The holidays can bring with them a lot of clutter and mess. Going into the New Year with a cluttered house can make for a stressful start. There are simple ways to keep the mess down to a minimum and get the New Year started with a clean, clutter-free home.
With family and friends visiting to celebrate the holidays, spills and stain are inevitable. Stains are harder to get out the longer they sit, so they should be remedied as soon as possible. Using warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent in a spray bottle is usually an easy fix. Just spray it on the stain, blot with a paper towel and continue this until it is no longer visible. Then it should be rinsed with water and blotted once more before left to dry.
Kitchens should be deep cleaned after the holidays. Mop the floors and clean all of the countertops. If the countertops have become damaged from all the prepping and cooking, contact Refinish First about refinishing them to look brand new.
Separate recyclables from what needs to be thrown in the trash during the festivities instead of after. Also, try to do dishes right after they are done being used. Many people find cleaning as they go to be less stressful than walking into a kitchen with piles of dishes the next morning.
Have a designated box for Holiday cards. Update addresses and lists as necessary. Holiday cards should be recycled after the holidays are over, there is no real need to keep them around for a whole year.
When packing away decorations, people sometimes decide to throw everything into a box to sort later. However, later tends to not come around and next year those decorations are tangled and misshapen. Packing away holiday decorations neatly will help limit stress and frustration when they are needed next year.
Many people consider the easiest way to stay away from clutter is to get rid of one thing when they add something new. This can be done with clothes, kitchen gadgets and much more. While doing this, it could be a good time to get rid of things that are no longer used, such as toys or shoes that are no longer worn.