Before you light those diyas, put on your brand new clothes and start reveling in the spirit of the festival of lights, there’s one part of Diwali that you just cannot miss. Apart from the crackers, the card games, the lamps, the lights and the sweets, Diwali is also about cleaning your house, throwing away the old stuff and looking forward to a new future. In order to match the joy of the festive season, it is important that you don’t miss out on a few key steps in the Diwali cleaning process.
Here’s a handy guide on what you just can’t miss as you go ahead with your pre-Diwali cleaning schedule.
1. Start early
Cleaning your home for Diwali can be a Himalayan task that could last anywhere between a day to a week. Planning well in advance and scheduling your entire cleaning routine with adequate days allotted for each step will help you be thorough and efficient with your cleaning.Take your time and figure out which parts of the cleaning process might need more of your time and attention, and what kind of materials you’ll need to get the job done. Purchase the requisite materials soon after this so you won’t have to take pauses or breaks during the actual cleaning to buy them. Ideally, you should start cleaning at least a week before Diwali.
2. Furniture and Appliances
This comes as no surprise, but cleaning your furniture and appliances is perhaps the most important step in the pre-Diwali cleaning process. Dusting your chairs and tables, vacuuming your sofas, and cleaning the insides of your appliances such as the fridge and the microwave will ensure a clean, hygienic and hassle-free Diwali.
The clean furniture will please your guests and ensure not just hygiene, but comfort too. Cleaning your appliances in advance will help you identify electronic problems if any, that you can get fixed immediately. After all, when your guests come over, you’ll have to serve those drinks at their coldest, won’t you?
If your furniture is rented, you can most probably get it deep cleaned for free.
Discarding articles in your house that you don’t need anymore is a process that’s just as important as the actual cleaning. Diwali is the best time of the year to get rid of items that you no longer use.
An easy thumb rule you can follow is to throw away anything you haven’t used in over a year. Chances are you probably won’t need those items again any time soon, or won’t need them again at all. If the item can be thrown away instantly, do just that. But if you’re unsure, you can always store it compactly in your attic or upper storage. The best way to de-clutter while also not being mindful of the waste you generate is to donate all the items you don’t need, such as clothes, old electronics, showpieces etc. to orphanages, shelters or other non-profit organisations. After all, Diwali is about paying it forward too!
4. Decorative items
While it is standard practice to buy new decorative items every Diwali, there are a bunch of others that you reuse every year. These might include hand-painted diyas, candles in glass holders, fabric or paper lanterns, brassware like vases or flower bowls among others. You might choose to put these up year after year for reasons like their sentimental value, their ornate design or just the fact that they’re beautiful to look at.Whatever this reason might be, make sure they look perfect for Diwali. Scrape off the excess wax from the candle holders using a knife or a scissor, before filling them up with hot water to remove the remaining wax. Brassware can be cleaned using a solution made up of vinegar, salt and flour. You can choose from a wide range of chemical cleaners that are available in the market too. Hand-painted diyas can be delicately dusted using a cloth before using a soft brush to remove the more stubborn dust found in their tiny corners. Fabric or paper lanterns can be cleaned using the lowest setting on your vacuum cleaner, or gently by hand, using a cloth. Pay attention to the surface you’re cleaning and select your cleaning materials accordingly.
Diwali cleaning can be stressful, slow and time-consuming. But remember, the cleaner and brighter your house looks on Diwali, the more beautiful it is going to appear to both you and your guests. So hang in there, let the festive spirit take over you, and have a gorgeous-looking Diwali this year!