Christmas has come and gone, and for many of us, it was a very muted festive season when compared to our usual ones. No parades and carol services, no big parties and huge family gatherings.
However, despite having a much smaller and much quieter Christmas than normal, it is still surprising just how much mess there is once you have taken down the tree and decorations, found new homes for all of the new gifts and thrown out all of the wrapping paper. There are pine needles lurking in corners, bits of sticky tape stuck to sideboards and the dust – well, the less said about that the better.
While Spring is traditionally the time for a big clean, it is way too far in the future to leave it until then. A post Christmas clean can help brush the cobwebs away – quite literally – and help you feel refreshed and invigorated for the start of a brand new year.
Clean out your yard and sell your old cards for cash
Our yards are often one of the main places that get neglected over Christmas and in the winter. Lawns become overgrown, leaves drop and turn to mush on the floor and all sorts of old, unwanted stuff gets stored out there until you get the chance to get rid of it at the dump. While the weather might stop you from doing any gardening, it does not stop you from giving it a good ol’ tidy up.. Many of us have old cars still parked up in the garage or yard that we no longer need or use, or that don’t work. Why not look for junk car removal solutions that not only get rid of the car for you, but give you some much needed cash for your old car – you can then reinvest this into your new car.
Clean the carpet
We often do not appreciate just how much flack our carpets can take, especially in high-traffic areas. After Christmas, when you have packed away all of the decorations, is the perfect opportunity to give it a good clean. Start off by vacuuming it and then inspect it for any obvious stains or marks. The longer that they are left, the more difficult they are to get out. You can often remove them by using a solution of dish washing liquid and warm water – squirt it on and gently blot it and repeat until the stain is removed, before spraying it again with plain water. It may be worth hiring a carpet cleaner if it is very marked.
Clean out the fridge and freezer
Once all of the festive food and delicious treats have been eaten, your fridge and freezer is possibly looking a little on the empty side. Before you go and refill it at the grocery store, give it a good clean. Remove all the shelves and drawers and soak them in hot soapy water and look at silicone fridge liners to keep them clean. Throw away anything festering in the vegetable drawers and any condiments that have been opened and left well beyond their use past date, chuck them out.
By giving your home a good old post Christmas clean, you will feel much more organized and refreshed for the beginning of the year and to get it off on the right foot.