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Cleaning Your House for Guests: A Checklist
It feels great to have a clean, organized, well-functioning home when you’ve got guests coming. Especially around the holidays. It’s like your gift to you.
Here’s how to get that satisfying feeling — no matter how much time you have. Just choose your starting point on this checklist:
Three (or More) Weeks to GoGet the printable version.
Think big picture. Get anything that requires a pro or installation out of the way now. No one wants calamity to strike when guests are pulling into the driveway.
Get your HVAC maintained if it’s overdue. If you have a self-cleaning oven, clean it now. An oven is most likely to break down during the cleaning cycle, so don’t save this task for last. Replace any appliance on its last legs. You don’t want your hot water to go out or fridge on the fritz with a houseful of guests. Steam-clean upholstery. (Or hire a pro. It’s a big job) Hire a handyman for those repairs you’ve been putting off. Check outdoor lighting. Replace old bulbs and call an electrician to address any bigger issues.
Two Weeks to GoGet the printable version.
It’s not panic time yet. Focus on decluttering and a few deep-cleaning tasks now, and you’ll have a more manageable to-do list when the ... more
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