I was trapped into returning from Bangalore to Patna for Diwali house cleaning: 5 Tips that saved my sanity


As the bustling city of Bangalore bid farewell, I embarked on a long-awaited journey back to my hometown of Patna, brimming with excitement for the upcoming Diwali festivities. However, little did I know that my joyous reunion would be swiftly hijacked by an unexpected twist.

Upon my arrival, I found myself ensnared in a cunning trap orchestrated by my well-meaning parents, who slyly coerced me into diving headfirst into the whirlwind of pre-Diwali house cleaning. Amidst the swirling chaos of dusting, scrubbing, and organizing, I was unwittingly initiated into the age-old tradition of preparing the household for the grandeur of the Festival of Lights. Here are some valuable lessons I picked up while elbow-deep in suds and dust bunnies during Diwali house cleaning. 

1. Arrive fashionably late:

Firstly, let’s not fall into the “cleaning trap” and end up with a sore back and a head full of sneezes. Remember, arriving home on the eve of Diwali could save you from a Herculean cleaning ordeal. Trust me, the house will magically sparkle by the time you step through the door.

2. Plan, plan, plan: 

If however, you fail at the first step, then the below 4 steps are what you need to follow. Now, planning is your new best friend. Don’t jump into an ambitious cleaning marathon; pace yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a spick-and-span abode. Section your cleaning tasks, conquer them one at a time, and conquer them with glee.

3. Nostalgia’s Sneaky Seduction:

Ah, the nostalgic trap! Beware of the sentimental hoarding syndrome that strikes during cleaning. Those old books, clothes, and miscellaneous trinkets might tug at your heartstrings, but remember, they were stashed away for a reason! Don’t get caught in a time warp of sentimental reminiscing reading old books, trying old clothes, and looking at old stuff during the cleaning process. Just get to work and be done with Diwali cleaning. 

4. Hold the water: 

And here’s a pro tip: hold off on the waterworks until the very end. Introducing water prematurely could turn your pristine floors into sticky swamps, your hands into grime magnets, and your carefully curated cleanliness into a wet disaster. Dust first, and then bring in the liquid cavalry.

5. Battle the post-lunch lull: 

Lastly, beware of the post-lunch slump! Trust me, the gravitational pull of the couch post-feast is a formidable force. Tackle the hefty chores before indulging in that scrumptious meal, or you might find yourself succumbing to the temptation of a cozy siesta but don’t do it. The biggest pro-tip I would give is to try and get most of the work done before lunch, during Diwali house cleaning. 

So there you have it, my fellow festive warriors! Armed with these tips, you can breeze through the pre-Diwali cleaning extravaganza with a smile on your face and a skip in your step. Remember, a clean house is the canvas for a joyous Diwali celebration!

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