Holiday Housecleaning Tips!

Finding time to fit everything into your busy schedule and keep your home looking top notch for the holidays? Well, you're not alone. Even as a holiday decorator in Charlotte, NC...I too find it hard sometimes to juggle everything that the holidays brings to my household. Now don't get me wrong, it's my favorite time of year but just thinking about what needs to be done to prepare my home for the holidays this season is a little nerve wrecking. Considering the holidays are so busy for me and my family, like everyone else...being pulled in a million directions as we prepare for fast pace of the holiday season.  Thanks to and their great tips below, these holiday house tips are sure to help me stay on track.

7-Day Cleaning Plan: Day 1

1. Walk through your home with a visitor's eye, making notes of any imperfections you may be used to but guests may notice, such as houseplants with dead leaves.

2. Turn do-it-yourself tasks into a do-it-ourselves effort -- gather family members, go over the plan, and assign chores. Remember: many hands make light work.

7-Day Cleaning Plan: Day 2

1. Wash windows and vacuum window screens.

2. Damp-mop baseboards.

3. Launder and press window and shower curtains.

4. Launder bedspreads if needed.

7-Day Cleaning Plan: Day 3

1. Deep-clean bathrooms and medicine cabinets (yes, people will look).

2. Straighten bedrooms; remove clutter and donate or store out of sight.

7-Day Cleaning Plan: Day 4

1. Straighten coat closet, making room for guests' coats. Add extra hangers if needed.

2. Wash throw rugs; set aside so they are nice and fluffy for party day.

7-Day Cleaning Plan: Day 5

1. Clean range or stove top, surfaces, and grates.

2. Clean out the refrigerator, making room for party foods; dust top of refrigerator.

3. Wipe down all large and small appliances.

4. Wipe down kitchen cabinets.

5. Take recycling to recycling bins or facilities.

7-Day Cleaning Plan: Day 6

1. Sweep entryway, polish the doorknob, and decorate the entry with seasonal touches.

2. Dust all surfaces, including bookshelves, photo frames, and art. Don't forget the ceiling fans.

3. Clean kitchen sink and dish drainer.

7-Day Cleaning Plan: Day 7

Time to party! Here are a few day-of touch-ups:

1. Clean trash receptacles and add fresh liners.

2. Wipe down any dirty areas in the bathroom using household cleaner and paper towels.

3. Wipe down bathroom mirrors and counters. Wipe down floors with a damp towel.

4. Put toilet bowl cleaner in the toilets; brush.

5. Hang fresh towels and put out fresh hand soap.

6. Damp-mop the kitchen floor.

7. Vacuum carpets and dry-mop wood floors.

8. Fluff sofa cushions and pillows.

9. Decorate with special touches, such as flowers or candles.

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