Declutter your home
This is the time to get rid of any items that do not have a place in your home, or to simply find a new place where they do. The tricky part is being honest with yourself. When decluttering your home, you need to recognize the items that you really do and do not need. Psychology Today advises those of you who have trouble giving things away to ask yourself this question, “If I was buying this today, how much would I be willing to pay for it?” This trick will help you recognize how valuable the item truly is to you.
Clean the Windows…All of Them
If you want to know how to really clean your house, the trick is to be thorough! While cleaning your windows,inside and out, you’ll want to start by vacuuming the sills and tracks. Then coat the window in your favorite window cleaner and let it sit for about 1-2 minutes. After it has soaked, squeegee the window in one direction from the inside and then in the opposite direction from the outside. This way, you’ll be able to spot the streaks much easier.
Clean In and Around Appliances
This is meant for your kitchen’s large appliances. Since this chore is largely overlooked throughout the year, you may be surprised how filthy the items, walls, and floor have become in those areas. Thoroughly clean your refrigerator, dishwasher, and stove inside and out before pulling them from the wall to clean their surroundings (if possible). To make this chore even easier, wait until your refrigerator is almost empty so you won’t have to worry about cleaning around the food or leaving it out for too long.
Dust, Dust, Dust
You wouldn’t believe how much dust blankets your home, even when it’s not in plain sight. Freshen up the room by vacuuming every upholstered surface, dusting all of the frames and artwork, underneath the electronics, and within the pantry and cabinet shelves.
Deep Clean the Floors
This is one of the more difficult checklist items, as all pieces of furniture must be removed from the rooms you are cleaning. However, using cheap furniture gliders makes it much easier! Once all your furniture has been removed (and we mean all of it, not just the smaller pieces), then you’re ready to clean the floors! Use a microfiber mop and a safe cleaner on hardwood floors, and a professional-grade carpet cleaner on carpeted floors.
Re-Stock on the Home Cleaning Basics
Although you may not use them all right away, at least you will have them ready to go throughout the year! Here are just a few basic cleaning items you should stock in your home at least once a year, ideally during your deep cleaning process:
- Baking Soda
- Rubber Gloves
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Streak-Free Glass Cleaner
- Wood Cleaner (If you have wood floors or furniture)
- Microfiber Mop
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Dish Soap
- Multipurpose Cleaner
These are just a few tips that will help you get ready for a cozy day at home with the ones you love or a house full of guests coming in from out of town. There any many other deep clean tips (stay tuned for more) but these basics are a great start and reminding check list to those who are feeling the overwhelming task of preparing your home for company. Regardless, remember that it’s about the memories you create not the press of your curtains or shine of your floors. From ServiceMaster of Redmond we wish you a relaxing, warm and blessed holiday season.