DIWALI ….IS …COMING !! (PART 2)

For many households in India , Diwali  is the day of the year when the house is cleanest and looking its best. This is often the result of a mad deep cleaning frenzy just prior to the big day, often on the day  or for many the month before. Personally, I do not want to be doing a big clean on diwali week  or the diwali  Eve – I want to be  cooking or baking and enjoying some festive quality time with my family . So this year I am being more structured about my holiday deep clean. I hope you pick up some good tips from this post!

Tips For Your Festive Deep Clean

There are three things which will make your cleaning much less stressful in the coming week! ( diwali is from 10th nov -14th nov )

Create A Plan

Next post, I will share my suggestions for a Week before Diwali . But you can easily create a plan to suit you. Grab a notebook and pen and take a tour of your home, creating a list of cleaning tasks for each room as you go. If you love a clean home, think about the jobs you don’t do so often and add them to the list. Don’t forget special holiday related activities, like cleaning the silverware for Diwali Party  dinner.

Once you have created your plan, assign a timescale against each job – and reduce the pressure by spreading the tasks out. For instance, if you want to give your kitchen cupboards a bit of a sort out and wipe down then this can really be done a couple of weeks in advance. First of all, this is much easier to do before you cram the cupboards full of festive treats. But mostly, it isn’t going to spoil your Diwali  if the cupboards are a bit mucky. Save your precious time on Diwali  Eve for easy jobs like having a quick dust and and vacuum.

Stock Up On Cleaning Supplies

If you want to do a deep clean, you need to make sure that you have everything you need. Stock up on that vinegar and baking soda! You may also want to invest in a cleaning caddy – or chuck everything in a bucket – so it is easy to carry everything you need from room to room.

You can find lots of great cleaning tips HERE .

Delegate The Jobs

There is no reason why you need to do everything on your own, so don’t be afraid to delegate. It is amazing how much more helpful kids can be if you tell them it is “Diwali Special  cleaning” rather than general “helping with the housework”. You may want to create a chore chart so that people are clear on whose responsibility it is to do what.( find one HERE.)

Four Weeks Before

* De-clutter house

* Tidy and straighten most rooms 

( If u are following my monthly cleaning plan ..this u can skip and start from a week before the big day 🙂 )

Three Weeks Before

* Wipe down front door

* Tidy yard

* Wash outside windows

Two Weeks Before

* Wash inside windows

* Organize pantry/cupboards

* Straighten linen closet

* Clean light fixtures/fans

Seven Days Before

* Wash/polish the  silverware

* Clean glassware / party plates /decorations etc 

*Menu Planning etc 

* Wipe down walls and doors

Six Days Before

* Tidy bedrooms

* Dust/vacuum bedrooms

Five Days Before

* Tidy living areas

* Dust/vacuum living areas

Four Days Before

* Wipe down kitchen surfaces

* Clean oven

* Clean microwave

Three Days Before

* Deep clean bathroom(s)

* Wash towels and bedding

Two Days Before

* Remove any clutter

* Take garbage out

* Clean fridge/freezer

Diwali  Eve

* Straighten rooms

* Dust

* Clean floors

* Wipe down bathroom(s)

* Put out clean towels

* Change bedding

Diwali  Day

* Straighten rooms

* Quick vacuum/mop etc .

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I find myself scribbling all sorts of notes in the run up to Diwali  (ideas, brainstorming, more to do lists). Sure you could regular lined paper for this, I h ave a notebook for just scribbles 🙂

If you have any great Diwali  cleaning tips, feel free to share them in the comments!

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