Even though we all look forward to the Christmas holidays, a great deal of cleaning can be required before the festivities can begin.

Having a methodical clean before Christmas, to ensure that everything is sparkling and spotless, before your guests arrive will greatly assist in maintaining your normal cleaning routine. This will also help to minimise the amount of cleaning that you need to do once your guests have gone home.

Below is a Christmas cleaning checklist that may help you to ensure that your home is clean and organised:

• Put in order any dishes, special plates, cutlery and glassware that you plan on using and ensure that they are clean and ready for use.

• Using paper plates and napkins can radically reduce the amount of post festivity cleaning; after all, you want to enjoy the celebrations also.

• Wash and iron table linen.

• Ensure that your carpets and upholstery is clean.

• Catch up on your washing.

• Empty your rubbish bins.

• Vacuum through the entire house.

• Ensure that toilets and hand basins are clean.

• Have enough clean towels at hand, both in the kitchen and bathroom.

• Make certain that you have enough toilet paper and kitchen roll.

• Ensure that your kitchen is spotless, ready for the preparation of any food.

• Be sure that you have enough chairs to accommodate all of your guests.

Following a Christmas cleaning checklist can also assist you in throwing away any unwanted items. However, please remember that there are those people less fortunate than you. You could use this time to find old clothing, toys and books to give to charity or to donate to the homeless.

Having an organised household during the Christmas season will make it much easier to get back to your normal cleaning routine once the festivities are over. Christmas is a wondrous time of the year and should be enjoyed by the host as well as the guests. If you follow your Christmas cleaning checklist you can relax and enjoy the merriment without worrying if anything is out-of-place or unclean in your home.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.