How to Clean Your Home for the Holidays–The Express Edition
Get your home company-ready this holiday season with a quickie cleaning checklist.
’Tis the season for lots of houseguests and visitors, whether they’re your cousin with a bottle of wine or the UPS guy dropping off another gift. Who has time for a deep clean with so much on the naughty ole to-do list? These holiday cleaning hacks will spruce up each room in your house, making it not only functional but festive. Best of all, they only take 1 hour and 30 minutes, which can be broken up into small chunks of time by room.
Entryway: 10 Minutes
The first place your guests see is often the one that takes the most abuse, so be sure to keep it free of dust, leaves, bugs, and street grime. A quick vacuum or sweep is all it takes.
Use a Mr. Clean® Magic Eraser on any hallway or door scuffs.
Adding a pretty wreath or scented candle near the doorway can also freshen the air and makes for a festive welcome.
Kitchen: 20 Minutes
Keeping a clear sink leaves your kitchen ready to use at any moment, whether it’s throwing together a quick dinner, hosting a holiday cookie party, or getting out the door on time in the morning. Rinse dishes and put them in the dishwasher after each meal or snack. Hand wash dishes regularly to prevent pileups—and for an instant mood booster.
Use an all-purpose cleaning spray and wipe down stovetop and countertops with a clean sponge or microfiber towel. Use a glass cleaner spray on faucets, and squeeze half a lemon down the drain to keep it smelling fresh.
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Sweep or vacuum, and shake out any rugs.
Take out the trash and place extra bags under the new one. When it comes time to replacing the bag, you’ll have one ready to go. Spray trash can lid with an all-purpose spray, then wipe dry.
Living Room: 15 Minutes
Start with any tables and shelves, picking up anything out of place and putting it away or recycling it.
Give furniture a light dusting.
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Fluff up couch pillows and cushions. Get out the vacuum and give them a quick once-over, then do the floor. If you have a Christmas tree, focus on the needles or any dirt and tinsel around it. And give the tree skirt a good shake.
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Bedrooms: 15 Minutes
Make the beds. If company is coming, change the guest room bedding. Fluff any pillows and add a cozy throw blanket to the bed for a welcoming touch.
Pick up any dirty clothes and drop them in the hamper. Gather loose change and toss any unwanted items. Have kids put away toys and books (perhaps at the last minute, since they have a way of finding themselves back on the floor sooner than later).
Give nightstands and dressers a quick dusting. Vacuum the floor.
Bathroom: 15 Minutes
Make cleanup a part of your pre-shower routine. Pour toilet bowl cleaner in the toilet and close the lid, then spray the shower walls with a bathroom cleaning spray—let them sit for five minutes. Use a disinfectant spray and paper towels or a wipe to clean the toilet tank and lid, seat, and rim. Then scrub the bowl with a brush and flush.
Give the bathtub, faucet, drain and shower wall a quick wipe down with a sponge. Rinse the tub and shower walls with warm water for one to two minutes before jumping in.
After you’re out of the shower and the mirror has dried, spray it with a glass cleaner spray and wipe dry with microfiber or paper towels.
Bonus: Daily 15-Minute Maintenance
Grab a bin or basket and go from room to room, collecting dirty clothes and random, misplaced objects. Get help sorting through the piles: deposit clothes in the hamper, put things back where they belong, and toss or recycle the rest.
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Sprinkle some baking powder and water in the kitchen sink. Scrub the sides and bottom, including the drain, then give everything a quick rinse. Run a lemon peel around the sink, and squeeze lemon juice into the drain to retain freshness and fight odors. Give the kitchen counters a quick spritz with all-purpose spray, then wipe with a paper towel or microfiber cloth.
Last but not least, use a little handheld vacuum to clean up near the doorway and under the tree.