Prep your house for the holiday season with this easy, room by room checklist.
The Holiday season does not have to be overwhelming, One of the easiest ways to reduce Thanksgiving and Christmas stress is to get your house in order. This can be quick, simple, and easily done in a day or two! Decide what day (or days) you are going to tackle it, take an inventory of supplies, and get started!
This short and simple checklist will get you started on the right path, and also walk you through cleaning each room.
You likely have some items on hand for regular, routine cleaning, but there may be a couple items that you will need to add to your collection.
Supplies you will need:
Rags or Sponges
A good, angled broom and dustpan
Gloves (protect those hands!)
Disinfectant wipes or concentrate
Window solution (I like vinegar and water or Windex wipes have been a huge time saver)
Hardwood Floor Cleaner if you have wood floors (I like Murphy’s Oil Soap for mine: it’s what my grandmother and mother used so that is testimony enough for me!)
Extendable Mop for floors, walls, and windows
Magic Erasers for scuffs, and stubborn wall marks (i.e. crayon)
Compressed Air for cleaning computer and laptop keyboards
Vacuum (We have been using the Dyson big ball for the past 6 years and it truly has held its value, it is also half the price of the cordless options)
Tidy and wipe out pantry.
Deep clean oven with oven cleaner and vacuum under and behind.
Wash kitchen cabinet fronts.
Move fridge - vacuum and mop behind it.
Vacuum coils behind the fridge.
Empty, organize and wipe inside of fridge. Polish with Stainless steel cleaner if applicable.
Sweep and mop floor
Polish sink and taps with stainless steel cleaner
Dust surfaces and décor items.
Wash all throw pillows and blankets
Vacuum all furniture.
Vacuum and mop floors
Wash all bedding.
Wash all bed and throw pillows.
Flip Mattress - if using pillow top, rotate mattress.
Vacuum carpets and/or wash floors.
Clean and disinfect toilet, tub and shower.
Wash mirrors and glass.
Wash and/or replace shower liners and shower curtains.
Inside and Outside of Home
Wash Baseboards, doors, and walls.
Vacuum out vents; have them professionally cleaned and your furnace serviced
Update all your house first aid kits. Toss expired medication while sorting other medication
Dust and/or vacuum light fixtures and replace any burnt out lightbulbs
Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Check expiration date on fire extinguisher(s).
Sweep front porch and back deck.
Store all summer items, clothes, and decorations.
Disinfect all computer keyboards: use canned compressed air and then dampened microfiber cloth and wipe the keys down.
Donate any outgrown and unused winter clothes items to Goodwill, The Salvation Army, or other local community organizations.