The holidays are upon us and that means it’s time to clean. This isn’t your average cleaning either. This will be backbreaking deep cleaning. Why? Because your in-laws are coming, and you know your mother-in-law is going to be giving your home the white glove test. Let’s take a closer look at things to clean before the holidays.
The Entire Kitchen Top to Bottom
Yes. This means you will be cleaning the top of the fridge, the baseboards, the cabinets, all the appliances – EVERYTHING. Move your appliances and clean under them. You want your kitchen to sparkle when you’re done.
Your Living Room Floor
The last thing you want is for your guests to gather around the Christmas tree and get up from the floor with dirty clothes. If you have pets, you’ll want to make sure all the pet hair has been sucked up before your guests arrive. This means getting under the furniture where all the tumble weeds are hiding. You may even want to rent a carpet shampooer to get your rugs and/or carpet really clean.
Guest Room Linens
Sure, no one ever uses the guest room, but you want to wash the linens before your guests arrive so that they smell fresh and clean. You should also wash the guest room towels or at least give them the sniff test to make sure they don’t smell.
Coolers are great for storing drinks when you have a lot of guests. Make sure to take a bit of time to wash your coolers inside and out so they are ready to fill with ice and drinks on the big day.
Bathrooms are another area you want to scrub from top to bottom. Get every nook and cranny. You even want to make sure to clean your master bathroom because with a lot of guests, you’ll need a lot of bathrooms.
Anything That Hasn’t Been Dusted
Last, but not least, dust all the places you never think to dust. The top of your medicine cabinet, all the little doodads on the mantle, corners where cobwebs may be growing, lampshades, ceiling fans, etc.
It may seem crazy to clean your house obsessively before the holidays since it’s going to get dirty again once the guests arrive. However, it allows you to put your best foot forward and feel good about welcoming people into your home.