Yes, whether we like it or not, the holiday season is officially around the corner. For the average American, that means a few things. It means that your free time is about to be tossed out the window until about the middle of January and it means that you’re probably going to be hosting house guests in either November or December or both. The last thing you’ll want is to have some distant cousin or aunt or uncle gossiping to the rest of the family about how your house was untidy! To avoid that waking nightmare and to help your house guests have an enjoyable and relaxing stay, let’s go over some holiday preparation cleaning tips that you can start doing right now so that you won’t be scrambling to do them twenty minutes before you have to pick up judgmental aunt Sally from the airport. 

Deck The Halls…With Disinfectant! Fa La La La La, La La La La

That’s right, it’s time to start decorating for the big three at the end of the year: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and whatever you celebrate in December, be it Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or anything in between. As you’re decorating, you’ll want to have a clean dish towel or bunch of paper towels handy and a light disinfectant spray like a homemade white vinegar solution or other natural liquid cleaner. Spray the cloth a few times to get it damp and then use it to wipe down your decorations as you are pulling them out of storage and putting them up.

It’s a good idea to disinfect your decorations for two reasons:

  1. Decorations are often touched or moved by guests, especially children. It’s always better that they are clean and wiped down when they get in contact with your house guests.
  2. It helps them look better and gives a better impression of overall cleanliness to your guests. After all, it’s hard to get into the holiday spirit if your Christmas tree is covered in old cobwebs and your ornaments are caked in dust and dirt smudges!

Stuff Your Stockings… And Your Guest Bedrooms And Bathrooms

Just like you, your guests like to keep clean and tidy too! Help them feel welcome and taken care of by going through each bathroom in your house and making sure that each area is well stocked with fresh soaps, shampoos, and conditioners, and that there is plenty of toilet paper. Trust us, it will save you and them a lot of unneeded embarrassment later if you do. Don’t forget the bedrooms either. Make sure that you have some nice scented hand sanitizer out and ready in your guest rooms so that they can keep their hands disinfected during their stay. Make sure to have a fresh box of facial tissues as well. After all, it is the holiday season but it is also cold and flu season.

Pet Smart. Make A List And Check It Twice

We love our pets, but your guests may have pet allergies, so you’ll want to make sure that you clean up all of the dog and cat hair out of your guest bedrooms well before your guests arrive. Make sure to shut the doors to your guest bedrooms as well in order to keep your fur babies out. This will help your guests feel less stressed and sick if they don’t have to worry about their allergies as much. 

The holidays are coming but that doesn’t mean you have to be stressed. Take some time in late October or early November to clean and prep your home for guests to make sure that this is the best holiday season yet! Too much on your list to get the cleaning done? That’s where we come in! Give us a call for a quote today!