If you’re having Christmas dinner at your house, you might be thinking about doing a cleaning marathon so your house is perfect when everyone arrives. DON’T DO IT! We’ve talked about this before. There’s no point doing deep cleaning before guests come because they’re not there to check out your cleaning skills and it’s all going to get messed up anyway. Plus it makes you tired and worn out! Save your cleaning for after the party is over!
That’s not to say you shouldn’t do any cleaning at all. Definitely keep up with your daily chores. My daily chores include:
- Sweep and Vacuum (I try to do both daily because I have rugs and wood floors and a shedding machine for a dog – but if I have to choose between sweeping or vacuuming, I vacuum).
- Clean up the kitchen (do the dishes, clean the counters, load or empty the dishwasher, wipe up the stove top, if needed, dump the trash).
- Touch-up the bathroom (wipe mirror, wipe counter and sink, wipe up inside and outside of toilet, shake bathroom rug).
- Tidy (go through the house and put things away).
- Sort the laundry and run a load, if needed.
It’s also helpful if you clean as you go. In case you aren’t familiar with that term, here are some ideas for cleaning as you go:
- If you’re wiping out your sink, go ahead and wipe up the areas around the sink.
- When you’re putting laundry in the washer, use a wet rag from the basket to wipe off the washer and dryer.
- When you’re vacuuming, go ahead and use your on-board attachments, if you have them, to clean the top of the upholstered furniture.
- If you’re wiping up your microwave, wipe up the area around it, too.
- If you see a dirty spot on the front of your cabinet, wipe it off immediately.
- And last but not least, clean up messes as you make them!
When you do get ready to do a little extra cleaning for company, here are a few things, in my opinion, that are important:
- Main Bathroom. This is one room where your guests might look around and notice whether the room is clean or dirty. Not because they’re nosey – just because they have opportunity. So clean that room and any other bathroom that might be used.
- Vacuum or sweep the floors.
- Glass doors. I don’t stress over this since I have a dog that likes to slime the door and a granddaughter who likes putting her hands all over it, but I do like to start out with a clean door. It gives a good first impression.
- Pick up clutter.
- Do the dishes and clear counters.
So here’s the rule: no marathon cleaning session for Christmas guests. Do the basics and let that be good enough.