Simplify your holiday preparations: Our guide offers practical suggestions to make pre- and post-party duties go smoothly.
Make it shine
Before the holidays arrive, spare some time to attend to those oft-neglected but necessary chores such as polishing the furniture and the silver.
To slow tarnishing, store silver away from heat, sun, and salt--and never wrap it in plastic. Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloths have polish incorporated into each cloth. The economy size
includes a pair of gloves and a buffing cloth; capecodpolish.com.
To revive furniture new and old, apply a quality product, such as Howard Naturals Wood Cleaner and Polish, then buff gently with a soft cloth to remove built-up dust and grime. Made with
all-natural ingredients, the product comes in three pleasant scents; howardnaturals.com
Your cleaning calendar
Make a date to clean house with an easy plan from Linda Cobb, host of "Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean" on the DIY network. Starting two weeks ahead of time, box up clutter. Your house
will look tidier and you'll make room for holiday decorations. A week beforehand, look over your linens to ensure they are clean and wrinkle free. Then get the dishes and silver out of storage and
clean them. A few days before the event, dust, vacuum, polish furniture, and clean the bathrooms. Now you'll have time to relax and enjoy your guests.