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Christmas Clutter Clean Up

Christmas is over—it all seems a tad bittersweet, right? Managing Christmas clean up in your home can seem like an undesirable, daunting task. After all, you’ve spent countless days (or even months) choosing the perfect gifts, decorating, and making the holiday memorable. Now it’s time to get out of Christmas celebration mode, whether you’re truly ready or not.

Tackle Christmas Clutter

Don’t procrastinate and psych yourself out! As much as you want to curl up on the couch and forget the mess for days or weeks, it’s best to tackle Christmas clutter now.

  1. Wrapping Paper and Gift Box Mayhem: After the unwrapping explosion on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, it may be hard to navigate your living room! First, get a bag or a large box to sort out any recyclables that got left behind. Next, make a pass around the room with a trash bag to collect everything else. Salvage some wrapping paper, tissue paper, and cardboard.
  2. The Decorations and the Tree: As you put away heirloom Nativities or plates and take the ornaments off the tree, reuse that extra wrapping paper and tissue paper for keeping fragile items safely stored. Neatly wrap Christmas lights around cardboard so they won’t tangle. A little thought now will mean next year’s holiday decorating will be stress free! Then pay special attention to community notices so you get your tree outside in time for curbside pick up. Wrap your tree in an old bed sheet or tarp to reduce the amount of needles that fall in the house during removal.
  3. Donate: You’re grateful for the presents you and your family received, but now your house is busting at the seams with “stuff.” Make donating a game. For example, if each of your children received four presents, challenge them to give twice that number of old items lying unused around their rooms to charity. Set a deadline before New Year’s Day so the donation box doesn’t begin to clutter up your home. Plus you’ll increase this year’s tax deductions!

Clean Up the House

The Christmas items are put away. You have more space because the decorations and the tree are gone. Take this opportunity to deep clean the house. Start out the New Year with a clean house and a fresh attitude! 

  • Use Play-Doh to clean up glitter spills and tree needles.
  • Dust fan blades, pictures, and all nooks and crannies.
  • If you had company this year, it’s time to wash the guest-room bedding and vacuum the mattress. Do it now before your Christmas clean up momentum slows down! Spray the guest room with a fragrant essential oil, and turn it back into the oasis that it truly is.
  • Sweep and vacuum thoroughly.
  • Rent a commercial carpet cleaner or hire a professional company if your guests left unsightly messes or hard-to-remove stains.
  • Set out donation boxes to get rid of household items you no longer need. Make a list and take photos then get those boxes out of the house. (Enjoy those tax deductions!)
  • If the mess is just too much, call a professional cleaning service like Molly Maid!

It’s easy to let the after-holiday blues discourage your Christmas clean up.  But don’t procrastinate! Tackle that clutter and organize all the lights and the decorations so that next year’s holiday setup is a breeze. Once you’ve begun Christmas clean up, you’ll be glad you did. Start the New Year off on the right foot! 

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Tips for Moving During the Holidays

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. Add moving to a new home on top of that, and you might find it hard to maintain the holiday spirit. These tips for moving during the holidays will help make your move as simple and stress-free as possible.

Plan Ahead

Almost every business closes its doors for a few days during the holiday season—either before or after Christmas. Take that into consideration when planning your move. Make arrangements in advance with all the services you might need, such as a moving company, so you aren’t left stranded.

Stay Organized

Organization is important when you move to a new home. It is, however, even more important when moving during the holidays. Group items for packing based on how quickly you will need to get to them after you’ve moved. That way, you won’t find yourself digging in box after box trying to find something you desperately need. Always clearly label every box.

Staying organized will not only make moving easier but will also give you the flexibility to take your time unpacking. Take out only what you need now and save the rest for after the busy holiday season.

Don’t Skip the Decorations

Holiday decorations may not be essential, but they are part of what make the holiday season fun. If you’re moving during the holiday season, it might not seem like the best time to go all-out with decorations, but don’t pack everything—leave out a few items that will put you in the holiday spirit. Pick items that are easy to clean up and pack at the last minute. Skip hanging ornaments on the tree this year. Instead, stick with simple, classic looks like tinsel, strands of popcorn, or just lights.

Small touches can help enhance the holiday mood. Burning cinnamon- or gingerbread-scented candles can bring the warmth of the holidays to your home. Playing holiday music while you pack is another easy way to create a festive atmosphere.

Take a Break

No matter how busy you may be with packing, don’t forget to take a break now and then. No one wants to feel like they completely missed this magical season because they were moving. Give yourself a little bit of quiet time in the house—send the kids to bake Christmas cookies with grandma or visit a local holiday event. 

Reassure Your Kids

Moving to a new home is a major, and perhaps sudden, change that can be scary for children. They tend to worry about things like giving up their old room, leaving behind their friends, making new friends, and moving to a new school. And when moving during the holidays, children tend to have one extra worry on their minds—how will Santa find me? Even if they don’t mention it to you, reassure them that Santa already knows about your move and will bring their presents to their new house.

You also need ways to keep your kids busy while you are packing their things. Reserve a box of small items to keep them occupied— coloring books, puzzles, and a few of their favorite toys.

Once you get everything moved into your new home, deck the halls  and get ready to enjoy the New Year!

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