Many people will start to decorate for the Christmas holiday season after Thanksgiving, which is less than one week away. Growing up, my family always had a tradition of deep cleaning The House before getting out any Christmas decorations. Perhaps it was my mother's way of using my and my siblings' excitement for Christmas to clean the house, but even so, it worked! I have continued this practice in my own home. I will clean the house from top to bottom before getting out any holiday decorations. This way, my home has been deep-cleaned at least once before having guests over to celebrate the holidays. I start by dusting all surfaces, and putting away decorations such as floral arrangements which clash with winter decorations. I put away everything that is not in place, and find a place for items that do not belong anywhere yet. I dust the ceiling fans and deep clean the floors and furniture. I clean the appliances in the kitchen and organize it a little bit so that I can use it more efficiently during my holiday baking and for hosting holiday gatherings. I deep clean the bathrooms, wash all of the windows and mirrors, and get the guest room set up for guests. I also use this time to get caught up on laundry, and usually gather clothes to be donated to the local thrift store. Do you clean your house before putting up Christmas decorations? What is on your deep cleaning list for the holidays?