Thankfully there's AspenClean to help keep things tidy ahead of guests arriving. Before the season catches you off guard, get prepared; make a plan and book your AspenClean cleaning session before time runs out. You should spend Boxing Day the way you really want, with family, preferably avoiding the long lines at the mall.
Preparation begins with acceptance. These messes will happen, they are inevitable, especially if you're festive, because nothing makes a mess at Christmastime like enthusiastic decorating and baking. These mishaps happen to all of us, so plan for the following:
Gingerbread, shortbread, mince meat tarts, rocky road and maple fudge. Quiches, fresh rolls, pie and icing everywhere on everything. Did we miss anything? The Christmas Pudding? Fruit Cake? It's an endless list of wonderful smells that will make your kitchen the most crowded and messy place in your home for weeks to come, long before the turkey goes in the oven. If you have children rolling cookie dough and decorating gingerbread houses, you're looking at even more fun as your kitchen counter turns into an art studio with melted sugar as the paint. Cleaning up with water? Don't forget, water and flour make sticky glue which takes twice as long to clean as anything else. Watch those socks or shoes for cookie dough!
It's the season of giving, not receiving, but whoever says that is forgetting the time it takes to do all that giving. Even if you were smart and shopped online, the wrapping job in front of you is daunting, and it leaves behind a horrific mess. Beware the household pet who stumbles upon your wrapping station on the bed before you've cleaned up, because you might just have a furry fury on your hands. The leftover scraps of wrapping paper can be recycled or reused, but who has the time? While you wait to decide how to dispose of the mess, it migrates throughout the house. Then, on Christmas morning it becomes a hopeless cyclone of chaos that threatens to consume everything! And what about the environment or those poor trees? And do you have tape on your socks, sleeves and pants yet? You will... You will.
Get through this holiday season without a single spill and you might be deserving of a trophy, or at least a winning lottery ticket, because that is some fine luck. Now we all know there's no point in crying over spilled milk, but spilled egg nog on your new sofa is another matter. That sticky mess won't be going anywhere quickly, and even if you get most of it the smell will stick around longer than peppermint or ginger, trust us on that. We know from experience. You're going to spill wine, you're going to spill coffee, hot chocolate, brandy or scotch. When you do, will you be prepared? There's the physical prep with good cleaning supplies. And then there's the emotional prep, which means not letting it ruin your day, even when that tipsy relative or reckless child threatens your sanity.
We avoid the snow in Vancouver, but not the elements. The rain and mud make pets your biggest enemy here, as well as the shoes of house guests who seem to forget you have carpets or that it's raining outside. Christmas trees and pine cones are just the beginning of the decorative mess and you're probably forgetting the firewood if you own a fireplace. That bark and sap get everywhere, no ifs, ands or buts about it. A Christmas party is a lot of fun, but it brings with it a flurry of outdoor mud and mess. Pets will shed just as fast as the needles on the tree, and even if you're going artificial (surprisingly less environmentally friendly), you can still look forward to plastic needles and fake snow everywhere.
Are you on the floor in a corner hiding with your head between your legs yet? Don't worry, we're here to help. There are solutions to these problems. You know there are because every year you find a way to get it done. The problem is it usually comes at the expense of your own sanity and you spend far too much time trying to avoid the mess in the effort to keep it minimal.
So what's our solution? To quote one popular Disney song, just 'Let It Go!' Have a blast, make a mess and rely on AspenClean to keep your home clean this season. Don't know what you want for Christmas? Leave a hint or two for your loved ones and ask for cleaning from your family this season, or give the gift to each other and cut back the overall gift budget. You'll enjoy the holidays more because you're spending them the way you should, with family, relaxing in front of the tree, nestled away from the elements.
Need more help? Consider AspenClean products for environmentally friendly cleaning you can do yourself. Compile a schedule of cleaning tasks and the days they are to be done. Assign them to family members in advance and save yourself the need to nag. Use recycled wrapping paper if you're concerned about the environment and get your presents wrapped for charity if you are concerned about time. Use a second hand table cloth, consider a live tree to avoid shedding and make sure you have a dedicated spot for shoes and jackets when guests arrive. You can have fun with holiday coasters to avoid rings from drinks and create wrapping and decorating stations for things like Gingerbread Houses.
Good luck this holiday season and have a happy new year, no matter how you like to ring it in. We're ready to help you keep things mess free, so don't forget to give the gift of time this holiday season, even if it's to yourself.