Whether after Thanksgiving or Christmas, one of the less popular items on everyone’s post holiday to do list is cleaning up the house. A great place to start is a room that sees a lot of action over the holiday season, the kitchen. Throw out or freeze all of those leftovers that didn’t get eaten, clean up your back splash, counter tops and any spills that got into the nooks and crannies of your kitchen. Don’t forget about the cabinets, that probably don’t get cleaned as often as they should. Now move on to your guest room. If it’s after Thanksgiving you may need to get the room ready for future holiday guests, if Christmas has just happened then get the room ready for the new year. Start with cleaning basics including changing the sheets, dusting and vacuuming. Make sure you check under the bed and dresser for anything that your guests may have forgotten. Then get it set up for the next round of guests. Put out towels, mints, those little soaps and lotions you took from your last hotel stay. Anything you have to make the room more inviting. Now head to the larger areas of the house that you used for entertaining. This is a great time of year to clean those spaces you may normally skip, like under the couch. Your guests have probably brought dust and debris into your home along with their holiday cheer. Taking down and storing your decorations has to be part of the cleaning process as well. Make sure you sort through them as you carefully put them away in an organized manner. Don’t put away anything that may be broken. Fix is now or throw it away. The cleaning doesn’t end here. Keep reading below for even more ideas on how to get your home back into shape after the holidays.
We had such a wonderful time this holiday season. Among the noise, confusion, fuss, and emotional tears of joy, we loved it all. I hope you did too. I know for many cleaning is not at the top of the wish list, definitely not around the holidays. But, it is a great way to begin a fresh new year. You wait and see.