The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, spend with family and friends, but it can fade quickly when you’re faced with the clean up after your guests have left.
Sometimes is hard to say goodbye to the magic of the holidays. But, on the other hand, it feels good to reclaim your space which was occupied by the Christmas tree. Getting your place back into shape can be a daunting task, but you can choose to see it as an opportunity, because there are several things you can do to make you cleanup more enjoyable.
So, leave the holiday magic aside and start the after Christmas clean up with the same cheerful spirit, because the below tricks are perfect for to ease your job.
Take Down The Christmas Tree Easily
Use as much care taking your tree down as you did putting it up, but not before removing carefully all its ornaments and storage them in safe boxes. You’ll need them the next year.
How-to wrap Christmas lights: Keep Christmas lights from tangling by wrapping them around the empty tubes from your wrapping paper. Loop the cord around the roll, starting with the side opposite to the plug, then insert the plug into the tube’s opening. If you’ve already thrown away your gift wrap tubes you can use paper towel tubes.
Or you can Wrap your lights around a piece of cardboard to make them easy to identify and unwrap next year.
How-to take down ornaments:instead of tossing them back into their boxes, wrap them safely. You can repurpose used wrapping and tissue paper to wrap around them as you store them neatly into their boxes. Or you can choose a storage bin, cover its bottom with clothes or wrapping paper, and place them in there.
How-to store wrapping paper (useful for next year): A long and shallow storage bin makes a great storage solution for your holiday-themed gift wrap. The wrapping paper will stay safe and dry for next year.
Check Your Carpet And Furniture For Stains
The longer they set, the more difficult they will be to remove. If you spot any, use a spray bottle to lightly apply a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. Blot with a paper towel and continue spraying and blotting until the stain is removed. Rinse with clear water and blot again. Depending on the stain, you can use vinegar to remove it more easily.
Get Rid Of What You Don’t Need
Did you get some great new gifts for your kitchen or other places in the house? That’s great! But you may not need two or three chip and dip sets in your cabinet. Either discard old ones or donate them. Make a donation box with things you don’t use anymore.
Use Rubber Brooms To Remove Pine Needles…
Before even thinking about turning on your vacuum cleaner, you must sweep the pine needles up first. Christmas tree needles might have sap on them and can ruin a vacuum.
…With Baking Soda.
Yup, baking soda can help clean up your Christmas tree! Before vacuuming, sprinkle baking soda over the needles – this will help coat them and make it easier to vacuum them up. Make sure to do a thorough inspection and remove all of those pesky metal ornament hooks before vacuuming!
Take Those Christmas Tree Boughs Into The Garden
Before hauling the Christmas tree away, cut off several boughs and use them to protect your garden. Place the full boughs over your garden area where plants, like pansies or other early perennials, may come up early and be nipped by a late season frost. You can do the same thing with Christmas Garlands.
Christmas cleanup complete. It’s beginning to look a lot like…after Christmas!