Christmas holiday is the most expected time of the year for children and adults. It symbolizes hope for future, family happiness, cosy home and endless love. Perhaps you and your family put a lot of efforts in preparing the whole house for the holidays in the end of the year. After the parties are over, however, it is time to turn your home back in its natural look and for that we need to perform some cleaning after Christmas.
If you want to start the new year fresh, it is time to begin cleaning after Christmas holiday.
1. Start with stripping the Christmas tree.
Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the most enjoyable and pleasant moments of the holiday. Now it is time to remove and store all decorations in one big box. Place the heaviest decoration on the bottom of the box. Be careful with the ornaments that are made by glass. Wrap each one separately. You can use wrapping or tissue paper. Put them on top and store the box for the next year. Throw away all paper decorations that are already crumpled such as paper stars or paper streamers. Remove all Christmas lights and pack them safely without tangling, so you will be able to use them again. After gathering all ornaments, it is time for the tree. If you have artificial Christmas tree, you can wrap it in cloth or store it in separate box and leave it in your store room. Whatever you choose, you need to cover it properly to avoid accumulation of dust. Ask your children to take part in storing the ornaments. In that way you can turn this not so pleasant part into fun.
2. Clean your carpets and floors.
You need to concentrate your cleaning after Christmas holiday on your carpets and floors. Vacuum all spaces. Most likely, you will spot some stains on your carpets. Drinking red wine and shampagne during holidays may end to stubborn stains. If you want to remove them, you should apply a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid immediately. You can use a carpet cleaner, too. If the stain is specific or is left for longer time and you cannot remove it, it is better not to take chances with common cleaners. Call a professional company to wash your carpets.
Sweep up all trifles, left from the celebration. Mop floors using a mixture of warm water and floor cleaner. Allow them to dry.
3. Organize your kitchen.
Your kitchen will need a thorough cleaning after Christmas holiday. Certainly, you have prepared a lot of delicious meals and you have taken out all your Christmas plates and sets for the holidays. After the wonderful celebration, though, you are left only with nice memories and many dirty dishes. Even if you wash most of them in a dishwashing machine, you need to separate the special ones, which are fragile. Wash them by hand. Store your Christmas sets for next year. Pay special attention to your oven, where all that Christmas cooking have taken place. Do not forget to put some cleaning gloves because oven cleaners may be harsh for your skin.
After you take down all decorations and clean your home, you will be surprised of how much extra space you have now. So, enjoy that moment when you can relax in front of the fireplace and start your new year fresh with harmony and hope!