Throw Elegant Holiday Parties for Less
Pay someone to clean, or DIY?
You can spend the day cleaning and be tired for your party or you could budget for a professional cleaning. Yes, it can be expensive but the results are worth it. You won't be tired and can be an amazing host and your home will be holiday ready for the rest of the season, only requiring some minimal straightening up.
If you're doing it yourself, clean everything but focus your efforts on the main traffic areas where your guests will be – the living room, the kitchen (because a kitchen party always happens) and the bathroom.