Christmas is almost here. You may still have to plan your activities for that day. If you are hosting a holiday meal, you need to plan the menu ahead of time. How many people shall you invite? But before starting your food preparations, your home should be prepared for those invited guests.
Cleaning the house before you start your party preparations is a big task. Cleaning it now will give you more time for other activities. Here is a quick checklist for you to use for cleaning your home for the holidays.
What parts of the house requires cleaning?
Mop or vacuum all the floors. Give special attention to those hidden areas and spots under furniture. You want to make sure that no dust bunnies greet your visitors when they arrive. A clean floor always impresses people visiting your home.
2. Ceilings and Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures
Clean your ceiling so it is free from any cobwebs that may linger in those corners or over pictures. If you do not have a cobweb duster, you can use a broom with a towel covering it to remove those cobwebs.
Clean your ceiling fans. This is what those fan duster brushes are made for, but if you don’t have one then you need to get up on a stool or small ladder to make sure that the blades are dust free.
Chandeliers and Hanging lights look lovely, but the dust tends to settle on them. Check them and make sure that they are dust free and cleaned. Also check your table lamps for dust too.
We know that the kitchen is going to be a little messy on that special day. That is inevitable with all the cooking that will be done. However, you can prepare ahead of time by cleaning the stovetops or burners, washing any splatters on the walls, and emptying the trash can. Then put out a fresh roll of paper towel, if that is out where people can see it. Replace the sponge on the sink with a clean one. Chuck those dirty pot holders for new ones or wash them.
If the eyes are windows of the soul, the windows are the eyes of the house. By the time the holidays arrive, the weather is colder and the nights are longer. The windows need to be cleaned to let in the sunlight and brighten up all the rooms during the daylight hours.
The bathroom will get used, so it must be cleaned up and well stocked for your guests. That means to mop the floor, scrub the tub, the toilet bowl, and the sink. Shine up the faucets. Make sure the drain works in the sink. Then stock up so that there is a fresh roll of toilet paper ready, the soap dispenser is full, and the holiday or guest towels are hung for them to use. You should also have a box of kleenex handy and select an air freshener to for the bathroom.
6. Guest Bedrooms
If you have overnight guests, make sure that the rooms where they will sleep are set up with fresh bedding and anything that should not be there is removed. The room should be dusted and swept or vacuumed. If there is a television set in it, make sure that it is connected and working. Consider adding holiday decor to it to make it look festive and inviting for your guests.
7. Dining Area
Since everyone will be eating here, this is the room to set up the night before. After it has been dusted and swept out or cleaned, arrange the holiday decorations for display. Setup the table the night before to give you a little more free time when the big day arrives. Dining rooms should be sparkling clean so guests can relax and enjoy the meal.
With all the places that need to be clean, you could feel overwhelmed the cleaning tasks that must be done. If so, consider hiring professional cleaners to do it for you. Professional cleaners as the term implies knows what to do and understand your needs. Your home will be clean and presentable long before the first guess ring your doorbell or knocks on your door.
Your time is precious. It should be used on something of equal importance. Prepare something good for your guests and let us do the rest.