to create and give one of our playlists a try.
- Relaxation playlist: Perfect for a tranquil, mellow cleaning environment.
- Focus playlist: For when you need to get down to business and clean quickly.
- Energize playlist: If you want to have fun and dance while you clean this one is for you!
2. Create a Plan.
If you don't have a plan, you're going to wander from room to room, start cleaning something, get distracted and start another cleaning project before you finish the first one. Make a list of what you need to do and start tackling each item one by one. If you're trying to determine how to tackle the mountain of dishes after a holiday meal, save yourself some time and frustration and check out our guide to doing dishes by hand the right way.
3. Bring in Nature.
Sunlight and fresh air can do wonders for your mood. Open curtains and blinds to let in natural light and reap the Vitamin D benefits. If it's not too cold outside, open up the windows and let in fresh air to circulate the stale air in your home and ensure you're not breathing in strong chemicals from harsh cleaners. You can also switch to natural all-purpose cleaners to make the holiday cleaning process a little easier on your lungs.
4. Take a Break if You Need One.
Holiday cleaning is a marathon, not a sprint. This is particularly true if you're hosting a party or family gathering. Giving yourself a mental break by meditating, talking to a friend or family member, or even scrolling through your Instagram feed can help you relax and recharge before you move forward. If you'd like to try meditating but haven't tried it before our meditating for beginners guide can help you get started.
5. Reward Yourself For a Job Well Done.
Holiday cleaning is hard work! Make sure you acknowledge that hard work and reward yourself for a job well done. Eat a cookie, take a bubble bath, go for a run, or do whatever feels right to you to make sure you can relax and de-stress before your guests arrive.
Bonus Tip: Use Cleaners You Love.
Let's face it, holiday cleaning is not always a joy. But you can make cleaning more enjoyable if you change the environment and mood you do them in! Why not take it further and start using natural cleaners you really love, and that are safe for your family and pets? Our Capri Essentials cleaning products come in a variety of fragrance blends including White Lavender, Sweet Basil and Lemon Verbena. Simply click the link of the fragrance you're most interested in to learn more about the aromatherapy benefits of our natural cleaners with essential oils. Happy Cleaning!