It’s the Holiday Season
Moms, I am sure you realize that the holidays are upon us, right?
Besides, how could we forget without our children reminding us daily? Or stores decorated and lit up for the customers? And every single radio station is playing Christmas music.
Do the holidays stress you out and overwhelm you? You are not alone, this time of year can be the cause of anxiety for many folks, especially mothers who feel the need to get it all done.
Too Much To Do
Does the thought of shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning, and hosting cause you to panic?
There is hope at having a well-kept home, getting it all done, and have a wonderful holiday season.
First of all, let’s state the obvious on why you should have a clean home.
Would you want to be invited to somebody’s house for a party or to spend the week, only to find it dusty, dirty, and cluttered? No, of course not.
Secondly, during the holidays there is no better time to enjoy the sparkling Christmas decorations and twinkling lights on your tree. If you envision yourself at home more during the holidays, it is better to be able to relax in a clean and organized home.
Finally, who wants to do their holiday baking in a dirty kitchen, open gifts in a messy family room, or drink hot cocoa while watching a movie with your children when you cannot relax in a room of chaos?
As a homemaker, we are to be the keepers of the home. As a keeper of the home, we must be able to maintain the routine of running a smooth schedule and keeping our homes a haven for our families and guests.
Christians the world over celebrate Christmas in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Even though Christmas is celebrated differently all over the world, one unifying factor is that we all are celebrating the birth of our Savior.
How your family celebrates His birth may vary from others, but most people erect Christmas trees, decorate their homes, visit family or friends and exchange gifts.
The focus of Christmas should not be having the best-decorated house or giving the best gifts. Not that there is anything wrong with having a beautifully decorated house or giving wonderful gifts, but it is important to not lose perspective during this time of the year.
Holidays stress out Americans like no other time. Financial, physical, emotional, and spiritual stress can be at an all-time high by Christmas time.
It is easy to lose sight of the real reason for the season when our focus becomes hazy.
If your heart is in the right place and you don’t lose focus on why we celebrate Christmas, there are things you can do to cut down on the stress.
Moms, this is where you factor in. The housekeeping of the home. The maintenance of daily upkeep and keeping it all in perspective when it comes to your house.
Below, I have included some holiday housekeeping tips that will help you stay organized during the most wonderful time of the year.
Holiday Housekeeping Tips
Remember, unless your house is preparing for a magazine photo shoot of the interior; your house does not need to be perfect.
Stick to a written routine that will allow you to have more quality time with your family.
Using a planner will allow you stay in the routine of doing chores on days, especially if it is written down. Just by writing your goals down, no matter how small, increases the likelihood by 50% that you will achieve them.
Using essential oils in DIY homemade cleaners can help you effectively clean, sanitize, disinfect, and deodorize your home. (Tip: My favorite DIY essential oil cleaner is a lemongrass and tea tree mix. Add three drops of lemongrass and three drops of tea tree oil into a spray bottle with 5-6 ozs of water. Use anywhere)
What do you do when you hear the doorbell ring and weren’t expecting guests? Spray an all natural air freshener around the main living areas. A great fragrance can cover a multitude of smells; like pets and last nights sauerkraut dinner.
When all else fails, use your automatic wireless remote dimmer, to turn down your lights.
Spend the most time in the kitchen, main living areas, bathrooms, and guest room armed with your cleaning supplies. Keep a fully stocked cleaning arsenal on hand, stocked in a caddy ready to go.
Though not a cleaning tip, try cooking in advance as much as possible. Using an Instapot can cut your cooking time half and you will end up spending less time in the kitchen.
Most importantly you cannot go wrong with great food, fellowship with family and friends, and a having a grateful contented heart.
- When all else fails vacuum your floor. Wait, what did I just say? Vacuum. A good vacuum will be able to go on wood floors, tile, and carpet without having to switch back and forth between broom and vacuum. A room that has a clean floor can completely transform the looks a room. Eyes will be drawn to the floor, instantly giving the effect of a clean house.
Merry Christmas and many blessings this holiday season.
Stephanie, Training Keepers of the Home