Helpful Post-Holiday Season Cleaning Tips

The holiday season is a time of tremendous joy, happiness and all-around warmth. However, as any seasoned parent can attest, it’s also a time of consistent messiness. (I mean…more so than usual.) With every member of your household on vacation at the same time and various guests coming and going, there are ample opportunities for messes to be made. Furthermore, the festive decorations most households are adorned in tend to be much easier to put up than take down. While working up the resolve to clean your home in the wake of the holidays may prove somewhat challenging, a little bit of follow-through and assistance can go a long way.

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Tackle One Task at a Time 

When preparing to clean your house after the holiday rush, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, with so many tasks to undertake, it’s hard to determine where you should even start. Many people respond to this stress by putting post-holiday cleaning on the backburner. However, while this may provide relief in the short term, it will ultimately make the cleanup more difficult to carry out. To prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed, sit down and write up a checklist of every post-holiday cleaning task you need to tackle. Once this list has been created, attend to each individual task one-by-one, taking care to place a checkmark beside each completed chore. On a subconscious level, many of us crave structure, and adding a sense of organization can make even the most arduous post-holiday cleanup seem considerably more manageable.    

Adhere to Neighborhood Policies Regarding Decorations 

Many neighborhoods, apartment buildings and condo complexes have rules regarding how long holiday decorations can be left out. While the exact timeframe varies from location to location, these rules typically dictate that all outdoor holiday decorations must be taken down shortly after the first of the year. Failure to adhere to these rules can result in fines and stern condemnations from neighborhood associations, landlords and building managers. Keep in mind that some locales are far stricter about enforcing these rules than others, and the consequences can range from mild to severe. 

If you currently live in an area that requires decorations to be taken down by a certain date, it’s in your best interest to educate yourself on any rules pertaining to outdoor decorations. If the rules require you to remove decorations immediately after the holidays, this should be at the top of your cleaning checklist.      

Pay Special Attention to Food 

Throughout the holiday season, many households accumulate a fair amount of food. From food-based gifts to holiday cookies to leftovers from assorted gatherings, most fridges are packed to capacity in the aftermath of the holiday season. If a fair amount of the goodies you’ve accumulated are perishable, make a point of prioritizing their consumption in advance of their expiration dates or throwing them out. There’s no sense in allowing things that your family has no intention of consuming to eat up storage containers and fridge space. Additionally, if you have any non-perishables that your family has no interest in, consider donating them to a local shelter or food bank.    

Delegate Certain Tasks to Your Kids 

While many adults actively look forward to the holidays, this is largely a season for children. For the most part, kids get to sit back, open presents and enjoy the festivities without having to worry about the holiday season’s more stressful elements. In light of how easy most kids have it around the holidays, it’s perfectly reasonable to get them involved with your cleaning efforts. So in addition to teaching your children how to write Christmas thank you cards, task them with tidying their rooms, organizing their toys and tending to a variety of low-effort cleaning tasks.

No other time of year quite compares to the holiday season. With families coming together and an overwhelming sense of good cheer in the air, it’s easy to see why the holidays are a time of great celebration for many households. However, as any seasoned cleaner can attest, all this festiveness can result in a variety of messes. Fortunately, cleaning your residence in the wake of the holidays doesn’t have to be stressful or time-consuming. With the previously discussed tips at your disposal, you can restore your home to its pre-holiday shape in a timely manner.  

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