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12 Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean During Holidays

It doesn't matter if you plan to have lots of guests stay over for the holidays or it's just you and your family lounging at home, you'll feel better when your space is clean and organized. Here are 12 tips for keeping your home clean for the holidays.

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Keep Cleaning Supplies Within Reach

Keep homemade bathroom cleaner and a sponge under the bathroom sink and kitchen cleaner within easy reach of the stove so you can clean up messes as they happen. It only takes a minute or two to clean up a quick mess and will reduce how often you need to do a thorough cleaning. Use this holiday tip to keep your house clean when your family visits.

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Make Your Bed When You Get Up

If you make the bed first thing in the morning, your bedroom will be tidier and you’ll kick-start your productivity level. And it will also be harder to crawl back into bed and put off chores! Try these tricks to speed clean the bedroom.

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Spray Down the Shower

Once a day, spray down the shower with all-purpose cleaner and give it a quick wipe down. You’ll have to do a deep clean during the holidays less often if you give your shower a quick spray and rinse each day.

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Check the Fridge

When making dinner each night, do a quick check of the fridge. Did anything spill or spoil? Toss anything that needs to go and wipe up any spills or leaks. And this will help keep you house clean during the holidays. And if you notice smells in your fridge, try these tips to get rid of bad fridge smells.

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Take Care of Dishes While You Wait for Coffee

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, take the time to clean up any dishes left from the night before. You can also use that time to empty the dishwasher so you’ll have one less chore to do later when things get busy. If your dishwasher isn’t cleaning dishes like it should, here is what you should do to fix a dishwasher.

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Clean as You Cook

Make kitchen cleanup easier (and quicker) by doing dishes as you go. And this will keep your house especially clean during the holidays. After you get the prep work done for your meal, do a round of dishes. Once your meal is ready, do a quick rinse of utensils and pots before sitting down for your meal.

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Dust During Commercials

If you’re a television watcher in the evening, use the commercials to your advantage. Reduce dust by wiping down the coffee table, side tables and media center during those two-minute breaks. With a dust free living room all of your relatives won’t be able to knit pick your home because it surly will be clean during the holidays.

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Keep Mail in One Spot

Keep all your mail in a tray or bin in a select spot and empty that tray once a week when you pay bills. And this way, you’ll keep everything you need in one spot instead of scattered around the house.

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Keep Up on Trash and Recycling

Take out the trash and empty the recycling bins every day or two. When you get in this habit it will prevent you from having garbage and recyclables pile up and become overwhelming. Here’s how to decipher those plastic recycling numbers so you know what can and can’t be recycled.

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Set a Timer

If you feel you have a lot of household tasks to tackle, set a timer for 20 minutes and commit to doing nothing else but cleaning and organizing during that time. You’ll likely get more done than you thought you could. These simple life hacks will keep your home organized.

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Think About Priorities

Not all cleaning is created equal, so think about things you really must get done. If you’re having company over for dinner tonight, focus more on common areas such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom—your bedroom and the garage can wait.

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Give Everyone a Task

Get the whole family involved to clean during the holidays. And while your spouse cleans and organizes the kitchen, you can tackle the bathroom and dining room. Put the kids on clutter control; have them put shoes away in the entry way and pick up old magazines and newspapers from the living room. Try these 12 painless ways to get kids to help with chores.

Rachel Brougham
Rachel Brougham lived through a major home renovation in 2019, knows the ups and downs of home improvement, and loves sharing tips with readers. A veteran journalist of both print and television, she’s won several awards for her writing and has covered everything from the environment and education to health care, politics and food. She’s written for several publications beyond newspapers including Bob Vila, Taste of Home and Minnesota Parent, and she currently writes a weekly syndicated newspaper column. Her memoir, Widowland, about the sudden loss of her husband, was published in 2022. She specializes in everything from home decor and design to lawn and garden, product reviews and pet care. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her tending to her garden (both vegetables and native plants), playing with her dog, watching sports with her family or getting some exercise. A native of Michigan, she currently lives in Minneapolis. An avid user of Instagram, you can follow her @RachBrougham.