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Get Your Home Holiday-Ready

December 19, 2018

With Christmas less than a week away, and the holiday season going full steam ahead, you might be scrambling to get some last-minute chores and errands done. This is especially important if you’re hosting guests!

It might feel overwhelming, but if you break up your chores into categories and make a list, you can be relaxing on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate in no time!

Do a walk-through

The best way to start your holiday cleaning is to assess the situation. Walk through your home and make note of all the areas you need to address and make a list. Do it room by room so that you can manage the project piece by piece and not get overwhelmed.

Declutter and add storage

Most people accumulate clutter over time without realizing how bad it’s getting. After you look at your home with a critical eye, you can see where you need to focus your efforts. Clear countertops, tabletops, the tops of dressers, shelves and other surfaces where stuff piles up.

Declutter by getting rid of stuff you don’t need or use and storing the rest. There will be some items you want to keep, but you need to move them to make room for holiday decor. Use available cupboards and closets to store items in your bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas.

Freshen up the beds and bath towels

If you’re having overnight guests, make sure you wash all the bedding and change the sheets and towels in all the bedrooms and baths. Use your nicer sets — because ’tis the season to enjoy nice things!

Wash and freshen up any extra blankets you have stored away. You might want to offer them to guests, so you don’t want them to be musty.

Wipe out window wells and baseboards

If you have the time over the holidays, focus in on areas you often miss when cleaning. Clean out the window wells, plus wipe the panes. You will also want to wash the baseboards, as they can collect dust and grime.

Windows can get fingerprints on them, and the window wells can collect dust. These details are easily missed, but when you want to be holiday-ready, leave no curtain unturned!

Clean out the kitchen top to bottom

A lot of holiday meals and treats will be created in your very own kitchen, so why not start fresh? Clear off your countertops and give them a thorough cleaning. Wipe cupboards and drawers, as well.

The number one chore here should be cleaning the refrigerator. Throw out expired food and leftovers, empty all the shelves, wipe it out, and put back only the essentials. You will need all the space you can manage, as you will soon purchase ingredients for holiday meals. You will also want extra space in your fridge and freezer for leftovers!

Scrub toilets and sinks

Before you have holiday guests, you will want all bathrooms and powder rooms to be spotless. This means scrubbing toilets and sinks, washing floors, cleaning tubs and showers, cleaning the vanity mirrors, and cleaning the countertops.

Try to store personal items in the medicine cabinet or in the cupboard or drawers. Put out fresh hand towels and soap.

Garbage and recycling

Empty all your wastepaper baskets and indoor garbage cans into an outdoor receptacle if you can. Make sure all recyclables are in the proper bins and are hidden away from plain sight. You should also research what your municipality’s rules are regarding waste pickup during the holidays, as many places allow more trash bags than they do the rest of the year.

Last-minute decor — and put the kettle on!

Once your house is decluttered and clean, you can start adding your last-minute decor. Get your tablescape ready — complete with a centrepiece. If you’re celebrating Christmas, put gifts under the tree, hang stockings on the mantle, and add a few other finishing touches. Then put the kettle on, curl up on the couch, watch a holiday classic and enjoy some peace and quiet before the big day.

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