After the turkey is served and the guests are gone, you may be looking at a disaster area that once resembled your home. The Cowboys game may be over, but the mess left in your kitchen and family room is here to stay.
It may look overwhelming, but you can tackle the mess. Use these tips to help cut through the stains and clutter while minimizing your cleanup stress.
Survey the damage
Walk through every room of your home and determine what needs to be cleaned first. Red wine stains, mud in the carpet, and spills on the upholstery should probably be addressed before you tend to the pots and pans. After you’ve dealt with the major issues, work room by room until everything is back in order.
Clean the kitchen
Letting dirty pots, pans, and dishes sit too long means they’ll be more difficult to clean later. If you didn’t wash up immediately after dinner, start this chore as soon as the guests have said goodbye. Load the dishwasher and scrub any pots and pans that can be cleaned quickly. Allow stubborn dishes to soak while you tidy up the living room, but don’t let them linger overnight.
Sanitize the bathrooms
Your kitchen may be the messiest room post Thanksgiving, but your bathroom is likely a close second. Give the toilets a quick cleaning, take out the trash, and wipe down surfaces with a sanitizing cleaner. Light a candle to clear up any lingering smells, and sweep the floors with a microfiber mop.
Cleaning up after the holidays shouldn’t be a solo effort. Crank up the tunes, and give everyone in your family a few tasks to complete. Having help will mean that the mess is gone in record time, and you may even get to do a little family bonding as you clean. After everything is spic and span, treat everyone to a leftover slice of pumpkin pie, hot cocoa, and the perfect holiday movie.
Call a professional
If the mess is more than you can handle, get professional help. A cleaning service will return your home to better-than-new shape in just a few hours while you unwind with a little holiday shopping or cocktails with a friend. If a full home cleaning isn’t in your budget, a cleaning service can at least handle the most difficult rooms while you tackle the rest.
Cleaning your home after guests are over is never fun, but a plan of attack and a little help will make your home look better than ever. Just in time for a new batch of holiday visitors.