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My Secrets for Being Holiday Ready

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Unless you're new to this blog, you know I prefer to keep things simple, especially around the holidays.  I'm also a product of my upbringing and follow closely in Mom's footsteps.  Growing up, our home always sparkled a little more around the holidays.  Mom started early cleaning floors, windows, and polishing silver and still does to this day.  She motivates me to do the same for my family.  Christmas lights seem to shine a little brighter when the floors are shiny and clean and so do the candle lit windows.  





Thank you Bona Hardwood Floor for sponsoring this post.  I've been keeping house forever years and have used Bona products since my hard wood floor guy recommended it many years ago when our floors were refinished.  I love Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner, so this post was a no brainer for me.  Get a coupon for $3 off Bona here.

Our home is far from being decorated for the holidays because we usually wait until after Thanksgiving, but I have a jump on the cleaning onslaught that comes before it.  Mom and I always chuckle with each other because decorating makes a mess.  We both prefer a clean slate on which to make our mess, ha!



Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner is quite simply the easiest way to clean hard wood floors that I know of.  I used to carry a heavy mop bucket around.  If you have ever done this, you know how awful that can be. This system is much easier!  With the pull of a trigger the floor is sprayed with non-toxic no residue cleaner.  The mop head simply releases and can be rinsed in the nearest sink when needed.  I usually rinse it after cleaning each room.


When you're finished, just throw the mop head in the washer and it will be ready for next time.  By the way, I have used some form of Bona once a week since we refinished our floors many years ago.  I may have missed once or twice ;),  but our floors hardwood floors have held up very well to kids, dirty shoes, and a dog with this cleaning system.

And here are just a few other things I do to be holiday ready...


Clean the windows.  As I said before, lights shine much brighter in sparkly surroundings.  And I love extra sparkle at Christmas!


Clean the silver.  Just as clean floors and windows reflect light, so does silver.  Clean your silver now.  Trust me, you will be happy you did when crunch time comes.

Do you have any tips for being holiday ready?  Be sure to visit Bona to receive your $3 off coupon.

Thank you for supporting brands such as Bona that support this blog.

13 comments:

  1. Good morning Rene-I would love to know what product you use weekly on your floors; I was told just to vacuum my hardwood floors routinely. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas in your sparkly home : )

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you Anna! I use Bona and have for years. I really like this new mop which makes it easier than ever to clean my floors!

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  2. Your floors are beautiful ...one day I want to do hardwood on mine. I have a question: I have the worst time with streaks when i clean my windows...paper towels and Windex are what I use. What items do you use for yours? Thank you and have a beautiful Thanksgiving.

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    1. So frustrating to clean windows only to find they are streaky! I use a product called sprayway on my windows. It comes in an aerosol can and I get it at the grocery store. I also use generic paper towels because they do not have any lotions or slick stuff on them that make windows streak. Hope this helps.

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  3. Love the wall color in first two photos. What is it? Thanks!

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    1. The living room is worldly gray and the dining room is sensible hue, both Sherwin Williams.

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  4. It all looks beautiful, Rene! What do you use to clean your silver?

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    1. Thank you Mandy! I use Tarn-X. The stuff is amazing & fast!

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  5. Your floors look gorgeous as does your house! We're Bona users over here, too. That stuff is amazing. My mom was the same way as your mom and I try to follow along in her footsteps. I think we have a lot in common Rene. I am trying my hardest to make our house sparkle as much as possible during this remodel. Not easy! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! It will be nice to have your son home. XO

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    1. Thank you Allison! I agree, we do have a lot in common. Happy Thanksgiving and good luck with your remodel!

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  6. Such great tips! Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  7. I love the lantern over your table. Can you tell me where you got it?

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