Be Amazing! Tips For Cleaning Up After the Holidays

The holidays are a joyous time with family and friends, but that seasonal glow can fade quickly when you’re faced with the aftermath: a house to clean up once all your guests have left. Getting your place back into shape can be a daunting task, but if you want to swing into the coming year with a clutter-free home try these tips to cut clutter and start the New Year on an organized note.

Strip the tree carefully

Use as much care taking your tree down as you did putting it up to save you some headaches next year.

  • Keep Christmas lights from tangling by wrapping them around the empty tubes from your wrapping paper. Loop the cord around the roll, starting with the side opposite to the plug, then insert the plug into the tube’s opening. If you’ve already thrown away your gift wrap tubes, paper towel tubes work, too.
  • You can repurpose used wrapping and tissue paper (if you haven’t recycled it yet) to wrap around them as you store them neatly into their boxes.

Use this time to get rid of what you don’t need

Did you get some great new gifts for your kitchen or other places in the house? Wonderful! Although you probably don’t need two knife sets or three pairs of house shoes lying around. Either discard old ones or donate them if they’re still in good condition. If you have kids consider donating that old pajama set that was recently replaced by a brand new one (thanks, grandma!)

Consider re-gifting those “really, you shouldn’t have!” gifts

  • Hold an after-Christmas White Elephant exchange. Are you inviting friends for New Year’s Eve? Maybe you’re hosting a Super Bowl party this year? Ask everyone to bring a wrapped white elephant for a post-Christmas gift exchange.
  • Stuck with unneeded or already read books? Consider an online swap! Web sites like Paperback Swap and Book Mooch make it easy to turn that book into a welcome read.

Set up a toy library

Families with young children can find bedrooms and storage spaces overflowing after Santa has passed through. A toy library is a set of playthings that, while old and familiar, still retain play value and possibly sentimental value as well. When checking out an item from the toy library, ask children to replace it with a different plaything. Rotating toys keeps clutter at bay, and enhances the value of children’s playthings. Packing boxes or lidded plastic storage containers make good homes for toy library items.

If you need help packing, check out our storing and packing tips here

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