It feels great to have a clean, organized, well-functioning home when you’ve got guests coming. Especially around the holidays.
Here’s a great checklist (courtesy of houselogic) for how to get that satisfying feeling — no matter how much time you have. Just choose your starting point on this checklist:
3 Weeks to Go
Think big picture. Get anything that requires a pro or installation out of the way now. No one wants calamity to strike when guests are pulling into the driveway.
- Get your HVAC maintained if it’s overdue.
- If you have a self-cleaning oven, clean it now. An oven is most likely to break down during the cleaning cycle, so don’t save this task for last.
- Replace any appliance on its last legs. You don’t want your hot water to go out or fridge on the fritz with a houseful of guests.
- Steam-clean upholstery. (Or hire a pro. It’s a big job)
- Hire a handyman for those repairs you’ve been putting off.
- Check outdoor lighting. Replace old bulbs and call an electrician to address any bigger issues.
Two Weeks to Go
It’s not panic time yet. Focus on decluttering and a few deep-cleaning tasks now, and you’ll have a more manageable to-do list when the clock really starts ticking down.
- Do a deep declutter. It’ll make things easier to keep clean.
- Dust ceiling fans, light fixtures, and high-up shelves.
- Wipe down baseboards.
- Clean out and organize the fridge.
- Wash windows to make the entire house feel brighter and cleaner.
- Toss washable shower curtains and drapes in the washing machine and re-hang.
One Week to Go
It’s strategic cleaning time. Here’s what to tackle now.
- Declutter again.
- Vacuum and dust guest rooms. If they’re low-traffic, the cleanliness should hold with just a quick wipe-down right before they arrive.
- Wipe down walls.
- Wipe down kitchen and dining room chairs and tables, including the legs. You’d be surprised how grimy they get.
- Deep clean the entryway — and make room for your guests’ stuff.
Now only a few days to go click here for the final checklist.
And have a Happy Holiday Season.