Welcome to Day 1 of our 12 Days of Holiday #HostfulHacks. If you’re new around here, #HostfulHacks are tips and tricks to help you simplify hosting while entertaining family and friends. The goal of incorporating #HostfulHacks into your holiday preparations is to help you spend less time in the kitchen, less time stressing and less time doing so you can spend more time with loved ones.
Since the holidays tend to bring an array of decisions to be made and a multitude of tasks to be completed, we are sharing some of the best #HostfulHacks to incorporate into your holiday prep this year so you can say goodbye to overwhelm and embrace meaningful moments with those you love instead. And this year, we called upon our favorite fellow hostesses to share their best hacks for the season. But first, we are kicking the series off with Day 1 of 12 Days of Holiday #HostfulHacks!
Day 1 #HostfulHack: Deep Clean Early
When it comes to hosting and entertaining, we cannot stress enough just how impactful deep cleaning early can be when you’re planning to welcome guests into your home. Carving out time to do so in advance (we recommend no less than 4-5 days prior) will relieve so many stressors and to-do’s as you get closer to the big day. Then, the day prior or the day of simply wipe down surfaces as needed.
Our Deep Cleaning Early #HostfulHacks
- Enlist help! With the added tasks that come with the hustle and bustle of the season, we simply cannot do it all and do it all well. With that, enlist help from your significant other, kids and/or others living in your household. Divide the cleaning amongst those individuals and provide several days of notice. Share what day you would like those deep cleaning tasks to be completed (generally 4-5 days before any gatherings) so they can move at their own pace and perform tasks based on their personal schedules.
- Bin or bag it up. As you are deep cleaning, keep two bins or baskets and a trash can handy. Fill one bin/basket with donations and one with misplaced items. Throw trash immediately into the trash can and dispose. Place the donation bin/basket in your car when it is filled and drop at your nearest donation center. After the house is clean, walk through with the bin/basket with the misplaced items and return them to their proper places. If you do not have time to do so, tuck the bin/basket in an inconspicuous spot and return to it when you have time.
- Freshen up linens. This is a cleaning hack that often gets overlooked. Be sure to clean household linens and remove musty smells and stiffness by using this 2-cycle wash method! It will add to the overall cleaniness of your home and houseguests will greatly appreciate the effort.
Have any Deep Cleaning #HostfulHacks of your own? Please share them in the comments below!