Here’s a holiday story you might be familiar with: It’s the night before Thanksgiving, and you’ve just made your third stop of the day for extra cranberry sauce (because grandpa will only eat the jellied kind) and a new tablecloth (because someone put away your old one with a gravy stain on it). You head home to start meal prep so you can finally be one step ahead this year.

You walk through the door only to be greeted by garbage and clutter piled on the end tables, cobwebs hiding in the corners, dust bunnies gathering on the floor and soap-scum built-up all over the bathroom fixtures. All your good intentions about being prepared for Thanksgiving fly out the window, along with the layer of dust that’s covering your coffee table. You’ll spend the next three-plus hours scrubbing and cleaning, forcing you (once again) to get up at 5 a.m. to start the Thanksgiving meal. There has to be a better scenario? Right?! Right.  

Create A Holiday Cleaning Checklist 

Get organized and stay organized with a holiday cleaning checklist. These handy helpers remind you what to clean and when to clean, so you’re not left with an ultra-big job the night before. 

  • One Week Before: Schedule some time a week before the big holiday to really deep clean every room in your home. 
  • Living & Dining Rooms: Dust and polish all the hard surfaces, including blinds and window treatments. Vacuum and clean the carpets and hard floors. Shampoo your upholstery. Clean the windows. Use a long-handled duster or vacuum attachment in the ceiling corners and along the baseboards.  
  • Bedrooms: Wash all the bed linens and dust the light fixtures and furniture. Clear out under the beds and in the closets and clean the windows. Vacuum the floors. 
  • Bathrooms: Clean and sanitize the sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers and clear any drains. Clean the mirrors and wipe down the fixtures. Sweep and scrub the floor. 
  • Kitchen: Wipe down all the cabinet fronts, pulls and knobs. Clean behind the refrigerator and vacuum the coils. Defrost freezer and clear out any old food from freezer and refrigerator. Clean both the fridge and oven inside and out. Scour the sink and sweep and mop the floors. 
  • The Night Before/Day Of: So, you’ve already done the hard work and your home is fundamentally clean. All that’s left is the traces left behind by you and your family this week. No problem. Grab everyone together, give them a task and your home will be ready-to-go in no time flat.
  • Living & Dining Rooms: Vacuum the floors one last time and put the tablecloth on the table. Set out any festive centerpieces. Remove all clutter and tidy seating areas. 
  • Bedrooms: Clear clutter, empty trash and vacuum the floor. 
  • Bathrooms: Do a quick wipe-down of the sink, counter and outside of the toilet. Wipe down the mirror and put out fresh towels. Empty trash and sweep floor. 
  • Kitchen: Run the dishwasher and empty it. Clean and dry any pots and pans. Wipe down the counters, table and stovetop, empty trash, sweep the floor and put out fresh hand towels. 

If this seems like a lot, that’s because it is. It’s no small job to host a holiday get together (congrats to those brave souls that seem to pull it off year-after-year). But remember, you don’t have to be a hero. The Maids can come in and do most of your dirty work, like the deep clean the week before. We offer all types of cleaning services from a one-time cleaning, to special cleaning services and same day cleaning services. We’ll scrub the floors, dust the surfaces and make cobwebs and dust bunnies a distant memory. Contact us today for a free estimate and this holiday season the best one yet! 

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