We hope everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season. As we look towards the upcoming year, The Cleaning Ladies has put together our list of 10 tasks to check off your post-holiday deep clean checklist. Taking the time to store your holiday decorations and deep clean your home after the busy holiday season is over can be a daunting task. Making a checklist can help you plan out your deep cleaning journey.

Post-holiday cleaning is important to make sure your home is ready to take on the upcoming year and start off with a clean slate. Winter holiday festivities can leave your kitchen, bathrooms, and living areas in much need of some attention.

Our post-holiday checklist will help you get through it:

  • Holiday Decorations
  • Storing Decorations
  • Tables and Countertops
  • Area Rugs
  • Carpet
  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Bathrooms

Taking the extra time to deep clean all these parts of your home on top of your basic cleaning tasks will guarantee a fresh and healthy home for the year to come.

Holiday Decorations

Holiday decorations are a sign of the season. These decorations can create a warm and festive atmosphere for hosting our families and friends. When cleaning up after the holidays, it should be no surprise that these items should be the first thing on our checklist. When deep cleaning though, it is important to do more than simply pack up and store them.

Before storing your holiday decorations, you should take the time to dust off and wipe all your decorations. Cleaning your items before storing them will save you time next season and protect your items from any stains or damages. For wreaths and garlands, it is especially important to thoroughly dust these items as they are magnets for dust.

Storing Decorations

After cleaning all your decorations, you should properly pack and store all your items. Properly storing decorations will prevent damages and issues when later unpacking them. All Christmas lights and garlands should be wrapped carefully to avoid tangling. Fragile decorations should be wrapped and packed with care. Wreaths and other outdoor decorations should be covered and placed in safe areas. Protecting your decorations will guarantee that your family can enjoy them for years to come.

Tables and Countertops

Holiday decorations are not the only added clutter for your tables and countertops during the holidays. Holiday cards, presents and other clutter can linger if not properly removed. It is important to thoroughly clean all your surfaces in your home after you have stored your decorations. This is the perfect time to clean all glass surfaces with your preferred cleaning solution and wipe down other surfaces to remove any dirt or dust.

Area Rugs

Area rugs can be a catch-all during the holidays. They can collect dirt from the increased traffic, food crumbs, or debris from holiday decorations. Deep cleaning area rugs after the holidays is a great idea and should definitely be on your radar. Wait for a day with no chance of rain to shake and brush your rugs outdoors to remove any hair or debris. For rugs that are especially dirty, you might consider seeking professional carpet cleaning services.


Much like your area rugs, your carpets are in much need of attention after the holidays. This is the perfect time to deep clean your carpets while you are cleaning your area rugs. Higher traffic, holiday decoration debris and accidents might be the only holiday presents your carpets receive. Don’t let those pesky glitter and pine needles stick around like the snow outside.

You can take the DIY option of renting a carpet cleaning machine or reach out to a professional carpet cleaning surface. If you choose to clean these yourself, move all the furniture in your rooms and clean them with your rented equipment. If you choose to clean your carpets annually; then after the holidays is the perfect time to do so in preparation for the new year.


Kitchens are a central gathering place for many holiday parties. It should be no surprise that there are several appliances we should check off our post-holiday deep clean checklist. The heart of any kitchen is the refrigerator. From storing leftovers to keeping prepared meals ready for the parties to come, refrigerators are the focal point of the kitchen.

Start by removing all food items and disposing of old food items. After all, food has been removed, clean all shelves, bins, and drawers with soapy water and allow them to dry. Organize and replace all food items and enjoy a fresh and clean fridge for the year to come.


Stovetops take a beating during the holiday season. All the time preparing and reheating holiday meals can do a number on your stovetop. It is important to deep clean the surface to prevent any stains or hard set in grime.

Apply your favorite cleaning solution and allow the solution to break down any stains or grime. Wipe the surface with warm water, then dry to remove any excess moisture.


Ovens take on a lot during holiday baking and meal preparations. Adding them to your post-holiday deep cleaning list prevents odors or stains to set in. Some ovens have a self-cleaning option, but for those that do not you should clean them similarly to your stovetop. Apply cleaning solutions and allow them to break down stains or set in food before wiping them away.


Washing dishes can be a chore, but dishwashers can alleviate a lot of this effort. Taking the time to maintain and clean your dishwasher is important after the holidays. Dishwashers have filters that prevent debris from clogging pipes with food waste. Remove these filters and clean them thoroughly. There are several cleaning agents available for cleaning dishwashers. Apply these cleaners and run your dishwasher on high heat without any dishes for the best results.


Whether you were the host for a holiday party or family on an extended stay, bathrooms will have more traffic than usual during the holidays. Along with your post-holiday deep clean, you should give your bathrooms a deep clean. This includes cleaning all services, fixtures, and toilets while restocking any missing items. Deep cleaning and stocking your bathrooms will make sure you are prepared for any future guests and any unexpected household odours.

For any cleaning needs, feel free to contact us to see how we can best serve you.

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