How to deep clean the guest room

Preparing for holiday visitors forces us to address chores and projects we kept postponing when the weather was warmer and the days were longer. Even during this busy time of year, it’s possible to get things checked off “the list” whether routine maintenance or improvement project. But it’s important to start early, so it can all happen before the [...]

Post-holiday cleanup: LATER is NOW

Oosouji is the Japanese tradition of cleaning up and getting ready for the new year.  When translated it means the “big clean”.  The Japanese actually spend their New Year’s Eve cleaning their home to get it ready for the incoming new year. (These are people after my own heart.)

Let’s do an American version of oosouji for our homes.  Nothing [...]

Holiday Stain Removal Primer

Along with the season’s cheer come some nasty holiday stains.  Whether it’s a tiny spill on a guest’s new dress or an oily mess on your heirloom table cloth, having the basics at hand will help you get through the holiday stain season. Read this now and add any stain removal items on your last grocery list before the [...]

Final Week: Holiday Cleaning Countdown

20 – Day Challenge
The 20-Day Challenge is in the home stretch – and your home is looking better each day. In the FINAL WEEK of our holiday cleaning countdown, we focus on the kitchen.

No matter how hard you try to prevent it, everyone ends up congregating in the kitchen. And some of your friends will want to help [...]

Week 2 of the Holiday Cleaning Countdown

20-Day Challenge: Week 2

The Dining Room

(Scroll to the bottom for links to other blogs in this Countdown Series, including a printable checklist.)
The focus for our Holiday Cleaning Countdown is the three rooms you’ll use most when entertaining during the holidays. And this week the focus is the dining room. With one task per day, you’ll spend 7 days [...]

20-Day Challenge: Holiday Clean Up – DAY 1

To help prepare you for the holidays, we’ve collected some expert advice from our guest bloggers to share throughout December. Be sure to check out our 20 Day Challenge on holiday cleaning and getting your home ready for the holidays. If you plan to host overnight guests, we recommend you download the Holiday Clean-Up 20-Day Challenge PDF guide below, [...]

Holiday Clean Up: 20-Day Challenge

Getting ready for a Holiday event doesn’t need to be stressful, it just takes a little extra planning. The Holiday Clean Up 20-Day Challenge is a step-by-step cleaning guide for the three most visible rooms during a party or dinner.  It’s simple to follow: each day there is one assigned task.  Follow this cleaning guide and, in just 20 [...]