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Post-Holiday Cleanup – Tips

Updated on January 8, 2015

The holidays always come and go with the blink of an eye. After the holiday fun when the fuss around the gifts and family is now over, someone has to take care of the mess that's left and at least try to start fresh and clean.

Packing the Ornaments

These days most of the ornaments we buy are shatterproof, made of plastic or styrofoam. But your favourite ones are those classic, yet fragile glass figures that are maybe even a precious memory.

Hand made glass ornaments can be expensive and it's a real disaster when one breaks. To avoid such incidents you can buy or make ornament containers. Another option is to use an old cardboard box and wrap them in tissue paper or bubble wrap (just don't pop all of the bubbles).

Christmas Lights

Every year you curse these things because there's no way to untangle them without the urge to use a knife or scissors. Well, here's a helpful advice you can use after the holiday period this time – use old hanger or a paper roll. You will never again spend hours to figure out where the cord comes and goes.

Disposing of the Christmas Tree

More and more families these days go for an artificial Christmas tree. Yet there's nothing like the smell of a live Christmas tree on the holiday morning. But those trees won't stay evergreen, if they are already in your living room.

It's not a good idea to wait too much to dispose of your tree because it will start to dry out shed it's needles. To prevent this carefully remove all the decorations and use a large plastic bag or an old piece of fabric to cover the tree. For the needles that fell behind don't use the vacuum cleaner but a broom instead (especially if there's a carpet underneath).

Lastly none of your neighbours would like if there's a big tree in front their house, so coordinate everything and check when is your garbage collection day.

Carpet Stains

A good Christmas party can't go without a red wine stain on the carpet. There are a few methods you can use in case your carpet got an additional red spot.

  • Baking soda – The first step with all of these methods is to blot the wine stain (do not rub). Next this pour some water on the spot and apply baking soda paste (soda mixed with water). After it has dried vacuum up soda and the result should be your carpet good as new.

  • Salt – This may sound like a joke but you can be amazed when you see the results. All you have to do is pour a generous amount of salt on the stain and leave it for a few hours. Salt has the property to draw out the liquids and it will absorb the stain. When you think that enough time has passed vacuum out the salt and use a damp cloth to fully clean the carpet.

  • Vinegar – Vinegar combined with soap or soda gives a good result. It neutralizes the red pigments from the wine and if you give enough time to the 'products' to work you can probably get away with the need to call a professional.

Kitchen Cleaning

One of the dirtiest places especially around Christmas is the kitchen. The stove top and your oven have seen so many meals that now they deserve a proper cleaning. If there isn't a huge damage, you can try to clean the oven on your own. Sure you can use some home made cleaners but they won't do the job as well as the products that are specifically developed for the job. So better get dedicated oven cleaning products and never use them directly on the heating elements. It's not a good idea to use grainy pastes and tools that can scratch the surface of your oven since this will lower it's lifespan.

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