The holidays will be here before we know it. Don’t wait until a couple days before holiday guests arrive to run around trying to get everything in order. Start on some of those often overlooked cleaning and cosmetic repair tasks now. Enlist the family to “find” the messes and little things to fix. Call it a scavenger hunt, with the caveat… you find it, you fix it. Even if you are the sole cleaner (like me), spending an afternoon straightening up the things that are often overlooked isn’t nearly as bad as doing the standard cleaning chores. So grab a roll of Brawny® Paper Towels or two and start hunting.
Start at the Top
I admit it. My ceiling lights and fans are lucky to be cleaned twice a year. Judging from what I have seen, I am far from the only one. The thing is, we don’t really look at them much in daily life, but guests are just sitting around. They see the dust.
My circa 1937 light fixtures in my parlor, simply get wiped down with a damp paper towel. I am hesitant to use modern chemical cleaners on the finish.
Yes, I swear I did this ceiling fan in the spring! I like how the damp towel gathers the dust and after a couple blades, can be wadded and tossed. It is right over my bed. There is no way a bucket and rag are getting this job.
Of course on our way down, we may as well run a damp towel over the top of the door casing. Taller guests can see it far better than those of us who are a bit height challenged.
Get the picture and mirror frames, wall decor, shelves and stray marks on wall, as you make your way down and across each room.
Where You Touch a Lot
Think about the things you frequently touch in your home. These should be cleaned regularly but are sometimes inadvertently missed.
Light switches not only get dirty from handling, but dust can collect in the switch itself. Give them light mist of disinfectant spray and wipe down well with paper towel. A toothpick rubbed against corners can remove hard to reach dust. Make sure to get your door knobs while you are at it.
The remote control is handled by everyone, and the little crevices are a wonderful spot for dust and drippings to harbor. I give mine a good mist of disinfectant, then turn it over immediately on a paper towel (so nothing seeps inside) to set for a minute, then wipe down, lending special attention to “degrubbing” the buttons.
Knicks & Scratches
We often don’t need to run out and buy new or do a full refinish. A little touch up can do wonders inexpensively. For painted surfaces, dab matching paint on then smooth out edges with a little piece of paper towel.
Stained furniture and woodwork is even easier to spiff up.
Dab on matching stain with a stain pen/marker. Color does not have to be exact, just close. Then wipe with paper towel. Stubborn spots may have to be redone.
Cleaning up these little things before the holiday rush gives you a jump on things. Even the ones you should redo, will only require a quick wipe down during the holiday rush. Each little thing we don’t have to worry about then will reduce stress and make us more resilient throughout the holiday season.
Not Just Efficient, Giant
Brawny® Paper Towels are not just efficient at cleaning up messes fast, each roll has more sheets. You can tackle more and bigger messes with confidence that you won’t run out halfway through. I also love that I can pick-a-size sheet on Brawny® Paper Towels rolls. No need to waste a whole sheet to wipe up something small.
So Stay Giant™ my friends, grab a multi roll pack of Brawny® Paper Towels, support our Wounded Warriors and get a head start on fun and tidier holidays!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Georgia Pacific. The opinions and text are all mine.