This week in between Christmas and New Year’s can be the the perfect time to do a little more then just holiday cleanup. We all know about stripping the Christmas tree, taking out all of the holiday wrapping paper, and throwing out old or damaged decorations. But what about all those little extra things that you could do to start out 2015 with less clutter and a cleaner home. You don’t need to have a lot of time to get these extra jobs done and you certainly don’t have to do them all, but even just adding a few to your list will help make your New Year brighter. The articles below are filled with great tips that will take your holiday cleaning to the next level. If you got something new for the holidays like PJ’s, go through your old ones and get rid of two pairs. Clean those kitchen appliances that don’t get a lot of love throughout the year. Take a moment to remove any water stains from guest who forget to put a coaster down. Anything that you have time to add to your holiday cleaning routine will make you feel better about your home in 2015.
Christmas Week is here, and New Year’s Eve is on the horizon! Even in the midst of holiday cheer, it’s time to look ahead to a clean and organized New Year–past the clutter of Christmas Past. Ready to swing into the coming year from a clutter-free home? Try these year-end tips to cut clutter and start the New Year on an organized note.
You had a merry little party. Now you have to deal with the remains.
Wine: Freeze cubes of leftover wine and save them for recipes that call for vino, like Slow-Cooker Red Wine Short Ribs. Or consolidate half-consumed bottles to make a boozy syrup that you can drizzle over waffles, ice cream, pound cake, ricotta, or fruit. (See What to Do With Leftover Wine.)
Save the cards. I place holiday cards on my mantel during the holidays and some are so beautiful I hate to throw them out. So I store them in a Ziploc® Brand Container with the Smart Snap® Seal (the large, 9 1/2-cup rectangle) and mark the year on top with a permanent marker on masking tape. When the next year’s holidays roll around, it’s easy to see who needs to be on my list to receive cards.