Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to take down the tree and put up the ornaments. And while you may feel a bit overwhelmed by it all, post-holiday cleanup can be a snap when you have a plan. Here’s how to get 2019 off to a great start with a fresh, clean space.
Try a Lint Roller to Pick Up Fallen Pine Needles
Both real and faux Christmas trees shed needles. If they get ground into the carpet even the most robust vacuum can find it a challenge to pick up every one. A lint roller is a quick, easy way to clean away those needles that don’t make it into the vacuum. (Bonus tip: It works for glitter as well.)
Clean Artificial Garland Before Storing
Your garland has probably collected some dust and pet hair while it’s been up. Before you pack it away, get out your hair dryer and blow the garland off. (Remember to keep it on cool air.) Make sure to store your garland in a dust-proof container.
Wipe Off Fake Snow
If you adhered fake snow to your windows, which is a charming look, then you know what a mess it can be to clean up. We recommend using a vinegar-based window cleaner. It will lift up the adhesive and the faux snow will come right off with minimal scrubbing.
Remove Candle Wax with Ease
During the holidays, you’ve probably used some candles, which means you have candle wax to clean up. To remove candle wax, use a spatula to scrape up as much as you can. Then place a piece of brown paper bag over the spot and run an iron set at medium heat over it. Move the bag, so you continue to work with a new spot.
Rub Out Upholstery Stains
Hosting lots of company often means being left with lots of messes, and that means your furniture may have a bit of this and that on it. To best clean these spots, use rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth. If there are any greasy spots, add some liquid dish soap to rub those out.
Give Your Oven a Clean Start
The holidays are all about food, so your oven has been working overtime. It’s time to give it some love. Clean out the spills and messes that happened over the past few weeks. Give it the attention it needs so it doesn’t get worse.
Get Rid of Wood Furniture Rings
Even though you had lots of coasters out, sometimes not everyone uses them. This can leave water rings on your beautiful wood furniture. You may find this cleaning ingredient hard to believe, but mayonnaise actually removes the water rings. Simply slather the rings with mayo and leave it overnight with a piece of wax paper covering it. The next day, wipe it away with a damp cloth, and the spot should disappear.
Invest in Storage for Your Ornaments and Decor
It will be much easier next year if you use storage boxes for your ornaments and holiday decorations. Store them securely by wrapping them in bubble wrap or packing paper. Keeping everything organized will alleviate the frustration when you pull everything out next year. Plus, securely packing things up means they are less likely to get damaged.
Store Lights Neatly
Lights are often a big pain when it comes to unpacking them. So, make it easy on yourself by storing them in a better, neater way. Wrap them around a piece of cardboard and use some zip ties so that they don’t get tangled. It will save you so much time next year.
Put Away and Repair Outside Decorations
In addition to working on the inside decorations, you’ll need to get all your outdoor ones put away as well. Store them properly, repair any items you want to keep, and toss or donate anything you are ready to part with.
De-Clutter, Toss, and Donate
After the holidays, it’s a good time to go through all your ornaments and decorations to see if there’s anything that needs to go. You may have acquired new decor this year, which means in order to fit everything back into its storage boxes, you may need to get rid of some stuff.
There may be ornaments that have seen better days, so you can toss those. If there are items that still have some years of use, donate them or give them away.
Use Labels to Identify Your Boxes
Once the boxes are ready to go back to the attic, basement, or storage area, be sure to label them. This will help when you are sorting through everything, so you don’t waste time hauling out boxes you don’t need.
The holidays are a joyous time, and you’ve had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Post-holiday cleanup can be easy and simple when you follow these steps.