Some housecleaning and home preventative maintenance tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is that we forget to do them once or twice a year.
The best plan is to break annual and seasonal housecleaning and preventative maintenance tasks down by month and create a monthly cleaning checklist from there.
Here’s the December house cleaning checklist that has worked best for me.
Hang exterior lights and decorations. Make sure Rudolph’s nose still shines and Santa still waves.
Take out ornaments and decorations and carefully dust away a year's worth of debris. Check light strands for duds and replace with fresh bulbs.
Clean your jewelry so you’ll sparkle at parties, too.
Prepare the guest room for your holiday visitors. Make sure you create an inviting, welcoming haven with everything your guests might need to enjoy the holidays, especially in the guest bathroom.
Clean front-and-center interior surfaces to ensure they sparkle - along with you - this holiday season. Be sure to include kitchen counters, appliances, and the all-important guest bathroom on your prepping-for-the-holidays to-do list. And plan to check it twice before guests arrive.
To simplify your holiday gift-wrapping, set up your own present-prep center like the pros do - with everything needed in a single, well-organized area.
Stock your gift wrap supplies with brightly colored wrapping paper, ribbon for curling, bows, tape, scissors, tiny ornaments – anything that will add sparkle and personality to your family's holiday gifts this year. Get creative here - and keep it simple. You'll be delighted with the results and usually spend less in the process.
Give the kids a job they will actually enjoy: Let them create and/or organize the holiday tunes play list.
Give them the entertaining guidelines: classic holiday tunes for a family dinner; upbeat seasonally inspired dance tunes for the holiday cocktail party, a mix for Christmas Eve or Christmas day entertaining.
And when the kids are through with that task, get them to organize and label your personal family DVDs for everyone's future viewing pleasure while the relatives are in town.
Any back talk, just remind them that Santa’s making his list…
By the chimney, with care. Now, enjoy the holidays ahead!