Holiday Party Checklist – Cleaning your Home Before & After the Festive Occasion

The holiday season in Springfield, MO is a time of joy, warmth, and festive gatherings.

Whether you’re hosting a cozy family affair or a glamorous holiday bash, having your home clean and party-ready is as essential as the event itself.

But don’t fret! RCH Cleaning has got you covered with a straightforward checklist to ensure your home shines before your guests arrive and is swiftly restored to its pre-party glory once the last guest waves goodbye.

Let’s dive into it.

Before the Party

This checklist will get you up and running long before your first guests arrive.

  • Declutter Common Areas: Walk through your home and clear any unnecessary items from surfaces like coffee tables, dining tables, and countertops. Tidy up the living room, kitchen, bathrooms, and entryway as these are the areas your guests will frequent.
  • Deep Clean the Bathrooms: Disinfect the toilets, scrub the sinks, wipe down mirrors, and mop the floors. Ensure you have a stock of toilet paper, hand soap, and fresh hand towels.
  • Kitchen Prep: The kitchen is often the hub of any party. Clean your appliances, countertops, and floors. Also, ensure your dishwasher and sink are empty to handle any dishes used during the party.
  • Focus on Flooring: Vacuum carpets and rugs, especially in high-traffic areas. Sweep and mop hardwood, tile, or linoleum flooring.
  • Seating and Surfaces: Dust and wipe down all surfaces, including side tables, chairs, and other furniture. Don’t forget to clean under couch cushions and throw pillows.
  • Guest Bedroom Check: If you have overnight guests, freshen up the guest rooms with clean linens, extra blankets, and pillows.
  • Odor Elimination: Empty all the trash bins, and use deodorizers or scented candles to ensure your home smells clean and inviting.
  • Set the Stage: Arrange your decorations, set up a coat area, and create a space for shoes to keep your entryway clutter-free.

After the Party

So, the party was amazing—and now, you’re left with an ‘amazing-sized mess’ to clean up! 

Well, don’t fret. Itemizing these tasks and knocking them out one by one is probably going to be your best best at staying orgnized in the post-party chaos.

  • Waste Management: Start by collecting trash from around the house. Recycle where possible, and ensure all garbage is bagged up and taken out.
  • Dish Duty: Load the dishwasher with any dirty dishes, glassware, and utensils. Hand wash anything that’s not dishwasher-safe.
  • Surface Sweep: Wipe down all surfaces that were used during the party, including countertops, tables, and other areas where food and drinks were served.
  • Spill Check: Inspect carpets, upholstery, and other fabrics for spills or stains. Treat them as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage.
  • Bathroom Refresh: Clean your bathrooms again, focusing on the sink, countertops, and toilet, especially if it was a large gathering.
  • Floor Care: Sweep and mop hard floors, and spot clean carpets or rugs if necessary.
  • Return to Normal: Reorganize furniture, decorations, and any other items that were moved for the party.
  • Restock: Replace any items used during the party, such as toilet paper, napkins, and hand soap.
  • Linen Laundering: Wash any tablecloths, napkins, guest towels, and bedding used during the event.
  • Final Walkthrough: Do a final walkthrough to ensure everything is back in place and your home is as welcoming as it was before the festivities began.


Preparing your home for a holiday party doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

With this checklist, you can tackle each task methodically, ensuring a clean and festive environment for your guests. 

After the celebration, a systematic cleanup will help bring your space back to its serene state, ready for you to relax and reminisce about the wonderful memories made.

Oh, and don’t forget—if you need a bit of extra help (either before or after your holiday celebrations), don’t hesitate to let us know. RCH would love to assist you in any way possible. 

Happy holidays, and may your home be as warm and inviting as the season itself!

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