Morag Readman, owner of the East Lothian franchise of Bright & Beautiful shares her tips for sprucing up your home before the Christmas season.

Pre-Christmas cleaning is all about getting ready for visitors and preparing to spend more time than usual at home. And this year, we’re looking forward, more than ever, to inviting guests back into our homes to help us celebrate the festive season.

It always lifts the spirits when the Christmas decorations come out of storage, and the last bauble is hanging from the tree. However, it’s a good idea to have a deep clean before the decorations go up as it’s challenging to clean windows and dust surfaces properly once the deccies are in place. 

Another thing that makes you feel better is decluttering. Wardrobes, food storage areas and fridges are good places to start. If you have children, it’s good to make space for the new toys that Santa may bring. If you’re taking a break from working at home over Christmas, it’s the ideal time to refresh your home workstation.

January is a popular time for oven cleans, another deep clean of the fridge, and many take the opportunity to have a home detox. Kitchens often need a little extra attention – after all the Christmas cooking. When the children go back to school, this is a great time to blitz their bedrooms. When you think about it, the work never stops when it comes to housekeeping! 

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