Seven Holiday Cleaning Tips

The holiday season is a time for warmth, love, and togetherness. As much as we all look forward to the festivities, the prospect of hosting friends and family can often be a little overwhelming—especially when it comes to getting your home in tip-top shape. The truth is a clean and organized home sets the stage for a joyful and stress-free holiday season.

So, grab your broom, mop, and a dash of holiday spirit; let’s embark on a cleaning journey that even Santa would be proud of!

Cleaning Tips That Take Some of the Stress Out of the Holidays

1) Make a Cleaning Plan

Before you dive into the cleaning process, it’s essential to have a strategy. Not only will it help you streamline your efforts, but it will also ensure that you don’t overlook any crucial areas.

  • Prioritize Rooms: Think about which rooms will see the most action. The living room and kitchen are usually high-traffic areas, so focus on these first.
  • Timeline: If you’re short on time, a well-thought-out timeline can be a lifesaver.
  • Cleaning Supplies: Gather all your cleaning supplies in advance. The last thing you want is to find out you’re out of glass cleaner when you’re in the middle of tidying up.

Making a cleaning plan will help drive your family’s holiday cleaning efforts and help you de-stress and enjoy the season.

2) The Deep Clean

Now that your plan is in place, it’s time for the deep cleaning. Remember, this is not your usual weekend cleaning; this is the holiday edition, so leave no cushion unturned!

Living Room

From family to coworkers to Santa, your living room will see a lot of traffic this holiday season. Beginning the holidays with a clean living room will help you destress and enjoy the people who will spend time in this important part of your home.

  • Declutter: The first step is to declutter. Remove any unnecessary items and put them in their designated spots.
  • Dusting: Dust every surface, starting from the top (ceiling) and working your way down to avoid doubling your work.
  • Flooring: Carpets should be vacuumed thoroughly and, if needed, shampooed. Wooden or tile floors can be swept and mopped.


Much of the holiday magic will take place in the kitchen. A clean kitchen will help you navigate it more efficiently and ensure your dishes are the best they can be.

  • Cabinets and Countertops: Clean and disinfect all surfaces. Now is also a good time to reorganize your pantry and kitchenware.
  • Appliances: Deep clean your oven, stove, microwave, and refrigerator.
  • Sink: Don’t overlook the sink. Scrub it down until it shines like new.

Bedrooms and Guest Rooms

Your visiting relatives and family members will enjoy clean and tidy bedrooms:

  • Bedding: Wash all beddings, including pillows, pillowcases, and comforters.
  • Closets: Make room for guests’ belongings by organizing your closets and drawers.
  • Personal Touch: Add a vase of fresh flowers or a scented candle to make the room more inviting.


Don’t forget about the bathroom, especially if you’re expecting guests. Here’s a quick guide on how to make sure your bathroom is guest-ready:

  • Deep Clean: Scrub the toilet, sink, bathtub/shower. Wipe down all other surfaces, including faucets and handles.
  • Mirrors: Wipe down mirrors to ensure they are streak-free.
  • Stock Up: Make sure you have enough hand soap, toilet paper, and fresh towels. Place a small basket with travel-sized toiletries for guests to use if needed.

Outdoor Areas

If you’re planning to entertain outdoors or simply want to create a welcoming entrance, some outdoor tidying is in order.

  • Sweep and Mop: Clean the patio or deck. Remove leaves, debris, and cobwebs.
  • Furniture: Wipe down outdoor furniture and, if possible, wash the cushions.
  • Lighting: Check all outdoor lighting and replace any burnt-out bulbs.

3) Pay Attention to the Details

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make a big difference. As you go through each room, pay attention to small details:

  • Doorknobs and Light Switches: These often-overlooked areas are breeding grounds for germs. A quick wipe-down can make a world of difference.
  • Windows: Take some time to clean the inside and outside of your windows. Not only does it improve your view, but it also allows more natural light to brighten your home.
  • Air Quality: Consider using an air purifier or opening windows to let in fresh air. A light, festive scent can also add to the holiday atmosphere.

4) Develop an Emergency Cleaning Kit

Let’s face it; accidents happen—spills, stains, and other mishaps are almost inevitable when hosting. Having an emergency cleaning kit can save you from panicking when the inevitable occurs.

What to Include in Your Emergency Cleaning Kit:

  • Paper towels or cloth
  • Multi-surface cleaner
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Glass cleaner
  • Extra trash bags

Keep this kit in an easily accessible spot so that you can address any accidents promptly without having to rummage through your supplies.

5) Decorating Tips

Less Is More. Overcrowding your space with decorations can make it look cluttered. Stick to a theme or color scheme for a more cohesive look. Identify a few focal points where your decorations will make the most impact—like the fireplace mantle or dining table.

6) Involve the Family in Cleaning

The holiday season is all about togetherness, so why not make cleaning a family affair? Even the youngest members can contribute by picking up toys or helping set the table. Plus, the work gets done much faster when everyone chips in!

7) Get a Helping Hand from Asheville Cleaning Company

We understand that the holiday season can be busy, and sometimes, no matter how much you plan, time just seems to fly by. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the preparations or simply want to focus more on spending quality time with your loved ones, why not leave the cleaning to the professionals?

Why Choose Asheville Cleaning Company?

If you’re considering getting some help with cleaning this holiday season, Asheville Cleaning Company is your trusted partner.

  • Expertise: Our trained staff knows exactly what it takes to get your home sparkling clean and holiday-ready.
  • Customized Plans: We offer a variety of cleaning packages that can be tailored to meet your specific needs and budget.
  • Peace of Mind: With us taking care of the cleaning, you can focus on what really matters during the holiday season—creating cherished memories with family and friends.

Don’t let the stress of holiday cleaning dampen your festive spirit. Contact Asheville Cleaning Company today, and we’ll take the cleaning off your holiday to-do list. We’re here to make your holidays bright, merry, and impeccably clean!