How To: Clean Up From The Holidays

How To: Clean Up From The HolidaysWhile some people might like to leave Christmas lights up all year round, it’s probably about that time to take start taking down your Christmas or holiday decorations. If you’re a new homeowner, this might seem like a daunting task. But have no fear – this blog is here to give you some excellent tips on how to clean up from the holidays.

  • Photograph a Memory

Houzz.com suggests taking pictures of everything before taking it all down. Not only will you have a great memory to share on social media, but also you’ll be able to remember where you put everything for the next year. You can put it in the boxes on the top so you don’t lose it.

  • Handle With Care

Whether it’s valuable and breakable ornaments, or fragile glass houses that are arranged around your toy trains, you should delicately remove all breakable ornaments and decorations first. Make sure to wrap them carefully and it might even be smart to put them all in the same box and make sure it’s clearly marked that this box should be handled with care when removing it for next year!

  • Categorize!

            Houzz.com also suggests categorizing all of your decorations into different boxes. There are even specific boxes designed for ornaments that you can buy! If you use a fake tree put it n its own box, and even divide out the parts that go in the bottom middle or top. You can categorize things even further by putting all the lights in one box (but making sure they don’t get tangled), all Santa’s in another and so on. If you decorate each room of your home you might want to categorize your decorations that way – it’s really all a personal preference.

  • Divide

            This is different from categorize because it relates to some tools you should buy if you want to stay organized. If you don’t want to go out and purchase the boxes designed for ornaments that was mentioned above, simply buy some box dividers and tissue paper. Houzz.com also suggests that this is a good time to decide which ornaments and/or decorations you love and which you can part with.

  • Do Inventory & Document It

            Along with the photo of how things were arranged that was previously mentioned, you should make a list of what is in each box and put it at the top. It might also be a good idea to make some notes on certain things you might need or like to try for next year.

  • Make It a Family Activity

            Finally, it never hurts to ask for help! You can even make it a game by assigning each family member a certain task and giving him or her a grand prize for whomever can get it done the fastest. Or if you have a number of homemade ornaments you can assign each family member to take down his or her ornaments and homemade decorations. While putting up decorations is definitely more fun, taking them down can be fun too!

While your cleaning up you might as well give the whole house a good cleaning as well! This way you can make sure you get every single pine needle stacked away. Once the home is completely clean, you can finally tackle that list of repairs that needs to be fixed before you put your home on the market. Or if this blog has you wishing you had more space to decorate, don’t hesitate to stop by our featured listings to find that dream home where you can leave your holiday decorations up all year round should you choose to!

Happy Cleaning!

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