How to prepare for the Holidays: cleaning up after Christmas
Do you ever notice that during the holiday season you get a little lax on keeping a tidy home? I attribute it to all the visual clutter honestly, but once you are ready to get your house clean, you mean business. Hopefully, you have cleaned house thoroughly before decorating so the house won’t be completely overrun by dust bunnies. If not, well enlist some help and get to this list that will help you with cleaning up after Christmas!
There are generally two camps of people when it comes to Christmas decorations: the kind that loves to decorate and the kind that loves to take it all down and clean. Of course, there are the rare individuals (raise your hand, I get you) who love to do both the decorating and the cleaning afterwards. I love to be the only one cleaning up the decorations after Christmas because I am particular about how things get put away, and which things will no longer be used (aka clutter). Yes, I like to control the situation. But part of it is that I like to ensure that the house is clean after taking down everything Christmas (don’t worry, I let my family help with the cleaning).
Taking down the Christmas decorations
Whenever the time comes to start taking down the Christmas decorations, it is time to get organized. Grab your totes, boxes, or organizational storage bins, and start taking it down. Don’t get too overzealous here though, take one thing down at a time to help decrease overwhelm and mess! I like to start with the easy stuff first. Garland is super easy to put up and to take down. Storing it in a large bin makes it so that it isn’t too misshapen come next year.
If you have a lot of decorations, then having 1 bin for each room is best. Go room to room and take down items, box them up, and set aside items that you no longer use or love. I am a fan of keeping the original box for small, breakable trinkets because then I know what the item is, and it stays safe. Loading a lot of items into 1 large bin is then not a big deal since they are packed well.
Christmas tree ornament storage solutions
When it comes time to take down the Christmas tree decorations, I like to take them all down and lay them out. Then the Tetris starts! Getting all the small pieces to fit together in the same way as last year is always a fun challenge. My favorite free option for Christmas tree ornament storage is to use a cardboard box and the dividers that come from a case of beer (classy, I know, but whatevs). Then wrap each breakable piece in wrapping paper or tissue paper from this years gifts.
If you have a bit more storage space and aren’t concerned with fitting every item in a small box, there are so many good ideas for easy Christmas decorations storage. If you like something store bought, check out my favorite ideas from Amazon below.
Getting rid of the clutter
While you are going through your home and taking down and storing the Christmas decorations, really pay attention to items that you either never put out this year, do not really like, but use them anyway, have multiples and don’t need them, or things that are broken. Getting rid of the clutter that Christmas can bring on is definitely a good thing to do. One of my pet peeves is taking out an ornament or decoration at the beginning of the season only to find that it is broken or not functioning. Get rid of those items right away instead!
Keeping a clutter or donate box near by is a great trick. If it is easily accessible, you won’t think too hard about ditching the item right away. Going through your own items and the kids items after Christmas is helpful so that you don’t end up with mounds of clutter later.
Cleaning up after Christmas decorations are down
I don’t know about you, but in my family, we leave our Christmas decorations up for almost 2 months…I know, it is a long time. I really enjoy the twinkling lights that I put on the garland and the cozy feel that the earth tones bring into my home. When it is finally time to get started with cleaning up after Christmas, I am a bit hesitant. It is a longer process than cleaning before Christmas for sure so it can feel daunting. But let’s not let it! Here is a step by step list of all the cleaning that needs to be done. Be sure to add it to your checklist and just jump in!
- First, put away all of the Christmas decorations, dust them off as you go if needed.
- Dust all surfaces from top to bottom. This will bring the dust and tree needles (even the fake stuff) to the floor.
- Clean all windows and window sills to get rid of fingerprints (or fake snow) and dust that accumulated during the holiday season.
- Vacuum the perimeter of the house with a corner tool on a handheld vacuum.
- Take the cushions off the couch and vacuum it well. All those guests and holiday cookies means you probably have your fair share of mess under there!
- Vacuum the floors, well, the rest of them. Then mop the hard floors thoroughly. If you cleaned before Christmas, then you should be good not to move furniture to vacuum now.
Feeling confident that you know how to prepare for the holidays?
All that cleaning and organizing isn’t so bad, especially if you clean your house every week and keep a pretty decluttered home. And think of it this way, you get a fresh start to the year with a super clean home and well organized Christmas decorations! Don’t forget, when you are cleaning up after Christmas, you want to create a system for taking down the decorations, create (or buy) practical Christmas tree ornament storage solutions, get rid of the excess or clutter and clean your home after all the decorations are down! And if you have visitors coming this holiday, check out this post on preparing for guests.
Now be honest, which one are you? The one who loves to decorate, the one who loves to clean, or the rare one who loves to do both?