Clean + Transform Your Home for the Holidays

I know it’s early but it’s not too soon to plan for the holidays. I’m not talking about buying gifts or holiday shopping. At least not yet.

Talking about getting your home clean now so it’s ready for the holidays. You know, one less thing to worry about when you don’t have one more minute to spare.

Ready to enjoy the holidays?

Are you in?

How to Transform Your Home for the Holidays

1. Organize

2. Clean

3. Accessorize

Organization is the first step, because let’s face it, why clean or decorate a room that’s a hot mess?

This step is so much more than just putting things away. It’s a time to take stock of what you have, what you don’t need and what you DO need to make your home pretty, functional and fantastic.

So get your calendar out and start with the rooms that really need your one on one organizing attention.


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For example:

  1. Living or Family Room
  2. Dining Room
  3. Master Bedroom/Bath
  4. Guest Bedroom/Bath
  5. Kitchen

Now for the fun part 😉

Step 2. Cleaning Your Home for the Holidays

We’re always cleaning but sometimes we need to slap on the rubber gloves for a deep clean. Your in-laws coming to stay for two weeks is a good motivator. Let’s face it we want our home to look amazing for the holidays.

One thing that often happens during the holidays or the lead up to the holidays is a feeling of overwhelm. Like a how am I going to get all this s#@t done feeling.

For pre holiday transformation I suggest you choose the rooms you entertain in or where guests will be staying. Prioritize your transformation rooms to prevent overwhelm, but feel free to tackle as many as you like. Just don’t make yourself crazy.

The two rooms that absolutely must stay on the cleaning list are bathrooms and kitchen. The two rooms that usually require the most intensive cleaning!

Cleaning Tips Room by Room

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  • Throw away and properly dispose of any cleaning products from under the sink that are old or unused.
  • Use old toothbrushes with a little baking soda to scrub around taps.
  • Use rubber gloves to clean toilet with a toilet brush and eco friendly cleaner.
  • Scrub the tub and shower with a sponge and Softscrub or baking soda to get rid of soap residue and make taps shine.
  • Toss any old toiletries, shampoos or gels.
  • Throw your shower curtain and tub mat in the wash or buy new ones. (add to your shopping list)
  • Sweep, vacuum and mop floors all around fixtures and bath.

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  • Throw away and properly dispose of any cleaning products that are old or unused from under the sink.
  • Use a sponge, hot water and baking soda or eco cleaner to clean around the sink, countertops and appliance fronts.
  • While you’re at it, wipe down cabinets with a mixture of white vinegar and water and a damp rag or sponge.
  • Wipe handles and knobs.
  • Clean the top of oven or stove to get rid of grease and spills.
  • Sweep, vacuum and wet mop floors. If you have wood floors, use a wood safe product or squeeze out your mop until it’s just barely damp before mopping.

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  • Dust all furniture surfaces
  • Don’t forget to dust lamp shades (they get dusty) window sills and window blinds.
  • Throw bedding or duvets into the wash or take to a dry cleaner or laundromat.
  • Sweep or vacuum floors and moldings, even under the bed.
  • Take down any curtains and launder or use your handheld vacuum cleaner attachment to lightly remove dust.

how to clean for the holidays


  • Dust and vacuum as you did in the bedrooms.
  • Use a light dust and allergen attracting polish on a rag or old t-shirt to pick up dust on furniture without leaving a sticky or greasy film.
  • Don’t be afraid to move things around as you dust.
  • Vacuum underneath your chairs and sofas, even down under the cushions!
  • Check window sills and tops of furniture. You’d be surprised at the dead bugs and dust you’ll find. That’s what handheld vacuum attachments are made for 😉


  • Clean up your house plants throughout the house. Pick up or sweep dead or dying leaves, spilled soil or empty saucers of old water.

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  • How about those dog or cat bowls and beds too. Is it time to throw those in the wash or get new ones? If so, put it on your list.

Now your house is clean, the next step is the fun part.

The organizing and cleaning’s done. So pull up your list of things to buy or borrow for the holidays. Is there anything else you want to add to the list now you’re finished cleaning?

This is the time to go through your holiday decorations and see what you might need to make this year special.

Get some ideas on styles and themes for your holiday decor inspiration.

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Oh and if you’re not in the mood to go all out to decorate that’s OK.  Some like to light up the entire house (Griswolds) while some are happy with a few pretty strings of lights and greenery. What’s right for you?

Pinning holiday home decor ideas is a great way to get motivated.

If you want to change it up a little this year, start looking around to see what you can use or re-use. Ready to decorate?