We aren't having guests in our home for Christmas this year, but many people do. So that is just one more task on the list to holiday preparations. In the past, I have made sure to do the cleaning several days in advance and then touch up just before if necessary. Turns out even though we aren't having guests it is time to clean again here.
As I do this cleaning, I tend to do some tidying along the way. I pick up all the cat toys and put them back in their basket. Shoes are put away in closets. If I find anything to donate or recycle I make sure to get those items to the right spot. I look at all the surfaces to see what can be put away. For me, the few things we have out on flat surfaces the better. It's easier to clean for one, but I find it relaxing for the mind as well.
What cleaning do you need to do before your holiday? Do you break up your tasks over several days or just get it all done in one session?