Maintaining a clean home can be tough, but adding in the holidays makes it even tougher. Between the changing seasons, all of the stress of Thanksgiving, and last minute holiday shopping, keeping a tidy house can seem nearly impossible.
To make life easier for you, we have compiled some great tips for keeping your house clean and organized throughout the holidays. By utilizing these tips, you will enjoy more peace of mind, and more quality time spent with your family. The best part about these five tips is that they don’t have to be completed in one day; if you can complete one tip per day, you will have a home ready for the holidays in less than one week!
Here are our Top 5 Holiday House Cleaning Tips:
Tip #1: When Were the Gutters Last Cleaned?
Maintaining clean gutters is something that several homeowners overlook, which is a shame. After all, nothing can ruin your holiday season faster than a leaky roof or saturated walls due to clogged gutters.
The importance of cleaning your gutters becomes even more prominent as Fall transitions into Winter. Falling leaves combined with rain can accumulate quickly, and turn into a home hazard if not handled properly.
One of the most common questions homeowners ask regarding their gutters is “How often should we clean our gutters?” It’s an important question, but there are certain factors that can change the answer.
At a minimum, your gutters should be cleaned twice a year: once in April/May and again just before Fall. However, if you have large trees near your home, you may need to clean your gutters as often as once a quarter.
Tip #2: Start with the Kitchen
From the time you start preparing Christmas dinner until the New Year’s Eve dishes are dry and put away, the kitchen will be a very busy place during the holidays. Additionally, the kitchen will be a popular gathering place for guests and family, so staying on top of kitchen cleanliness is essential.
Before you begin the holiday decorating, dedicate 1-2 hours to cleaning and organizing your kitchen. Here are some of the key kitchen areas to focus on:
- Remove old/stale food from the refrigerator and freezer.
- Clean the stovetop thoroughly, and if you own a self-cleaning oven, run it through the cycle.
- Ensure the microwave is spotless, as it will be getting plenty of use with leftovers.
- The dishwasher can be easily forgotten. Here is a handy guide on how to clean a dishwasher.
Tip #3: Clean and Organize the Pantry
Since a variety of dry goods are used in several popular holiday dishes, having a clean and organized place to store your flour, sugar, canned foods, and other goods will make cooking and hosting for the holidays much easier.
Start by discarding expired goods, then, starting from the top shelf, wiping every counter with a clean, damp cloth. Once the counters are clean, replace the items with the labels facing forward for easier locating.
Tip #4: A Spotless Entryway
When guests and family arrive, the first thing they will notice is the entryway. Over the year, dirt, rain, and muddy shoes can create a real mess in the entryway.
A shoe rack near the door will provide a convenient storage area for your family’s shoes and boots. You can also add a holiday-themed welcome mat on the outside, which will make it easier for you and your guests to remove mud and dirt before entering your home.
Finally, once the floor is swept and mopped, implement a no-shoes rule for the whole family to ensure the entryway stays clean throughout the holiday season.
Tip #5: Carpet Cleaning
The extra traffic from family and friends, combined with frequent trips from the living room to the kitchen and back, can take a toll on your carpets. You could make a trip to the hardware store or even your grocery store and rent a carpet shampooer, but how often are you able to get your carpets as clean as a professional can?
Professional carpet cleaners can save you time, as well as the hassle of vacuuming, shampooing, and drying your carpets during the holidays. After a thorough cleaning, the only additional upkeep required will be vacuuming after the guests have left after the festivities.
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We hope these tips allow you to enjoy a cleaner home during the holidays. Which ones worked best for you? Are there other tips you would include in this list? Let us know in the comments below.
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