5 Tips for Keeping a Clean Home During the Holidays

cottage and sea minimalist christmas living room


It's finally the most wonderful time of the year. The temperatures are dropping, the egg nog is coming out, gifts are being exchanged, and everybody seems to be a little merrier than usual. The holidays are so much fun, and they're known for three major things: a lot of joy, a lot of food, and a lot of mess.

As the holiday season approaches, it can be hard to find time to keep your home clean and organized. Whether you're entertaining family or friends, masquerading as the man in the big red suit, or simply trying to keep up with all of your usual daily tasks, keeping your home spotless during this busy time of year can feel like an impossible task.

But don't worry—with these simple tips, you'll be able to keep your house clean and tidy no matter how chaotic the season gets.

How Often Should I Clean During the Holidays?

As with most cleaning tasks, the frequency of when you should clean depends on your specific needs and schedule. If you have kids living in your house or visiting around the holidays, you'll likely need to clean up more often than if you're hosting festivities for adults. Try the tips below and find a routine that works best for you.

Declutter Before You Deck the Halls

One of the first things you should do is declutter. Take some time to go through your belongings and get rid of anything you don't need. This will not only free up space in your home, but it will also make it easier to keep things tidy.

The holidays are a great time to give back and donate, so take inventory of your things and figure out what you might be able to part with. Somebody else will likely get much more use out of that sweater you've only worn once.

Don't Overdo the Decorating

Once you've decluttered, you can start thinking about decorating. If you're short on time, choose a few key pieces that will make a big impact. Something as simple as a festive wreath or a string of lights can transform your space and get you into the holiday spirit.

Living room decorated with Christmas tree and garland

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Don't Abandon Your Systems

In the hubbub of the holidays, it's easy to abandon your systems for laundry, dishes, and more—but try your best not to. Great systems are a clean home's best friend, so follow through with fidelity to stay organized while you're getting festive.


If you don't have systems for regular cleaning tasks, now would be a great time to establish some.

Clean the Little Details

Don't forget to focus on the little details. Polish your silverware, stock up on guest towels, and make sure there are plenty of blankets and pillows for everyone to be comfortable. With a little bit of planning, you can easily get your home ready for the holiday season.

Christmas table settings

The Spruce / Margot Cavin

Enlist Some Help

Consider using some additional help during the holidays if necessary, whether it's bringing in family members to assist or hiring someone to come in and clean while you're out of the house, a little extra assistance can make all of the difference when it comes to keeping your home spick and span. If you do choose to hire someone, you'll want to enlist some true professionals that will take extra care around your delicate decorations.

Christmas fireplace filled with candles

Design: Emily Henderson / Photo: Sara Ligorria-Tramp

With these simple tips, you'll be able to enjoy the holidays this year without worrying about how to fit in any necessary cleaning or tidying up. The end of the year is much more fun when you don't spend it stressed about the state of your home. So, go ahead—dive into those holiday parties, gather around the dinner table with loved ones, and embrace all of the joy that comes with this wonderful time of year.

Best wishes for a happy and clean holiday season!