Holiday Cleaning Checklist

‘Tis the Season to frenzy clean. Guests are coming for the holidays and it’s time to face the facts, those baseboards and ceiling fans aren’t going to clean themselves… Use this checklist and get a jump on some of that Holiday cleaning!

Around the House:

First, de-clutter. It’s time to work your way through that stack of mail on the counter and those shoes in the corner. Once everything is in it’s place, cleaning will go much faster.

Door knobs, door frames,  switch plates and hand rails. If you have kids, do not underestimate the amount of grime that can accumulate in these areas. A quick wipe down with an all purpose cleaner should make them as good as new.

Dust. Dry and wet dust all surfaces to get rid of that unwanted pet hair and make your furniture shine. Bonus for those with allergies that will be visiting.

Clean windows. Give those windows and glass doors a good cleaning to rid them of hand prints and dog slobber. Warm soapy water is great for wiping down around the window sills, inside and out.


Pay special attention to those shower doors and mirrors.


Wipe down all appliances.

Tackle the Fridge. Toss expired condiments, wipe down shelves and get rid of those unwanted leftovers. Chances are you’re going to need as much space as possible once you start your cooking.

Living Room:

Spot Clean your carpet and rugs: Check for any stains that might stand out in your well-lit room, but beware of light colored carpets. If it is deeply soiled, a spot-clean will leave a reverse stain: a big clean spot in a sea of dingy carpet. If this is the case it might be best to get the whole thing professionally cleaned ahead of time.

Fluff pillows and sofa cushions.


Make Beds. If you’re having over night guests, make sure beds are made with fresh clean sheets and pillows to create an inviting feel for your family and friends.

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