I call it The Twelve Days of Cleaning, it’s the time after the holiday when everything gets put away and the house can be cleaned and ready for the new year.
I started this tradition 3 years ago with a simple cleaning which progressed to a massive cleaning last year to sell my house. This year, it is a cleaning adventure that brightens my year and gives me something to do why the world is turning to one huge Sno Cone.
The Twelve Days usually starts with the taking down of the Christmas tree and decorations on January 1. The next couple weeks include things like:
- Cleaning the oven after all the baking that went on over the past few months
- Cleaning the fridge after all the food cooked, given and stored has possibly sparked new life and new colors
- Super dusting from ceiling to baseboards to get rid (or at least trying to get rid of) those sparkles that attach to everything as soon as you open the Christmas card and refuse to quit shining
- Cleaning of the closets to get rid of those items you really don’t need to make way for all the stuff you got for Christmas or will get with your plethora of gift cards
- Organizing of the craft room which in my case is an all day job to make way for all the inspirations already seething to get out and be created
It’s a lot to do, but I love the instant gratification of a task completed and something so physical to show for it. Plus, there’s nothing like coming home to a clean house to give anyone reason to cheer.