Tidying Up For The Winter Holidays

It’s amazing how time flies so fast. Why, it feels just like it wasn’t too long ago that summer was here! Now we’re headed for the colder months, and boy can you feel the air getting nippy. What with all the holidays lined up one right after the other, the kids and I are going to be spending a lot of time visiting family and friends at play dates and dinner parties. And I’m quite certain that our small home might be seeing a few visitors this time of year too… It’s gonna be crazy!

 Having a bunch of kids around the house living their best life doesn’t always make for the tidiest home all year round. No, we get busy learning, playing, and just letting the kids be kids while they can. Which is why if we want to host proper dinner parties for family and friends, we’re going to have to do a bit of a winter cleanup!


 I started with a little bit of washing. I took down the curtains, sheets, blankets, and even the pillow covers and I tossed them all in the washing machine while I replaced the sheets, curtains, and covers with fresh ones and tidied up the rooms. If there’s one thing you need to do before you start with the floor, it’s picking up any clutter lying on the ground!

Now it was time for me to sweep the floors and clean the carpets (you can check my review of Mrs Gleam’s Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner, it’s a doozy). While the carpets are drying, I sort through that clutter, making sure to put things back in their proper place. It’s a bit of work, yes, but it’s a lot easier now that we’ve moved to a smaller home.

Part of this winter cleanup also involves making the outside of your home look spiffy too. So I try to get the front of the house as clean as I can with a bit more sweeping. Make sure to include your outside paths too! I recommend power washing your walkway if you can; it gets the job done quick if you’re a busy mum like me!

Winter in the UK can be a bit drab at times, but it doesn’t have to be! I like to bring a little bit of life into the home by bringing in a few houseplants. Some of these plants can even help with cleaning our air. It’s an eco-friendly way of keeping the family healthy.

 Now that most of the one-woman show is over, I like to go through a few more things with the kids. I usually have them organize and store their summer clothes for the next year while we bring out the winter clothes that they’ll be wearing for the next few months. With all the decluttering tips I got from Marie Kondo’s book, the kids are more comfortable switching things around now!


I always hear good talk about spring cleaning, but never a lot about preparing for the winter. What are your tips for getting your home ready for the colder months? Let me know in the comments.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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