The holiday season is in full swing, and that means plenty of time to spend with your amazing family and friends – and also spills, stains, and messes galore.
Did you know that throughout the holiday season, the average household hosts 47 guests per party? And if you entertain throughout the holidays, your houseguests are likely coming from all over the country. In 2018, for example, AAA projected that more than 112 million Americans would travel during the holiday months.
While you’re playing host, your guests will be laughing, drinking, dancing – and eating. On Thanksgiving alone, Americans typically eat 80 million pounds of cranberries, and more than 214 million pounds of potatoes. According to data from PunchBowl, 63% of hosts buy snack foods the week of a holiday event.
With presents, guests, travel, and food to deal with, the holiday season can be a whirlwind… especially if you’re the one tasked with clearing up the mess when the festivities wind down!
This year, as a present to yourself, take a little bit of time to organize your post-holiday cleaning checklist in advance, so you can swing into action as soon as that turkey coma wears off.
Start by thinking of ways to make the holiday cleanup easier! This might mean firing up your favorite music while you work, or getting the whole family involved in taking down ornaments or creating your holiday donation pile. Or, more simply? One big way to make all of your holiday cleaning easier may be to create a room-by-room list of items and spots to clean up ASAP. This way, you can prioritize your time, and focus on cleaning up what you have to right after the party and presents, and save the rest for later.
So, what major areas should be high on your list to clean after the holiday celebrations wrap up? Here are ten key items to tackle after a big holiday gathering:
1.) Take Out the Trash and Recycling
From coffee grounds to the remains of your Christmas roast, your trash can is likely going to be overloaded during the holiday season. The same goes for your home’s recycling containers, which may be stuffed with boxes, disposable plates and utensils, paper, and more. After your holiday party, take a sweep of your entertaining space and kitchen and make sure that trash is disposed of properly . Once the fun dies down and you’ve gotten rid of all of your holiday waste, you may even take some time to wipe down your trash and recycling containers, to get rid of the funky smell that can stick around long after your holiday celebrations are over.
Looking for some easy ways to make this job easier? Read on with these helpful blogs:
- How to Get Rid of That ‘Trash Can’ Smell
- Throwing Out Trash: What’s Recyclable, and What Isn’t?
- How to Get Rid of Holiday Waste Responsibly
2.) Check Carpets and Upholstery for Stains
A home full of guests means plenty of opportunities for spills and stains. After your holiday party, be sure to check your carpeted floors, rugs, and fabric furniture for stains and residue. The faster you set to work cleaning up spilled drinks and crusty footprints, the better. Before your party, prepare a spray bottle full of dishwashing liquid and water and stash some clean towels, so you can spot treat your fabric surfaces as accidents happen.
Looking for some insight on keeping your floors and soft surfaces clean? We’ve got you covered:
- 4 Ways to Stop Snow and Salt from Getting Everywhere
- Going Old School & Cleaning Like Our Grandmothers Used To
3.) Clear Off and Sanitize Kitchen Surfaces
Like it or not, your kitchen is bound to get a workout during the holidays. After all, this is the spot where you’ll be doing all of your cooking and prepwork – and it’s also one household space that guests just love to hang out in during parties. Make sure you block off plenty of time to clean up your kitchen after the holidays, including wiping down your counters, polishing cabinet hardware, and sanitizing your sinks, cutting boards, and utensils.
Need some inspiration? Here are some of our best tips for cleaning this holiday hotspot:
4.) Give Your Appliances Some TLC
After the holidays, be sure to show a little bit of thanks to your household appliances by giving them a good cleaning! After all, your home’s most trusted devices are sure to do their part over the holiday season. From doing your whole family’s laundry in your washing machine and dryer, to whipping up a seven course feast in your oven, to stashing weeks’ worth of food in your fridge, to turning cycle after cycle through your dishwasher, your appliances have likely seen a lot over the past few weeks. Be sure to take time to clean your appliances properly, and have them serviced as necessary.
Not sure where to get started? Here are a few resources to give a spin:
- How to Clean the Machines that Clean for You
- Your Guide to Cleaning Those Hard to Reach Areas
- The Five Dirtiest Surfaces In Your Home, According to Science
5.) Turndown Guest Rooms
Once your guests pack up and ship off, it’s time to clean up your guest bedrooms and get them ready for your next visitors. Wash or replace the linens and bedding that your guests used; set out fresh towels; vacuum the floors; dust and clean dressers, bedside tables, and other surfaces; and take out the trash. The sooner you clean your guest rooms, the sooner you can get back into the swing of things in the new year.
Looking for a little bit of help cleaning and prepping these important spaces? Here are a few blogs to read before company comes to call:
- How to Make Sure Your Guest Room Is Ready for Company
- Getting the Spare Room Ready for Houseguests
- How to Make Your Home Feel Like a Luxury Hotel
6.) Clean Up Bathrooms
Don’t wait too long to clean up and sanitize the surfaces in your bathrooms after the holidays! Guest bathrooms, powder rooms, and half-baths see a lot of traffic during the winter months, and your bathroom surfaces may be covered in invisible germs you won’t actually notice – until they get you or your little ones sick. After the holidays, clean the floors, mirrors, and surfaces in your bathrooms; swap out towels; wash bath mats and rugs; and be sure to wipe down your shower and tub.
Curious about what it takes to keep your bathroom looking and feeling its best? Here are a few blogs to check out:
- How to Make Your Bathroom Feel More Like a Spa
- How You Can Prevent Mold In Your Shower
Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, How Do I Keep You Cleanest of All?
7.) Check for Scratches and Scuffs on Walls and Floors
Everyone has that one clumsy uncle who can’t seem to scoot back a chair without scratching the floor. Following your holiday gatherings and get-togethers, do a once-over to look for scratches and scuffs on your walls, floors, doors, windows, and baseboards. You may be able to “buff” away many knicks and marks with a Magic Eraser, or a bit of dish soap and water on a clean cloth.
Want to protect your surfaces and floors? Here are a few resources that may help:
- How to Clean Your Hardwood Floors
- Cleaning for a Cozy Winter
- 3 Household Surfaces You May Be Damaging
8.) Take Down Your Holiday Decorations – and Get Them Organized for Next Year
Once the holiday season starts to wind down, the holiday decorations you once found adorable you may start to think of as annoying. This year, act quickly to clear away your festive finds so you can free up more space. Look for responsible, eco-friendly ways to dispose of your Christmas tree, wreathes, and garlands, and pack up ornaments, candle-holders, lights, and decor pieces, taking care to keep things organized and neat. Once you’ve packed everything up, do a once over to help take care of any dust, dirt, or debris that may have come down during cleanup.
Looking for some seasonal inspiration? Be sure to give this great blog a read:
9.) Pack Up Presents – and Make More Storage Space
Encourage your loved ones to put away their newest treasures as soon as possible, so you can free up more space and make sure you’re able to clean your entire home. Help kids find space for new toys and games, and encourage the outdoorsman or woman in your family to spend some time organizing the garage. As you look for places to store new gifts, now may also be a great time to lead a decluttering project by sorting through all of your stuff and determining what you want to keep, what you want to throw away, and what you want to donate.
Sound daunting? Here are a few important guidelines to keep in mind:
- Keeping Your Home Organized, Minus the Stress and Effort
- Six Fun Ways to Keep Kids’ Toys Organized
- 5 Tricks for Keeping Your Closets and Pantries Organized
- How Adventure-Seekers Can Keep Their Garages Organized
10.) Do the Dishes
The longer you spend looking at a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, the worse you’ll feel. Plus, the longer you leave any food or residue to dry and build on your plates, silverware, and cookware from your big holiday feast, the harder they’ll be to clean. Make everything easier by tackling dishes swiftly after the holiday festivities this year.
Need some more motivation? Be sure to check out these handy blogs:
- Why Washing Your Dishes Is the First Step to a Cleaner Home
- Can You Moisturize Your Hands By Washing Dishes?
Looking for Help Before, During, and After the Holidays?
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This season, we’ll be there to sweat the small stuff, so you can focus on relaxing and enjoying your holiday time with family and friends.
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Our professionally trained and uniformed cleaning teams are available to provide deep cleaning services, routine housekeeping, and everything in between. Throughout the holidays and all year long, we offer convenient scheduling and flexible time windows, so you can rest assured that your job will be done before your next big holiday bash.
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