The holidays are fast approaching, and it’s time to start cleaning! As you prepare to welcome friends and family into your home throughout the holiday season, give yourself the liberty of cleaning your house now so you can focus on party planning, cooking and enjoying good company later.
Follow these tips to get your home in tip-top shape before the holiday hustle! Scheduling cleaning projects each weekend leading up to Thanksgiving and beyond will help you lower stress and enjoy the fun activities of fall.
Get Your Carpets Cleaned
After a summer of kids and pets trekking mud and dirt indoors, it’s time to have your carpets professionally cleaned. A professional carpet cleaning also removes deep-rooted bacteria and allergens, making your home’s indoor air quality fresher for everyone.
After your cleaning, light some of your favorite fall-scented or holiday candles to fill your home with a warm aroma.
Keep a Chore List
Stay on top of bathroom duty by having a reminder pinned to your fridge. Have a deep cleaning session each week, followed by intermittent cleaning every day or so. Wiping down sinks, cleaning mirrors and quickly cleaning the toilet will ensure your bathroom is always clean and sanitary.
The chore list can also extend to everyday household tasks that usually get pushed to the weekend or right before company arrives. Although it can be difficult to muster up the energy after a long day, run the vacuum and pass a Swiffer over the kitchen floor so your area stays clean and smelling fresh.
Prioritize Living Spaces
You want to ensure the spaces your guests will spend the most time in are cleaned and ready to go first. For example, the living room should be tended to before you worry about making your bed, packing up summer clothes from your closet or decluttering the pantry. There will be plenty of time to spend indoors as the cold weather approaches, so for now, focus on doing one house-wide deep clean followed by focusing on your guest-oriented spaces.
With these tips in mind, you can create a welcoming, happy home that fills all your guests with peace and holiday cheer as soon as they cross the threshold. You don’t have to strive for perfection, and remember your home doesn’t need to be immaculate to be welcoming.
If you have a lot of clutter, consider investing in some inexpensive storage solutions that will free up space and allow you to entertain more freely and comfortably during the holidays.