Some 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. Or else we tend to save it all for spring cleaning, which makes spring cleaning such a daunting chore that it doesn’t occur, either.
I’ve found the best plan is to break down annual and seasonal tasks by month and tackle them on a daily or weekly basis. Nothing gets too backed up, and things eventually get done.
I’ve also found that concentrating on one room or area each month is more rewarding because you can see the results.
Here’s the December house cleaning checklist that works best for me.
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.
Deck the halls: Put up the holiday greenery and the Christmas tree. (Soak greenery 24 hours before putting it up to help it last longer.)
Put finishing touches on the holiday decor: Check light strands for duds and replace the burn-outs with new bulbs.
Ornament yourself this holiday season, with sparkling clean jewelry so you’ll shine 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 your home, family, and the holidays.
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.
To simplify your holiday gift wrapping, set up your present-prep center like the pros do - with everything you'll need in a single, well-organized area. A gift wrap organizer can help you keep it all together - neatly.
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 you'll spend less in the process.
Give the kids a job they will enjoy: Let them create and organize the holiday tunes playlist.
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 organizing the holiday music, get them to organize a holiday movie classics playlist for everyone's future viewing pleasure while the relatives are in town. Any backtalk, remind them that Santa's making a list…
Hang the Christmas stockings. By the chimney with care, of course.
Now, enjoy the holidays! Your December house cleaning checklist is complete, and your home is beautifully ready for the festivities ahead!