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5 Holiday Cleaning Hacks You Need to Know

Holiday cleaning can get lost in a huge list of holiday to-dos—which is why this list of holiday cleaning tips can be a real life-saver! This list of holiday cleaning hacks gets your house cleaner FASTER—and eliminates unnecessary cleaning (like cleaning the same area over and over).

Before you start frantically cleaning, it’s important to make a list of holiday cleaning tasks. This makes it easy to divide the cleaning up with a family member (or cleaning service)—and to make sure you have it all done. If that last part—done—-sounds really good, roll up your sleeves and get ready to use these holiday cleaning hacks.

Clean from the ceiling down.

Dust falls downward—and so do crumbs and anything else sitting on cabinets, ceiling fans, shelves, and countertops. If you want to keep from cleaning those surfaces over and over, start at the top of the room and work your way down. In rooms with a ceiling fan, that means cleaning the ceiling first and then wiping and dusting all the surfaces below it.

Put all your cleaners in a tote.

One of the biggest wastes of time during home cleaning is the constant treks back and forth for cleaning supplies. To make the process faster, put all your home cleaners into a tote or container that you can carry from room to room. This can be especially helpful when cleaning all your bathrooms; you can just take the cleaners along without running back for cleaners or cleaning supplies.

Add rugs by all the doors to keep floors clean.

Admittedly, this holiday cleaning tip doesn’t help you get your house clean faster—but it does help for after holiday cleanings! After cleaning floors, put down rugs by every exterior door and in hallways. This simple cleaning step prevents mud, snow, and gravel from being tracked in—and makes it easier to clean floors after all your guests leave. For any other holiday gathering cleaning emergencies, strategically place cleaning cloths and cleaners within easy reach.

Clean windows when it ISN’T sunny.

Everyone loves to admire a clean, shiny window in the glowing sunshine, but that age-old cleaning tip may actually lead to more window cleaning (and elbow grease). Cleaning windows in the sunshine can actually dry the cleaner out quickly, leaving streaks and marks in the process. Instead, save your window cleaning for a grey time when you can wash windows without feeling like you are in a race against the sun (and you don’t have to clean it again).

Hire a holiday cleaning service.

When the clock is ticking down, it’s okay to bring in a holiday cleaning service. You don’t even have to tell anyone! If your holiday to-do list is getting longer, contact a local cleaning service to schedule a before-holiday home cleaning. (You can also schedule an after-holiday home cleaning if you want a break!)

Holiday Cleaning Tips

The holidays are here…how did that happen?! We can’t tell you where time went, but we can give you tips to make your holiday cleaning go faster and your home is ready for your family Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, New Year’s party, or any other holiday family gathering.

Prevent the mess

An ounce of prevention saves you time and effort. Place rugs by all the doors. Ask guests to take off their shoes at the door. Make sure your kids rinse off sand and mud before they come in. If possible, use a mudroom as a staging area for your kids, pets and visitors to shed the dirt and snow before they track it into your home.

Clean before you decorate

Dust, wipe down and vacuum your home before you put up holiday decorations. You don’t want to hang pine garland only to find a layer of dust under it. In the same way, clean your floors before you put up your tree. If you have hardwood or laminate floors, make sure you lay a tree protector under a real holiday tree or felt pads on the bottom of an artificial tree to prevent scratches and damage.

Try to keep up with the daily cleaning

A bit of daily cleaning saves you a lot of effort later. Wipe down the counters in the kitchen and bathrooms. Sweep the floor. Clean the bathrooms. Wash dishes. Do as much of the work now so you don’t have to later.

Carry your cleaning products around with you

When you start cleaning your home, gather all your supplies before the cleaning begins and put them in a carrier. If you do so, you won’t have to stop your cleaning to go after another bottle of cleaner. You can just keep moving from room to room, cleaning as you go—and getting done sooner.

Don’t do any more than you have to

If you’re pressed for time, don’t go over and above in your holiday cleaning. Clean the surfaces your guests see, and clean the floors in high-traffic areas. Try to avoid the urge to deep clean or organize your storage areas.

Get help

You don’t have to do it all alone. If you feel you need more help with holiday cleaning, contact us about increasing your cleanings, or ask for a free quote. One of the benefits of a house cleaning service is they can do whatever you need them to do; assess what you need, and make a specific list of housekeeping tasks. The result is a clean house ready for your next family holiday gathering—and you don’t even have to tell them you used a cleaning service for your holiday cleaning. Just enjoy your family and friends, and take the credit for your beautiful home.