The rush of the holidays is over, and your family has returned to its routine, but there is still clean up to be completed. Evade the impending doom of post holiday cleanup, and follow these top 5 post holiday cleaning tips.
Clearly Label and Sort Decorations
Nothing is worse than going to get your decorations out the next year, and not knowing where everything is. This year, before putting all of your decorations into storage, ensure every bin or box is clearly labeled and organized by room, type of ornament, or colour. Labelling your storage containers will save you time next year, and will prevent your decorations from getting lost or damaged.
Dust Your Decorations
After your guests have departed, and your place is quiet, removing your decorations and getting them ready for storage should be a priority. An important step to preparing them for storage is to dust them before you put them away. This will extend the lifespan of your decorations and will save you from having to clean them next year before putting them up. An efficient way to dust the decor is to use a clean microfiber cloth, and thoroughly wipe everything down. This will ensure your decorations do not have a thick layer of dust before you stow them away until next year.
Collect and Reuse Your Holiday Cards
Immediately after the holidays, the temptation is to just throw away all the holiday greeting cards you received and wait for more next year. Instead of simply throwing them away, collect them together, take note of who sent you cards, and return the favour next year. Once you have done this, cut out the images on the cards to reuse them as gift tags for next year. You can also repurpose them for scrapbooking, or other crafts for kids. So don’t throw those cards away! Find another creative use for them!
Use the Time for Decluttering
After the holidays, take advantage of the time to not only clean your apartment but also to declutter. Get rid of old items that may have been replaced with gifts, and immediately donate the gifts you received that you know you are not going to use. This time is the perfect time to re-organize and declutter your life while making room for the new things you received from friends and family over the holidays.
Thoroughly Clean and Disinfect
Regardless of whether it is the kitchen, living room, or bathroom, over the holidays, every room of your house got more use than it normally does by friends, family, and neighbours. Now that the holidays are over, take some time to thoroughly clean and disinfect every surface in your apartment, and refresh everything now that your guests have left.
With the holidays finished, it is time to get back into your regular routine and restore your apartment to what it was before the busy season began. Whether it is deep cleaning, creating a plan for storage, or taking the opportunity to declutter, now is the perfect time to do some post holiday cleaning. For more tips on post holiday cleaning, visit the Medallion Blog.