5 Tips To Prep For CNY Like A Pro

Huat’s up, Chinese New Year 2022 is almost here! Have you started to prepare for the lunar new year yet? Fret not, we got you covered with great tips to keep you calm and collected through the process.

Spring Cleaning: Out with the old & in with the new

Cleaning the house is one of the most important Chinese New Year traditions as it’s believed to get rid of the bad luck of the past year. The best way to start the house-cleaning ritual is to plan. Take all your unwanted items and throw them away before you get started. Try these hacks to quicken your cleaning process: 

  1. Stubborn grease stains on the floor – Use the multipurpose SmartChoice Floor Cleaner that removes dirt, stain and grease effectively. It’s ideal for ceramic, terrazzo, marble, vinyl tile & parquet floor.
  2. Cleaning Microwaves – NBC News recommends adding 15 drops of lemon essential oil to one and a half cups of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Then, microwave on high for five to ten minutes and allow the steam to condense with the inner walls of the machine.
  3. Windows, mirrors & shower doors – As suggested by NBC News, mix white vinegar, water, and drops of essential oil and shake. This DIY solution helps to clean surfaces within your home easily.
  4. Cleaning Ceiling fans – Use old pillowcases instead of the usual duster to prevent the dust from falling on your furniture. Slip the pillowcase over the blades of the fan and wipe them gently.

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Purchase CNY decorations ahead of time

What better way to soak in the Lunar new year than with beautiful decorations. Head down to these locations to find the decorations you’re looking for quickly. Every year, Chinatown never disappoints, as you’ll be greeted with their lively bazaar filled with many decorative options. Get your lanterns, faux firecrackers, good luck signs and lucky cat figurines. 

Remember SKP? The store where we bought party items for our birthdays or simple decorations for the house? They sell Chinese New Year products as well. From hanging decoratives, red packets, to fortune banners, you can find the CNY accessories that you’re looking for here. They are located islandwide, so head over to the one closest to you.

Stock up on CNY Snacks

What’s a lunar new year celebration without delicious snacks to binge on? If you’re making the snacks from scratch, purchase your ingredients early so that you have enough time to make them batch by batch. If you’re planning on ordering your treats, get your hands on the most delicious goodies like pineapple tarts, Bak Kwa, cookies and more on Lazada and Shopee.

Also, head down to your nearest supermarkets like NTUC Fairprice, Sheng Siong and Giant to check out the variety of CNY goodies you can buy for your home. 

Buy Your Outfits early

Get your outfits ahead of time so that you can be ready to flaunt your look during CNY house visits. Choosing the right outfit can be hard, so do some research and find an outfit that you like online or when you’re shopping. Do incorporate red if possible as it signifies good fortune, happiness and good luck, according to the BBC. If ordering your outfits is taking a long time, do check out the following stores –  Pomelo, Love, Bonito, Uniqlo, Zalora and Bossini. They have a wide selection of Chinese New Year fits for you to choose from. 

A-Team: Get your family involved

Your biggest support this Chinese New Year is your family. Plan all the tasks that need to be done and delegate them to each member of your family. This way, everyone is involved in the process, and you get all the preparation work done ahead of time. This Chinese New Year is all about working together and celebrating this festive season with your loved ones. Even though there are Covid regulations of 5 pax only per house visit or dining in at restaurants, make the most out of it by cherishing sweet moments with your family and friends.

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2022 is the year of the Tiger, and it represents strength, bravery and exorcising evil, according to Chinahighlights. We hope that you have a peaceful and prosperous Chinese New Year. May the year of the Tigger bring you lots of fortune and good luck. 

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