Sweet-Me Christmas, Day 6 - Christmas Clean-Up

6:00 AM

Prepping for the Holiday guests can be a little stressful.  I have found that starting off the Christmas season with a good clean up helps keep the chaos at bay.  I like to pick a day to really clean and organize my house before I even break out the Christmas decorations.


A fun tradition we do is the Saturday before Thanksgiving, we go through our rooms and closets and go through all of our clothes, toys, games and shoes.  We get rid of everything that we no longer use, fit us, or we want.  We gather our stash of stuff we don't use and we take it to the Goodwill if we don't know of a specific family with a need.  It always helps the kids get into the Christmas spirit by starting it off by giving PLUS it gets rid of things so they have room for new gifts.

Cleaning Tips To Get ready for Holiday Company


* Walk through your home with a visitor's eye, making notes of anything you want to spruce up..
* Wash windows and vacuum window screens.
* Wipe baseboards.
* Launder  window and shower curtains.
* Launder bedding if needed.
* Deep-clean bathrooms and medicine cabinets
* Straighten bedrooms; remove clutter and donate or store out of sight.
* Straighten coat closet, making room for guests' coats. Add extra hangers if needed.
* Wash throw rugs
* Clean range or stove top, surfaces, and grates.
* Clean out the refrigerator, making room for party foods; dust top of refrigerator.
* Wipe down all large and small appliances.
* Wipe down kitchen cabinets.
* Take recycling to recycling bins or facilities.
* Sweep entryway, polish the doorknob
* Dust all surfaces, including bookshelves, photo frames, and art. Don't forget the ceiling fans.
* Clean kitchen sink and dish drainer.
* Clean trash receptacles and add fresh liners.
* Wipe down any dirty areas in the bathroom using household cleaner and paper towels.
* Wipe down bathroom mirrors and counters. Wipe down floors with a damp towel.
* Put toilet bowl cleaner in the toilets; brush.
* Hang fresh towels and put out fresh hand soap.
* Damp-mop the kitchen floor.
* Vacuum carpets and dry-mop wood floors.
* Fluff sofa cushions and pillows.


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