Come Raksha Bandhan and you already start planning for Diwali shopping. And once Ganpati gets over, you just can’t wait to start Diwali festive cleaning. Find some home cleaning tips in this Diwali festive cleaning guide: how to clean your home?
Diwali festive cleaning guide
Call for professional home cleaning services: I remember those years when my domestic help and I would clean the entire house by ourselves, but gradually I realised we were not strong enough to push cupboards and beds. That is when I called for professional home cleaning services. They offer deep home cleaning services where they clean walls, bathrooms and kitchen and scrub the floor under cupboards and beds. They clean the exhaust fans off all dirt and grease, electrical fixtures, window tracks and all those unreachable and impossible places. Tell you what, it’s such a relief that I don’t have to push around the heavy furniture any more.
However, if you have decided to clean the house on your own, take one day or two per room. It is a more realistic, achievable and stress-free goal.
Clean cupboards and wardrobes: Now, that your walls and floors are clean, it’s time to hop on to the cleaning band wagon yourself. I like to clean the wardrobes myself because I admit I like clothes arranged in a certain way and no one can get that precision (well, if you compare me with Monica here, you wouldn’t be off tangent).
What do you need to clean cupboards and wardrobes?
- A wet cloth and a dry cloth (I use wipes from Scotch Brite)
- Newspaper or brown paper for lining the shelves
- Naphthalene balls or scented potpourri (for my wardrobes I use lemongrass scented potpourri)
- For woollen clothes, add a bag of cloves. They will help the woollen stay bug-free.
Categorise things in reuse, give away and throw: This is my favourite part – decluttering my home of all the unwanted stuff (a new post is coming up on how to declutter your home fast). Festivals are for ringing in new, that means clutter has to go to make space for new stuff. I have stopped buying these days or buy only the essential stuff, but still I find my home is full of things. Yes, I feel Santa has been secretly employed to deliver to my home every day.
Well, jokes apart, I go through the contents of all the drawers, shelves and cupboards, and put them in three heaps –
- One for the things that I can reuse.
- One for the things that I don’t use but someone else can. So, I give away those things (clothes, shoes, toys, woollens, etc.) either to my family, help, caretaker, NGOs.
- One for the things that of no use to anyone and should be thrown. In this list, go torn clothes, ancient jars and bottles, ingredients that have expired.
Don’t wait till Diwali to display new stuff: Most people wait till Diwali to put new things. I put new things right there and then when the house is spic and span and sparkling.
New things I buy for Diwali every year
- Toran – Torans are mentioned even in our puranas (ancient scriptures). Torans, a decorative item, are put on the main entrance to please and welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, and even guests. I am not much into crafting, so I buy it readymade.
- Doormats – Doormats get old and worn out from constant use. Hence, I get new ones for the main entrance and bathrooms.
- Clay pot – I usually change my clay pot once a year – either during Navratri or Diwali.
- Clothes for idols – I am not a religious person as you all must know by now, but I do Diwali puja, and for the same, I get new clothes for my Lakshmi and Ganesh mini idols.
They may be small things but they make my home look extra bright and welcoming even before Diwali. This is also the time to get new plants as it makes your home greener and brighter.
Here are some Diwali cleaning tips and tricks that I use:
- Diwali festive cleaning guide
- I usually call for deep cleaning services during weekdays when my husband is at work and my daughter at school. No one comes in the way and this way work gets done faster.
- Even though the cleaners bring their own home cleaning supplies, I am a little finicky about that stuff, and prefer giving my own cloths, mops, scrub sponges and scouring pads. I throw these after they are done with cleaning.
- Put the curtains for washing as and when they are cleaning, so that your curtains are washed and dried by the time cleaning is over and are ready to be hung.
- Soak curtains, mattress mats and doormats in hot water along with detergent to remove all dust and grime. I wash curtains twice a year and doormats quite regularly.
- If you have balcony, verandah or access to terrace, put mattresses, woollens and blankets out in the sun. The harsh sun not only removes the mouldy smell that steeps in during the monsoon but also kills the germs.
- These cleaning supplies help me during my Diwali cleaning. You can buy them from where I buy, Amazon, right here by clicking these links:
Scotch Brite Wipes
Lemon scented potpourri
So, this is my Diwali festive cleaning guide: How to clean your home? How about you – how do you go about Diwali festive cleaning and what are your Diwali cleaning tips? Do share in the comments!