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The Ultimate Holiday Clean-Up Plan

December 13, 2013

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Have you started your holiday cleaning yet?  I have NOT!  I tidied up and decorated, but my home needs a good cleaning, especially since it will be filled with guests in a few short weeks.  Since I don’t have the time to schedule a full day of cleaning right now, I am turning to the “Holiday Clean-Up 20-Day Plan”.

The 20 day clean-up plan is a great way to thoroughly clean your home for holiday guests while only cleaning about 15 to 30 minutes a day.  Sounds great to me considering that’s about all the time I have right now to devote to cleaning!  I am starting the plan a few days late (5 days actually) but I am going to double up my days and catch up.  Why not give the 20 day plan a try and clean your home too?  This way we can share our thoughts and easy time-saving tricks with each other!

Here we go:


Starting with the guest room, all you need is furniture polish, a blue microfiber cloth for the mirrors and windows, a large looped microfiber dusting cloth, and a bucket and microfiber mop for washing heavy dirt.

Day 1 – Strip and wash the sheets. Remake the bed.

Day 2 – Dust the walls and the woodwork using a microfiber mop, microfiber cloth, and spray bottle of water.

Day 3 – Clean the mirrors, glass, and windows with a blue microfiber cloth and warm water.

Day 4 – Dust the furniture using a large looped microfiber cloth and a small spritz of furniture polish.

Day 5 – Wash or dust the radiators and baseboards. If they have a large buildup of dust, use a bucket of hot water and microfiber cloth.

Day 6 – Vacuum the entire room. If you have extra time, move the furniture and vacuum.  Don’t forget to use the crevice vacuum piece to vacuum the edges of the carpet near the walls.

The guest room is now clean!  See how efficiently the 20-day clean-up plan works so far?

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Next, we conquer the dining room.

To clean the dining room, we need a microfiber mop, ironing water (which is vodka and a few drops of essential oil mixed together), silver polish, and hardwood cleaner.

Day 7 – Dust the walls and woodwork using your microfiber mop and spray bottle of water. This will remove the dust on the walls and any cobwebs that might be hanging around.

Day 8 – Dust all the furniture with a microfiber cloth and light furniture polish. Make sure to spray the cloth with the polish instead of the furniture. This will make dusting faster and easier.

Day 9 – Clean all the light fixtures and windows using a blue microfiber window cloth and water.

Day 10 – Organize and wash all the dishes you will be using during the holidays.  Run one big load in the dishwasher so you know everything is sparkling clean.

Day 11 – Wash and iron table covers you may be using during the holiday season. Check for spots and stains before putting them in the washing machine. A nice touch is to use ironing water scented with a light essential oil.

Day 12 – Wash and polish the silverware you will be using.

Day 13 – Give the entire room a thorough vacuuming or wash the hardwood floors. Use your edging tools to get into tight places around the furniture.

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Moving on to the kitchen…

Family and friends always seem to flock to the kitchen, don’t they?  Because of this, you might want to deep clean the kitchen, focusing on all the places your guests just might see.

For a deep clean kitchen, we are going to need a microfiber cloth, some scrubbing sponges, an all-purpose cleaner, and an “eraser” sponge.

Day 14 – Clean out the refrigerator and wipe all the shelves and door trim. Your guest will be in and out of the refrigerator getting drinks and ice, so you want it to be spotless. Use an all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth to clean.

Day 15 – Clean the inside of your oven because someone will be peeking inside there sometime during your party!  A quick way to clean up spills is to use a layer of baking soda and then spray it with white vinegar . Let it sit overnight then wipe away the spill!  I have done this many times and it REALLY WORKS!

Day 16 – Clean the inside of your microwave by heating up some lemon juice in a bowl. The steam will help remove any buildup without using chemicals. Use a scrubby sponge to remove burnt on food.

Day 17 – Clean the inside of your kitchen drawers using warm water and a microfiber cloth.  Don’t forget to wipe down the sides and fronts of the drawers and the kitchen cabinets.

Day 18 – Clean the inside and outside of your coffeepot and coffee maker with a coffeepot cleaner. You can use white vinegar or product made for coffeepots.

Day 19 – Check and clean all other small appliances you may be using during the holidays, such as the toaster, the mixer, and while you’re at it, the ice bucket.  Use a scrubby sponge and an all-purpose cleaner to make them sparkle and shine.

Day 20 – Run all of the cooking utensils through the dishwasher so they will be clean and ready for the holiday meal.

And that’s it!  You are ready for guests!  The bulk of your cleaning is done, and if you’re like me, your stress has diminished by half.  Now, all you need to worry about is giving everything a quick wipe and vacuum the morning of.

Getting ready for a holiday event does not need to be stressful; it just takes a little extra planning.  The 20-day plan helps you clean the three most frequently used rooms during a party or dinner, minus the stress.  Plan to do one thing a day, and your home will be perfect for your holiday entertaining.


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