You want to make sure your home is holiday ready, but in the midst of all of the other things you need to do to prepare, cleaning just seems like one more chore, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, we can make it a lot easier with these tips.
Each tip or task below requires 15 minutes or less to complete. Do one, or several a day, depending on your time, your motivation, and the date on the calendar. The best part, is that these holiday house cleaning tips can be fit in on your schedule.
Feel free to complete a task or two in the morning, at night, while the baby naps, during television commercials, or whenever the opportunity strikes. Keep at it, and you will have a lovely holiday ready home.
Set your timer, and go!
Identify your most meaningful room. Grab a spare laundry basket and quickly gather items that do not belong in that room. Then put them where they belong. Repeat for the next important rooms in your house.
Presenting the Closet
Impress your guests with a clean hall closet and plenty of space to hang their coats. Spend your 15 minutes removing extra items from the closet in your foyer and either donate, discard or store elsewhere. Then, give the closet a quick sweep or vacuum. If you have a no-shoes policy, place new comfortable slippers in the space, for your guests to use.
The Hostess with the Most-est
Prevent awkward moments by setting up a small table near your entrance where guests can place their hostess gifts.
Skip to the Loo
When it comes to cleaning the bathroom, the secret is to let your cleaners work for you. Add cleaners and let them sit and do their job while you multitask. First add cleaner to the toilet bowl, then spray down the show, tub and sink with cleaner. Clean your mirrors and wipe down baseboard and light fixtures, if needed. Wipe the outside of the toilet bowl, then rinse the sink, shower and tub and swoosh the toilet bowl. For added sparkle, use your glass cleaner (or coconut oil) on the faucets to make them shine.
Freshen the Linens
Freshen the bedding in your guests rooms, or your own bedroom with a couple of spritzes of linen spray. For extra appeal, spray lamp shades, drapes and even show curtains for freshness everywhere.
Manage Your Decorations
Remember that you don’t have to display all of your holiday decorations. Take just 15 minutes to edit out ones that may be better off in storage, or donated, or tossed. Just make sure you set your timer for this task. Otherwise you may get caught up in sentimentality. Leave the memories for later, when you can share them with your friends and family in your fabulously decorated home.
Capture Kitchen Clutter
Make room for cookie baking and a gathering of friends in your kitchen with a little pre-emptive kitchen decluttering. Grab a box and store away anything you haven’t used in a while, from kitchen tools to small appliances. You will be able to find what you need more quickly, and open up much-needed counter space.
Sock It to Em
Single socks are great tools for a quick dusting. Place one on each hand, and then run your hands over lamp shapes, ceiling fan blades, the tops of doors, and other hard-to dust spaces.
Evict the Cobwebs
Place an old pillow case over the head of a broom and use it sweep away any cobwebs lurking in the corners of your home. Give yourself ten points for each one you can catch within 15 minutes.
Roll with It
No time for a complete vacuum of the sofa and chairs? Use a lint roller to quickly pick up crumbs, pet hair or small bits of dirt.
Pamper Your Guests
Take a few minutes to put together a “pamper basket” for overnight guests. Include essentials, such as toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, tissues and lotion, but don’t forget pampering items. Gourmet chocolates, a good book, soft slippers and other favorites will make your guests feel truly welcome.
Cool Down a Hot Spot
We all have hot spots in our home. These are the areas where things tend to collect and clutter. Take your 15 minutes to clean off one such area and then consider it doused. In other words, it is no longer allowed to collect a thing that doesn’t belong.