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Back in June, it seemed like a good idea to say you’d host Thanksgiving dinner, the annual holiday party, and Christmas day. Now it’s the beginning of November, you’re busier than ever and your house is a mess. Here’s how you can get your home Holiday Ready in one weekend.
What exactly is Holiday Ready anyway? For me, it’s a clean, cozy, welcoming environment. Ready for surprise guests at a moments notice. You could also call it Company Ready.
I’m more likely to relax and enjoy my guests when I’m not worrying about what they might find if they use my master bathroom or open my pantry.
I always do a semi-deep clean to get my home ready for the holidays. I start with the easier rooms and tasks so I have the quick wins to keep me motivated.
Set aside two days to get this all done, but if you’re really motivated and can power through, you can probably do it all in one long day.
Get Your Home Holiday Ready
Start with a quick declutter throughout the entire house to put away items that have been left out.
Grab a storage bin or two and walk through your home removing any decorative or unnecessary items that can be put away for the season.
Try to make sure your flat surfaces are cleared off as much as possible so you have plenty of room when you decorate. You’ll also need room to put all of those yummy holiday snacks and adult beverages.
Protect and store extra items in the bins. Place the bins in the garage or shed where they’re out of the way until it’s time to bring them back out.
Spot Clean Office
File papers that are lying around. Tidy up flat surfaces and bookshelves. Dust computers and monitors. Empty the garbage can and shredder.
Spot clean windows and window coverings. Vacuum floor.
Tidy Laundry Room And Mud Room
Wipe down exterior surfaces of cabinets and appliances. Tidy up cleaning closet and supplies. Empty garbage can.
Vacuum exhaust fan cover. Vacuum and mop floors.
Unless you’re planning to have overnight guests, your bedrooms shouldn’t need a ton of attention.
Make sure your clothing and shoes are all put away and all closest doors and dresser drawers are able to close completely. They don’t have to be neat and perfect, just able to close.
Clear visual clutter off of flat surfaces. Even if it’s something you keep in your bedroom all of the time, see if you can tuck it away in a nightstand or closet for the holiday season.
Make the bed and fluff the pillows. Dust everything including lighting fixtures, lamps, etc. Spot clean all windows, glass, and mirrors.
Dust and spot clean window blinds and curtains. Vacuum the floors and call it good.
Freshen Up Dining Room
Dust lighting fixture and flat surfaces. Wipe down the table, chairs, hutches, sideboards, etc.
Wash any china, glassware, flatware or serving dishes that have been stored but will likely be used during the holiday.
Vacuum and mop floors.
Tidy Living Room
Dust entertainment center and television screen. Dust flat surfaces and lamp shades.
Wipe down table tops and tidy up any drawers. Clean those filthy remote controls. Wipe down drink coasters. Clean furniture surfaces.
Spot clean windows and mirrors. Vacuum the floors.
The bathrooms are going to be one of the most used rooms in your home when you have extra guests, so you’ll want them sparkling clean.
Start by dusting the light fixtures and all flat surfaces. Clean and shine all mirrors and glass.
Vacuum the exhaust fan cover. Scrub the sinks and polish all plumbing fixtures. Scrub the shower and bathtub.
Disinfect the toilet and the walls behind it. Most people tend to forget this, making it one of the dirtiest spots in your home.
Check stock of bathroom tissue and hand soap. Add to the shopping list as needed.
Empty the garbage cans. Mop your floors.
Deep Clean Kitchen
Besides the bathrooms, my kitchen gets a lot of use during the holiday season. Because of that, I like to do a fairly deep clean to get it company ready.
Start by dusting lighting fixtures, and cleaning any windows. Then dust the blinds and wash the curtains. Now that the easy stuff is out of the way, get the elbow grease ready.
Stove, Oven, and Microwave
Remove all food particles and clean your oven. Scrub racks and don’t forget to clean the door glass.
Clean and polish stove top and knobs. Wipe down vent hood and clean vent screens.
Clean inside of microwave, then clean and polish glass and outside surfaces.
Dust the top of the refrigerator. Wipe out inside of the refrigerator and freezer. Discard any expired food.
Empty and wash out ice maker and water dispenser. Change water dispenser filter if needed.
Vacuum coils on the back side of the refrigerator to ensure proper and efficient operation.
Check and clean the dishwasher filter if needed. Run sanitize cycle, then clean and polish exterior.
Tidy up the pantry and throw away any expired food. While doing this, take stock of all holiday ingredients and make note of any you need to restock.
Also check the stock of any paper products that might be needed during the season, especially plastic wrap, foil, storage bags, etc.
Cabinets and Drawers
Check drawers and cabinets for any dirt and dust that has built up. Vacuum and wash out as necessary.
Dust tops of cupboards, then wipe down all exterior surfaces.
Vacuum and mop floor.
Grab a couple Clorox wipes and sanitize all knobs, door handles, and light switches throughout your entire house. I find that starting at one end of the house and moving through each room helps me make sure I don’t miss any.
I also use this walkthrough to take one final visual scan of each room and make sure there isn’t anything needing attention.
Now that the cleaning part is done and your home is holiday ready, let’s get to the fun stuff.
Set out and light a few holiday scented candles. Not a candle fan? Put a simmering pot of water, cinnamon sticks and orange slices on your stove.
If you have any energy left, put on some Christmas music, grab the holiday decorations and get festive.
Worried you’re not going to be a great hostess? Check out these tips to make your guests feel welcome in your home.
Tell me what things you do to get your home holiday ready.