How to Speed Clean Your Home for the Holidays

Get your home in tip top shape for guests this season with these expert tips (16 Photos)

Tobey Grumet on Oct 18, 2012 at 11:04AM

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How to Speed Clean Your Home for the Holidays

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Prioritize, Prioritize... Prioritize

Your holiday to-do list is endless, but where to start? Cleaning and organizing your home seems like a good bet, and it’s probably not as bad as you think. Begin with the simple stuff and go from there. “An uncluttered home looks cleaner than a cluttered home. So without any cleaning at all, you can make a much better impression on guests if you take some time to grab a laundry basket and pick up all that stuff that belongs elsewhere,” according to Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Cleaner. When you’re ready to put on the rubber gloves and get to work, here are some well-tested tips from the experts.

Start cleaning in the most important, or difficult, room in your home, says Dorothy Breininger, President of the Center for Organization and an expert on A&E’s “Hoarders.” Then set the number of minutes you will spend cleaning it. “Prioritizing your room ensures you get the most meaningful rooms done first -- so if you run out of time, you’ll still be ok."

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