Diwali is almost here! It’s time for all colourful things - rangoli making, lighting diyas and lamps, offering prayer during Lakshmi pujan, wearing beautiful outfits, gorging on delicious sweets and savouries with your family and friends. The festivities bring your near and dear ones together to celebrate.
To make your home clean and spotless for this auspicious time, we have compiled a methodical plan to help you clean every nook and corner in your home.
1) Day 1: Declutter
Start by getting rid of unwanted objects. These include your old or broken furniture; expired packaged food, medicines and perfume; clothes; cartons, delivery boxes and disposable food containers, papers, bags and stationery. And it means clearing out cupboards, lofts and attics, drawers, cabinets and shelves, and your fridge.
2) Day 2: Dust-Cover-Dust
On the second day, start dusting and vacuuming your sofas and armchairs, beds and curtains, and any other stuffed furniture. Then cover the furniture with old sheets or newspapers to protect them while you clean the rooms. Then, dust your walls, ceilings, doors, windows and lofts, and clear them of cobwebs.
3) Day 3: Wet Cleaning
Clean your walls and ceilings, fans, lights, furniture, doors, windows and floors with damp cloths and mops. Once you are done with cleaning everything, wipe down with a cloth wrung out with water, then dry by wiping with a dry cloth, or simply let them air-dry.
4) Day 4: Laundry
On Day 4, wash your rugs, doormats, curtains, drapes, bedsheets and washable duvets. Avoid washing everything together; make individual batches of similar things and wash in separate loads. You’ll need to load your washing machine a number of times, so pace it out.
5) Day 5: Kitchen Cleaning
Start with cleaning your stove and chimney. Then clean your shelves and cabinets. And move on to cleaning your utensils, crockery, gas stove, kitchenappliances and sink. Then, clean your fridge from the inside-out. After everything is cleaned and dried, store your utensils and crockery back in their shelves.
6) Day 6: Bathroom Cleaning
Start by emptying your shelves and then clean everything, including taps, mirrors, tiles, showerheads, toilet bowl, door, exhaust fan, fixtures and any other bathroom accessories. Discard unwanted items. Once everything is cleaned, allow the area to air-dry before you put everything in place.
7) Day 7: Rearrange Your Closets
You've already cleaned your closets and cupboards. Now sort the contents by category - dresses, tops, shirts, ethnic-wear, outerwear, accessories etc. Toss or donate any items you don’t use anymore.
There you go! Light your favourite lamp, sit back with a hot cup of tea and relax! And let the festivities begin!