The holidays are fast approaching… let’s get our homes clean now so that when the candles are lit and the tables are set, we can all breathe easier! My free printable holiday cleaning checklist will help you do just that!
Over the last couple of weeks my girls and I have tackled nearly the whole house and gotten it ready for the holidays. I would like to say that just the idea of a clean house is always enough motivation for me to get busy and deep clean.
But, alas, that’s not always the case.
However, the idea that guests will be coming to visit our home and even spending the night is generally all the motivation I need to really get cleaning! If that’s true for you, too, go ahead and invite some people over!
Hospitality is a way for us as Christian women to share God’s love with others in a very basic way. Hospitality is a ministry to not only friends and strangers, but also your family.
Romans 12:13 tells us, “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
Hospitality doesn’t mean having a perfect, showcase home. Certainly you can show hospitality whether your home is neat or not. However, I believe that when we clean our homes to create a neat and tidy space that we are providing a ministry to all who enter.
Homemaking is much more noble than simply scrubbing floors and toilets. Homemaking ministers to the weary soul. Our friends and family can rest easier and feel much more at peace in a neat space. That doesn’t mean every piece of clutter needs to disappear or that we need to stress and worry over every crumb that spills from the table.
But we can strive for a home that is pleasing to eye and restful to the soul.
Spend a few days deep cleaning and then in the days leading up to Christmas focus on maintaining a neat and tidy space each morning and evening so you can enjoy time with your family!
Holiday Cleaning Checklist
Cleaning your home for the holidays should take just a little bit of time each day, or if you’re like me, you’ll want to tackle it all head on in just one or two power cleaning day!
Cleaning the Kitchen
___ Clean out refrigerator and freezer.
___ Use up leftover food to make room for holiday baking.
___ Clean stove and oven. Line oven with aluminum foil to catch spills.
___ Wipe down outside of cupboards.
___ Mop floors.
___ Wipe down outside of appliances.
___ Clean silverware caddy and wipe out drawers that need cleaning.
___ Keep a simple potpourri simmering on the stove throughout the holiday season.
Cleaning the Living Areas.
___ Wash mantel and clean out the fire place.
___ Decorate mantel with seasonal Christmas décor.
___ Dust and polish all wood furniture.
___ Vacuum carpets or rugs.
___ Clear piles of clutter, books, magazines, etc. and leave the space neat.
___ Wash blankets and throws.
Cleaning the Guest Room.
___ Wash all bed linens and rotate mattress if needed.
___ Make the bed.
___ Put together guest basket with hygiene essentials.
___ Wash windows.
___ Set out fresh seasonal candles and add a touch of holiday decor.
___ Vacuum carpets and rugs.
Cleaning the Bathrooms.
___ Clean out medicine cabinet.
___ Clean out under the sink.
___ Wash shower curtains and bath rugs.
___ Wash decorative towels.
___ Scrub sink, bathtub, shower, and toilet.
___ Stock bathrooms with extra supplies of toilet paper, soaps, shampoos, etc.
___ Mop floor.
During the few days leading up to Christmas, you will want to focus less on deep cleaning and focus more on just maintaining a neat and tidy space so that you and your family can enjoy your time together. Get everyone involved!
___ Clean kitchen after each meal.
___ Use a laundry basket to do a quick pick up of any clutter around the house.
___ Put all clutter away.
___ Wash laundry, fold, and put away.
___ Vacuum, sweep, and mop all floors as needed.
___ Wipe down bathrooms as needed each morning and evening.
___ Make beds and straighten bedrooms each morning.
___ Have children make room for new toys and other presents by discarding unwanted things.
Free Printable Holiday Cleaning Checklist
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