The big Christmas holidays are over, and all the signs of the pre-holiday cleaning are long gone. So much time and effort are invested in holiday preparation that it seems as if post-holiday cleaning is out of the question.
However, dozens of guests, some of which are kids, and numerous family dinners didn’t go unnoticed. The cat played around with Christmas decorations, uncle Bob dropped a plate with applesauce on your favorite carpet, and your best friend stuck a few empty beer (or Coca-Cola) bottles under the couch.
How can you deal with all that without spending the whole weekend dancing with a vacuum cleaner? Here are the top 5 tips:
- Start With Decluttering
- Remove The Holiday Lights
- Wash The Windows
- Make A Date With An Oven
Let’s talk about each one in detail.
Start With Decluttering
Decluttering is always the main part of any cleanup. Take a big garbage bag and walk around the house. You are bound to find torn decorations, empty bottles, gift wrappers, and much more.
Take another bag and put all the unwanted gifts into it. Post-holiday days are excellent for charity efforts. Don’t allow the unnecessary gifts to collect dust in the basement. Donate them!
Remove The Holiday Lights
While you can leave the Christmas tree standing until Candlemas comes, you can take down the lights. It can simplify your overall decoration removal efforts in February. Be careful when storing the lights so you don’t have to buy new ones next year. Wrap them around one of the smaller gift boxes, a piece of cardboard or a paper towel roll.
Wash The Windows
As you take down window decorations, you may find some unpleasant leftover glue or streaks on the glass. Such sticky stuff attracts dust and turns your windows into a disaster. Consider hiring a professional window cleaner to do the job. This way you can save time on the compulsory spring cleaning in New York.
Make A Date With An Oven
Cleaning an oven can be such a tough task that you shouldn’t plan any more cleaning that day. In fact, you should think about rewarding yourself for the effort. Don’t leave the oven cleaning for later. The more time passes since the cooking, the harder it will be to clean.
Recycling is a wonderful way to get rid of the stuff you don’t need after the holidays while taking care of the environment.
Use a simple rule. For each new gift you’ve received this holiday season, get rid of one unnecessary item. You can either recycle, sell or donate it.
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