Are you looking for some after Christmas cleaning inspiration? Perhaps you still have your Christmas decor up because the thought of taking it down and putting it all away seems like too much hassle? Perhaps you opened up boxes of broken ornaments this year and vowed to do things differently but aren’t sure where to start.
Our Favorite Tips For After Christmas Cleaning
Tackle The Trash
Tackling the trash should be the very first step that you should take. Gather all the loose pieces of wrapping paper, open up all of the toys and gather the boxes together. Once everything has been gathered take as much of it to the curb as your local trash company will allow. Items that overflow can be stored in the garage until the next cycle or can be taken to the dump.
Remove Christmas Decorations
Once my trash has been gathered and thrown away I like to move to Christmas decoration next. This means removing the garland from the banisters and wreaths from the front door as well as the stockings and village pieces. Having these items taken down and put away makes the entire house feel cleaner. It’s funny how putting these very same items up at the beginning of the season creates a warm cozy feeling yet removing them is for lack of better words, freeing.
Take Down The Tree
“Who still has their Christmas tree up?” That’s the phrase so many say and so it would seem that once the tree is down that Christmas is behind us. Personally, I like to remove the tree before moving to the outdoors. Once the tree has come down and all the items have been stored only then would I recommend moving to the outdoor lights. Also, I have found that it helps to do this step last because with all of the other items cleared away you don’t feel a rush to pack the house and may naturally take more care in removing and storing ornaments for future years.
Know Where It Goes
Having a specific location in the house or out in the shed for all things holiday decor is a great way to easily find what you need for next year. It’s also a great way to help keep your spending in check by not buying items you already have such as wrapping paper
Let The Neighbors Know Christmas Is Over
Finally, remove all the outdoor Christmas lights that you may have strung and call it a year!