With the holidays disappearing in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to clean up the mess they left behind. Some folks get right to their post-holiday cleanup on December 26th. Others aren’t quite so motivated. If you’re in the latter group, it’s time to get busy.
Cleaning up after the holidays doesn’t have to be a drag if you can get yourself into the proper frame of mind. Look at it like this: with the New Year comes opportunity for fresh beginnings. Erasing the remnants of the holidays is like a cleansing of the palate.
So get busy and it’ll be done in no time.
Get Rid of Trash
Begin by getting rid of the trash. That doesn’t mean you should throw everything out. Hang onto instructions, and packaging that might be needed if some new possession breaks within the warranty period. By all means keep gift boxes or bags that might be recycled next year.
Storing such items properly is the key to success. Keep important papers in a designated spot for easy retrieval. Store items for next year smartly in bins or labeled boxes.
Don’t keep useless items! Resist the urge to keep something that might be useful some day. If you’re not 95% positive it will be useful within a year, get rid of it.
Stash Your Stuff
Next step, stash your stuff. If your holiday haul is still on display under the Christmas tree, put it away. Give careful consideration to the best placement of items. The key to successfully organizing your possessions is having a logical place for every single item. This way you will always know where to put things when you aren’t using them and you will know where to look for things when you need them.
If you’re finding that you don’t have room for new possessions, get rid of old possessions you no longer need in order to free up space.
The third and final step of your holiday cleanup is the actual cleaning.
Holiday dirt and debris gets embedded in carpet fibers and makes its way under throw rugs. Use your broom, dustmop, or vacuum cleaner to eliminate Christmas tree needles, confetti and paper shreds, and plain old dirt.
Be sure to get into corners and under furniture. Get rid of the dirt now so it doesn’t came back to haunt you at Easter.
Wash away the sins of the old year to make a fresh start!
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