With Halloween officially behind us, the holiday season is just around the corner. Thanksgiving is less than a month away, and Christmas isn’t that far behind.

The holidays are a time when everyone’s home – kids are back from college, parents and relatives come visiting and there’s significantly more activity throughout the home compared to the rest of the year.

This is one of the main reasons why keeping your home clean for the holidays is significantly more difficult. Between wrapping paper around the house, water stains on your carpets and food leftovers where they shouldn’t be, every sane homeowner won’t think twice before hiring a cleaning service like No More Chores of Toronto Cleaners.

As our early Christmas gift for you, we are giving you 5 tips to make cleaning your home easier and stress-free.

Clean around the Tree

If you are decorating a fresh-cut tree, be prepared to deal with the pine needles. Even if the tree is regularly watered, the tree branches will still shed a significant amount of needles.

But they don’t stay under the tree. They get stuck on your socks and shoes and spread throughout the home quicker than a Christmas carol. Soon enough, you’ll be finding them everywhere.

That’s why you need to clean and vacuum around the Christmas tree much more often – every day to be specific. This will keep the needles from spreading throughout your home.

Clean the Kitchen After Preparing Food

Before you get busy with the Christmas cookies, make sure to clean out the dishwasher. Doing that will make it available for the next batch of dirty dishes left after you’re done with this batch of cookies.

Since you will be preparing more food than usual during the holidays, you need to make sure you keep your sink free of dirty dishes. Not only are they unsightly and smelly, but they also attract a lot of bacteria and no one wants to get sick for Christmas.

Keep Track of Your Fridge

Since you’ll have a lot more food around the holidays than usual, your fridge will more likely be packed. Make sure to set some time off to clean out the fridge and throw out anything past expiration date or anything that might have gone sour.

If there’s any stale food in the fridge, your freshly prepared food could also get sour faster. This is why it’s so important to keep the fridge fresh.

If you are hosting a lot of guests, consider using disposable containers for the leftovers. Additionally, offer your guests to take the leftovers home, since you probably won’t be able to eat everything.

Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

Holidays are also a time of decorating and crafting. And as fun as that can be, most homes will get too cluttered if you don’t keep everything organized. If you craft Christmas decorations with your kids, make sure to put all the tools away when you’re done.

Once you’ve taken all the Christmas decorations out, make sure to store the boxes somewhere until it’s time to pack them up again. Having boxes all around your home will create unnecessary clutter and will look messy. If you have broken decorations or Christmas lights that no longer work, make sure to throw them away.

Keep the Boot Stains at Bay

If you live in an area where heavy snow or rain is common during the holiday season, you know the winter boots are the biggest enemy of a clean house. And with so many guests coming in and out it can be hard to keep those boot stains at bay.

The answer is simple – common decency. Ask your guests to leave their boots at the door and provide an area just for them so you can keep all the stains in one place. This will make them so much easier to clean. You could also provide plastic bags for your guests to leave their boots in so you won’t have to clean at all.