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Holiday Preparation - Your Appliance Maintenance Checklist

The holidays bring visitors, vacations, and lots of fun. But sometimes all the hustle and bustle can make preparing your home for the holidays a little stressful. However, with some pre planning and a holiday checklist for all your indoor and outdoor home maintenance tasks, you can get everything done and reduce your stress. Once you start checking things off your list, you may actually have time to enjoy the holidays. So, let’s get started!   

Party Prep and Cleaning Tasks 

Shopping and making your house 'holiday ready' are most likely a few of the things at the top of your holiday list. Depending on the size of your home and gift list, these tasks can be quite an undertaking. Here are some things that can help make completing them a little easier:     

  • Make your party gift/supply shopping list. Make a list of any parties you’ll be attending and hosting over the next few months. Make a list of any gifts or supplies you’ll need for the parties. If you want to take things a step further, split your party gift/supply list up by store to minimize the number of trips you have to make to the stores. Then it’s time to shop!   

  • Clean your furniture. Holiday gatherings and guest are the perfect reason to thoroughly clean areas of your home that are usually neglected during regular cleaning, like under and behind furniture. Wipe down wood furniture with cleaner and a microfiber cloth; apply wood polish if desired. Consider cleaning your upholstery, too. You can either rent a machine or hire a reliable upholstery cleaning company. 

  • Deep clean those bathrooms. It may be the most dreaded of the holiday home maintenance tasks, but deep cleaning your bathrooms is necessary prep. Especially if you’re going to have overnight guest. Start with vanity tops, and then get into the fun stuff, like the toilet, shower and sink. Be sure to put in a new bathroom garbage bag, and leave fresh towels out for your guests. Adding a scented candle can be a nice touch that helps spread some extra holiday cheer. Need some motivation and guidance? Check out this excellent bathroom cleaning checklist.   

  • Prepare extra waste bins. Holiday parties create lots of trash and recycling, especially if gifts are exchanged. Strategically placing labeled trash and recycling bins throughout the house can help reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning up after a party. The labeled bins encourage guests to dispose of items instead of leaving them on countertops and/or tables. 

  • Clean your outdoor walkways. If your holidays include wintery weather, then visitors will need safe, clean walkways to navigate. Remove any leaves, debris or snow from your sidewalks and other foot-traffic areas. If you’re expecting icy or snowy weather, salt the driveway, sidewalks, and entryway steps at least an hour before your guests arrive. If your yard or walkways are in bad shape, hire a snow removal and yard cleanup service. 

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Appliance Maintenance Tasks  

Whether it’s planning for holiday parties or guests, don’t forget your appliances! Our experts recommend the following maintenance tasks: 

  • Clean out the refrigerator. Depending on the size and number of parties you host, you may need a little more room in your refrigerator for all the party food—if you’re traveling, you’ll need to remove any dated perishables. Throw out expired food, drink, condiments, dressings, and other items to make room. Once you’ve cleaned off the shelves, carefully remove them and give them a rub-down in the sink with soap and water. Make sure they’re dry before you put them back. Don’t over buy everyday items—especially prior to hosting a party. Try to confirm and update your party list, then buy accordingly. Make sure you have enough room in your frig prior to stocking up for your party food. 

  • Clean the oven. To ensure your oven is in perfect working order for holiday cooking and baking, give it a nice clean. If your oven has a self-cleaning option and you prefer to use that, follow these guidelines to reduce fumes and odors. If you choose the self-cleaning option, do it at least a day or more before guest arrive.   

  • Clean the dishwasher filter and drain. Some people don’t even realize they have a cleanable filter on their dishwasher. On most models, the filter is on the bottom (inside the unit) near the back wall. Twist it out carefully, and clean out the gunk using a cleaning brush and dish soap. To clean the drain and other components, follow these dishwasher cleaning tips.  

  • Clear out the washing machine lint trap. Yes, the washer has one of these. If you’ve never cleaned it out, it’s time! Here’s how to find and clean the washer lint filter to make your next heavy laundry day more efficient.  

To make sure all of your appliances are in good working order, call in your local appliance pros. Although there is never a good time for an appliance to break down, a broken appliance during the holidays can be an even bigger headache. To ensure your appliances are ready for your next shindig, connect with the experts to  schedule an appointment online or call us today at (888) 998-2011.    

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Need More Help with Your To-Do List?  

The holidays are a time for family, fun, and sharing. But if you have a holiday to do list that seems endless, it can be also be a stressful time of year. Let Mr. Appliance help you take appliance maintenance off your list. If you need help with any of the other things on your holiday to do list, we can do that too! Download the Neighborly App today to gain access to all the home services you need, right at your fingertips! The Neighborly app makes it easy to schedule repairs, maintenance, or upgrades within minutes. Then all you have to worry about is completing that holiday shopping list.