I don’t want to panic anybody, but we are getting perilously close to DIWALI now. To help you keep everything under control, here is my suggested to do list for the week leading up to NOVEMBER 1OTH 2015 .
A thorough clean before Diwali to make sure everything is spotless and tidy before your guests arrive will go a long way towards maintaining your housekeeping routine. This will also minimize how much time you will have to spend cleaning up when everyone else has gone home. Use this checklist to get ahead:
One Week Before
* Buy non-perishables. Buy as much as you can in advance, so that you aren’t jostling with last minute panic buyers.IF like me u have a party every year I would suggest u have all the party dinner ware ready by this week .
* Buy Diyas and Rangolis , gifts etc . Do not forget to add Diya’s and Rangolis also the Lantern to your shopping list. It’s a real shame when you can’t use your old lights and realize it at the last minute its not working !
*Buy bulk gifts, such as a case of wine or multiple candles, gifts, Sweets , to offer to neighbors, acquaintances, and party hosts.
* Set up a wrapping station in a low-traffic area of your home; wrap gifts as you buy them.
* Shop online; you can do so at any time of day, and it will save you the time of wrapping and shipping gifts.
*Unpack decorations, and inspect them for damaged Decorations and burned-out bulbs. ( Every year I clean up the decorations lights etc after diwali and keep them in a box , all I have to do is to unpack the box this year and I am all set )
* Deep clean your house. If you read my holiday cleaning post then you may already have this in hand. If you haven’t started your deep clean, however, then it is time to start!
*Kitchen Decluttered– to make your life easier on Diwali day keep a cubby or a cabinet free so that any thing can be kept there last minute
Three Days Before
*Windows Hang lights and display decorations around a streak-free window. Just mix one to two teaspoons of dish detergent in a large bucket of warm water. Scrub the surface and then use a squeegee the remove suds
*Refrigerator You’ll need to make sure your fridge is odorless and clean, especially if you’re storing a lot of food.
* Sort out Diwali dinnerware. Put everything you will need in one place, and check it is all clean and usable.
* check guest list and reminders
Two Days Before
* Buy fresh flowers , Puja Items etc . Now is the perfect time to shop for fresh floral arrangements, Garlands etc .. – if you leave it until tomorrow, you might find all the best flowers are gone.
* Re-charge batteries. If you want to capture those magical memories, make sure your camera and video camera batteries are fully charged. Do it today, so that you can capture some sweet pictures of your kids on Diwali Eve too.
One Day Before
* Do your last minute Diwali cooking/ baking . You might also want to do some early cooking preparations for Diwali day, such as preparing your vegetables.
* Work out your cooking/ puja / family / friends times. Save yourself time on the big day by working out your timings the night before.
* Do a final pick up. Go from room to room and return any out of place items to their correct home.
* Dust and vacuum/ mop . Hopefully, you haven’t left all of your cleaning until the last minute! Have a quick clean up through to get your home looking neat and tidy.
* Change bed linen and towels.
* Enjoy your family traditions. With all of the hard work out of the way, it is time to relax. Pour yourself a glass of your drink and RELAX !! enjoy your tomorrow as it should be 🙂
How are everyone’s Christmas preparations going? Are you calm and organized, or panicking about everything that still needs to be done?