The Ultimate Holiday Home Cleaning Checklist

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The Ultimate Holiday Home Cleaning Checklist

If you’re in need of a guide for pre-guest holiday cleaning, look no further. Here is our list of cleaning tasks to accomplish in each room before you deck the halls.

Living Room

Christmas living room interior with a big Christmas tree

Your guests will be spending time with you and others in the living room, so you’ll want to spend the most time in here. Make sure you’re thorough and critical if you really want to impress your guests this year.

  • Dust the high-up and hard-to-reach areas
  • Clean the windows  and mirrors
  • Wash your throw blankets
  • Spot clean your carpets and furniture
  • Vacuum thoroughly, especially around the Christmas tree
  • Wipe the coffee table, fireplace mantle, shelves, and side tables free of dust
  • Rearrange and fluff the couch pillows
  • Tidy up any kid or pet toys
  • Set out coasters on all tables


light white Christmas kitchen with red decor elements

No holiday is complete without a delicious feast freshly prepared in the kitchen. Make sure yours is clean and ready for a flurry of activity before your guests arrive so that everything goes as smoothly as possible.

  • Dust top to bottom
  • Wipe down and disinfect high-touch surfaces and countertops
  • Deep clean and de-grease the oven
  • Clear out and clean the fridge and freezer
  • Clean and sanitize your cutting boards
  • Do the dishes and empty the dishwasher
  • Wash dish towels and set out fresh sponges
  • Clean and polish the sink
  • Clean the sink’s disposal
  • Take out the trash


classic New Year's bedroom holiday interior

If you’ll be hosting some overnight or extended-stay guests, you should make sure your bedrooms are ready for them. It can be fun and welcoming for guests if you put extra care and thought into where they’ll be staying for the night, so make sure you make things cozy.

  • Dust top to bottom
  • Wash the bedding so it’s fresh for guests
  • Make the bed and fluff the pillows
  • Provide the WiFi password for guests
  • Vacuum and freshen the air
  • Add a mini welcome basket
  • Water bottles
  • Snacks and candies
  • Mini toiletries
  • Spare towels


Santa taking a bath

Whether you have long-term guests or are just hosting for the evening, you’ll want to make sure your bathrooms are ready for use. Like your guest bedrooms, you’ll want to be extra thoughtful of these spaces so that your guests will have everything they need during their visit.

  • Dust the light fixtures
  • Clean the mirrors
  • Clean the shower, tub, toilet, and sink
  • Wipe down and declutter counters
  • Wash bathmats and shower curtains
  • Supply extra toilet paper
  • Set out room spray
  • Remove personal items from guest bathrooms
  • Wash and rehang the towels
  • Refill soap or switch it out for a festive scent
  • Set out spare toiletries

Dining Room

Setting Elegant Christmas Table

If dinner is served at your house this year, you’ll need to make sure your dining room is ready for guests. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough seating for everyone, so if this means you’ll be using multiple tables, make sure everything is just right before everyone arrives.

  • Dust top to bottom
  • Wash all serving dishes
  • Wash and fold cloth napkins
  • Polish metal serving dishes and utensils
  • Arrange seating for all your guests
  • Wash and lay table cloths
  • Make sure table settings and utensils are clean
  • Vacuum under and around tables
  • Set centerpieces
  • Set the table in preparation for guests

At the Front Door

Friends Gathering For Christmas

Make sure your guests are greeted with a clean and inviting entryway so that they’ll feel right at home and ready for holiday festivities. Check that you’ll have space for everyone’s coats and shoes when they arrive.

  • Dust top to bottom
  • Clean and beat the welcome mat outside and throw rug inside
  • Sweep the front steps free of leaves and debris
  • Wipe door handles
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Clear space in closets for guests’ outerwear
  • Set aside space for guests’ shoes
  • Vacuum and mop if necessary


House entrance decorated for holidays

Allow for easy arrival and departure for your guests by tidying up, prepping for winter weather, and providing plenty of light so they can see where they’re going at night. We’re hoping for a white Christmas, so make sure you’re ready for snow.

  • Make sure your holiday lights are on and working
  • Make sure the easy-to-reach windows are clean
  • Shovel and treat your sidewalk and walkway to the front door if it is icy
  • Make sure your doorbell and front door lights work
  • Put away tools or lawn equipment
  • Prep your driveway for any risky weather conditions
  • If you’re guests will be parking in the street, let your neighbors know (It’s polite!)

Finishing Touches

You can clean your fruits and vegetables by filling your sink with cold water and mixing in ¼ a cup of hydrogen peroxide and allowing your produce to soak for a few minutes.

  • Clean the baseboards
  • Wash or steam the curtains
  • Make sure you’ve added festive decor in every room
  • Light candles, use room sprays, or turn on scent diffusers
  • Light the fireplace for a cozy evening


Once you’ve crossed everything off the list and checked it twice, you’re officially ready for your holiday guests. If you need some help making sure everything looks amazing in time for the holidays, contact us! We can help you clean up around the house so that you have time to get all your shopping done. Happy Holidays!