Company’s coming


If you’re having family in for the holidays, you’re probably thinking of all that needs to be done before they arrive. Use this guide to conquer the tasks. Work on one room at a time and reward yourself for each room until you've completed the job. You’’ll be ready before you know it.

The basics – for every room in your home

  • Dust wall and ceiling light fixtures, then remove globes, and wash them out.
  • Remove cobwebs with a vacuum and brush attachment or a clean rag attached to the head of a broom.
  • Remove and wash window coverings, and dust the top of curtain rods and window trim.
  • Wash knick-knacks in warm soapy water and walls with an all-purpose cleaning solution. Touch up mars and chips with paint.
  • Wipe off switch plates.
  • Empty cabinets and drawers then wash them inside and out. Wash out and arrange drawer organizers, as well.
  • Wash windows and sills, and don’t forget the unsightly tracks.
  • Clean unupholstered furniture from top to bottom with an appropriate cleaner.
  • Vacuum upholstered furniture from top to bottom and under cushions, paying particular attention to creases and crevices where dust and grunge build up.
  • Vacuum lampshades with a soft bristle attachment.
  • Vacuum and mop under furniture and other stationary items.

Bedroom odds ’n ends

  • Remove items from under the bed, dust off storage containers, and dispose of clutter.
  • Vacuum under beds using attachments.
  • Eliminate unwanted articles from drawers.

The bathroom – scour and disinfect

  • Remove and launder shower curtain and liner, bath mat, toilet cover, and rugs.
  • Scour tub and shower from top to bottom, inside and out. Use a toothbrush to remove mold, mildew, and soap scum accumulation around the drain, faucet, knobs, and shower head.
  • Clean glass shower doors inside and out including the track.
  • Spray exterior of toilets with a sanitizing solution and wipe down.
  • Use a deodorizing solution on the baseboard and wall behind the toilet.
  • Wash toilet brush container and wastebasket.
  • Scrub sink and countertop including grooves around the drain, faucet, and knobs.
  • Dust the top edge of mirrors, towel racks, and other accessories.

Kitchen – contamination zones

  • Dust the top of kitchen cabinets.
  • Remove grease and grime from small kitchen appliances
  • Clean stove, oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher inside and out.
  • Wipe built up grunge in the top of the garbage disposal with a rag, then add ice and lemon slices and run the disposal to clean and freshen the blades.
  • Scrub countertops with a mild abrasive or degreaser.
  • Wash table and chairs from top to bottom, and don’t forget the cracks where table leaves meet. 



  • Gather cleaning tools and supplies before you get started. Have plenty of rags, an old toothbrush, q-tips, toothpicks, cleaning solutions, spray bottle, step stool or small ladder, and vacuum and attachments.
  • Work room-by-room for efficiency and to avoid duplicating or missing tasks.
  • Work around the room from top to bottom.
  • Play music as you clean. It may not save time, but will make time pass more quickly.