Complete Holiday Cleaning Checklist for Your Home

A holiday cleaning checklist is a “must-have” during the holidays, especially when the to-do list is long. This complete holiday cleaning checklist (with holiday cleaning tips) makes the task a little easier—and faster!—so families can get back to enjoying holiday festivities.

Holiday Cleaning Tips

  • When cleaning a room, start at the top and work down so surfaces don’t have to be “re-cleaned.”
  • Carry a bucket with cleaning supplies from room to room to minimize trips back and forth.
  • Try to do daily cleaning tasks every day, like wiping down countertops or sweeping the floor, so there is less to do later.
  • Test new cleaners in hidden areas to make sure they won’t damage counters, floor, or furniture. Try to use cleaners recommended by the manufacturer to avoid warranty issues.
  • Dust surfaces before decorating.
  • When pressed for time, tackle the most important cleaning tasks first (i.e. cleaning toilets, wiping down countertops, etc.) so the most commonly used areas of the home are clean.
  • Bring in a home cleaner to help tackle important spaces (like the kitchens or bathroom) before a holiday gathering.
  • Always make sure driveways and sidewalks are clean and safe before guests arrive.

Holiday Cleaning Checklist

Entryway

___ Clean lighting.

___ Dust furniture and shelves.

___ Clean wall hangings.

___ Wash windows.

___ Sweep, mop, or vacuum floors and rugs.

Bedrooms & Guest Rooms

___ Clean lighting and dust ceiling fans.

___ Dust furniture and shelves.

___ Clean TVs and projectors.

___ Wash windows.

___ Launder and change sheets.

___ Clean wall and door trim.

___ Empty trash.

___ Sweep, mop, or vacuum floors and rugs.

Bathrooms

___ Clean lighting and vacuum bathroom fans.

___ Clean shower tile or shower surround and tub.

___ Wipe down shower doors.

___ Empty trash.

___ Clean tops of cabinets and shelves.

___ Wash windows.

___ Dust furniture.

___ Wipe down countertops.

___ Clean toilets.

___ Launder and replace towels and linens.

___ Clean trim.

___ Sweep, mop, or vacuum floors and rugs.

___ Restock toilet paper, hand soap, and lotion (if applicable).

Living rooms/Dens

___ Clean lighting and dust ceiling fans.

___ Dust shelves and furniture.

___ Clean fireplace mantle.

___ Clean TVs and projectors.

___ Wash windows.

___ Wipe down or vacuum couches, sectionals, and love seats. (Vacuum under furniture as well.)

___ Dust wall and door trim.

___ Sweep, mop, or vacuum floors and rugs.

Kitchen

___ Clean lighting and dust ceiling fans.

___ Dust tops of cabinets and cabinet doors.

___ Wipe down stove hoods.

___ Wash windows.

___ Clean kitchen appliances like the stove, refrigerator, and microwave (tops, inside, behind, and under).

___ Wash dishes.

___ Remove countertop appliances and wipe down countertops.

___ Clean countertop stools

___ Dust wall and door trim.

___ Empty trash.

___ Sweep, mop, or vacuum floors and rugs.

Dining Room

___ Clean lighting and dust ceiling fans.

___ Dust shelves and furniture.

___ Wash windows.

___ Dust wall and door trim.

___ Sweep, mop, or vacuum floors and rugs.

Mudroom

___ Clean lighting.

___ Dust tops of cabinets and cabinet doors.

___ Organize closets and clean closet floors.

___ Dust shelving.

___ Arrange bins and mudroom items.

___ Wash windows.

___ Dust wall and door trim.

___ Sweep, mop, or vacuum floors and rugs.

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