Over the weekend, I started my holiday cleaning with the family room. I moved the couch and love seat, which I only do once or twice a year, for a thorough vacuuming. I also removed the bumpers that have been on the hearth since Elliott started walking. Because Jonah's never in the family room without a number of adults blocking the fireplace, I'm comfortable getting rid of that eyesore. Of course, now I'm fighting the sticky residue on the bricks. Goo Gone is doing the trick, but it'll take a few applications.
Today the carpets, couch, and love seat are being professionally cleaned. And since it's in the 70s, I'm washing windows.
For me, one of the biggest benefits of the holidays is a thoroughly cleaned house. Few things make me happier. I just love being in a clutter-free clean environment. Let the holiday cleaning begin!