10 Tips for Reorganizing Your Home After a Busy Christmas
10 Tips for Getting Reorganized after a Busy Christmas Season
Practically everyone likes the winter holidays, so many are unhappy when this magical season is over. Christmas gives us a month or more of jolly spirit, a desire to share, lights everywhere, street Santas, merry carols, family reunions, warm atmosphere full of love, and just about everything that’s been missing throughout the year. Maybe that’s why people are sad when all this is over and they have to wait an entire year until it comes back. As reluctant as you may be to start with the after-Christmas reorganization, this is something that has to be done. Here are 10 simple, but helpful tips to help you get re-organize.
1. Start with a Positive Attitude
Once the holidays are over, you don’t have any other choice but to start reorganizing your home and turning it back to normal. If you have kids, they might be a little bit grumpy and pouty, but your home has to be cleaned up of all the festive references anyway. If you want to put a positive spin on the matter, you may start with this – what makes the Christmas season so special is that it comes once a year and that’s why it is so loved. It doesn’t mean you have to be glad that it’s over; be thankful you have such a period of the year when everyone loosens up a little and becomes friendlier (especially when they are not waiting through hectic shopping lines).
2. One Room at a Time
If you’re the kind of person that is very much enthusiastic about the holiday season, you probably decorate each room of your house for Christmas. This means that you’ll have a lot of work to do after the holidays are over, so cleaning up one room at a time is the appropriate approach. Start with the rooms that are most functional and central to your daily living. This will allow you to at least feel some sense of order and sanity when you relax in the evenings, especially if you don't have the energy to do it all in 1 day. Give yourself several days and some grace to get it done. It doesn't all have to happen at once.
3. Take the Decorations Off
All the garlands and lights have to be taken down and put away. While removing the lights, fold them properly so that they’ll be easy to unfold when you’ll need them again next year. We all know how annoying it is to untangle Christmas lights and how they can be damaged in the process. Tie each garland separately with a thick piece of thread or a ribbon. This will prevent them from tangling. Amazon has a set of 3 great Christmas Light Storage Reels for under $20. You can wind your ligths up neatly on spools and store them in a bag to keep them safely untangled for easy unpacking next year.This also might be a great time to purchase new organizational totes to pack your decorations away.
4. Special Care for the Fragile Ornaments
Be extremely careful when taking fragile ornaments off. Once you take them down, make sure to wrap each one individually with tissue paper before storing it. If you have ones that you like most, they have to be wrapped with extra material to prevent them from breaking. You can find several different storage containers made especially for different size Christmas ornaments as well. Forking out the extra dollars this year for some Christmas Ornament Storage Containers can save headaches for years of holidays to come.
5. Take the Christmas Tree Down
This is perhaps the most obvious step. What to do with your real, cut-down Christmas tree after you’ve taken all the decoration off of it? Recycling is always the better option, so contact your local recycling service to know what you have to do. If you have a fake, plastic tree, dismantle and store it away.
6. Store Everything Together
Store all your Christmas decoration in one place, preferably in labeled boxes, so that you don’t have to look for it the next time you need it. If your garlands are soft, you may put them in one and the same box with fragile ornaments, so that the former can serve as natural cushion. As for the Christmas lights, don’t put them together with the garlands since they might all end up tangled even if they are folded properly.
7. Don’t Forget the Outdoor Decoration
When taking off the lights put around the house, especially if you had hung them around the gutters and other high areas, you obviously have to use a reliable ladder, so be careful up there. Have somebody with you on the ground to fold them.
8. Give Away
Christmas is usually the season when people open their hearts to donation. After the holidays, you may give away some of the Christmas decoration you don’t intend on using next year. This is a matter of good will, but it is also eco-friendly since you won’t just throw it away.
9. A Thorough Cleaning
Each room has to be properly cleaned after the decoration has been taken down. Some of the garlands are very tricky and leave some particles on the floor. Pine needles have to be cleaned as well. That’s why the cleaning should come after the removal of the tree and decoration. If you don’t want to bother with that, you can always hire a cleaning company to do it for you.
10. Enjoy the View
Once all the previous steps have been taken care of, you can sit back and enjoy the free space that suddenly opened up. Nostalgia might try to creep in and that’s normal since you got used to seeing your house all festive and sparkling. You have to get used to going back to normal; it won’t take long, though. Besides, you'll have a little down-time before Sping festivities arrive and decorating for new Holidays like Easter begin.
About the Author: Cindy Davis is dedicated writer with great flair for home improvement and home remodeling projects. She is currently focused mainly on the household and office cleaning field and therefore her present article treats exactly this theme.