With the Holidays fast approaching you have probably started thinking about decorating your home, hosting a gathering, or having out of town guests stay with you. And if you’re like me, you may be looking around at everything that needs to be done before that can happen. I’m sure the last thing you want to be doing the day before Thanksgiving or the week before Christmas is scrubbing floors, but how else will you find the time? Don’t fret and don’t stress, it will get done and your home will be warm and welcoming before the festivities begin! A home cleaning schedule is the simplest way to keep you on task without getting overwhelmed. By breaking it down into small, easy to do cleaning projects you can get everything finished without stress in time to sit down and enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie. I will show you how you just need 14 days to give your home a holiday shine.
With this holiday shine home cleaning scedule, all you have to do is ONE task each day. At the end of this two weeks your home will sparkle just like the Christmas lights you’ll be hanging on your tree! Breaking down the home cleaning schedule allows you to really focus on each project, doing a better job than you would if you tried to do them all in one day. And since we are doing just one task at a time, you will not get overwhelmed and give up.
14 Days to Give Your Home a Holiday Shine-Home Cleaning Schedule
DAY 1: We will start off our Holiday Shine home cleaning schedule with a purge of unwanted items and a quick tidy up. This is not a dump everything out of your closet type of purge, just get rid of anything that is in the way, or no longer being used. I like to go through my children’s toys/clothes this time of year and donate them. Just a quick peek in everyone’s closets will likely fill up a couple of bags. Go through the house, room by room and put anything out of place back in its rightful home. You can find more tips on a “Quick Clean” HERE. For some ideas on Toy Storage click HERE.
Day 2: Laundry. Get it all out of the way today so you can stay on top of it during the coming weeks. Make sure you fold an put away each load as you finish so you have nothing left out.
Day 3: Kitchen appliances. Clean out the refrigerator to make room for all those leftovers and give the oven a thorough cleaning. With a clean oven you will be happy to cook for all of your guests.
Day 4: Clean Cupboards and Large Furniture. Wipe down all of your kitchen cabinets, dining table, cupboards, and all other large furniture. I like to use a cleaning agent like Murphey’s Oil Soap on all of my wood furniture. If you have a leather couch, get a good cleaner and moisturizer for it and most fabric and microfiber couches can be cleaned with the attachment on a steam cleaner.
Day 5: Bedrooms 1 & 2. I am breaking up the bedroom cleaning into two separate days, that way you can focus your attention on them. Make sure you clear off dressers, closet floors, under the bed, etc. Make sure all clothes and toys are properly put away. See my tips for toy storage HERE.
Day 6: Bedrooms 3 & 4. If you have fewer bedrooms spend some time tidying the office, den, or living are that may need some extra attention.
Day 7: Living and Family Room. Make sure to put everything in it’s place, straighten table tops, clean out anything that may be hiding underneath the couch or in the cushions.
Day 8: Kitchen. We have already cleaned out the appliances and wiped down the cupboards so now you just need to make it shine! Scrub the sink, clear off anything that doesn’t need to be on counter tops, and wipe them clean. I suggest using my “Magic” Cleaning Solution, found HERE.
Day 9: Bathrooms. This is a deep clean of everything but the floors. Scrub out the shower, tub, toilet, and sinks. Wipe counters clean and freshen any candles or scented potpourri.
Day 10: Dust & Vacuum. Start with dusting, moving from top to bottom and one side to the next. When you have finished dusting al surfaces vacuum every room, carpet and hard floors.
Day 11: Floors. Mop all hard surface floors. If you have the option steam clean all high traffic carpet areas as well.
Day 12: Front Porch/Back Patio. Sweep and spray off any areas leading into the house. Now that you’ve done all the work of cleaning your floors you certainly don’t want dirt to be tracked back in!
Day 13: Windows & Walls. Wash all windows and clean any grime off of high traffic walls areas. If you have time also wipe off door jams and baseboards.
Day 14: Sheets & Towels. Change all the sheets and wash all towels. Freshen up any linens you have out in the kitchen, bathroom, and guestrooms.
To help you stay on track with the Holiday Shine home cleaning schedule I have a created a 14 Days to a Holiday Shine Printable Checklist! A home cleaning schedule made simple!
And now all you have to do is enjoy the Hoildays!