The holidays can be tough on your house. Between guests, parties, and kids out of school, there’s often lots of traffic in and out of the house. Plus, decorations, new toys, wrapping paper, and lots of new gifts can mean added clutter. The result is that lots of people feel like their house is a cluttered mess by the end of the holiday season.
If you feel this way, you’re not alone, and the good news is that there are some simple ways to get things organized and clean. Here are 6 tips for getting your house clean and organized for the holiday season.
1. Organize New Gifts
Christmas means an influx of new items in the house – new toys, clothes, gadgets, and books. If you’ve got stacks of new items around your house, this is the first place to start. Go through all the new things, determine where all new items will be stored, and put them in the correct place.
2. Organize and Put Away Christmas Decorations
The next step is taking down Christmas decorations. When you do, it’s helpful to be intentional about how things are stored to make next year’s decorating as easy as possible. When packing up your decorations, it’s also a good idea to make sure that you still want and use all of your decorations.
Most people add a few items to their decorations every year. Over time, this can lead to more items than you need. Be thoughtful when putting up decorations and make sure that you’re only storing the things that you like and use every year.
After you’ve packed up decorations and gone through gifts, the next step is decluttering. If your family has acquired new things over the holidays, it probably means that there are some things that you can donate to reduce clutter. Whether you strictly follow the “one in, one out” rule or not, right after the holidays is a great time to get rid of things you don’t need.
Clutter makes it hard for you to keep your house clean and organized. To set yourself up for success in the new year, it’s a good idea to declutter your closet, playroom, office, and kitchen area after the holidays.
4. Mop and Vacuum All Floors
The holidays can be tough on floors. By the time everything is put away, most people have pine needles, crumbs, glitter, and carpet stains throughout high-traffic areas in their houses. Because of this, it’s important to spend extra time cleaning your floors. Start by tackling any carpet stains, then vacuum and mop all floors. You’ll be surprised how much dirt, debris, and holiday remnants you clean up!
5. Clean Out Your Refrigerator and Freezer
Your refrigerator and freezer have probably been overloaded throughout the holiday season. Now that guests have left and parties have ended, it’s a good time to clean out both. Get rid of any food that is no longer good, take inventory of what’s still there, and wipe down all shelves and drawers.
6. Deep Clean Bathrooms and the Kitchen
While you probably worked hard to have your bathrooms and kitchen sparkling for the holidays, if you had lots of people in and out of your house, they’re probably not looking great. Because of this, it’s worth giving all bathrooms and the kitchen a deep clean to start the new year.
Brighthouse Can Help Get Your Nashville Home Ready for the Year
After a busy holiday season filled with lots of cooking and cleaning, the last thing that most people want to do is the additional cleaning that their home needs. Thankfully, Nashville Brighthouse can help!
We offer one-time deep cleans or regular cleaning services to make sure that your home looks great and is clean and safe for your family. You handle putting away the decorations and gifts and our team will handle everything else!