Everyone has different decorating styles, especially over the holidays. (Case in point: My festive super might love the plastic Santas in my building lobby, but I would never allow them – or the singing Christmas ornaments – in my actual apartment.) But for neat freaks, or the “hyper-neat,” the season brings a special strain. Thankfully, the New York Times has suggestions for making sure holiday parties don’t turn into the nightmare before Christmas, even if you are OCD about keeping crumbs off the carpets and mulled wine away from the couch:
1. Tin Foil – Ellie Krieger, a registered dietitian and host of the show “Healthy Appetite” on The Food Network, lines her kitchen with tin foil when she fries holiday latkes, keeping the oily, splattery mess from coating her counters. She may look a little insane, but hey! she’s happy – and you will be too when you’re throwing out foil instead of agonizing over the grease stains on your tile grout.
2. Garbage Bags – Some families choose a “Santa” to pass out gifts on Christmas; yours can choose an elf to follow up with a garbage bag to collect gift wrap and packaging instead of letting it cover the living room floor. Neurotic? Yes, but if it makes you more cheerful to clean up as you go, then all the merrier.
3. Vacuums – If you’re a neat-freak, you don’t need to be reminded about the wonders of this household appliance. But just remember: Use it a lot, but use it when your guests are gone. Nipping at your friends and family’s heels with a Miele is as off-putting as a really bad loaf of fruitcake, so save your compulsion to clean for after the part is over.
And if the candy cane wrappers and uneven Christmas lights are still making you insane, perhaps you should see a therapist?
via New York Times