When it comes to the holidays, one might notice themselves being a little more stressed and overwhelmed by everything that needs to get done. 

And while it is fun to host friends and relatives for the holiday gatherings, getting prepared for it is no easy task. 

To make things go a little more smoothly on your end, we created this holiday cleaning guide that has everything you need to clean to impress the in-laws this holiday season. 

Start Early

Starting early and getting a jump start on the holiday season will be a major stride in having your home ready for all those guests coming over. 

It will also give you the chance to wander around the house and put yourself in their shoes and make notes on things that can be improved. 

Give yourself more time to clean and organize everything, you’ll thank yourself later. 

Use the Right Products

While using an all-purpose cleaner can be great for saving you time, it can also come with a price. 

Surfaces like leather, wood, and even stone should have their own designated products to ensure they have a long-lasting life and less damage done to them. 


Check the Condition of Your Cooking Materials and Surfaces

Taking good care of your cooking surfaces not only makes cleanup easier, but it reduces the likelihood of stains appearing on those surfaces, so be sure to wipe down and condition any surfaces that will be used for cooking this year. It is also smart to check your cooking materials to be sure they are in good condition and can handle the workload of hosting the holidays. 

Empty the Fridge

Clean out your refrigerator to make sure you have enough space for the holiday treats. This means you have to throw out those old leftovers and condiments and get your refrigerator down to the essentials. Clean the shelves and wipe down bottles and jars before you place them back in. 

Wipe Down All Kitchen Appliances and Countertops

Fingerprints on the fridge can send people running as they make their way to the fridge. Take a second to wipe down all those fingerprints (and whatever else). Also, check on the countertops while you are in the habit of wiping things down. These can be popular gathering spots for crumbs and old spills that never got cleaned up, so be sure to find the best spray for your countertop and use it on a regular basis. 

Dining Room or Area

Keep your table wiped down after your meals, and get into the habit of washing your table linens. It would also be a wise idea to have coasters out for people to see so you can avoid beverage rings on glass and wood surfaces. 

Living Room

Spot Clean the Carpet

Be on the lookout for any stains and spots that appear on the carpet. Be careful though. If you are removing a stain from a slightly colored carpet, spot-cleaning can leave a reverse stain on the carpet. If this is the case, you may want to consider just getting the whole thing done ahead of time. 

Wipe Down Tables, Surfaces, and Other Items

Be sure to wipe down any tables or surfaces that you have in your living room space, as well as other miscellaneous items sitting on these tables and countertops that collect dust throughout the year


Clean the Shower Door

The solution you use to keep your windows looking cleaner can also be used to make the shower door look nice and clean without any buildup and soap scum hanging around. 

Shine Up the Mirrors

Use some glass cleaner to clean off the toothpaste splatter on you mirror so people can get a nice clean reflection when looking at themselves. 

Other Things to do

  • Stock up on clean hand towels for the bathrooms so they can be quickly replaced when they are overused and wet.
  • Place tissues and hand sanitizer inside of bathrooms for people to quickly sanitize.
  • Deep-clean the rest of the bathrooms as well as medicine cabinets (yes, people will be peaking).


Make the Bed

Make the bed with fresh sheets and pillows, and make your guests feel truly welcome. This way they won’t be able to tell that you secretly want them to leave.  😉


To go the extra mile, give your guests water, magazines, and a few fresh towels for them to have if they desire. Go through the old magazines and newspapers and toss the ones that are old and uninteresting, and leave a few on the table if they want to do some late-night reading. 

Wash the Bed Linens

Be sure to wash the bed linens before the big rush and give them a thorough cleaning before the holiday rush takes over. Inventory your laundry supplies so you don’t run out of anything at this busy time of the year.

Entryway, Common Areas, and Floors


To prevent dirt from spreading into your house, put doormats and throw rugs in entryways. It may also be a good idea to have some sort of boot tray, and a coat rack or basket for hats and gloves if they are needed. 

Dusting and Vacuuming

Be sure to vacuum your carpets and floors so the dust bunnies don’t crash the party. Take a duster to the window sills and frames, along with any other flat surface or corners around the house

Window Cleaning

Give your windows a nice clean look for guests to see through and remove any of the dust and fingerprints that were there before. 

Hopefully, this list helps you get everything in order and makes things a little less stressful.

If you need help with tasks such as window, carpet, or furniture cleaning, give ServiceMaster a call. We’re more than happy to help you get your home sparkling for this holiday season.