Holiday Cleaning Tips for a Guest-Ready Home

Holiday Cleaning Tips for a Guest-Ready Home

debbie_sardoneDebbie Sardone is the owner of Buckets & Bows Maids Service and

Prepping your home for holiday guests and parties can be hectic this time of year. Get a jump on the chaos with these pro-cleaning tips from Buckets & Bows Maid Service. Your home will be sparkling by Christmas and you’ll enjoy a stress-free season.

Don’t Try To Clean The Entire House In One Day
Give yourself a full week and tackle the job in room-sized bites. Divide your house up by easy and hard rooms and designate enough rooms per day to finish the whole house in 7 days. Plan a reward at the end of the 7th day like a spa treatment, pedicure, or massage and stay on schedule.

Plan Your Work And Work Your Plan
Walk through each room of the house and note the things you want to get cleaned by the end of the week. Make sure you have the right equipment and supplies so you don’t lose momentum running to the store. You’ll need to have a long ceiling fan brush, vacuum hose with attachments, 2-step ladder for high dusting, plenty of cleaning towels, cleaners, and polishes.

The family that works together plays together
Get the whole family involved. Assign tidying tasks to make sure everyone is helping to pick up, put up, hang up, and de-clutter. You can’t “clean” before the picking up is done. Family members can get their areas neat and tidy and ready for the deep cleaning.

Clean like a pro – follow the Speed Cleaning Rules
Speed Cleaning is how the professionals get the job done faster, safer, and better than mere mortals. There are 13 rules. A few of the most important rules are: 1) clean from top to bottom and left to right; 2) make one trip around the room, never back-tracking; 3) you have two hands, keep them both busy; 4) organize all of your tools and cleaners in one large caddy and carry everything you need from room to room.

Dress for success
To get into the right frame of mind for cleaning, get dressed for the job. Wear light comfortable clothing, and tennis shoes. Add a utility apron to keep your small tools and towels close, and put your hair up with a clip. Crank up the music with fast-paced upbeat tunes. Next, strike a Super-Woman pose, take a deep breath and go! Time yourself in every room, never losing track of time. Refuse to get side-tracked with photos, memorabilia, or special projects. Stay focused – the mission is cleaning.

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