Christmas has come and gone. As you survey the house, it’s clear that you went all out on the Christmas festivities. It was a Christmas to remember, but like all good things in life, it’s time to wrap it up.
To be sure, you’ll want to recruit your whole family to pitch in for a quick and easy Christmas cleanup. It won’t take much time at all if everyone does their part. Why do it alone when you have others who can pitch in with Christmas cleanup?
Christmas cleaning checklist for the whole family
In an effort to rally the troops, have a checklist handy. As the saying goes, “fail to plan, plan to fail.” Have a plan and everyone can steamroll through the Christmas cleanup process.
When it comes to Christmas cleanup, there’s something that anyone can do to help. Crank up the Christmas music and make it a fun experience!
Bag up all the trash
Now the first thing you should do is have someone go around with a trash bag and pick up all the trash — that includes wrapping paper, boxes, and paper plates and plastic utensils. Consider recycling what you can and do your part for the environment.
As you bag up the trash, you’ll notice the house become cleanlier. Keep the trash bag handy as you will discover more trash while moving on through the rest of the checklist.
Pack away your Christmas decorations
So you poured your heart into putting up those Christmas decorations but the time has come to pull them down and stow them away. Next Christmas will arrive in the blink of an eye. So with that in mind, it’s important you put away your decorations in an organized fashion. You don’t want to stress out next year trying to figure out where your Christmas lights are located.
Additionally, you’ll want to stow everything away in a careful manner so that nothing breaks in storage.
Take down that Christmas tree
Unfortunately, that Christmas tree needs to come down. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep the happy memories afforded by having such a nice tree up. Make sure to get a nice picture of your tree, all decked out, prior to taking it down.
After you’ve taken care to remove the decorations off the Christmas tree, it’s time to pack it away for next year. If it’s a live tree, then go ahead and set it out for trash pickup or haul it to the dump. If you’re feeling up to it, you should consider using your Christmas tree for mulch. After all, Christmas trees are biodegradable!
At Enviro-Dry, we’re big fans of doing what we can to help the environment. Recycling your Christmas tree for good use is a brilliant idea in our book!
Deep clean the oven
After all that baking for the family and guests, you may have noticed the oven needs a little extra cleaning attention. Never fear. You can have that oven looking sparkling new in no time at all with a little do it yourself cleaning power.
Give the bathroom some extra love
With all the holiday traffic in your home, guests and family members coming in and out, your bathroom will need some deep cleaning. Hand over a bathroom cleaning checklist to a ready helper. The need for thoroughness will vary from house to house. You can assess the bathroom and make a checklist according to your needs.
Vacuum up the traces of Christmas
To some, it may be a given. But we can’t stress enough the importance of vacuuming. Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum your home. Even if it doesn’t seem like your carpet needs it, with all the holiday hubbub, we can guarantee you that vacuuming is the smart thing to do. Dirt particles can be smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. So appearances aren’t everything.
Look for stains and remove them
Now that you’ve gone over your home with the vacuum cleaner, it’s time to comb over your carpet and hunt out any stains you have missed during the Christmas festivities. The sooner you identify and take care of these stains, the easier it will be to remove them.
Once you’ve identified the stain, set to work on stain removal. We’ve dedicated a whole series on how to remove stains, so check them out if you need some help:
- Remove Chocolate Stains From Carpet
- How To Get Red Wine Out Of Carpet
- How To Get Coffee Stains Out Of Carpet
Have fun, make it a merry and bright cleanup!
And finally, remember to make the dreaded cleanup a fun experience. Perhaps you can reward your kiddos and spouse with some freshly baked cookies for a post-Christmas mini celebration!
Whatever you do, you’ll feel accomplished when you have everything cleaned up and put away.