Cleaning Up After the Holidays

Now as the holiday season has come and gone, we are wrapping up our cozy quarte of holiday tips and tricks. We hope you have had as much a joyful time as we had. As we bid farewell to the twinkling lights and festive decorations, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and give our homes the TLC they deserve. Fear not; with a positive attitude and a plan in hand, cleaning up after the holidays can be a breeze.

De-Decking the Halls with Joy

Taking down the holiday decorations can feel bittersweet, but let’s turn it into a celebration! Start by removing ornaments and lights from the tree one by one, taking a moment to relive the special memories attached to each. As you carefully pack them away, consider investing in storage solutions like ornament organizers and wrapping lights around empty wrapping paper rolls to prevent tangles. Organizing decorations by category makes it easier to locate them next year, saving you time and potential frustration. Make it a family affair by playing your favorite holiday tunes, turning this seemingly mundane task into a festive event.

Wrangling the Wrapping Paper

The aftermath of gift-giving often leaves crinkled wrapping paper, scattered bows, and rogue ribbons. Instead of seeing it as a mess, take as an opportunity for creativity and sustainability. Save your pretty bows for next year’s gift-giving/ Repurpose wrapping paper for crafting projects or stylish DIY decor and recycle what can’t be salvaged. Create a designated wrapping station for future use. Keep  scissors, tape, and leftover gift tags here. This way, you’ll be ready for any unexpected celebrations that come your way throughout the year. Before you know it, your space will be free of holiday clutter!

Woman cleaning up after the holidays.

The Post-Feast Cleanup

Gloved hands cleaning a stove.

The holiday season is synonymous with delicious feasts, but the aftermath in the kitchen can be a disgusting daunting sight. When cleaning up after the holidays, begin by tackling the refrigerator. Dispose of leftovers that have seen better days. Take stock of your pantry. Donate non-perishable items to local food banks. Load up your dishwasher with your festive dishes, and handwash delicate items. Wipe down countertops and clean out the oven.

You can this cleanup into a family affair by involving everyone in the household. Assign everyone their own chores. It’s a great way to bond and reminisce about the delightful holiday meals that filled your home with warmth and joy.

Declutter and Donate

When cleaning up after the holidays, identify things you realize you no longer want or need. Spread holiday cheer in to the new year by donating old clothes and toys. Surely, some have been replaced by this year’s Christmas gifts. Embrace the Marie Kondo approach by asking yourself, “Does this item spark joy?” If not, it might be time to part ways. Starting the new year with a clean, organized home not only benefits you but also contributes to the well-being of others in your community.

Creating a Clean Start for the New Year

It’s time for a final sweep and refresh! Vacuum carpets, mop floors, and dust surfaces to ensure your home is ready for the clean slate the new year promises. Flip your mattresses, wash your curtains, and deep-clean the carpets for a thorough reset. Open up your windows to let in fresh air. Lighting a scented candle or diffusing essential oils to create a post-holiday ambiance. As you put the finishing touches on your clean and refreshed home, take a moment to appreciate the effort you’ve put into creating a space forthe new year holds. Cheers to a clean and joyful start to the new year!



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