Now that the Christmas gatherings are wrapping up, it’s time to tackle the aftermath of the holiday. But it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process!

Focus first on the extra tasks related to the holiday. Once those are taken care of, then you can jump into your regular cleaning routine.

  1. Christmas Leftovers:

Eat up, share or toss out the holiday leftovers to make the fridge more manageable.

  1. Hunt for Surprises:

Check your furniture and carpet for any spots, stains or spills. Follow the directions of your stain remover carefully. And make sure to blot the spot, not rub it in further!

  1. Wash and Dry:

Gather up loads of dirty or used linens and get them going in the wash. Take items that need to be dry-cleaned to your car and drop them off the next time you are out and about.

  1. Decide What to Keep:

If you received new and improved items, consider donating the old ones to make space for the new. And if you received a gift that you know you will never use, give it to someone who will use it or toss it in the donation box as well. Place the donation box in your car to drop off at your favorite charity or thrift store in town.

With that stuff out of the way, begin your regular cleaning routine. If you don’t have one, then tackle one room at a time, starting with the kitchen and then the bathrooms. Make it a fun event as you get your home back to beautiful – put on some music and be-bop while you clean!