The need to clean the house from top to bottom before xmas!

(154 Posts)
BoozyBoots Wed 18-Dec-13 09:25:16

Does anyone else experience this?

I've even cleaned the oven & defrosted freezer!
I know at some point on xmas eve i'll be annoying the family with the hoover, putting clean sheets on beds etc, all for the house to be covered in food,wrapping paper, pine needles and god knows how many spilt drinks the next day.

Oh yes. Every year I say I won't bother cleaning thoroughly until all the guests have gone but already this week I have cleaned the oven, the fridge,under all the appliances, scrubbed out the larder, Hoovered under all the beds, cleaned all the grouting with bleach and a toothbrush... I just can't help myself grin

NoComet Wed 18-Dec-13 09:31:24

Oh fuck the fridge and the microwave.
I don't care, but my DM, DF and DSIS will judge.

piratecat Wed 18-Dec-13 09:33:39

i know the hob and microwave need doing. how bloody boring is that.

hoover an a joss stick xmas eve will do. the house is always pretty tidy anyhow, just me and dd live here.

mashyup Wed 18-Dec-13 09:36:00

Yes, I have defrosted freezer and cleaned oven (only happens once a year mind).But house is getting messy again already and can't keep it up for a whole week so sod it, I will fight the urge to clean otherwise will get grumpy with family messing it up and not really the Christmas spirit.

wonkylegs Wed 18-Dec-13 09:38:56

I don't have the urge but do need to do it. We have trades in (fitting our kitchen/new back door/plumbing etc) and they won't finish til Friday so I'm loath to do too much as it'll just get covered in dust again.
Spare room is immaculate tho as I cleaned it and barred entry until guests come.

LieborCookin Wed 18-Dec-13 09:40:16

Yes! Oven is on my list, started in the bedrooms and cleared out bathroom!

BarHumbugBeasty Wed 18-Dec-13 09:58:57

I have tomorrow off work for a good blitz. I have arranged to take the DC visiting family on Friday purely so they can't destroy my work before guests arrive at the weekend.

Having seen what they've done to the sitting room in 1hr this morning, I'm not sure a whole day will be lng enough!!

TheHOHOHOnlyPink Wed 18-Dec-13 11:13:14

I have Sunday earmarked for my scrubbing. If it was just us i wouldn't bother but my parents will judge and comment plus it could do with a deep clean. Put it off until Christmas eve the past two years and it really spoiled the day.

BobCrotchstitch Wed 18-Dec-13 11:17:35

I washed the sitting room curtains yesterday fhmm
I have the fridge, cooker, bathroom tiles an a quick once over of the whole house still to do. I may also bath the dogs as they have been working the last few weekends and still have a vague aroma of muddy field about them.
I hope to be done by the weekend, guests arrive late Monday pm.

MummyPig24 Wed 18-Dec-13 11:36:49

My fridge is full so I won't be cleaning it but I have changed the beds today and I need to clean the bathroom, which I will probably do again on Christmas Eve. I Hoover most days so I will definitely be doing that Christmas Eve. I think it's just a desire to make everything perfect for a perfect day!

QueenofallIsee Wed 18-Dec-13 11:38:24

Yup, after work today all the bathrooms will be cleaned and the bedrooms beautified. Tomorrows job will be kitchen/utility and Friday will see all the linens done as guests arrive Saturday. Living room/dining room and den are pretty OK so just a dust and hoover round by him indoors will do it.

I am a lazy bitch so the OvenMaster man came yesterday and sorted out the hob, grill pan and ovens! It looks so beautiful and sparkly clean!

JRmumma Wed 18-Dec-13 11:42:48

My guests should count themselves lucky if they actually get a dinner on Xmas day, sod the cleaning!

Am I the only loon who cleans the fridge every week?

I will change all the beds on Monday (normally wouldn't get done till next fri) and I will tackle the ironing but other than that it is just normal day to day cleaning like woodwork etc that I would do anyway.

BankerMommy2010 Wed 18-Dec-13 13:09:46

I do a thorough clean every week...Christmas is no exception!

BankerMommy2010 Wed 18-Dec-13 13:11:00

I clean mine every week. ..before I do the weekly shop I empty anything past its self by date and detol the fridge... is that not normal :-/

JRmumma Wed 18-Dec-13 13:13:56

I just clean when it needs doing and/or when I get the chance atm. 4 month old getting in the way of proper cleaning routine!

struggling100 Wed 18-Dec-13 13:16:51

Yep, a weekly fridge-cleaner here too smile

I go into overdrive when guests are coming. I do like to have a clean house for them. I am almost there - just got to shampoo a carpet tomorrow.

applejacket Wed 18-Dec-13 13:23:10

ha ha i do this every year blush

there is no bloody point grin

HedgehogsRevenge Wed 18-Dec-13 13:31:46

Have done every room in the house, finishing off with a 8 hour clean/clear out of the kitchen yesterday. I managed to fill 4 full binbags just from the kitchen but still don't seem to have any space fconfused.

PhantomMenace Wed 18-Dec-13 14:02:52

I cleaned the whole of upstairs yesterday, took me 4 hours and 5 bin bags full of crap to achieve. Today I did the kitchen, it does look fab but I don't expect it to last long. I shall tackle the living room and hallway tomorrow, I have to do it in bits thanks to SPD.

Aintnobodylovesnanbetter Wed 18-Dec-13 14:22:18

I've cleaned the oven but thats it so far oh and cleaned the fridge/freezer
Need to give dd's room a good tidy and clean but she has a friend coming over after school today and had one over yesterday so going to do it tomorrow
Will do the main clean over the weekend as i plan to finish my wrapping by tomorrow then do a food shop on friday and dh is away over the weekend so can get on and do it

mumeeee Wed 18-Dec-13 14:25:23

Just a quick hoover through before Christmas eve. Nothing done on Christmas eve that's when we go out for lunch with MIL her treat. Then just relax (or finish wrapping wink ) in the evening.

HumphreyCobbler Wed 18-Dec-13 14:30:00

I can't put up decorations in a messy house. Was in fact just contemplating washing the sofa covers.

But I am agog at normal cleaning like polishing woodwork! That is my try hard cleaning grin

Sleepstarved Wed 18-Dec-13 14:31:41

I am begging cleaners to come on Monday, they usually to Tuesdays but won't work Christmas Eve (can't blame them but would pay double/triple not to have to do it).
I am not mega lazy but they do better job of than me, and faster and I have so much cooking to

purrtrillpadpadpad Wed 18-Dec-13 14:32:18

I really want to but find it difficult to get anything done with a 7 month old. She wants to roll and squeal and play. As long as the house is reasonably clean and tidy it doesn't matter, we're not hosting anyone. I do find a good clean so relaxing sad never mind...

lucysmam Wed 18-Dec-13 14:48:26

I am quite envy of those of you who are doing a big Christmas clean! We're (finally) moving on Saturday so just to have some order in kitchen and living room would be nice smile

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Wed 18-Dec-13 14:48:29

I'm having a new oven delivered tomorrow, so can get out of the oven cleaning nicely! fgrin

The rest of the house will be the same as usual though - a bit cluttered but basically clean. We aren't having any guests this year (it's our turn to visit everyone else), so there doesn't seem much point in bleaching under the tumble dryer etc.

VerySmallSqueak Wed 18-Dec-13 14:52:32

I've got enough to do without bloody cleaning.

<mutters under breath>.

But DH mentioned something about him cleaning the oven before the Big Day.
He needs to - it's his turn and I reckon the turkey will run out screaming the state it's in at the moment.

Trouble is that after a few shandies,once he's cooked the Christmas dinner,and slopped the fat all over the place,it'll need doing again.

Then it'll be my turn.


somersethouse Wed 18-Dec-13 15:04:12

Just done a massive clear out of old toys and general clutter/old papers and so on that had built up over the last 6 months.

More tidying tomorrow and general sweep through and then cleaner booked for Friday morning. 'Tis my Christmas present to myself!

notthegirlnextdoor Wed 18-Dec-13 15:14:45

Yep. Hosting for 10 for the first time this year. DH is also on a rampage with me, DIY-ing his ass off to get the kitchen finished in time! I am totally avoiding ironing putting clothes straight from the dryer into drawers/wardrobe to make sure dining room doesn't look like a laundrette. Decluttering shoving stuff in bags and then cramming them under the bed and in cupboards that I know people won't go in to make the house look pretty.

madmomma Wed 18-Dec-13 15:25:12

Luckily only my side of the family visit, so I just do what I can be arsed doing. I would be beside myself with cleaning-related stress if the ILs came.

lostdomain Wed 18-Dec-13 15:54:35

I love a clean house at Christmas. Steam cleaned all the carpets and washed all windows inside and out, dusted and polished and tidied and chucked out loads of clutter already. Decorations all up and presents round the tree. Still got to do the bathrooms - proper tile bleaching and floor scrubbing, and want to wax the wooden floors downstairs. But the house already looks so much better, like it wants visitors.

Ledkr Wed 18-Dec-13 16:00:48

I started a thread on the fact I am not doing it this year.
I will do a normal clean and tidy.
It's after that It really needs a good clean.

Ledkr Wed 18-Dec-13 16:01:35

I started a thread on the fact I am not doing it this year.
I will do a normal clean and tidy.
It's after that It really needs a good clean.

Katienana Wed 18-Dec-13 16:02:13

Having a proper blitz on Monday before we set off on our Christmas tour. Looking forward to coming back to a clean house, fresh bed linen etc.

wordfactory Wed 18-Dec-13 16:06:21

I'm torn.

We have hordes of people arriving on Christmas Eve and it will soon be messy.

But it seems impolite not to make the effort. I went in one of the guest bedrooms earlier and found it strewn with clothes, sleeping bags, a keyboard and music. It has cleasrly been someone's dumping ground wink.

dobedobedo Wed 18-Dec-13 16:07:56

Yes I do this! Last weekend was my big christmas clean.

Can't have Santa thinking we live like lazy slobs! grin

50shadesofknackered Wed 18-Dec-13 16:12:07

I get the urge to have a crazily clean, sparkling house at Christmas. I deep cleaned the house last week and I'm going over it quickly every few days. I'll clean again at weekend. God I sound sad! I'm not normally so obsessed, I promise!

SunshinemMum Wed 18-Dec-13 16:36:40

I di this too, er why do we do this? confused

Junebugjr Wed 18-Dec-13 16:39:07

I always have a good clean out before the big day, whether we're having people or not.
First a massive cull of toys and clothes which are shipped off to the charity shops.
Then I go through every room at a time.
Every storage and cupboard gets its stuff dragged out cleaned and bleached the shit out of, and sort through/thrown. Total declutter.
DH is forced and bullied into doing any necessary DIY.
Once everything is in its place, I do the proper deep clean. Drag out all furniture, windows, behind TV, the lot. I've even had DH try and drag out our American style huge fridge last year - not successful.
Even the dog gets sent off to the groomers, to be scrubbed clean and shaved for hours.

CatAmongThePigeons Wed 18-Dec-13 16:50:38

I'm doing this for some reason, but having DH, DS1 and DS2 at home means the work I do is soon undone.

I did sort the attic room ready for guests and I put up two shelving units in DS1s room to give him some storage and it looks loads better.

If I can get rid of all the toys the house would be spotless.

Beehatch Wed 18-Dec-13 16:55:42

How many men get this urge do you think?

I'm resisting this year, going for a festive midden look grin

SlatternismyChristmasname Wed 18-Dec-13 17:03:55

fgrin at 'festive midden look'

AngryFeet Wed 18-Dec-13 18:33:02

I normally do this but we are in a new house that we are redecorating so there is little point me going mad. Plus there are no visitors for the first time in years so I plan to relax this xmas!

claw2 Wed 18-Dec-13 19:09:07

You guys have started way too early!

Clean oven
Defrost freezers
Clean fridge
Wash inside of kitchen cupboards, straighten tins and check dates
Wash tiles in kitchen and patio doors
Clean windows throughout
Clean dishwasher with a cleaner thing
Hoover under furniture
Hands and knees wash of wooden floors
Steam clean wooden floors
Wash scatter cushions and blankets on settee
Clean bathroom and inside of cabinet
Wash dog bedding
Bath dog
Wash our bedding
Clean towels etc in bathroom
Polish everything and anything

and it HAS to be done 2 days before Christmas Eve or else the clean feeling wears off!

and I wont even be at home Christmas Day!

BeaWheesht Wed 18-Dec-13 19:22:41

I'm planning a blitz on Saturday but since we still have 2 family birthdays between then and Christmas and presents / toys / cakes / merriment they bring it'll be a pointless waste of time.

carmenelectra Wed 18-Dec-13 19:27:01

Omg yes I do this and I hate myself. Today I have cleaned out kitchen cupboards binned some stuff and tidied saucepans etx. I didnt finish all of them as I had xmas x ards to write.will finish tomorrow now. I
Ive also tried to sort old toys, though doesnt look much better. Done windows and skirting boards (had to do that before I put up tree) and wiped over doors.

Still to do is all beds (mon) vac whole house. Proper blitz bathroom. I hate myself for neinf so obsees and it sounds stuoid but I feel I cant enjoy Christmas till its done.

All this wouldn't be so bad but ive still got to wrap all presents and do food shop too.

I hate this all last minute panicking but I really have no choice as I work shifts, have no help with the children so have to take them everywhere meaning everything taakes forever.

Im determined this yr tho to be done before Christmas eve so I can fully enjoy it.

claw2 Wed 18-Dec-13 19:32:24

Its traditional! you have to have a Christmas Eve clean house before you can get changed into you new Christmas Eve pj's, then play Christmas Eve board games, while eating Christmas Eve tin Quality Streets, then watching a Christmas Eve film, with a Christmas Eve Baileys!

Its all so much more special with a Christmas Eve in front of everything!

BobCrotchstitch Wed 18-Dec-13 19:42:53

Ha junebug I thought it was just me who extended my manic cleaning to the dogs as well. Mine spent yesterday staring balefully at me as their beds were washed. That shifted the worst so a quick wash at the weekend to freshen them up will do.
I do not however inflict them on the groomer. She is of a slightly unstable disposition anyway and the descent on two dirty working cockers on her working day would I fear ruin her Christmas spirit irreparably fgrin

snowed Wed 18-Dec-13 19:52:33

I'll be doing spring cleaning rather than a huge pre-Christmas clean. Won't be quite such a busy time.

LieborCookin Wed 18-Dec-13 19:53:12


Wow, liken your style.....I felt sanctimonious because I am sat on freshly laundered sofa cushions....

I thought about washing dog, but cant be bothered.....

HappyCliffmas Wed 18-Dec-13 19:58:30

Oh yes - I started last weekend. Damp dusting skirting boards and cleaning light fixtures. I did the bathroom as well. Just the kitchen left to deep clean (have been putting it off) then I can just do a 'normal' clean on Christmas Eve.

Why I feel the need to spring clean everything is beyond me. We aren't even having guests - but Everything Must Be Clean For Christmas.

Owllady Wed 18-Dec-13 20:01:28

I am the same smile

TripTrapTripTrapOverTheBridge Wed 18-Dec-13 20:09:30

Yep!It's only me and ds for Christmas but I always get the urge to have everything spotless and perfect otherwise it just doesn't feel right

Must say Iv got better, I used to have a real blitz but realise its a waste of time, still clean the oven and defrost the freezer (this is the only time it gets done!) and will have a dust and polish and Hoover mon or tues, (got night shifts too which doesn't help hmm and give the bathroom a scrub,
I have been known to Hoover on Xmas day after the unwrapping ceremony as I can't stand the bits and glitter everywhere, not so bad now DC are older

Xmasbaby11 Wed 18-Dec-13 20:27:12

Not really thought about it - can't imagine having the time with all the Xmas prep (cards, presents, cooking) to deal with!

msmiggins Wed 18-Dec-13 21:10:32

I pace myself with little jobs in the months before christmas, so in the last week or two it's not too hectic. Kids rooms have been cleared, sofa covers washed ( before the weather got too bad to dry them outside), cupboards cleaned out, freezer cleaned out. I now just have my spice cupboard and last clean of the fridge to do, otherwise it's just regular cleaning activities.
I do no cleaning on christmas eve apart from a quick run around with the hoover- that's a day I like to enjoy and have family fun.

javotte Wed 18-Dec-13 21:10:33

Yes. I have even scrubbed the front door!
But with 3 DCs aged 6, 4 and 1 at home all the time (homeschooled), the house gets messy faster than I can tidy it up.

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Wed 18-Dec-13 21:25:35

I will do a proper clean after Christmas. I'm so out of time and energy it's unbelievable. Loading the laundry basket seemed like a huge effort tonight.

Have cleaned all the toilets and bathrooms. Have washed the windows INSIDE! <faints>

It's wonderful having a concrete excuse to do the horrible cleaning jobs I put off all year. I have pulled all the appliances out in the kitchen and scubbed the floors/skirting etc behind them. The whole house smells gorgeous and I can actually smell our beautiful spruce fur christmas tree!

I was sick on the floor though after a brilliant party night out!

DownyEmerald Wed 18-Dec-13 22:23:55

Last year was awful - dd was ill, then I was ill. And just knowing that the house hadn't been cleaned for Christmas was horrible.

It's a pain, and I'm not houseproud normally, (I hoover about once a month) but the decorations look so much nicer because things are tidy and clean. And I've got my parents Christmas day, and lots of friends a few days later, so I would do it anyway for them.

I've cleaned fridge, defrosted freezer, tidied toy corner, cleaned windows indoors and hoping for ok weather on fri to do windows outdoors. Still to do bathrooms, living room corner tidy, and denude the fridge of school newsletters/dds paintings/invitations etc.

ZeViteVitchofCwismas Wed 18-Dec-13 22:48:58

downy this is why I like to get main hard jobs done now...incase of illness.

Junebugjr Wed 18-Dec-13 22:51:17

bobcrotch lieborcookin
I swear to god the dog knows its time for his Christmas deep clean, he can tell by the way I'm frenziedly pulling out all the kitchen cupboards, and sorting through the toys. He's started looking at me suspiciously when I get his lead. Anyway he'll have to take it on the chin, he has a lovely Santa suit to wear for a few minutes on Christmas Day while we take photos of him looking disgusted at us.

stickysausages Wed 18-Dec-13 22:55:40

I always feel 'nesty' at this time of year, can't put the tree up in a messy house! Having guests on Xmas day, so it will get a deep clean this weekend, then keep it that way till the big day! It's dh' s birthday on Xmas eve too, so will have visitors then as well.

Love the feeling of starting a new year too, a fresh start when the decorations come down & gifts are put away smile

GhettoPrincess001 Thu 19-Dec-13 00:57:51

There was me feeling all smug that I'm defrosting the freezer ! There's people on this chat thread that have done loads more than I've done or will do !

The cat came downstairs, I'd woken him up with all the noise (used the hairdryer technique on the freezer after I'd switched it off and closed the fridge door). Further tapping of ice with a palette knife too.

He whined at me even though there was plenty of room for him to get to the back door. He's now sitting on the stairs doing his, 'kitten whine'. He usually only gets to that stage when he's in his carry cage in the car going to the vets or cattery.

After the cat sitting on the stairs with his whining returning to normal (I swear that sometimes says hello or oh no) he's now gone outside for some peace !

I've just got the dripping and tapping sound of the freezer defrosting. Anyway, better get on and clean the freezer drawers. Plus anything else that really has to be done.

My mum liked to hoover before putting up the Christmas tree. I didn't understand this. My point of view was that the tree and decorations etc would distract people and housework could be done after Christmas as it would do anyway.

Mellowandfruitful Thu 19-Dec-13 01:07:46

Where's your 'not doing a big clean' thread, Ledkr? I think I need it...

I too will need to clean big time after Christmas, but it's just not happening right now.

ChippingInLovesChristmasLights Thu 19-Dec-13 01:22:34

I usually do. It's nice to have everything really, really clean before you can't move for tasteful Christmas tat decorations and the tree etc then another clean after and it's good to 'see in the New Year....

...this year, however, with tradesmen in & out, there really is No Point, he whole place is upside down and under an inch of plaster dust!

All the decorations have had to stay in the loft sad <sob> I have bought some lights (and put them in a glass bowl), a fresh wreath for the front door and that's about it <sigh>

Never mind - it will all look lovely for next year fgrin

PariahHairy Thu 19-Dec-13 01:35:33

Think I am missing some woman gene, have no urge to do housework whatsoever.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Thu 19-Dec-13 01:36:37

You're all mad grin

Just get everyone pissed within half an hour of arriving and they won't notice dust etc.

Secondary benefit of this plan; they aren't fussy about the food either.

GiraffesAndButterflies Thu 19-Dec-13 03:00:49

I really should make time for more cleaning this week. Last year we were decorating so there was no point deep cleaning. This year I have an insomniac 10mo so any spare time is being used to recover some sleep confused but reading this thread is making me want to blitz the oven and the bathroom tiles, the standard pre-guests clean I have scheduled suddenly seems unambitious!

GiraffesAndButterflies Thu 19-Dec-13 03:03:54

I got an email from my mil yesterday saying not to bother about dusting etc before she comes. As if fgrin Nice of her, but no way am I putting the remaining decorations up without dusting!

MistressDeeCee Thu 19-Dec-13 04:01:13

I HATE the Christmas clean. I say I wont do it, but Im mystically drawn to dusters brooms hoovers et al. It takes me ages. However my DM called today & said the magic phrase...*Im coming round on Saturday* Im here almost trembling with absolute, utter joy. DM will make the Christmas cleaning oh so easy, in 1/2 the time, we'll fly thru it. With the teens forced to get grafting, I'll still get an evening on sofa with glass of wine & crap tv..oh wont be this good next year I bet so Id better enjoy it now

TheRealAmandaClarke Thu 19-Dec-13 06:31:12

You're all completely nuts grin

But my fridge does need cleaning fsad

msmiggins Thu 19-Dec-13 06:52:40

I don't clean for the visitors- I clean to give myself the christmas week off. Even with immediate family at home the house takes a battering, going into the holiday with a reasonably clean house means I don't have to do much other than the basics. I Don't want to be changing sheets or hoovering the bedrooms during christmas week, I want to be relaxing as much as possible.
My fridge is nearly empty atm, just a few everyday things, so it makes sense to take out all the shelves and drawers and clean them before the fridge is laden up with food for christmas.
I also don't really like wet washing hanging around on christmas eve or christmas day so I will try to get all that dried and put away before hand.
I'm not a clean freak by any stretch, but we have a small house and christmas brings a lot of clutter. My OH goes back to work on the 27th and I don't want to be left with everything to get sorted on my own with the kids.
Clearing the decks before christmas makes my life easier in the long run.

Butterytoast Thu 19-Dec-13 06:53:34

I shall do a good clean at the weekend- not because it's Christmas but because the house REALLY needs it! Not sure how long it will stay tidy tho unless I wax the dog and cocoon the sticky toddler in something...

Ledkr Thu 19-Dec-13 07:18:13

I'm fast running out if time here. Dd2 has been ill and so any hope of getting Anything done in last two days was sabotaged.
We have nights out and panto rehearsals and shopping to do plus dd2 toddler group party today.
The best bit was yesterday when my retired father (who had just been shopping) brought money round so I can buy the girls something and wrap it for him to give them hmm

msmiggins Thu 19-Dec-13 07:29:38

I know what you mean Ledkr.

I am way behind and still have loads of gifts to buy. My kids were both off school for a week ill, then I was ill the following week, setting me a fortnight behind. I also work 30 hours a week so I'm struggling a bit atm.

stickysausages Thu 19-Dec-13 07:41:53

Ledkr, give them the money & buy something in the sales for them. DS always gets "Christmas pennies" from papa smile

OhYouMerryLittleKitten Thu 19-Dec-13 07:57:36

Ledkr - perhaps your girls would love the gift of a cleaner coming round, I'm sure thats what your Dad meant the money to be spent on fgrin

stickysausages Thu 19-Dec-13 08:03:24

msmiggins I'd pop into the supermarket & buy gift cards, and sweets for everyone. You can't do it all thanks

Ledkr Thu 19-Dec-13 08:08:58

Me too. I'm working Monday and dh all weekend so no days with both of us till Xmas eve which is our wedding anniversary so was determined to leave it free but its looking less likely.
We always get invited to dh friends for dinner but it gets nearer and nearer Xmas each year.
This year in working all day before so I'm very tempted to fein illness and let him go with girls while I so some cleaning and wrapping. AIBU hmm

Ledkr Thu 19-Dec-13 08:11:34

Have to buy the gift cos he hauls his sorry arse over here Xmas day to give it to them hmm

msmiggins Thu 19-Dec-13 08:13:42

Thanks stickysausages but seeing the kids open their gift cards on christmas morning doesn't have the same impact I feel. I can take a few hours off work this morning and squeeze it in later this evening or tomorrow OH is off too so we will visit the shops this morning and hopefully get some christmas shopping done.

My mother is getting tetchy with me as she doesn't know what to get my kids- she wants me to go and buy that stuff so she can give me the money.

raisah Thu 19-Dec-13 08:15:49

I spent an hour just washing the dishes last night. There's not much I can do with a sick child & an overactive toddler & a dh who likes to hoard.

Would any of you lovely ladies with supersensitive cleaning traits come & clean my house please?! I will cook you a chicken curry & chocolate brownies.

Ledkr Thu 19-Dec-13 08:23:47

Id get a cleaner but its more tidying and jobs like bed changing that need doing.
I looked at dd2 stocking last night and its crap!
That's another thing to add to my list!

TheRealAmandaClarke Thu 19-Dec-13 08:59:22

ledkr I agree, it's the tidying.
I had my first ever day off from both DCs yesterday (with CM) and blitzed the house (post decorators). Vacuuming and dusting took less than an hour, it was moving stuff about/ putting laundry away/ shifting furniture and toys that took all the time.Little blighters have messed it up again now.
And I haven't finished my shopping yet.

Madmog Thu 19-Dec-13 09:49:59

I like to feel it's clean and tidy for us and visitors, only to find that come Boxing Day it's a real tip again and my mother-in-law is coming. I get on well with her, but she's always criticizing her other daughter-in-law's standard of cleaniness and so I will find myself quickly wiping the bathroom around, hovering again downstairs and moving presents upstairs before she arrives on Boxing Day.

Bother someone mentioned cleaning the cooker, I forgot about that!

TheRealAmandaClarke Thu 19-Dec-13 09:55:53

Just cleaned the fridge.
That's it. Normal daily housework duties only now.

MincedMuffPies Thu 19-Dec-13 10:02:02

Can I write my list of house cleaning jobs for today and tomorrow here, it might motivate me to get up and do it.

polish sofa
polish all surfaces inc my bedside table.
all mirrors and picture frames
sort out the piles of paperwork creeping in on the kitchen side
sort out my cupboards and meal plan instead of just buying more food.
change all the beds
sort out the big pile of washing that needs to be washed, dried, put away/ironed
wash all the cushion covers, throw, table cloth and maybe living room nets and curtains.
sort out the desk thats looking messy

and thats on top of my normal cleaning that still needs to be done.

InternationalMuslinMountain Thu 19-Dec-13 11:42:25

Didn't think I had been affected by this strange affliction but reading about it, it does sound strangely necessary attractive. scurries off to clean oven before DS wakes up from nap

dingalong Thu 19-Dec-13 12:12:45

We could never put decorations up till after a good blitz. Cupboards cleaned out shocking amounts of out of date flour etc thrown out windows, woodwork all washed. Grubby fingerprints and scribbles scrubbed off wallsA good dust, all furniture moved and hoovered under with 2 under 4 (one whose afraid of Hoover) and a shedding dog (now groomed) now under control. Was bloody wrecked aftdr it.Steam cleaned rugs (vomiting toddler meant done a few times !!) fridge to do as we're heading await tonight till 23rd with kids. Fridge to do before we go. 4 year has been warned if she doesn't pick up Toys at night then santa might think she's too many toys already ....
Now trying to keep clean !!!

brainwashed Thu 19-Dec-13 12:41:45

Fridge already done. Oven cleaned by a lovely man from ovenu smile. Freezer defrosted but only because it needed to be repaired. Fingers crossed it is actually going to work properly now as I need to fill it up. Repair guy told me not to put too much in it "just in case"....doesn't fill me with confidence!
Perhaps I should get off mn and tackle the living room...

Nix01 Thu 19-Dec-13 13:05:38

Definitely. Today I'm de-weeding the garden and tomorrow I shall start upstairs room by room.

The kids and I sorted out their playroom about 2 weeks ago so now it's just general maintenance.

Lottiegal Thu 19-Dec-13 13:53:15

Seriously I cannot believe you do all this! you will have to do it again before Christmas! I only clean once a week anyway, and it's a generally whip round, nothing major. My house looks tidy, why make more work for yourself? Why clean the oven before Christmas? are you worried someone might walk in the kitchen and chide you as you open the oven door to baste the turkey?

Lottiegal Thu 19-Dec-13 13:53:55

You almost seem proud! I hate cleaning

Nix01 Thu 19-Dec-13 14:06:05

Not really, we do a proper clean weekly and just tidy up behind ourselves during the week.

I don't like mess and clutter.

msmiggins Thu 19-Dec-13 14:23:14

Lottiegal- each to their own. I wish I could get away with cleaning the house once a week. i serioulsy hate houusework, but stuff has to be done or it becomes a health or tripping hazard.
The kitchen surfaces need a wipe down every day- my kitchen gets in quite a mess after cooking a meal.
You only do housework once a weeK? You are lucky.
With active teenagers in my house everything gets mucky and untidy, the toilet needs cleaning at least once a day ( those of you with teenage boys will understand).

VerySmallSqueak Thu 19-Dec-13 15:07:36

I have just discovered three piles of cat sick underneath the Christmas tree.....shock

It's just not helpful.It really isn't. sad

MincedMuffPies Thu 19-Dec-13 15:11:20

Oh I wish I could only clean once a week. Only last saturday I had dd scrubbing my skirting boards and polishing while ds scrubbed the tiles, bath, sink and the floor.

my house was blitzed but it needs doing again.

msmiggins Thu 19-Dec-13 15:17:08

I don't know about skirting boards....... mine only get cleaned before I redecorate. I do like a clean kitchen and bathroom , but you could write your name in the dust on some of my living room shelves.

SantaStuffedMyStocking Thu 19-Dec-13 15:32:04

we do this along with decorating and painting full house every year so it's fresh for Christmas.

msmiggins Thu 19-Dec-13 15:41:42

Decorate the whole house once a year! My goodness I decorate one room a year so it can me many years before I get around to it again. It's 10 years since I did the hallway.
My OH doesn't decorate, it's only me, and with working nearly full time and caring for my kids and disabled mother there simply isn't the time to decorate.

pollywollydoodle Thu 19-Dec-13 15:57:34

i am obviously a complete skankhound and should leave this thread....

IamInvisible Thu 19-Dec-13 16:11:20

I cleaned the oven on a whim on Monday. I was half way through and wondered why I was doing it!
I had a new hob fitted this morning.
The lounge, dining room and my bedroom are always clean and tidy.
I clean the kitchen most days, the fridge is done every Friday.
DS1 has hoovered through today.
The bathrooms will be done tomorrow, and get wiped over daily.
The boys will do their rooms over the weekend.

greathat Thu 19-Dec-13 16:31:09

I have said that all the Christmas decorations will go up when the house is clean.... They aren't up yet

I am rubbish at keeping up with the cleaning, that's why I need a Magic Elf

I much prefer making things and drawing. I don't actually like dirt but it's just never very interesting.

Eliza22 Thu 19-Dec-13 16:42:02

I hoovered my skirting boards and got the nozzle out for the nooks & crannies. Does that count? Am hoping it's not too sunny when my mum visits though, so she can't see the rushed job I did, cleaning the windows. All streaky! slinks away with head hung low

Ledkr Thu 19-Dec-13 16:48:16

Dh's boring friends have invited us to dinner Monday night.
I have work all day mon and he doesn't
I am going to tell him that I will only go to boring friends if the house is clean and tidy and the wrapping finished.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Thu 19-Dec-13 16:52:54

I hafve to do this too I thought I was the only one!

We have christmas party here on Sunday which is great because it means I HAVE to do it Saturday then I can relax for the rest of the week (after putting out the recyling of copious wine bottles)

Also have a friend coming to stay tonight so the spare room is done already.

YAY for christmas.

Showy Thu 19-Dec-13 16:57:57

Oh this thread has cheered me up no end. Every year I say I won't do it but every year I spend the run up to Christmas going nuts. I clean the house regularly anyway, hoover daily, bathroom and kitchen is well scrubbed 3 times a week, upstairs blitzed at a weekend but Christmas, oh blimey, I can't help myself. I wash everything including walls and ceilings and skirting boards. I scrub and polish behind the wood burner. Tops of cupboards, inside cupboards, the loft. Everything. It's a bloody sickness. It feels soooooo good when it's done though.

NeverKnowinglyUnderstood Thu 19-Dec-13 16:59:47

I wonder if it was because I was always told as a child that father christmas wouldn't come unless my room was tidy.
now I have more than my room it has widened to the need to do the whole house??

msmiggins Thu 19-Dec-13 18:09:13

Interesting. I grew up in Scotland where the whole house had to be cleaned for New Year- it was a superstition that if you entered the New Year with a dirty house it waould stay that way all year.
New Year of course was important in Scotland because Christmas was banned for 400 years.

googlyeyes Thu 19-Dec-13 19:03:18

Is it only women that have these urges?

DH is actually more of a domestic goddess than I am, but that's not saying much!

KrabbyPatty Thu 19-Dec-13 20:10:36

I'm a slattern, but I always insist on spotless house by Christmas Eve & when we go on holidays.

Thank goodness it is not just me. I am also a slattern most of the year but I want everything to be 'perfect' for Christmas. It is daft because it really doesn't make any difference but I suppose I don't feel like I can really relax if I keep thinking I should have cleaned x, y and z. It would feel like a normal day!! Once a year it is nice to have a day when I am not confronted by slatternliness (is that a word?!)

Did the fridge on Tuesday. I never do the fridge. We have just got a new TV unit for the dining room (to house a PS4 that father Christmas may or may not be bringing) and the amount of dust and cobwebs behind the old table we had in there. fshock - it feels good to know it is gone though.

I think it was drilled into me from birth really. My mother did exactly the same even though we never had visitors (we lived too far away from family).

I don't think men do get it really except that DH expects it because his mother is and was the same. He doesn't know why it is happens but he knows it is going to happen. fgrin

Ledkr Thu 19-Dec-13 21:31:56

God it's pathetic isn't it? I'm being a right arsey cow about getting the house sorted!
I've given up tonight and stated on the festive booze and chocs so actually couldn't give a shit right now grin

Oubliette0292 Thu 19-Dec-13 22:18:28

I've stayed up until 2am in the past trying to get the house tidy before Christmas. I'm working all the way through to Christmas Eve this year - I foresee a late night! DH thinks I'm totally mad, but I just can't imagine getting up on Christmas day to a messy house. Really pleased to see I'm not alone in this...

Lottiegal Thu 19-Dec-13 22:35:46

No I'm not lucky, I have three kiddies under 6, but I would go insane trying to keep everything orderly around them, so I relax a bit more these days - especially around Christmas. People come to see us not a clean house!

SkaterGrrrrl Thu 19-Dec-13 22:53:49

Wow. You people are scary. I have hoovered and put some clementines in a bowl.

Xmas2013SantaA7938 Thu 19-Dec-13 23:21:49

19 people and four dogs here for Christmas Day. Ain't no point in cleaning first fgrin

MoreThanChristmasCrackers Thu 19-Dec-13 23:31:31

Definitely, I start cleaning beginning December doing all the jobs that won't need doing again.
I start with cleaning paths, grids, tidying garden.
Then I start the carpets, we live in a larger than av house.
Next, I clean all the woodwork, including doors and windows.
This usually takes up to mid Dec, then I do the general cleaning and washing up to day before xmas eve.
I only do about an hour a day though.

crapholes Fri 20-Dec-13 00:33:26

My intention is that the house will be spotless by the end of Sunday.

Dh and the dc are at home on Monday whilst I'm at work. I suspect carnage by the time I return and the need of a large Baileys! I'll still do it though hmm

msmiggins Fri 20-Dec-13 07:00:38

Lottie but what about everyday grime?
I looked into my kitchen this morning, last night I was tired and loaded the dishwasher and that's it.
This morning I looked at yesterdays muck- I made a curry and pile of flatbreads yesterday, there are hardened bits of curry stuck to the worktop and cooker, flour, pieces of chopped onion and catfood on the floor, chickpeas stuck in the drain of the sink, washing up bowl is greasy and dirty.

Yesterday my kitchen was clean and tidy but I will have to tackle it again this morning before I can cook again, including the kitchen floor if I don't want food dragged through the whole house on the soles of people's feet.

Don't you have that kind of everyday cleaning? I don't think sweeping up food debris off the kitchen floor daily is the top.

I washed the net curtains last week flat will be hoovered mopped and dusted too only me and dp but I also had a mother that spring cleaned a week before christmas however I do have a wood plaque that says

Dust makes a home warm and fuzzy grin

Pammie70 Fri 20-Dec-13 10:07:29

Do get a bit obsessive about the washing and ironing can't bear to have any washing or ironing in the basket on Christmas or New years Eve and I hate ironing

catgirl1976 Fri 20-Dec-13 21:38:20

My Monday will be spent scrubbing the house

God knows why. I have a 2 year old so it will stay nice for all of 5 minutes sad

funnyperson Sat 21-Dec-13 07:40:29

You are all forgetting to clean the light switches and behind the radiators.
I go round the house doing this (and skirtings and ceiling cobwebs and windows and the fronts of the kitchen units) and checking we have enough pillows. Ever since DC went to uni we never have enough pillows. For the last three years I have ended up buying more pillows.
The fridge is cleaned weekly anyway <smug>.

Bakerof3pudsxx Sat 21-Dec-13 07:42:24

This is my goal today


funnyperson Sat 21-Dec-13 07:46:42

One has to be careful. Inspired by a poncetastic magazine I washed the chintz curtains in the spare room last week. As this was the first time for .....15 years......the curtain hooks crumbled and the lining fell apart in the wash (having been held together by dust). I now have clean curtains with tattered linings and people to stay!

TheRealAmandaClarke Sat 21-Dec-13 08:05:11

I clean my light switches most days tbh.

gaelicsheep Sat 21-Dec-13 09:06:18

My oven is getting a pre-Christmas clean because my mother is coming.

I just read about a friend on FB who has spent this morning cleaning her utility room. You could tell that it isn't something she does every week. My utility room is the least of my worries! I haven't got past wondering how many loads of washing I can get in the machine today let alone worrying about tidying up the room afterwards. fhmm

Anyway, this cleaning up for Christmas thing is clearly v. widespread. Why do we do it to ourselves?! Why?!

Snowdown Sat 21-Dec-13 13:00:34

Not so much this year, we have no visitors! House we be in the same condition it is always in, mildly untidy.

I have a solution to all clean clothes that need putting away that dp has been saying for the last 2 weeks he put away I look in the spare room and then closed the door grin

Cooker was done a few weeks ago
So just hoover dust flat clean kitchen clean bedding and towels do they need washing and put away chucked in spare room though I have just put on the three wash one towel and two dressing gowns a few odd white socks amd sure they will find their partner in the sock pile

Do = too

RiverRocks Sat 21-Dec-13 14:56:46

Having a Christmas cleaning breakdown - DP decided to 'help' by doing the vacuuming whilst I defrosted the freezer - cue blown up vacuum cleaner 2 days before guests due! Argh, why is it always me! fshock

MoreThanChristmasCrackers Sat 21-Dec-13 15:40:51

Today I am cleaning the oven, its soaking now.
Have also cleaned dining room carpet.
Finished wrapping and hidden them whilst dd isn't here.
Tonight I am steam cleaning floors, walls, tiles, and furniture.

Trying to keep busy as dd has concerts and dh has gigs, ds1 and ds2 are working too.

At least the house will be beautiful when I've finished.
Then they can all keep up with it until xmas fgrin

firesidechat Sat 21-Dec-13 16:33:44

Not only have a cleaned the oven, fridge, freezer, kitchen shelves and doors, every surface in bathroom and loo, but husband and I are also, this very minute, doing the lounge carpet with a Rug Doctor.

Hangs head in shame.

MoreThanChristmasCrackers Sat 21-Dec-13 16:37:01


You saucy devil. You and dh doing the rug doctor, at this minute fgrin

firesidechat Sat 21-Dec-13 16:47:15

Honestly, what with husband's stress and all this endless Christmas preparation, saucy is way down the to do list. fsad

Altinkum Sat 21-Dec-13 17:08:14

I was doin this, this morning, I clean, bleach, Hoover and mop everyday and the toilets and kitchen get bleached to a inch of their life everyday too, howver this morning I was washing ds1 skirting boards and they were yellow (last glossed 5 year ago when he was born, so this morning I decided it all had to be done, so it's been glossed painted and new carpet will be laid soon, I brought new curtains and bedding, and I've ordered his pirate murial to collect on Monday, he's obsessed with pirates to when it's finished he will be over the moon.

worley Sat 21-Dec-13 17:20:14

I cleaned bedrooms and bathroom last night.. The kitchen this morning and will do living room Tomorrow. We're going to my parents for Xmas dinner so won't even be here.. But I know it will be clean smile I do this before we go on holiday too.. So we come home to a nice clean house smile
I think it's my mother coming out in me!!

MamaBear17 Sat 21-Dec-13 17:46:08

I love the pre Christmas clean! Im sad aren't I?

Anyfuckerisnotguilty Sat 21-Dec-13 22:18:20

I'd love to just not bother cleaning as like you say it's trashed do within mins

But I know I will anyway

I admire others that don't bother
V wise

GiraffesAndButterflies Sun 22-Dec-13 00:33:52

Oven Pride is doing its stuff for me tonight. First time I've used it, hoping it's as magic as everyone says.

Bevanne25 Sun 22-Dec-13 08:10:30

I've taken holiday off work to clean and sort the house out, sad that I am. I would love to think that the family will help but that's not going to happen. So in between a snowball or two it should all be finished before Christmas lol

Lavenderhoney Sun 22-Dec-13 16:24:19

I'm going to whiz round and do it Christmas Eve as we have people coming, with babies and toddlers. Plus our dc will be up throwing stuff about early anyway.

Dh was so keen to tidy last year he threw all the wrapping away and some gifts by mistake. He had to go and rummage in the bins when we realised.

Dh has booked a cleaner for after Christmas to do a deep clean.

Bakerof3pudsxx Sun 22-Dec-13 17:24:06

Everything I did yesterday has been undone today

Rosieliveson Sun 22-Dec-13 17:26:35

Always get the urge for a deep clean before Christmas. I do it in June too so house gets a good scrub every 6 months - I also do clean in between of course grin

Pollywallywinkles Sun 22-Dec-13 17:35:06

I've hardly stopped cleaning and sorting today.

Guest rooms and bathroom are now spotless. Kitchen is completely sorted, just need to make sure DH cleans up properly after he cooks.

Will finish of rest of house on Christmas Eve.

Hedgehog80 Sun 22-Dec-13 21:04:28

My house is truly horrendous and I want it spotless and lovely for Christmas Day. Especially after going to db new house today which was beautiful and has given me a serious case of house envy.

I have got in and put some washing on, loaded dishwasher and wiped over kitchen work tops but dcs playing up so have stopped for a bit.tomorrow I am going to blitz the entire house.

Need to redo the tree as well due to 20 month old ds continuously taking baubles off the tree shouting "ball" and throwing them around, pulling the other decorations off and as I found today, replacing them with an odd sock belonging to dd2, a small black plastic dog, cereal bar wrapper and some baby wipes.

Really want to change all the bedding but with a king size bed, three singles and a cot I know it will take me ages.

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