Are Your Bathrooms Ready For The Holiday Spotlight?

Jeff Peterson
Jeff Peterson
Published on October 24, 2017

As retailers are so fond of reminding us, the holidays will soon be upon us. That means parties and visits from family members. If you start getting the house ready now, the run-up to your soirees will be less chaotic and you can focus other things such as what to cook, shopping, and best of all, relaxing!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be offering you tips to get various parts of the home holiday-ready and today, I will start with the one room most of your guests will use, the bathroom.

Pretend You Are Selling Your Home

Approach your makeover as if you were readying it for a steady parade of potential homebuyers. This means starting with a deep clean, top-to-bottom – literally. Start at the ceiling and work your way down.

  • Before you start, remove everything from the counters and any shelving. Take down the shower curtain and remove the throw rugs.
  • Next, use the vacuum or a duster to get the accumulated “fuzz” out of the ceiling fan grate. Then, check the walls (especially where they join the ceiling) for cobwebs.
  • The light fixtures come next. If you have the Hollywood-type strip vanity lighting, your bulbs may be dusty so remove each one, dust them and replace them.
  • If you have windows in there, tackle those next. Clean the glass and then clean out the tracks. Vinegar and water, an old toothbrush and a rag work well for this task.
  • Mirrors come next. There are lots of ways to do this – from using ammonia and water, to vinegar and water, or commercial window cleaners.
  • Vinegar and water also works well on counter tops and shelves.
  • Next, clean the sink and shower/tub. There are several products for these tasks: a mixture of Dawn dishwashing soap and vinegar; Ajax cleanser; Tide laundry detergent. The last one might make you a bit skeptical until you try it yourself. Use a scouring powder, it truly does get off the toughest grime better than anything else.
  • Toss the shower curtain, window curtains and rugs in the washer. If your shower curtain has water spots, toss it and get a new one.  
  • Make sure the toilet is firmly connected to the bolts on the ground and also make sure the toilet seat is not wobbly. Pick up some disinfectant wipes and frequently clean the toilet seat with these.  Make sure you don’t flush them because it could clog your drain pipes.
  • Once you have finished everything else, it is important to thoroughly wash the floors.

If you have glass shower doors, clean those with a mixture of warm distilled vinegar and a few drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid. Don’t use any stone on this though. Instead, try a paste of baking soda and the dish soap and use the non-scratching side of a sponge.


Now it’s time to bring back all the items you removed from the shelves and countertops. Unless something is decorative or necessary to be out in the open, hide it away in the cupboards and drawers.

Throw out anything you don’t use and those empty shampoo bottles that tend to collect.  If you have old magazines that are not relevant to the holiday or are way past it’s prime, toss those and put out something more current.

Keep the trash can empty and the soap dispenser filled with soap at all times.  Candles can sometimes add to the clutter but if done correctly, candles can help enhance the look, feel, and smell which is always welcome.

Get ideas on what to leave on the counters and what to hide from online sites such as Pinterest, HGTV and Better Homes & Gardens.

Bring Back The Linens

Check the linens first and get rid of rugs, towels, mats and curtains that are frayed, faded or torn.  Then, replace them with new items that coordinate with the rest of the décor of your house.

In fact, beautiful towels can double as accessories if folded in clever ways. Check out these amazing towel display ideas on Pinterest. If you have decorative hand towels that you want shown but not used, hang those up and leave the hand towels that are for use, folded neatly on the countertop.


Wall treatments can improve the look instantly. Again, Pinterest can serve as inspiration. offers 260 photos of artwork and you can find more inspiration at Apartment Therapy and  In addition to wall treatments, a good fresh coat of paint is always a welcome idea.  Make sure your bathroom is bright and cheery because you do not want a cave like feeling.  Again, make sure you have prepared your bathroom as if you were going to sell your house and this room is on display.

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