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The holiday season is upon us, and if you're hosting this year, you know how stressful it can be to keep your home spic and span for two whole months. With family and friends visiting non-stop for holiday parties and dinners, it's easy to get overwhelmed. That's why we created our holiday home-cleaning checklist for you. We go room-by-room, highlighting critical areas to focus on and forgotten spaces that could use a good dusting down. In fact, we're confident this is the last holiday home-cleaning checklist you'll ever need. But before we start our room-by-room list, here are some general tips to keep in mind as you go.


We're a bit of a broken record when it comes to decluttering on this blog, but it's for good reason. Decluttering is one of the simplest yet most effective ways to keep a space looking clean, open, and sharp. Don't waste valuable scrubbing time moving wallets and mail; keep that stuff where it belongs!

Use the Right Tools for the Job

Just because it says all-purpose on the label doesn't mean you should use it on everything in your house. Find the right cleaner for the surfaces you're working on and stick with that. It's worth the marginal extra effort.

Set the Mood

Make people want to be in your house this holiday season. Light some seasonal candles, plug in your favorite air freshener, and set some nice mood lighting to create a welcoming space.

Show the Forgotten Nooks & Crannies Some Love

When's the last time you wiped down your baseboards? Or polished the smudges off your doorknobs? Don't overlook the little things like light switches, windowsills, and doorframes.

Don't Put it Off

Finally, the most important general tip is the last one you want to hear: don't wait until the last minute to clean! The only things procrastinating will get you are more stress and a less clean house. Now, on to the checklist!

Living Room

  • Wipe down coffee table, accent tables, etc.
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Vacuum carpet, sweep & mop hard floors
  • Clean any windows and windowsills
  • Dust blinds and/or vacuum curtains with vacuum hose
  • Move furniture and clean underneath
  • Tidy up furniture – neatly arrange pillows or blankets, covers, etc.
  • Dust and wipe down entertainment center if applicable
  • Wipe down lamps and other light sources
  • Clean baseboards


  • Sweep debris from outdoor entryway
  • Vacuum, sweep, and mop indoor entryway
  • Move any shoes or coats here to a closet or other storage space
  • Wipe down doorknob and locks
  • Wipe down doorframe
  • Clean any windows and windowsills
  • Clean baseboards


  • Wipe down and disinfect all surfaces
  • Handwash or use the dishwasher to clean any dirty dishes
  • Put all clean dishes away – best to start all holiday gatherings with clean dishes
  • Clean any special occasion dishes and silverware you plan to use – it's probably been awhile since they were last used
  • Wipe down appliances – get rid of fingerprints and spills
  • Clean any windows and windowsills
  • Clear out the fridge to get rid of bad odors and make room for holiday food
  • Mop the floor
  • Remove and wipe down stovetop coils (if you have them)
  • Get rid of garbage disposal odors
  • Clean any baseboards


  • Wash all bedding, especially if your guests are using it
  • Wipe down tops and sides of all furniture
  • Clean any windows and windowsills
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Vacuum carpet and/or mop hard floors
  • Clean baseboards
  • Wipe down light switches and doorknobs
  • Wipe down doorframes


  • Deep clean tub/shower, sink, and toilet
  • Clean all around toilet, including front and sides of bowl and base
  • Clean shower walls
  • Wipe down shower heads, tub faucets, and sink faucets
  • Clean shower door
  • Clean mirrors, windows, and windowsills
  • Wipe down baseboards
  • Organize countertop – don't leave all your toiletries lying around
  • Mop the floor

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