december house cleaning checklist

Some housecleaning and home preventative maintenance tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is, 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.

  1.  Get Into the Spirit of the Season

Bring out the holiday decor, and give items that have gathered a year's worth of dust a quick once-over with a blow dryer.

  2.  Deck the Halls

Put up holiday greenery and the tree. (Soak greenery 24 hours before putting up to help it last longer.)

  3.  Finishing Touches

Check light strands for duds and replace the burn-outs with fresh bulbs.

  4.  Ornament Yourself

Clean your jewelry so you’ll sparkle at parties, too. Learn how to clean gold rings with diamonds at home.

  5.  Be Our Guest

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. 

  6.  Give Interior Surfaces a Christmas Cleaning

Plan a Christmas cleaning of your front-and-center interior surfaces to ensure they sparkle - along with you - this holiday season.

These include kitchen counters, appliances, and the all-important guest bathroom. And plan to check each surface, item, and room twice before guests arrive.

  7.  Create a Gift-Wrap Central

To simplify your holiday gift-wrapping, set up your own present-prep center like the pros do - with everything you'll need in a single, well-organized area.

Stock 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. You'll be delighted with the results and usually spend less in the process. 

  8.  Housecleaning Tech Support

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.

  9.  Encore!

And when the kids are through with that task, get them to organize a holiday movie classics playlist for everyone's future viewing pleasure while the relatives are in town. Any back talk, just remind them that Santa’s making a list…

  10.  Hang the Stockings: 

By the chimney, with care. Now, enjoy the holidays ahead!

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