A Mami's Christmas Story: Keeping Your Home Clean...

I hope the title got you here. I'm sorry to say I have no clue how to keep my home clean during the holidays.  I don't even know how to stay awake long enough to write a post according to my editorial calendar (for example, this post was supposed to go up on Friday. Instead, I am fashionably late due to my inability to stay up past the frog princess's bedtime). For those of you who don't know, I moved into my parents home a few months ago after mami passed away earlier this year and dad, overwhelmed with grief and the upkeep of a home, had a heart attack in July.  I moved from a 4-bedroom home into a 5-bedroom fully furnished home.  To say that we have clutter is an understatement.  My life is a puzzle! I move things from one place to the next, declutter then move back.  It doesn't help that during the 10-months of my mom's illness, very little was done around the house and to be honest, no one but her really knew what it took to keep up with the home.

So here we are: CHRISTMAS! It was my mom's favorite holiday and so I really want to decorate and do it all up. Except for the whole "where the heck to I put stuff" question.

Well, I put up the tree.

And everything looks fancy schmancy, except for the surrounding areas which looks like this:

On a good note, I've been able to wrangle enough bins to at least clear up the clutter in order to give myself a little bit of sanity.  At a later date, I'll take them one by one and peruse through them for further purging.  But right now, the decorations must go up!

In a day or so everything will be nice and neat and the house will smell of fresh pine and potpourri and will sparkle and shine from all of the cleaning I will do (I like to use great Mami products like: Nail & Polish, Moxy Sheen and Kazoom! Haven't heard of them before? Well, they are my own brand! If you should want to sponsor me then perhaps you can see your products listed here instead!). You may be asking yourself, with all of the stuff I have, how will my house be clean and neat in such little time?  Well, I have this:

Also, if you should come and visit, I want to let you know that you should NOT OPEN ANY CLOSET DOORS! If you do, please be sure to 1. pile everything back in the way it was and 2. don't sue me for any injuries you may have gotten as I've just warned you to not go in there!

What do you do keep your home clean during the holidays?

I am sharing my holiday home decor and cleaning tips for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls and Great Cleaners.