Your Complete Holiday Cleaning Checklist

home after cleaning for the holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the time when holiday cleaning is on your already loooong holiday to-do list. However, with guests coming and the holidays fast approaching, this is a holiday prep that can’t get moved to the bottom of the list—or take forever to get done!

The merry news is that holiday cleaning doesn’t have to take forever or add to your holiday stress. This list of holiday cleaning tips can get your home ready for the holidays FAST and well, so you and your guests can enjoy a jolly holiday together.

Holiday Cleaning Tips

  • Clean every room top-to-bottom (from the ceiling down). This simple step keeps you from having to clean dust twice!
  • Carry a caddy of cleaning supplies. Want to get done with your cleaning faster? This time-saving step cuts down on all those extra trips to get cleaning supplies.
  • Use the right cleaners (and cloths). The right cleaning products make holiday cleaning easier. If you’re trying a new cleaner, like a carpet stain remover, test the product on a part of the floor people don’t see (like under a couch or in a closet) before using it to clean carpets. Some floor cleanings can damage flooring and void the floor warranty; check with local floor cleaning pros to find out what cleaners are recommended by the flooring manufacturer. Take the same care when choosing cleaning cloths. Abrasive cloths can damage soft surfaces and wood furniture.
  • Don’t clean windows on a sunny day. No matter how much you want to admire your clean windows, don’t! Cleaning a window while sunny dries the cleaner, which tends to cause smudges and smears.
  • Bring in the pros when needed. If your list of to-do’s is extremely long, hire professionals to take on some or all of the cleaning tasks. In addition to being a huge time-saver, a cleaning professional can also remove household allergens that make holiday guests wheeze and sneeze.
  • Make a cleaning checklist. A holiday cleaning checklist is a great way to organize and break down cleaning tasks so it doesn’t seem overwhelming. For busy households, a holiday cleaning checklist helps track what rooms are cleaned and what cleaning tasks are done. A holiday cleaning checklist also cuts down on deciding what needs to get done next, getting the home cleaner so everyone can enjoy the holidays.

Holiday Cleaning Checklist

Living Room

___ Dust fans

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Launder/clean window treatments

___ Dust shelves and knick knacks

___ Clean artwork

___ Wash windows

___ Clean lamps

___ Wipe down/vacuum couches and furniture

___ Dust end tables and cabinets

___ Clean TV and entertainment equipment

___ Dust trim

___ Clean floors/schedule floor cleaning

Kitchen

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Launder/clean window treatments

___ Dust cabinets and shelving

___ Clean artwork

___ Wash windows

___ Clean stove hood

___ Wash countertops

___ Clean stove top

___ Wipe down appliances

___ Deep clean sink and faucets

___ Clean microwave

___ Dust trim

___ Clean floors

Dining Room

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Launder/clean window treatments

___ Dust shelving and artwork

___ Wash windows

___ Dust trim

___ Clean floors

Bathrooms

___ Launder towels

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Launder/clean window treatments

___ Wipe down/scrub shower tile and doors

___ Clean faucets

___ Wipe down mirror

___ Dust/clean cabinets

___ Deep clean floors

Guest Room

___ Launder linens

___ Dust ceiling fans

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Launder/clean window treatments

___ Dust shelving and knick knacks

___ Dust furniture

___ Dust trim

___ Deep clean flooring

___ Make bed

Bedroom

___ Launder linens

___ Dust ceiling fans

___ Clean light fixtures

___ Launder/clean window treatments

___ Dust shelving and knick knacks

___ Dust furniture

___ Dust trim

___ Deep clean flooring

___ Make bed

Mudroom/Foyer

___ Clean light fixture

___ Wash windows

___ Dust furniture

___ Dust trim

___ Clean flooring

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