All the lights, the decorations, and the ornaments that brighten up your holiday are beautiful to look at during the holiday until you realize you have to clean it all up when the New Year rolls around. It can really lower your spirits to have to take down all the holiday décor that made your December so joyful, not to mention all the hard work it takes to pack and store it all away. But before you get too overwhelmed, try these tips for cleaning up and organizing your decorations effectively so you don’t leave your future self with a mess that will take ages to sort through when it’s time again next year.
Get Rid of Old Decorations
When you’re taking down decorations, first thing’s first—get rid of decorations you won’t need next year. Any decorations that are broken, just throw away because you probably won’t put aside time to fix them and will probably end up getting rid of it next year anyways. Unless it has sentimental value, toss or donate anything that is old, dingy, or hasn’t been used in a year or two. If you can’t bear to part with it, consider passing it along to someone else who might enjoy it.
The lights are probably the most troublesome. They somehow manage to get ridiculously tangled up each year so make sure to store them by winding them around something round, like this useful reel found on stacksandstacks.com. It even zips up for easy storage!
Put other holiday household décor in boxes labeled with index cards or marker. You can organize each box in two ways. One way is to organize by theme, like “Snowmen”, so you can go to it when you decide you want to find a certain item that you know has snowmen on it. The second way is to organize by room if you have certain pieces that go in specific rooms so they’re all together in one place. This will not only help you keep track of where everything is, but will also help you stay focused on one theme or room at a time so you don’t get too overwhelmed when packing up this season and unpacking next year.
Use clear bins, like this perfect container found on none other than containerstore.com, to store your dozens and dozens of ornaments. You’ll be able to stack them, while making sure they stay protected. You’ll also be able to see what each box holds so you don’t have to rummage through all your boxes to find the exact ornament you’re looking for next year.
Glitter and Pine Needles
Glitter and pine needles get absolutely everywhere during the holidays. On carpet or floor, you can usually suck most of it up with a vacuum and any little remaining pieces can be collected with a lint roller, duct tape, or masking tape. But be quick because sap from the pine needles can often let out sap. If you find any needles stuck, use water and a microfiber cloth to help clean it up.
One issue that we sometimes find is with moisture causing mildew over time. To avoid mildew make sure to store your boxes of décor in a climate-controlled space. Find space under a bed or in a closet, which will be perfect for preventing growth of mildew on your beautiful décor.
These are just simple tricks and tips, but they can make a huge difference. And if you need a little extra help with the house cleaning to deal with the dirt from the shoes of guests or filmy buildup in your overworked showers and tubs let Naked Clean’s professional independent maids come in and find the beauty beneath the mess. After all that cleaning and organizing, your house will, once again, be an inviting space to remember the times you shared during your holiday celebrations. That is a gift to be appreciated.