If you’re anything like us, you’re rushing to prepare your home to survive the holiday season uproar! Out-of-town guests are coming to stay for days or weeks at a time, and the house is in desperate need to be spotless. Don’t worry–we’ve made easy steps to prepare for the upcoming holiday house work!
Step One: Priorities first
The day before guests arrive is no time to pull apart junk drawers and clean out linen closets! The best way to start is by de-cluttering guest rooms and areas where your guests will be most often. These areas may include the foyer, kitchen, living room, den, and dining room. Remove any non-essential items from counter tops, coffee tables, and ottomans; if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.
If you run short on time, box up the clutter and store it in your attic, basement, or closets. Don’t worry about hardcore organization until after your guests leave. And if you need extra boxes, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK sells boxes in different sizes, perfect for any size of items. You can use a small box to easily store books for extra shelf space, or larger boxes to help clear up miscellaneous children’s toys.
Step Two: Go room by room
After the initial de-clutter, set up a day of cleaning for each room:
Monday – Den
Tuesday – Kitchen
Wednesday – Bedroom
Thursday – Living Room
Friday – Dining Room
Saturday – Foyer
Sunday – Bathrooms and Closets
We suggest using a full day to clean each room; this lets you focus on one area without getting burnt out, and makes it easier to go at your own pace. This process also gives you extra time to dust, vacuum, and clean the base boards. And while cleaning out closets that your guests might be using, remember that we sell wardrobe boxes to easily clean out jackets and old apparel that you no longer wear.
If you have major adjustments to make in your home, such as creating additional seating or opening more space where your guests tends to gather, you can hire our trained movers to rearrange your furniture for you. We can even pick up new furniture directly from the store to bring to your home and haul holiday decorations out of your storage areas.
Step Three: Day-of final touches
It’s finally D-Day, and guests are about to arrive from their long day of travel! Now’s the time to do the last-minute prep work. One of the biggest overlooked details is the smell of your house. The easiest way to control this factor is by lighting a candle in a central location of your home to let the scent travel throughout. If you have time, bake chocolate chip cookies. The cookie trick is actually a common practice with Realtors and their open houses–there is nothing better or more inviting than coming to a home that smells like cookies!
These easy steps give you the perfect amount of time to finish housework without getting overwhelmed! Your guests may never know the amount of time you spent cleaning up, or if you used moving help. Enjoy your guests and the holiday season!
If you would like us to help with your de-cluttering, in-home staging, or interior design project, we’re available by phone and email!