Creating the Perfect Holiday Cleaning Checklist

We all know that the holidays need a lot of preparation and cleaning to ensure that your home is welcoming and warm for your guests.  From decorating every room in your home to checking off everything in your grocery list, the list goes on and on. It can be overwhelming to prepare your home for all of those beautiful guests and events. But before you start taking out boxes of dusty boxes of décor and whipping the menu for the holidays, it is important to clean your space. Here’s a checklist to get you through the season, from the basics to the deep clean.


  •     Clean out the refrigerator to create room for holiday delicacies. Remove the contents, check for expiration dates and toss out anything that has passed its expiration date. Before returning items to the refrigerator, clean the shelves and wipe out bottles and jars.
  •     Wipe down tables and countertops with a damp cloth. If the countertops gleam, the kitchen instantly looks cleaner. Choose the best spray cleaner for your particular countertop and use it frequently.
  •     Check your stockpile of aprons, potholders, dishcloths, and dish towels if you plan on doing a lot of holiday cooking and entertaining. Ensure they are all clean and in perfect condition.
  •     Clean all your dishes and the sink. It is always a good idea to start the party with an empty dishwasher. This also helps in keeping the dish pile to a minimum.

Dining Room Area

  •     Get into the habit of soaking filthy table linens. Clear the table after the meal is finished and pretreat any stains with a prewash stain remover. Toss the linens in the washing machine with laundry detergent, warm water, and fabric-safe bleach, and let them soak overnight. The same goes for your elegant napkins and placemats.
  •     Keep coasters out in plain sight to avoid beverage rings on your wood or glass top furnishings.


  •     Give all of the bed linens a thorough cleaning before the holiday rush begins.
  •     Make a list of your laundry supplies so you don’t run out during this hectic season.
  •     Old magazines and newspapers should be sorted and discarded. Keep a handful of the more fascinating ones on a table in the guest room for your company’s overnight reading.



  •     Clean the bathroom by wiping  down the counters, mirror, sink and mopping the floors
  •     Put a jar of pop-up disposable wipes next to every bathroom and powder room sink. Encourage members of your family to use them every time they turn off the tap water.
  •     Stock up on clean hand towels for the guest bathroom and powder room. Place hand sanitizer and tissues in the toilet for a quick pit stop.


  •     Give a thorough cleaning to your entryways. Put throw rugs and mats at all entryways to help prevent dirt from being tracked inside your home.


Floors and Common Areas

  •     Vacuum the carpets, floors, and baseboards so your holiday guests won’t have to deal with dust.
  •     Cleaning windows will allow you to see your gorgeous outdoor decorations. New glass cleaners come in a variety of scents, including berry, orange, and lemon, to add some variety to your holiday cleaning. 
  •     Spruce up your house plants. Wipe down the broadleaf plants with a damp cloth. For those plants with smaller leaves, use a spray bottle with room temperature water to mist them.

Hiring Home Cleaning Services

Holiday cleaning can be stressful. If you find yourself constantly stressing about cleaning over the holidays, hire home cleaning services. When you consider all your options, you may decide a professional cleaning service is the best option. The team at Tidy Team Cleaning is always ready to help. Get in touch with us today.