Holiday Cleaning: Your Cleaning Tips for the Holidays
By Laura Parker
January 24, 2019
It’s Time to Tidy Up for the Holidays
Let’s face it. The Holidays can be a time for fun and relaxation, but they are also the source of a great deal of stress. You may already be dreading the annual holiday clean. You know that wiping down the countertops and organizing the pillows won’t cut it, but a full holiday house clean may seem like such an ordeal that you don’t know where to start.
Don’t worry. This article will cover everything you need to ensure that your holiday house cleaning goes extraordinarily well. And if you are planning on entertaining family and friends as part of your holiday festivities, get ready for compliments on just how spick and span your house looks.
A Few Holiday Cleaning Tips
Holiday cleaning does not need to take forever, because no one has time for that! But start early and don’t procrastinate, or you won’t have time to do any meaningful cleaning. And before you take out the vacuum or mop, sort out your things and get rid of the clutter first. That way, you won’t have to stop your cleaning to put away a jacket or purse that is just lying around.
Holiday Cleaning Checklist
When you make your holiday cleaning checklist, you want to do things in order of importance. That way, if you really do run out of time, the big things have been taken care of. Focus on the things that matter, and your guests will be impressed either way.
- Your entryway is the first point of contact for all your guests, so make sure that it looks clean and tidy. Wipe down your door, scrub or vacuum your doormat, and eradicate any dust from the wall corners or furniture. This will certainly offer a great first impression to your guests.
- It’s also a good bet that your guests will gather around the kitchen because that’s where the food is. Your kitchen always gets used a lot, so if you’ve been neglecting to clean, chances are it’s pretty dirty. Focus on making the kitchen look and smell nice. Start by scrubbing your stovetops and oven because you’ll likely be using them to prepare food for your guests when the time comes. Don’t forget to dust the lights, wipe down the counters, and flush the sink drains with boiling water so that there are no foul smells.
- If you don’t do this often and in particular, if you have kids, you’ll need to scrub down your bathrooms. Wiping the surfaces is not enough; give your bathroom a deep scrub down with a stiff-bristled brush. When you’re done, your bathroom should smell clean too!
- If your windows are looking dirty, that’s the next step. Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle and wipe down with a cloth for a no-cost home remedy. Your guests will notice when they look out the window and compliment how great your view is.
That’s it! Of course, you may want to give your living room and bedrooms some love too while you’re at it. But as long as you tackle the big things, your home will quickly be ready for entertaining.
If you’re still not satisfied and there are still some foul smells, brew some coffee for your guests. The powerful coffee aroma will cover it up. And if you have time, chop up a whole lemon and throw it down the garbage disposal. It will smell great!
Manage your time well and follow these cleaning tips for holiday festivities, and your house will look brand-new in no time. Have a happy holiday cleaning and thanks for reading!