Have you heard these expressions?
Slow and steady wins the race.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
The sentiment in all these phrases is basically this: when facing a large feat, success comes by breaking it down into small, manageable pieces. When it comes to preparing for company for the holidays, it is best to break it up. This guide was designed to help you in preparing for holiday company.
Preparing for Holiday Company
Plan and Prioritize
Start by making a list of what needs to be done. Try to keep things in perspective and avoid stressing about the small stuff. For example, fresh bedding and a clean bathroom will be more important to a guest than dust on the high shelves of the foyer.
Once you are clear about what needs to be done, consider who can help. Break up the tasks into smaller pieces over several days. Consider hiring a professional residential cleaning company to take care of the basic cleaning tasks so you can focus on the more specific ones.
Take an assessment of the decorations you have that you want to use. Dispose of or recycle anything you won’t use or that is damaged. Reward yourself with some retail therapy after your cleaning tasks are done to pick up more decorations if you decide.
Take a Cue from Short-Term Rentals
Airbnb suggests these minimum essentials for guests:
Toilet paper. Keep TP stocked and make it clear where additional rolls can be found. It’s also not a bad idea to place a plunger in the bathroom near the toilet if you haven’t already.
Soap. Provide hand soap as well as body soap for guests to use while they stay.
Towels. A fresh handtowel at the sink is a must. Provide a clean towel for each overnight guest, and it’s helpful to have empty hooks to hang wet towels.
Pillows and linens. Wash the linens for the guest bed(s) that will be used. Every guest should have at least one pillow. Consider making extra blankets available in case they are needed in the middle of the night.
Start Cleaning and Clearing Space
Create a welcoming entry. Make space in the coat closet for guests’ coats and boots if needed. Provide rugs and shoe trays for extra traffic. Let your decorations create a nice welcome in the entrance.
Deep-clean the kitchen. When hosting guests, a clean kitchen, especially if you are preparing food, is critical. Your cleaning company can handle the bulk of this, but consider cleaning the fridge and freezer to make room for all the food. Sanitize the shelves in the refrigerator and throughout the kitchen.
Deep-clean the bathrooms. Clear space for guest toiletries and store anything you don’t want them getting into, such as medications and cleaning products. Clean and disinfect any surfaces they may use. If you hire a professional cleaning company, they will handle this part for you, including cleaning the tub, shower, toilet, and floors.
Declutter guest bedroom. Clear space for guests to put luggage, clothes, and essentials. Clear access to outlets that guests can use for charging devices.
Dust and tidy. Dust areas where guests might see and generally tidy as you go, noticing what might be out of place or cause a hazard, such as loose cords someone could trip on.
Take out the trash. Declutter, hide, or throw away clutter like mail, magazines, or other unorganized or unsightly piles of things (we all do it; there’s no shame!).
Clean the floors. You don’t want to clean the floors too soon before guests arrive, so consider it one of the last tasks to prevent them from getting dirty again.
Cleaning Pro Tip
Use a professional house cleaning service in Arlington, Virginia to cover your bases before guests arrive. Have them return after guests have gone to help you relax into your holidays. Stress over cleaning is not a gift!
If you need help with preparing for holiday company, or if regular, ongoing cleaning tasks don’t bring you joy, consider letting them go into the professional and competent hands of A Cleaning Service. We’re an award-winning cleaning company serving the Greater Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland areas. Contact us today for a quote and spend your holiday time on the relationships that matter most to you.