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7 Days of Holiday Cleaning

7 Days of CleaningIs your home already neat, tidy, organized and ready for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? We hate to break it to you. But if it is, there is still plenty of time for everything to unravel long before your first guest steps foot in the front door. Whether you’re hosting multiple holiday parties, overnight house guests or a cookie exchange, you likely have a long “to do” list in order to clean up before anyone arrives.

While it’s relatively easy to become overwhelmed, don’t fret. The helpful folks at My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency in LaVerne, California have put together a checklist to help you bring order out of the chaos so you will have enough energy left to actually enjoy the holiday festivities.

Holiday Cleaning Checklist

First of all, resign yourself to the fact that (with only a few days before your scheduled events or guests’ arrival), you probably won’t be able to clean deeply enough to pass a white glove test. So if our guest list includes your mother-in-law or a photographer from House Beautiful, you might want to skip the do-it-yourself and hire a professional.

Day One: Dust

Hit the ground running. Give everyone in your household a can of furniture spray and some microfiber cloths and, by dividing and conquering, tackle the entire house. It makes sense to dust surfaces before taking on the floors since some dust will likely fall onto the floor while you’re dusting.

Day Two: Bathrooms

Deep clean the bathrooms. This job will be easier if you have help. But even if you are flying solo, the job will be manageable if you break it into easy-to-accomplish tasks. Since the rest of your house is free of dust, the next chore you should tackle is to scrub bathrooms. Here are some detailed instructions for deep-cleaning toilets, showers and bathtubs. And don’t forget to clean mirrors and empty wastebaskets.

Day Three: Kitchen

We’ve written several posts about how to clean kitchens. We’ve covered appliances such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, stovetop and oven. Basically, when you decide to focus on your kitchen, make it a priority to remove grease and make surfaces shine. Since most of your guests will likely spend most of their time in the kitchen, it’s worthwhile to take time to clean everything from top to bottom.

Day Four: Bedrooms

Strip the sheets off of every bed in your home and toss them into the wash while you work on the rest of the rooms. Since you’ve already dusted every surface, you should be able to focus on removing clutter and cleaning mirrors. This is particularly important in guest rooms, where company will spend a great deal of their visit. Look at the room through the eyes of your friends and family and you will notice cobwebs, full trashcans and soot-filled windowsills you have probably grown accustomed to. The final chore for bedrooms will be to make the beds once the sheets are fresh and clean.

Day Five: Common Areas

Fluff pillows on couches, clean coasters, wipe down electronic surfaces and de-clutter your living, dining and family rooms. You will be amazed at how great your dining room looks with a beautiful tablecloth or a nice flower arrangement. If you really want to knock your guests’ socks off, set the table while you’re working on the dining room.

Day Six: Floors

The last task on your holiday cleaning checklist is floors. Since all of the other chores will knock dust and loose dirt onto the floor, it makes sense to save that task for last. Use a broom together with a lightweight vacuum for hard surfaces and a canister or upright vacuum for large area rugs and carpeting. Then, once you have moved all of the furniture out of harm’s way, mop.

Day Seven: Rest

Although you might be tempted to restart the process and dust again, resist the urge and relax. Your guests will pay more attention to a gracious, well-rested host than to an immaculate home. After all; will your guests really be eating off of the floor? If you don’t have time to rest, then consider hiring a professional housekeeper to tackle the tough stuff so you have time to chill out and prepare yourself mentally and physically to be a gracious host.

My Cleaning Lady is 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.

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