Sun 25 Dec 2016
Simple tips for a tidy house after Christmas
The Christmas holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends, although we all know that the festivities can fade quickly when you're faced with the aftermath: a house to clean up once all your guests have left.
Getting your place back into shape can be a daunting task, however by following these simple (ish – it is cleaning after all) tips you’ll have a sparkling home just in time for the new year. Ideal if you are thinking about moving in 2017!
Pack away the Christmas tree carefully to save time next year
Use as much care taking your tree down as you did putting it up, this will save you some time when it comes to doing it all again next year. Some tips for packing decorations:
- 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, paper towel tubes work, too.
- Take down the decorations and, instead of throwing them back into their boxes, wrap them safely. You can reuse wrapping and tissue paper to wrap around them as you store them neatly into their boxes. For added cushioning, place the tree skirt at the bottom of the storage box and layer the ornaments on top, using tissue paper between the layers.
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. Fluff the pile and allow it to dry.
Use this time to get rid of what you don't need
It’s brilliant when you receive some lovely new gifts for your house, but you may not need two or three pairs of oven gloves for your kitchen. Either discard old ones or donate them to charity.
Turn tidying up into a game
Have children? Recruit them to help by creating a race to see who can gather their toys first. Store toys that are of no interest at the moment and rotate or bring them out every once in a while, to keep their spark.
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