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Cleaning Tips For Your Home Ahead Of Ganesh Chaturthi

  • By Swati Gaikwad - Content Writer
  • •  Aug 25, 2022

Festivals in India are generally either those of social togetherness, like Rang Panchami or those of worship, like Ganesh Chaturthi. In either case, we clean our house to ensure that our guests, both human and divine, are greeted by perfect surroundings. This statement is never justified better than during Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most important festivals celebrated all over India to revere the birth of Lord Ganesha.

Over the years, I have noticed that the care people give their homes during Ganesh Chaturthi often supersede that which they do for most other festivals, including Diwali.

As anyone from the states of Maharashtra or Gujarat would tell you, Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the biggest festivals around. The presence of Lord Ganesha in one’s home is something that most Hindus look forward to. Just a few days are left for the lively Ganesh festival, so are you geared up to rejoice in the festival? Well, before the decoration begins, like for any other Hindu festival, it is important to start with the cleaning. Home cleaning is indispensable before you bring home the Ganesh idol. 

None of us would want him to stay in an unclean house. After all, why would the 'Vighnaharta' visit our homes, if it's dirty? Don't you agree? Your home should look fresh, spic, and span and create a blissful environment so that Lord Ganpati enjoys his stay at your place. Lord Ganesha isn’t the only guest we welcome home this season. Everyone from our friends and neighbors to our far-off relatives visits us for a “Darshan” of the deity. This being so, we want our guests to see us at our best.

Cleaning your house all by yourself could be very difficult and tiresome. Below are a few quick and efficient tips to ease your huge task and make it fun:

  • Plan your cleaning mission

Since the festival is around the corner, you need to speed up your chore. Planning your cleaning mission will avoid last-minute hassles and overload. First gather all the cleaning equipment, so that you don’t keep on searching at the time when you need it. Start with the small rooms as it will take less time to clean. Initially, clean the spaces which require much attention since at the beginning you will be full of energy and can apply your full force to make the space sparkling. Begin with dusting and vacuuming, don’t straight away go with wet cleaning, or else the space will become filthier.

  • Do not wait till the last minute to clean the house

No one’s taking away the fact that people these days lead hectic lives. Between work and commute, one is unable to take out time for fitness and recreation, forget alone cleaning one’s home. However, you need to take into account that cleaning your home ahead of any festival is imperative and therefore, you must plan everything related to the same well in advance. Thus begin early, almost a week before the festival in question. Start little by little every day, so that it gets done on time and you don’t get overworked at the last minute. 

  • Delegate duties

Engage everyone in your house in cleaning your house for Ganesh Chaturthi. Instead of doing everything all by yourself, delegate the various tasks involved with the cleaning process among your family members. Delegation makes the task at hand easier. Whether it’s dusting, vacuuming, or doing other miscellaneous tasks, it would be better if you divide the tasks well in advance, and enjoy the cleaning process rather than stressing about it. Allot work for everyone and prepare a task list, so that you can tick it once it is done.

  • Which areas need to be cleaned essentially?

Don’t pull everything and clean. There is no need to clean every corner of the home, just concentrate on the areas which are exposed and are necessary to be cleaned, right now. If you have a pooja room, then of course it has to be treated, pay attention to the area or room where you will be installing the idol. Cleaning cupboards or kitchen cabinets at the last moment is of no use and total time waste. You will not only waste time but also your energy on unnecessary work. Set your priorities first, decide what requires more concentration, and work according to that. 

  • Clean in an organized way

If some dirt is easily visible, clean it first, don't wait for later as that later never comes. If you think using stronger cleaning products in large quantities will make the cleaning work easy then you are wrong it will increase your job. Some strong cleaners may damage the areas or furniture or create stains which will be difficult to clean and will require much time, hence use the right amount of cleaning products. Clean whatever comes your way; don’t wait for any specific time. 

Sometimes, we may lose track of time and focus on spending more time cleaning one place. Don’t waste time on just a single room. Fix one room as a deadline for a day. If you have started with your living room, then it covers everything from cleaning and wiping your floors to changing curtains, and dusting the sofas and TV area. When you have a deadline, you will tend to be working towards completing it on time.

  • Invest your money and time in smart technology and products

This is the age of smart devices and smartphones. Then why should it be any different when it comes to cleaning your homes? You have a plethora of options to choose from when it comes to cleaning devices and products. Invest in these to make your life a lot easier. However, ensure that you are wise when it comes to choosing your products. 

  • Discard what you do not need

Cleaning the house ahead of a major festival is more about decluttering and disposing of things you no longer use or need. What better time than now to clear out your cabinets, cupboards, and sundry storage? We tend to realize rather late that we have turned into hoarders. The pre-festive preparations are a good opportunity to declutter and make way for positive energy in your home. Whether it’s a pile of unused clothes, newspapers, and periodicals, or toys and miscellaneous objects, which are of no importance to you, do away with them. Sort them into piles that can be recycled, reused, and discarded. This will reduce our task by half. Remember, your home is where you live and not a storage space.

  • Deep Clean 

Now that you have decluttered, it’s deep clean time. Get into the nooks and crannies to banish the dust that has accumulated. Give your surfaces a good cleansing so they are spotless. While you are at it, clean your appliances too. As you deep clean your home, you will see that sparkle and it will give you a sense of accomplishment. 

  • Have a Clean Cooking Area

The kitchen is where you will be preparing all the delicious dishes for Lord Ganesha to treat him on his birthday. Clean it spick and span including the cabinets, oven, floor, and sink.

  • Cleaning Toilets are Important Too

You will have friends and relatives coming to your house to share their wishes on Ganesh Chaturthi. So clean your toilet, cabinet, mirror, and floor thoroughly. When you are done, don’t forget to hang a freshener to leave it fresh and good-smelling.

  • How to beat boredom?

The best way to enjoy cleaning and complete the task on time is by listening to music. Music will keep you energetic and engaged in work and you won’t even understand when your task gets accomplished. This will beat the boredom and you will feel tireless. These smart ways will make your cleaning work much easier and faster and your home will look fresh and sparkling before the festival.

Now that you are done decluttering, it’s time to give your home that festive look to get into the mood. As you complete each of these steps, you will begin feeling a difference and an uplifting mood. You will feel good and ready to welcome the Lord into your home and hearts. We hope that our simple guide to preparing your home for Ganesh Chaturthi will bring joyful vibes into your abode. And true to his name, the Lord of all Beginnings, you will begin anew with a clean home and clear mind.

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