Teresa Adcock, Northern Utah Chem-Dry
Is your home merry, bright and ready for holiday guests? If it still needs some work, here is a seven-day checklist to help you prepare your home for holiday entertaining.
Day one: Walk through your home making notes of any imperfections you do not want guests to see. Don’t take it all on yourself; gather your family and divide the tasks.
Day two: Make sure you can see guests coming.
- Make your windows clean and streak-free by mixing vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Wipe down with a microfiber cloth.
- Wipe down or mop base boards and blinds.
- Launder and press window treatments.
- Launder bedding in guest rooms, if needed.
Day three: Whatever you do, don’t neglect the bathroom.
- Use sanitizer and a stiff bristled brush. Ensure everything is in working condition, especially for those staying at your home for an extended period of time.
- Stock up on new towels and face cloths, and have a supply of toilet paper, facial tissue and extra tooth brushes on hand just in case.
Day four: What’s lurking in the back of the fridge? Clean out and wipe down the fridge before restocking for guests. You don’t want them riffling through holiday goodies to find a science project lurking in the back.
Day five: Focus on the entry way. This is the first place your guests will see, so make sure it is welcoming.
- Wipe down your front door, give your doormat a good shake or sweep, and make sure your furniture and porch hasn’t collected dust from the fall weather.
- Make room in the coat closet for guests; add fresh hangers if needed.
Day six: The kitchen is the heart of the home and a gathering place. Make sure it is ready.
- Clean kitchen, including light fixtures; deodorize sinks and sanitize counter tops so they are ready for baking.
- Dust hard surfaces, including book shelves and frames, polish doorknobs and wipe down light switches.
- Have your carpets/upholstery professionally cleaned ,getting up the dirt and dust that you just put there while cleaning the upper part of your home.
- This is also a great time to reseal granite counter tops.
Day seven: Time for the final touch.
- Skim over bathrooms that were deep cleaned a few days before.
- Hang fresh towels and put out fresh hand soap.
- Refill toilet paper.
- Give the kitchen a quick wipe down and mop.