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Holiday Home Cleaning: 22 Tips that Get You Started (and Done!)

living room cleaned and decorated for the holidaysThe holidays are (almost) here! It’s time to get ready for the family Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday celebrations. Holiday cooking, preparing guest rooms, mopping, washing counters…it’s all part of holiday preparations. While we can’t help with the holiday cooking, we can give you cleaning tips that help you clean your home efficiently and completely so you can move on to enjoying the holiday parties.

Pre-Holiday Cleaning Tips

  1. Make a list of cleaning tasks (or use this holiday cleaning checklist) for an efficient and quick holiday clean. Designate the tasks so the holiday cleaning is a team effort.
  2. Start cleaning at the top of the room (i.e. ceiling fans, tops of furniture and appliances, etc.) and work to the floor.
  3. Put down rugs by all the doors to prevent tracking in water and dirt.
  4. On dirty floors, test floor cleaners on areas of flooring that is not visible, so the cleaner does not damage or discolor flooring.
  5. Vacuum and sweep before deep cleaning floors (or hire a cleaning service to tackle the floor cleaning while you’re gone).
  6. Carry cleaning supplies from room to room for faster cleaning.
  7. Clean windows on a grey day so the cleaner doesn’t dry and leave streaks.
  8. To remove pet hair from furniture, use a lint brush to remove stray hairs from cushions and chairs.
  9. Remove all the garbage bags throughout the home at once for an efficient clean (and better-smelling home).
  10. Hire professionals for rooms that need a deep clean, such as the kitchen or bathroom.
  11. Make trash clean-up easier; put out separate containers for trash and recyclables.
  12. Launder all linens and curtains early to ensure they are ready for the holidays (and holiday guests).
  13. Put out extra towels and toilet paper last (after all the cleaning is done) so your home is ready for guests.
  14. Don’t forget to clean walks and driveways so guests are not injured from ice and snow.
  15. Strategically place towels, wash cloths, and cleaning supplies near gathering rooms for easy and fast clean-up (of spills and other accidents).

After Holiday Clean-Up Tips

  1. Wipe down tables and counters as soon as the party is done to eliminate stains and hard-to-clean spills that dry on the surface.
  2. Immediately soak dishes that are dirty to make the dish washing easier or wash dishes after the meal is done.
  3. Sweep and clean as soon as the holiday gathering is done to reduce the chance for scratches and stains on floors.
  4. Hire a floor cleaner to deep clean floors after guests are gone (schedule the appointment before the holidays so it is done as soon as possible).
  5. Don’t wait to clean guest rooms after they leave.
  6. Pre-treat stains on table linens so they are not permanently stained.
  7. Make it easy. Hire a professional home cleaner to completely clean your home as soon as the holidays are over.

4 FAST Tips that Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays (Faster)

thanksgiving meal at a home clean and ready for thanksgivingLife gets busy around the holidays.  Life gets busier when you’re the host of the next family holiday.  So how do you get your home ready for the influx of family, friends, and guests quickly…and without turning your home into chaos?  Use these tips to get your home clean faster for your next family holiday so you can host the best family holiday EVER.

Have a plan

A clean house doesn’t mean much if your guests are waiting to eat their Thanksgiving or holiday dinner until midnight.  Plan out your day so you can accomplish both goals: dinner ready and your home clean.  Do as much meal prep as possible in advance, and ask your guests (if possible) to bring a fair amount of the meal.  On the day of, even if you have a fair amount of cleaning to do, schedule your day so you can get the turkey or main course in the oven, and set alarms throughout the day so you can keep an eye on it during the day.

Bring in help

When it comes to preparing your home for a holiday dinner, dividing and conquering is the way to go.  To make the most of your time, make a list of cleaning tasks that need to be done.  Ask members of your family to do specific tasks off the list.  If the list is too long, or you don’t have time to tackle everything (especially the deep cleaning), bring in the pros to get your house ready (you don’t have to tell your guests!).

Be efficient

When time is tight, make every movement count.  Know what you need for each project and put all your cleaning supplies into a bin so you don’t have to run back and forth for cleaners and brushes.  This simple step saves you time from continually running back and forth for what you need.

Devote your efforts to the important areas

As much as you want to clean out your closets or organize your craft room, put your time and energy into the areas that your guests are going to be in.  Deep clean your bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, and any other places that are going to be used for your holiday gathering.  Don’t be afraid to close doors to untidy rooms, and to bring in help to get your home cleaned for the holidays.  You’ll be glad you did when you’re receiving all those compliments on your clean and beautiful house.