It’s January 1: The times of food, family and festivities have been and gone. Now you’re left with an aching bonce, and the messiest house known to mankind. Here are our tips for getting clean fast, and starting your 2013 immaculately!
Say cheerio to Christmas
No one wants to hear Slade or see another bauble for at least another 11 months. You don’t have to wait until Twelfth Night to forget about Christmas: get a head-start and clear away early. As well as taking the tree, wrapping paper and cards to be recycled, have a thorough sort-through of the fridge (making some delicious leftover curries, stews and salads from your finds), give it a good scrub, then restock with oodles of smoothies and veg. Yeah, yeah, the diet will be all but over by March, but still.
Get clean on the cheap
The January sales aren’t just for clothes and sofas. This is a great opportunity to go on a shopping spree and pick up some bargain cleaning products and accessories. As well as essentials such as gloves, dusters and maybe even a new vacuum, treat your house to a some new pot plants, air fresheners, and other little goodies that will make things feel fresh. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you might invest in some cut-price paint or wallpaper in a bid to give your abode the full monty makeover. The good thing is that once you’ve bought so much stuff, you’ll feel compelled to use it; who knows, you might even enjoy tidying up!
In the midst of an epic clean is the also the best time to do a little rearranging, especially if you’ve bought a new item or two of furniture in the sales. If you’re not quite sure where you want to reposition things, take some snaps of the different rooms and give them a quick look over – it will soon become apparent where things should be put. Oh, it’s probably best to discuss your furniture relocation plans with other members of the household, lest WW3 breaks out over the positioning of a side table.
Spruce yourself up
Now, there’s only one thing left to tidy – yourself! Put all those beauty products you got for Christmas to good use, and slip into something new from the sales (don’t tell us you didn’t buy a few glad rags while you were buying that Dyson…). Now sit back and admire your handy work, smug in the knowledge that while everyone else is still vacuuming up pine needles, you’re already back into the swing of things. Have a very happy (and spotless) New Year!