How to prepare for the Holidays: Cleaning before Christmas
The holidays are beautiful and life giving with decorations hung, the enticing aroma of holiday sweets drifting continuously through the air, and loved ones from near and far coming to spend time just relaxing. Unfortunately, the decorations left for the month impedes cleaning the dust bunnies scattered underneath the tree and the holiday sweets cause quite the mess in the kitchen (and lets face it, in the couch). The best thing to do is to prepare before the holiday and get done with a deep cleaning before Christmas, so you can enjoy a fairly tidy home for the rest of the season.
I love Christmas, but not being able to clean well for over a month does kinda drive me a bit batty. Over the years, I have just realized that on my list of holiday preparations (besides grocery shopping and decorating) needs to be cleaning before Christmas, preparing for guests, and preparing for guests. Want to know how to prepare for the Holidays too? Start with making a checklist with these tips.
Things to do before decorating outside for the holidays
If you are in the camp of not putting up thousands of lights outside of the house for Christmas, then feel free to skip this part. Me, I am married to a Christmas light fanatic so we tend to decorate anything that can be decorated. But here is the thing, if you don’t clean up the outside first before decorating, you will have a mess to deal with both during decorating and after you take everything down. So here are just a few things to do before stringing up those lights!
Take a broom and sweep away cobwebs, leaves, and even dirt from the outside of your home. This will mean even the walls, the very top, hard to reach corners, and of course, the ground around your home. Just think of it this way, if you start off the holidays with a really clean home, you won’t have to do twice the work when you are taking down everything in 1-2 months. Also, who wants to put up Christmas decorations when cobwebs keep sticking to your hand??? Not me!
Another cleaning task that I want to point out would be to clean your gutters and roof from leaves before stringing up lights. You will be up there anyway and it is the perfect time to get it done. Catch it before the first snow if you can! This will make your roof less susceptible to damage and your gutters will actually be effective!
Holiday preparations for inside
Ah, decorating the inside of the house! It is a lot of fun and I use to get really carried away. Last year we downsized our home and therefore downsized our Christmas decorating too which is great for my cleaning to tell the truth. When decorations are out, it is really hard to clean around some of them so the house doesn’t get as clean as it does during non-decorated times. But, if you are a decorator, you know, the kind that decorates every last space in your home, then you need to deep clean before Christmas. Get out your checklist and write all of these down and make your way around the house preparing for the holiday decorations! If you need ideas for the best natural cleaning products, check out my post here!
List of things to do!
- Dust every surface including areas that you normally avoid such as the tv, banisters, and high shelves.
- Move furniture so that you can vacuum behind each one. This will prevent such big dust bunnies later.
- Vacuum or sweep high areas such as the top of the refrigerator, the fan blades, light fixtures, and walls.
- Make a spot for the Christmas tree and put away anything that is not useful for Christmas or the holidays. Clean items first such as blankets or pillows that you replace with holiday decor.
- Declutter as you go along. Get rid of items that are no longer used or in working condition.
- Clean all windows (interior at the minimum) and clean all window sills.
- Vacuum the whole house really concentrating on getting the perimeter, behind furniture, and under items that are moved infrequently.
So much to do before Christmas…but don’t stress!
If you are a bit of a
clean freak particular housekeeper like I am, then this list may feel easy. And your house is probably very close to decorating. If you are, however, not so much, then this checklist is going to be a small challenge but will help you so much with your holiday preparations. There are so many things to do before Christmas comes, but at least you don’t have to wonder how to prepare for the holidays. Get your checklist out, jot down the things to do outside of the house and the short list of holiday preparations inside of the house and get to cleaning before Christmas!
What is the one thing you HATE to deep clean? Mine is window tracks…what is yours?