Between the parties, presents, and sheer lack of time, your home may look like a bomb site after the holidays. That’s why the first couple of weeks after the holidays are the perfect time to start cleaning. When I say “cleaning up,” I don’t just mean shoving that new sweater you will never wear into the back of your closet. I mean deep cleaning that puts your home back together so you can start off with a fresh New Year. That’s why we’re happy to present 4 tips for cleaning up your home after the holidays.
1) Conduct an organized take-down of the holiday decorations.
In my household, we spend what feels like hours taking out each individual ornament, decoration, and strand of lights as we bask in the holiday spirit. However, at the end of the season, the spirit has left us, and we end up spending ten minutes (Tops!) throwing decorations randomly back into boxes. This results in broken decorations, miscellaneous decorations shoved into random places we’ll never find again, and ultimately a big unsorted mess left to figure out for the next year. This year, take some extra time to go through and organize all holiday decor, while getting rid of any that are broken and/or no longer used.
2) For every new gift you receive, get rid of two items in its place.
Our grandparents love to spoil their grandchildren, which is great, but trying to find room for everything can be a daunting challenge. So, for every one new toy, we work on donating two old ones they no longer play with to a local charity. The same can be done for just about any other gifts. For example, for every new piece of clothing you receive, get rid of two items you no longer wear, or if you get a few new kitchen gadgets, get rid of some collecting dust. Also, depending on the condition of each item, opt to donate them to charity or even sell them through an online outlet like Craigslist or eBay. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
3) De-clutter the home.
Along the lines as the rule above, if you have more items to get rid of, don’t stop at two items to donate or throw away. Set a goal to go through one room at a time until you are done with the entire house. It may take you weeks, but it will be worth it when your home is clutter-free! Separate out each item based on three categories: Trash, Donate, or Sell. The catch, however, is once you’re finished “de-cluttering,” be sure to actually donate or sell the items in those piles. It is pointless to do all that work just to have piles laying around that you’ll get to … someday.
4) Put away some toys for a later time.
Depending on how giving parents and/or grandparents can be, children can receive a fair amount of presents. Rather than letting them blow through all the presents at one time, put some away in a closet for later. Those gifts are perfect to take out for a rainy day or during the summer.
No one really wants the holidays to end, but sometimes, we need some help cleaning up in order to kick off the new year in style. We hope these 4 tips will help your home recover the holiday festivities and give your family a fresh start.