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.