Get Ahead Of Diwali Cleaning

My favorite time of the year! Navratri, Diwali, and Ganesh Visarjan are right around the corner. I’m so excited! There’s one thing, though, about festival season that is a little annoying. You know what I’m talking about. Last-minute cleaning. Despite our best intentions, we tend to rush around to make sure that our homes are sparkling before Diwali. It is important to start the cleaning process earlier so that you can keep your home sparkling throughout the holiday season.

How many of us can devote a full week to cleaning before Diwali? It would be better to start cleaning earlier so that your schedule is not disrupted. In this spirit, I came up with a simple step-by-step cleaning schedule to follow in order to get the house clean and ready for the Festival of Lights while keeping the domestic goddess (yes, you!) stress-free!

We have six weeks until Diwali, which falls in the first week of November. So, let’s get started!

Week 1 and 2- Bedrooms (under bed and in lofts)

If you’re like me, then you probably cheat and stuff under your bed things that you don’t want to deal with. Raise your hands if you are guilty! Your bed/ loft could be a deadly stash of:

Old clothes – those jeans you bought four years ago that you said you’d fit into, but you never will.

Broken handbags – You haven’t taken them to the repair shop yet despite having intended to do so for the last two years.

Strange gifts you receive from people that you never pass on.

You can donate your baby’s old clothing, toys, and blankets that are too valuable to give away.

You’ve probably completed all the projects and hobbies you thought you were going to complete.

Sort and Throw!

Throw them out if they haven’t worn them in more than six months. Maybe you can give them to your maid. Keep one or two items that are sentimental and throw away the rest. You can sell items that you think may be valuable on sites such as OLX or eBay. You should pack the items you wish to keep in individual plastic bags or boxes.

Sort your clothes and decide what you like to wear. Store items that are rarely worn in the back.

Drawer dividers are great for your belts, underwear, and accessories.

Week Three: Kitchen

Indian food is so greasy that even though we clean our kitchens regularly, they tend to get greasy quickly. To make cleaning easier, break up the kitchen cleaning into small tasks.

Task 1: Appliances

You should check all of your electrical appliances to see if they work. If they do not, you should repair them or dispose of them. Chimneys and filters should be replaced. Fridges and old items should be removed (you may be hiding rare plants and animals in there! You should clean exhaust fans thoroughly. Cleaning and servicing of mixers, toasters, microwaves, juicers, etc., is essential.

Task 2: Cabinets

Check your existing stock: Which items are expired? (Trash that exotic masala from Goa you bought two years ago but haven’t yet used!) What needs to be replenished? It is handy to keep a monthly grocery list on my phone, which I mark when I need more stock.

Instead of using newspaper, invest in beautiful drawer liners and use them to line your cabinets. You will enjoy opening your cabinets. Use a warm, soapy solution to clean your cabinet doors.

Work 3: Floors

Sprinkle detergent and Dettol in the water you use to swab your floors alternately from today until Diwali. By Diwali, your floors will sparkle.

The kitchen and bedroom are done! Watch out for my next blog, which will cover weeks 4, 5, and 6.

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