Pre-Holiday Cleaning Checklist

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Get your home ready for decorating and entertaining with this pre-holiday cleaning checklist!

You may think it’s still a bit early to prepare your home for the upcoming holidays, but we’re officially at the part of the year where time flies by so fast that you won’t have the time to catch your breath. As October almost comes to an end, it’s best to start preparing for the holidays with our pre-holiday cleaning checklist!

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Pre-Holiday Cleaning Checklist

The Kitchen

  • Clean & Set Up the Coffee Bar: Freshen up your coffee station by cleaning your coffee machine, wiping down the area with a damp cloth, and stocking up on coffee essentials like coffee beans, milk, and sugar.

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  • Clean Out the Pantry: Before you stock on your holiday essentials, it’s best to clean out your pantry and toss expired items. It’ll help you figure out the grocery items you need to add to your shopping list.

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  • Polish Silverware: If your holiday silverware and dishes are packed away, now is the time to clean and polish them before you get too busy with the other holiday tasks.
  • Polish the Table and Chairs: Make your dining room look spic and span by wiping down the table and chairs with a damp cloth.
  • Sanitize the Dishwasher: Wash the removable pieces of the dishwasher in the sink, and put them back, and run an empty cycle with baking soda. Run another empty cycle but this time with vinegar to sanitize the dishwasher.
  • Season Cast Iron and Stone Cookware: Prepare your cast iron and stone cookware before you begin the food prepping and cooking for the holidays.
  • Wash & Iron the Holiday Linens: Make sure to clean and press your holiday tablecloths, napkins, runners, and other items needed in the kitchen.

The Refrigerator

  • Clean Off the Top of the Fridge: Wipe the exterior and top of your fridge with a damp cloth.
  • Defrost & Clean Out Freezer: Put everything out of the freezer, and place food in a cooler. Defrost and scrub out your freezer, and reorganize the food as you put them back inside.
  • Scrub the Inside of the Refrigerator: Similar to defrosting and cleaning out the freezer, put out all the food and clean the inside of your fridge with soapy water and a sponge. Rinse and wipe the surfaces with a microfiber cloth.

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Pre-Holiday Cleaning Checklist

The Guest Room

  • Add Extra Touches of Comfort: Make your guests feel welcome by adding a basket of toiletries in the bathroom. You can also leave magazines, books, and add a cozy throw. We also suggest adding a basket of snacks! Your guests will greatly appreciate it.
  • Wash Guest Linens: Freshen up the guest room’s linens and don’ forget to clean out the mattress, as well.
Pre-Holiday Cleaning Checklist

Other Areas

  • Clean Out the Entryway Closet: Make a good first impression by cleaning and organizing your entryway’s closet. Collect items that don’t belong in the space and return them to their proper spot.

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  • Clean the Carpets: Give your carpet a new life and eliminate any unpleasant odor by hiring a carpet cleaner and cleaning the carpet yourself. Don’t worry, it’s pretty easy!

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  • Declutter Shelves and Other Surfaces: Before you begin to decorate your home, it’s best to declutter the space. This will help you control the clutter during the holidays.
  • Flip Mattresses: Clean and flip mattresses and spray them with a fabric freshener.
  • Purge Toys in the Kids’ Rooms: If you have kids, it’s always a good idea to make them help you clean the space by giving them the task to organize their toys, toss out broken toys, and fill a bag to donate.
  • Sanitize Door Knobs & Handles: Wipe down knobs and handles with an antibacterial wipe.
  • Soak Shower Heads: Fill a bag with white vinegar and place it on the showerhead. Secure it with a rubber band and let it sit for at least an hour. This will help get rid of lime and other buildups. Plus, it’ll make your shower functional for all those hot showers during this cold season.
  • Wash Pet Bedding: If you have pets, make sure to clean out the area and toss beds, blankets, pillows, and stuffed toys in your washing machine. Spray them with a pet-safe fabric freshener afterward.
  • Wash the Curtains: Freshen up your space by replacing the curtains with new ones and toss dirty curtains in the washer.

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