As the calendar rolls around to the New Year it’s time to think about packing away the Christmas decor. Whenever you take down your decorations, whether it’s the traditional Twelfth Night or 1 January (like me!), it’s a great time for a spot of post-Christmas decluttering.
Decluttering your home is not just the act of tidying up; it’s a process that can positively impact your physical and mental well-being. After the chaos of Christmastime it’s always nice to find peace and calm in your home. The post-Christmas period, in particular, often leaves us with a surplus of seasonal decorations, unwanted gifts, and remnants of festive celebrations which can lead to stress, anxiety, and a sense of being overwhelmed. However, by using a handy decluttering checklist, you can tackle the clutter step by step.
Now is the time to reclaim your home and start the New Year in a clutter-free space that you love to be in, with this Post-Christmas Decluttering Checklist to help you get your home organized after the holiday season.
1. Take Down Christmas Decorations
- Remove all Christmas decorations from your home, including Christmas trees, wreaths, and lights.
2. Sort and Store Decorations
- Carefully pack and label decorations to make it easier to find and set up next year.
- Use clear plastic bins or storage containers to keep items protected from dust and damage.
3. Dispose of Broken Ornaments
- Inspect your ornaments and decorations as you put them away for any damage or breakage.
- Dispose of or recycle any broken items, and consider replacing them if necessary. The January sales are a great time to invest in new decorations!
4. Declutter Seasonal Items
- Go through your holiday-themed items, such as tableware, linens, and candles.
- Donate or store items you no longer want or need.
5. Recycle Christmas Cards
- Sort through the holiday cards you received.
- Recycle or repurpose cards as needed, or save sentimental ones in a keepsake box.
6. Remove Outdoor Decorations
- Take down any outdoor lights, wreaths, or decorations.
- Store them properly to prevent damage during the off-season.
7. Donate or Repurpose Unwanted Gifts
- If you received gifts that you don’t need or want, consider donating them to charity or repurposing them.
8. Clear Out Expired Food Items
- Check your pantry and fridge for holiday-themed or perishable food items that may have expired.
- Dispose of expired items and organize your kitchen.
9. Clean and Vacuum
- Give your home a thorough cleaning after all the holiday festivities.
- Vacuum and mop floors, dust surfaces, and clean up any spills or stains.
10. Review and Plan for Next Year
Reflect on what worked well this holiday season and what didn’t. Make notes for improvements or changes you’d like to implement next year.
11. Set New Year Organizing Goals
Use this time to kickstart your organizing efforts for the new year. Create a list of areas in your home you’d like to declutter and organize in the coming months.
12. Store Gift Wrapping Supplies
Properly store gift wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows for use throughout the year. Consider a designated storage solution to keep them organized and accessible.
13. Dispose of Old Calendars and Planners
If you have holiday-themed calendars or planners, recycle or repurpose them. Replace them with new ones for the upcoming year.
14. Review and Update Holiday Budget
Reflect on your holiday spending and adjust your budget for the next holiday season accordingly.
15. Take Time to Relax
After all the cleaning and organizing, don’t forget to take some time to relax and recharge.
By following this post-Christmas decluttering checklist, you’ll be well on your way to a clean and clutter-free home after the holidays, ready to start the new year fresh and organized!
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