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How to Get Ready to Host a Holiday Party in 7 Easy Steps

Chocolate MartiniIf you’re going to be hosting a party over the holidays, you could probably use a few easy-cleaning hints to help you prepare. The following ideas are brought to you by My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency. We hope they’ll help you throw the best party of the year!

Just take a few minutes to review the following tips and your home will sparkle:

1. Survey your home.

Grab your Smartphone or a piece of paper and a pen. Trace the steps your guests might take through your house as soon as they arrive and make a note of every room they will encounter. Since most of your guests won’t be rummaging through the attic or (hopefully) your office, doing this will give you an idea of the most important areas to clean. Stand at a high vantage point if you are short or kneel down if you’re tall. You’ll want to make sure you check things out from the perspective of guests of all heights.

2. Clear Clutter.
As you tour your home, check out dark corners you often forget. If stacks of papers or miscellaneous items are out of place, enlist your family to help you put everything in its place or toss it out altogether. Why not take the party-planning to an entirely new level so you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your efforts even after your guests leave. Give everyone an empty laundry basket to make transport easy.

3. Get down to the Nitty-gritty.
Assemble cleaning products and tools you will need and distribute to your family members. You’ll want to put together a basic cleaning kit so you have easy access to frequently used products.


  • Furniture Polish
  • Soft Clean Towels
  • Paper Towels
  • Window Cleaner (or Dish Soap, if you prefer to make your own floor cleaner)
  • Antibacterial Cleanser
  • Countertop Cleaner


  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Squeegee
  • Clean Sponges
  • Medium-sized, clean paint brush

4. Outfit your team for the job.
Make sure you are dressed for the occasion. Long sleeves can easily rub against bleach-coated countertops and destroy your clothing. So wear something you could afford to lose or at least relegate to your cleaning kit.

5. Tackle the tough stuff.

My Cleaning Lady blog posts provide lots of helpful hints and tips for cleaning all of the major areas of your home. For specifics, check out our entries about cleaning:

6. Let the sun shine in.
Open all of your windows during the day or, if you’re cleaning at night, turn on the lights. Not only does a bright house look cleaner, it will also showcase any hidden areas of dirt you may have overlooked.

7. Freshen up.
You’re nearly there! Before putting all of your cleaning supplies away, review every room.  Once you’re sure things are party-ready, put away all of your tools and products and enjoy your clean home. Open your windows to let fresh air waft through every space. Avoid the temptation to spray chemical air fresheners as some guests may be allergic. Instead, opt for a bowl of potpourri or a basket filled with cinnamon coated pinecones, which are perfect for the holidays.

If you’d rather skip straight to the festivities, call My Cleaning Lady, a domestic referral agency. We would love to help get your house ready for the holidays and could even help clean things up after your guests have gone.  The house cleaners we refer offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices. My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency proudly serves Arcadia, Chino, Chino Hills, Duarte, Ontario, Pomona, LaVerne, Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Montclair, Claremont, Phillips Ranch, Upland, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, and Sierra Madre. Visit call (909) 593-6690 for information or to arrange a free estimate.