Santa’s Workshop Before and After (and a Giveaway)

Santa’s Workshop Before and After (and a Giveaway)


This post is sponsored by Endust.

I know this looks like the office at the Gatehouse.

It’s not.

It’s actually Santa’s workshop.

I’ve been sitting at that desk for four hours straight surrounded by wrapping paper and ribbon and tags and baker’s twine.

And a reindeer named Buddy.

And when the last gift was wrapped and the last tag was tied and the last present was tucked under the tree, all I wanted to do was go all mama in her kerchief and settle down for a long winter’s nap.

This is the part of the story where I want to tell you I had a burst of energy when I finished all the wrapping and cleaned it all up.

Except I didn’t.

I watched old episodes of Downton Abbey instead.

I actually forgot the mess was over there.

Hours passed.

Days went by.

The reindeer were fed and taken out for a walk.

I walked into the office the other day and saw all of this.

Mess with extra mess on top.

I’m not sure who I thought was going to clean it up.

Apparently all the elves were too busy.

So I picked up tiny pieces of paper and itty bitty strands of ribbon and the occasional pom pom ball.

I dusted.

I swiped.

I cleaned.

I swished.

And now?

And now Santa’s workshop looks like this.

It’s clean and tidy with packages tucked under the tree.

There’s even a sleeping reindeer.

I might not have had any elves to help….

….but I had this.

Endust is my go to cleaner.

And here’s why:

1. We have dogs and cats and people with muddy boots around here.  Endust has super powers when it comes to keeping all the extra pet hair and dust out of the house.

2. It doesn’t just remove the dust.  It cleans everything up, too.  Like fingerprints.  And hot chocolate drips.  And cookie crumbs.

3. I love the way Endust Lemon smells. It makes the entire house feel like I cleaned with citrus fruits.

4. I really, really, REALLY love the Endust duster.  I use it on all those frames on the wall.  I know that wall might look like a dust magnet.  It is.  But it’s no match for Endust.

5. There’s no residue left behind when you use Endust.  Only extra shine.

Does your Santa’s Workshop need a little extra help with cleaning?

Here’s a giveaway to help you get your home ready for the holidays with Endust!

Win a prize package of Endust products and a $75 VISA gift card.

Just follow/like Endust on the Facebook page HERE and leave a comment on this blog post with how you plan to use Endust while cleaning for the holidays.


AND THE WINNER (drawn by random number generator) IS COMMENT #125:  SUSAN B.

  • At least 18 years of age at time of entry
  • One entry per person
  • Contest void in Puerto Rico, all jurisdictions outside of the United States and wherever prohibited
  • All applicable federal state and local laws and regulations apply
  • End date will be Wednesday December 21, 2016

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  1. You are hilarious.
    I seriously wish you were my neighbour.

  2. I’ve been watching Downton Abbey again too!! It is so soothing to me to disappear into another world during the stress that has been in this world. I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season!!!

  3. Oh Karianne, you are so cute! I love how you write about your everyday life. Santa’s workdshop is mighty cute and I must know where you got the Merry Christmas sign!!!!!! I covet that!
    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  4. I can’t believe the elves didn’t help clean up, but I guess you’re right they are pretty busy this time of year. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  5. I’ve never seen Downtown Abbey. I guess this means I have something to look forward to. And the room simply glows with clean vibes! I hope you have a stressless week — my packages are just like they were when I bought them. I don’t have any elves to help 🙁 That is on my to-do list this weekend. Have a wonderful week.

  6. Everything you do turns out lovely.

  7. Your posts always make me smile!
    your Santa’so workshop is beautiful!

    I’m having trouble entering the giveaway 🙁
    The hyperlinks don’t take me to an entry form or anything. I’m confused as to how to enter lol. Please help when you have time..thanks!

  8. I have a 16 month old grandson who leaves cute little fingerprints EVERYWHERE, so I’ll clean up after him!

  9. So I will use the Endust to clean the dust that should’ve been cleaned waaaaay before I started decorating for Christmas!! And then again after when Christmas falls away to the new year. Thanks!

    And you are hilarious, KariAnne!

  10. Love the Merry Christmas sign hung above the credenza/buffet piece! Any info on where you found it? If it’s a DIY-even better and I’m game! Provide the how-to info and I can get right on it because I truly NEED that in my dining room asap!

  11. My remember my mom always used Endust, years ago, and that’s what I always use! It used to come in a red can and I loved the smell 🙂 I am taking a break from decorating the tree, still nothing wrapped, but I think all the shopping is done. Progress by baby steps!!

  12. Babette Thurston :

    I really love Santa’s workshop! So pretty, tidy, and clean! I would use Endust on my table and China cabinet! They get

  13. My mom also loved Endust. When I find it I grab it…last ourchase was in Lincoln NE. For some reason Endust does not like Minnesota☹️
    Maybe this will change with all these great products.

  14. Teresa Gonzales :

    I also love that Merry Christmas sign! I would love to try Endust on my wood floors in my office! Thanks for the hints!

  15. I would use Endust to get rid of the dog hairs! And Santa’s workshop looks great!

  16. Carla from Kansas :

    Ceiling fan blades. Yuck.

  17. Did I miss the post where you changed the orange wall that I pinned a long time ago. I’ll pin this one too for my daughter – the orange was more me, this one more her 🙂 p.s. nice post

  18. I would use Endust to thoroughly clean before family and friends get here next week. I love having clean and shiny tables, benches, consoles and side tables. Not sure where all the dust comes from but having the best products clean up makes it a breeze.

    I so enjoy reading your blog. You put smiles on lots of faces.

  19. I’ve got my Endust out now cleaning up after my Lab, John; my cat, Lucy; and my granddog, Cooper – Merry Christmas! 🙂

  20. I will dust the furniture and fan in our bedroom……dusty dusty dusty! Merry Christmas and thanks for a chance to win.

  21. Thanks for your post, you did a wonderful job cleaning and I’m sure the presents you wrapped were works of art! I haven’t started wrapping and I still have more shopping to do, so I’m behind a bit. But after that is done I would love some endust to help me get my house looking as fine as your Santa’s Workshop🤗👍🎄⛄️

  22. Love your Santa’s Workshop even when it’s covered with paper, scraps and ribbon. Looks especially great when cleaned with Endust, my favorite cleaner also.

  23. KariAnne you are a fabulous story writer. I thought while reading this “how in the world is she going to insert Endust into the storyline, but yup you did.” And you did it to perfection!!! I, too love Endust and use it before, during and after Christmas to pick up the glitter that only the just right amount of sun at the correct angle can spot.

  24. Id use it to dust my huge tv shelf all the wood on it is overwhelming and i liked them on facebook also

  25. My reindeer Buddy and Herbie have been “helping” me. No elves though. Oh how I miss Downton Abbey. I’ve been watching The Crown. It’s so good! Love the sign behind the desk.

  26. That office….I need to step it up because your office is dreamy! Lemon smells make me so happy and makes it feel squeaky clean….I will be using my Endust to clean and refresh my office!

    You are AMAZING!!!
    I’m already looking forward to the post about all the homemade gifts passed at your family gathering this year….anticipating

  27. I use Endust on my Buffet Cabinet. I capitalize because it is huge!

  28. I have four little cats that leave their fur and paw prints all over my furniture. I’d love to win the Endust giveaway and put it to the test! Thanks for such a thoughtful giveaway! I love your office, the white and gray looks so elegant!

  29. Jennifer Flener :

    I have 3 indoor cats so I will use this product to dust with. Cat fur everywhere 🙂

  30. How fun would it be to dust in a pair of Lady Mary’s gloves and have Mr. Carson taking care of the rest of the house! Miss them, but now obsessed with The Crown, as I know you are…Hope to see you on your trip to Texas.

  31. Of course you used Endust it works its all I use. I love Lime in everything!

  32. Great product that I have used for years! & of course the Christmas clean up will find me using this again! Hope it’s Merry for you!

  33. Merry Christmas !!!! Love your entries, We have 4 dogs (3 Old English Sheepdogs,) and a yorkiepoo plus we have 2 black cats. I think 1 of the cats shed more than all the dogs. Love our 4 paws but I am always cleaning up hair.

  34. Sherri Gonyier :

    Yes, I had a Chesapeake helping me wrap!! So definitely could use Endust! Dog hair. Thank You

  35. I would dust my baseboards also

  36. Sherry Russell :

    Endust is great for cleaning during the holidays. Just spray and wipe…could not be easier.

  37. Two words: Cat Hair!!!!! My endless battle when it comes to cleaning up!

  38. We’ve been doing some diy remodeling. We are almost finished, which will mean some serious cleaning when we try to put the house to rights. Winning this giveaway would sure help.

  39. I will use Endust to clean up all the sparkles that seem to land on everything this time of the year. I guess even my dust is festive mixed with sparkles 😉

  40. Even your messy office looks fabulous! Love the fast images of you cleaning-I’d love to learn how to do that (the images, not the cleaning!)
    Enjoy the holidays and your beautiful family..!

  41. need a lot of cleaning and dusting to be done. Endust with come in handy to clean railings and all shelves. so easy to use

  42. I would use endust to clean up my never ending messes – especially in my craft room and office. I like endust on facebook.

  43. I have 2 rooms that Santa has been using and sparkle is every where! Endust is on my list for tomorrow. Thanks for the info.

  44. Our house backs up to a 10 acre park complete with baseball diamond just behind our house. Our house gets extremely dusty. I don’t think I’ve tried Endust before. May have to check it out the next time I go shopping.

  45. I too love Endust and it’s what my mom always used. It makes my counters shine and the leather sofa.

    Your Gate house is lovely and I so enjoy your stories. Have a Merry Christmas!

  46. I love the round merry christmas sign, did you make it?

  47. Endust will make cleaning easier. In-laws coming. they wear the white gloves. sure hope pass inspection

  48. I’ll be cleaning the tables, chairs, fans and floors with endust for the holidays

  49. My Christmas wish is to finally get into my soms room, while He and I are both out of school for the season, and de-teenager all his furniture with Pledge!

  50. If you were to see my house you would know how I would use Endust to prepare for the holidays! lol

    I live in a hundred year old house that has real wood paneling in the living room (24X36) and the master bedroom (same as living room) the dressing room, and upstairs hallway.We also have built in (real wood) bookcases and window seats.

    And that si how i would use Endust to prepare for the holidays! 🙂

  51. Oh my goodness, I need Endust NOW because everywhere I look there are dusting of fake snow, snippets of ribbon, etc everywhere!! Can it be delivered by tomorrow?!?

  52. I could never be without Endust simple love the product!!

  53. The first place I would use Endust would be my car. It’s quite a mess and needs some TLC! Thanks for the chance to win!

  54. First of all, WO! I’m leisurely scrolling through the pictures, reading your entertaining as always blog, thrilled that you’re back…and wait, what???…did I or did I not just see Karianne in a photo? (I scroll back.) And sho nuff, there you are! What a darling ad and a nice surprise 🙂 As for the Endust…I’ve been using it for years. Maybe even longer than you’ve been on this planet, missy. I love Endust and it does everything they say it will. So happy to see you back and praying that you and your bunch have a lively, lovely Christmas with much peace in your hearts.

  55. I too will be using my Endust to clean up both before and after all the guest arrive and leave. I love the way you can spin a tale! My mom always used Endust so I now use it too.

  56. Well I know what you mean about dust….and dog hair since I have these two Goldens too….loved your Golden on the floor ! Dusting is an event to behold !

  57. See, it didn’t go anywhere. It was right where you left it 😜 You needed to rest first. I don’t love to dust but since it is inevitable, I do like a good product to help me with it. Thanks for the chance. Merry Christmas!🎅🏼🎅🏼

  58. I love the fresh, clean feel of a recently cleaned room. I love your blog.It always makes me smile and sometimes laugh out loud. Love you and your sweet family. Merry Christmas!

  59. I have a 2 and 6 yr old grandchild, I need all the Endust I can get. They put a whole new ,eaning to fingerprints.

  60. janet phillips :

    Your pictures are always breathtaking !!! forget the mess and slide it under the couch –oops I let ot my secret LOL

  61. Sheila Pearson :

    I’m going to spray my socks with Endust and dance to ‘Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer’ cranked up really loud. Heh heh. This takes the drudgery out of dust mopping my wood floors.

  62. Barbara Hunnicutt Moore :

    5 grand babies under the age of 5….. ’nuff said!

  63. Love your blog. How will I use endust? Two words! Dog hair!!

  64. I plan to use Endust to clean my living room tables and TV stand.

  65. I would rather clean the toilet than dust!!!! Seriously!!! Maybe the Endust kit could help me out!!!

  66. Susan Whitehill-Smith :

    I have a big fluffy black dog and a black cat and I need Endust desperately! I love your posts; they always make me smile.

  67. grammy goodwill :

    We have houses currently under construction and I swear all that dust sneaks under my closed windows and into the house. Everything stays dusty. I would use the Endust to help me keep all of that under control. Thanks for the chance to win.

  68. I love my Endust duster! With the library being the room I use for wrapping presents in, I get to give my books some extra attention.

  69. Karianne, you are a hoot! Love you. I even find myself telling friends and family “You should see what my friend Karianne did”, and then I`m like all “Well not my friend, actually….”! I would for sure use the lemon scented Endust. Makes everything smell great.

  70. Lovin’ that Merry Christmas sign. Where did you get it?

  71. I have been an Endust fan for years. I love the way it causes your cleaning cloth to pick up the dust instead of just releasing it into the air, only to have it settle back down on your previously cleaned surfaces!

  72. I would definitely use Endust to help clean up all the cat hair.

  73. I LOVE your blog!
    I just finished wrapping too. Everything is under the tree and I’m catching up on all my emails. It’s a chilly 74 degrees her in Miami and the forecast calls for 80s all the way through Christmas Day. So I lowered the AC and made myself a delicious cup of cranberry tea. I wish I had some Endust! I’m going to go buy some first thing tomorrow morning!

  74. I will be going through gallons of Endust getting ready for our family and friends Christmas Eve we are hosting this year! Your workshop looks amazing! Would love to win 🙂

  75. I’ll surely need something to clean all the magic dust (glitter) left by the Great Saint Nick who always arrives just after midnight, Christmas Eve. He is always welcome, but oh my does he leave plenty of mess when he pops in. The tracks start at the front door, and stop in the living room by the fireplace I think to catch his bearings, then more tracks to the base of the Christmas tree and encircles it. (We think he is looking or “his” ornament)! Then the tracks continue into the kitchen and right up to the fridge for milk, and the leftovers! Did you know he likes leftovers! Then the tracks of magic dust continue all the way to the back door and right out to the driveway! We think he has a hole in his pocket because there is always a puddle of magic by the back door, and all over the door knob, and another big puddle in the driveway. He disappears as quietly as he arrives as he does every year. Merry Christmas to the Crafters and their families everywhere, and at least one nightcap of Bailey’s so Mom can sleep TIGHT!

  76. My home is screaming for some Endust love…the elves look like they took a break and lost their way back…hope it gets done before Christmas!! Love that Merry Christmas sign and I would like to request to borrow that sweet reindeer resting on that gorgeous rug…by the way…I’d gladly hire you to help finish things here!!

  77. Eloise Fitzsimmons :

    My granddog and cat are coming for the holidays. I’ll need all of the Endust I can get to get ahead of them.;)

  78. I loved your gif cleaning demo… Wish I could clean that f a s t! I always use Endust on my dust mop for cleaning my wood floors. Thanks for the giveaway!

  79. I need to clean my crafting room bad! The floor is almost invisible under the mountains of craft supplies I pull out and don’t put back, maybe Endust would motivate me to work on it.

  80. Kenneth Pereira :

    I plan to use Endust to clean my living room tables and TV stand.

  81. I could use it in many places, entertainment center,etc! thanks for the giveaway!

  82. I will put endust to use in my tv room / puzzle book room to dust bookshelves as I add more items to read & pictures to see.

  83. How would I use Endust? Absolutely on all my baseboards where the dust and hair can accumulate from my darling, loved companions. The ceiling fans would be next. Then time for a cookie break before continuing on to dust the furniture. I would love to try the Endust Duster! How does it work on venetian blinds?

  84. Endust duster sounds perfect for all those stair railings! And the lemon scent would remind me of my mom cleaning when I was little–such a fresh smell that screams clean!

  85. Endust would come in very handy this year. We already own a beautiful Chocolate Lab and we just recently got a new Brittany Spaniel Puppy! He is precious too but my daily cleaning habits have doubled! I’m having a hard time keeping up with the dog hair! Endust, save me!!! (Oh, and the two college kids are home for Christmas). Need I say more? 😊

  86. I just love Santa’s workshop! If Endust can make MY workshop sparkle in the same way I’m in! Holiday decorations and people coming and going can sure stir up the dust. Endust would surely help with furniture, woodwork, and the railings. Did you create the outstanding Merry Christmas wall hanging? If so, which I’m sure is another example of your many talents, would you kindly pass along directions? Thanks a bazillion! I’ve no doubt Endust would also keep the shine on that sign! Merry Christmas.

  87. I plan on using Endust To clean up Santa’s sewing room. After sewing and quilting the many Christmas pillows and gifts there is thread and dost every where. Endust will be the perfect helper in making the room shine.

  88. cookie, crumbs, glitter, sawdust and golden retriever fluff

  89. I love your blog Karianne, it makes me smile every morning! And Santa’s workshop is beautiful even with all of the wrapping disarray. I haven’t used Endust in a very long time, but your blog made me want to give it a try. Especially with our 2 fur babies, an Aussie and Border Collie & Aussie mix who are shedding like crazy right now. The product I’ve been using is kind of oily and the fur just sticks to it making all the surfaces a mess! Thanks for the new cleaning tip, I’ll be trying Endust soon!

  90. I love your Santa’s workshop! It’s so cheery, even with all the wrapping left around! I’ve been looking for a new cleaner, because mine just doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. I’ll have to look into Endust! But, seriously. I’m in love with that Merry Christmas circular art on your back wall!

  91. I use Endust all the time. It’s my favorite cleaning product because it actually helps repel dust in the future, so I am cleaning in some sort of homemaker timewarp. Like you, I like the fragrance, which is pleasantly citrus but not obnoxiously fake. I have a big hutch decorated with lots of Christmas doo-dads, and I use Endust to clean it, so the candlelight and twinkling string lights illuminate my cut-glass and NOT my free-floating dust particles. Endust on a soft cloth (I tear up old flannel sheets for dust cloths) is an easy way to make my home sparkly!

  92. For some reason I have a hard time finding Endust around here. With I house full of cats, I always have hair and dust around!

  93. there is dust everywhere since we live next to a field…i would love this!

  94. Santa’s elves did not drop by our home either. I plan to use Endust and elbow grease to clean up all the renovation dust in our 104 year old home. I love your writing style and can not wait for your book!

  95. I would use Endust to help me clean up all the dust and dog hair. Bulldogs get hair everywhere!

  96. How funny is this……I was dusting with Endust when I thought to myself “Break Time”! I then clicked on your blog to see what was going on : ). I firmly believe that my neighbors send all their dust down the street to my house. Where does it all come from!!! xoxoxoxo

  97. plan to use Endust for after holiday cleaning

  98. Karen Simon Peterson :

    I love Downton Abbey, too! You’ve reminded me it’s time to watch it again. We have alot of antique wood furniture in our house and use Endust to keep it clean. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  99. Tina Carpenter :

    I have used Endust for 1.1 million years it seems. I love that it doesn’t leave a waxy build up!!!! I’ve always had indoor pets, currently 2 cats & Endust works the best. I use the Endust dry dusters every week for light/medium dusting and the floor dusters on my laminate wood flooring, it picks up so much cat hair, dirt, dust & crumbs. Merry Christmas

  100. I sure have some dusting to do myself!

  101. I have used endust but never knew about the dusters. On a mission to find them. We have a dog too and need this desperately to keep dog hair under control

  102. Ahhh Endust can help me clean all the things! Especially my black furniture that IS a dust magnet! Haha! Cleaning is actually a great stress reliever for me but I like it to look amazing when I’m done and Endust can help it look spectacular (I’ve never seen the dusters before…how cool)! Merry Christmas Karianne!

  103. I haven’t used Endust for years. I remember that it smells really good. I have birds and dogs, feathers and hair. Think I will buy a can next time at the store.

  104. I will dust with it. Novel idea, isn’t it?

  105. I already use Endust!! I love that it
    doesn’t leave a film. Love you in the
    clip and your little flats! So cute!!! : )

  106. Time to try Endust again…;)

  107. I plan on using Endust to clean my house shiny clean before the holiday guests arrive.

  108. I love Endust and use it all the time to help keep our house clean. It seems like the house is always extra dirty and dusty with all the extra decorations, trees trimmings out this time of year!
    Thanks and hope you have a great Christmas!

  109. Endust and my cloth makes my house self cleaning!

  110. You must have magic hands:-)
    Every photo you post is beautiful and I love to read your posts about your life…

  111. I will use Endust to clean our wood furniture, banisters and any other place where dust might accumulate.

  112. Well, seeing that we have at least 7 kids in our house at any given time, I have plenty of little fingerprints, drips, spills and just over all dust. Endust to the rescue please!! Thanks for such a great chance to win!

  113. I am highly allergic to dust mites! With Endust I would wipe those little suckers up! Lol I would love to win a Endust kit and Visa gift card! Thanks for the opportunity!

  114. Linda Southworth :

    Careful, precise dusting with ENDUST when you have your Christmas cheer out on the shelves. After a few weeks its time for the ENDUST and time to shine for Christmas!

  115. I want info about that Merry Christmas circle hanging behind your desk….PLEASE😊

  116. I want info about the Merry Christmas circle hanging behind your desk….PLEASE😊

    • Love this!!! And… I’d use Endust to dust the picture frames, like you and keep all the kitty hair out… our kitty is black and short-haired and doesn’t shed too much, but still, there is fur in her favorite sleeping spots!

  117. Ok, can we just see a picture of your tiny little dog in a Christmas sweater? That’s all I really need….lol

  118. I think Endust would be amazing to help deal with all the post-Christmas morning debris-you know, all the tiny bits of tags and ribbons and stuff. Maybe help with the glitter after New Year’s Eve? 🙂

  119. I plan to dust off my kitchen cabinets with Endust. Merry Christmas.

  120. liz piccione-volger :

    I will use that Endust on my kitchen table. I LOVE that lemony smell. Merry Christmas!!

  121. I’m starting in on a kitchen reno for Christmas! The first part especially will get pretty messy and dusty. I’d definitely use it to clean up my shelves and make them pretty again, and my counters, floor, baseboards… 🙂

  122. Endust is a timeless product! I remember momma using it when I was a little child and I still use it today! Cleaning all my lovely furniture will be on top of my list during the holidays!

  123. I love using Endust too! We just moved into a new-to-us home and after taking down the popcorn ceiling, there is dust everywhere! We need Endust to the rescue! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  124. I didn’t know Endust made one with no smell! I’ll definately be cleaning – my husband bought a pellet stove – now my house feels like an oven AND has dust everywhere! But on the blessing side – we are warm! Merry Christmas!

  125. I would use the Endust products to clean and dust around the tv, fan and in the living room. Anywhere I need it before the guests arrive!

  126. Ok, so I’m at work right now viewing one of my favorite YouTube channels “athomewithnikki” and she gave me some great cleaning ideas using your products for my first holiday party at home. When I get off work this morning, I’m going to my local Wal-Mart to buy your stainless steel spray. Thank you Endust for these great products and thank you Nikki for your helpful videos.

  127. I use Endust all the time, especially in my entry way and staircase where our guests first arrive.
    Thanks and Merry Christmas!