As we go into the holiday season, we realize that many of you will be overwhelmed with the cleaning involved after the presents have been unwrapped, the food has been eaten and your loved ones and guests leave your home.
For many, cleaning is not at the top of the wish list, definitely not around the holidays. But, it is a great way to begin a fresh new year. With all our helpful tips for cleaning after the holidays, you will have fresh, clean spaces waiting for the New Year to come.
With all the cooking and conversations going on in the kitchen, it may just have been one of the busiest places in the house. It’s possibly one of the places where the most spills happen too.
Start by working at the highest point and work your way down.
If you had overnight guests throughout the holiday, go through the room and get it ready for the next guest. Oh and don’t forget to check under the bed for any guest leftovers.
Dust from top to bottom, vacuum from back to front, clean windows, change the sheets, and create new guests baskets.
What’s in a guest basket you ask? You can put any helpful items in a guest basket that you think will help them feel special and get along the first day or two. We suggest a bath towel, wash cloth, hand towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand lotion, mouthwash, mini soaps and bath oil, and mints in a welcome basket. Yours can be made any way you like.
I think holiday or special occasion cleaning requires a little extra. I mean with all the people coming and going the debris may end up where you least expect it. Like behind the couch, under the couch, etc.
After all the decorations have been put away, it’s time to dust, vacuum, and clean windows (just like in the guest room). Make sure when you vacuum you pay extra attention to the area of the tree, especially if you had a live tree. Even artificial Christmas trees can leave leftovers behind.
Move the furniture around and vacuum behind and under tables and chairs.
Do you have a game room in your vacation rental or condo? Does it have a bar area? If it does, this is probably another popular room for gatherings and conversation. Spills, fingerprints, splatters, shoe prints all need to go.
Depending on the surface of your bar you can use either plain warm water, warm, slightly soapy water, or a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water.
Does your house have one of those little closet sized bathrooms that never gets used until the holidays are in full swing. Ours does and it got used a lot.
It’s a small room so it won’t take long to clean, gather your supplies and you’ll be done in no time at all.
These are some of the spaces that may have been in constant use over the holidays. Once you get done with these the rest of the house will be a breeze.
If you still have the original box for decorations, carefully place them in the box. Then when you go to place all the ornaments in a larger container for storage, put a piece of batting down on the bottom of the container and a piece of batting in between the rows of boxes.
If you don’t have the ornament boxes, you can either purchase ornament containers or you can use a plastic storage container. If you use a plastic storage container, place a piece of foam or batting on the bottom first and in between the rows of ornaments. You can recycle the tissue paper from gifts to wrap the ornaments in and use the shipping peanuts from the gifts that were mailed to you.
Instead of putting your lights away in a messy heap, wrap them up nicely to save you the frustration of taking them out next year.
You have a few different options, all recycling things you most likely have in the house already.
Garland, wreaths, and other decorations should also be wrapped prior to storing. For the best protection, use sturdy containers for storing these precious items. When you’ve finished clearing the tree, store it in the box it came in. If you have a real Christmas tree, place it on the curb for pick-up. It also helps if you label containers and place the labels facing out when storing.
In with the new, out with the old! If Grandma and Grandpa got the kids a new pair of pajamas for Christmas – replace the new pair with the oldest pair. Same goes with other clothing items received. If you received new cookware – in with the new, out with the old.
You see how this is going, don’t you? There’s no reason to create more clutter. Donating items that are still good is a great way to pass on useful items that others can use. As a matter of fact, save a couple of shipping boxes to put your donations in.
This happens every year doesn’t it? The unwanted gift. I know you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings but do you really want to keep it? It will just take up space.
There are a couple of ways to handle unwanted gifts.
While this list can seem daunting to some, you can also call Never Late Cleaning to provide some or all of the assistance in your holiday cleaning needs. The important thing is to have a happy holiday and great new year.
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