The holiday season has come and gone once again, and you can finally sit back, relax, and take a deep breath — after you finish with your holiday cleanup, of course.
That last step before you can put the busy, stressful holiday season behind you can feel a bit overwhelming, but if you break things down into simple tasks, it becomes much more manageable. This post-holiday home cleaning checklist can help you do just that.
Grab a Garbage Bag (or Three)
The holidays can be a whirlwind, with too much going on to keep everything and everyone in your home in check. That means there’s bound to be some loose garbage around the Christmas tree and elsewhere in your home. Clearing out this debris is a great first step in your post-holiday cleanup.
Grab a few garbage bags and start loading them with wrapping paper, bent boxes, bows, bags, discarded packaging, candy wrappers, and anything else strewn about your home.
Organize the Clutter
There is no time of year when your home is more prone to clutter accumulation than the holidays. The number of new items coming in can be overwhelming to manage, especially when you’ve got so much else going on, so it’s okay if you have allowed a bit of clutter to make its way in.
However, with the holiday season behind us, it’s time to tackle that mess. Start by sorting out the new gifts by who owns them. From there, you should be able to delegate the responsibility of organizing and relocating that clutter into a reasonable place in your home.
If there are any gifts that anyone thinks they may not use, consider donating or returning them.
Taking Down the Tree and Decorations
Many people like to keep their trees and holiday decorations up well past Christmas. This is perfectly fine, but try also to set a specific date to take them down eventually and safely store them.
Planning a date can ensure you aren’t rushing to take care of these decorations at an inconvenient time. Remember that trees dry up and become a serious fire hazard, too.
This is an important time to consider whether you want to keep all of your decorations. Perhaps you got new ones this year that can replace some that were on their last legs, or maybe it’s just time to retire some of your oldest and most worn-out holiday adornments.
Either way, you can save yourself some time and storage space by parting with them.
Purge and Disinfect the Kitchen
While clutter can collect beneath the tree, it can quickly overwhelm your kitchen. Counters teeming with holiday cookies and bottles of wine, refrigerators stuffed to the brim with leftovers, and a mountain of dishes in the sink can all create a mess that makes your kitchen difficult and frustrating to use.
After the holidays, it’s time to clear these things out and start anew.
While you likely don’t want to waste the food you were blessed enough to have this holiday season, it’s important to be realistic about what you can and will eat.
If you can think of someone who would enjoy the excess food or items in your kitchen, check to see if they would like to take them. Otherwise, ensure any food is safely stored for now, and consider recalibrating the celebration next year.
Once you’ve cleaned your kitchen the best you can, follow up with disinfecting to remove any bacteria or germs from surfaces or fixtures.
Clean Out Every Nook and Cranny
Whether it’s some stray pine needles, pieces of a shattered ornament, shreds of wrapping paper, or even some lost spoonful of Christmas dinner, there is more than likely some remnant of the holiday in your home that you can’t easily spot.
You will need to go for a deep clean to remedy this issue. Pull out all the furniture to find every last hiding place. When you’re done, your home will feel reborn.
Save This Checklist for Next Year’s Clean Up!
Cleaning your home after the holidays doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Following this simple checklist, you can tackle that holiday mess with greater ease and efficiency and ensure your home looks and feels great to face the rest of the year.