One of the inevitable aspects of the holiday season is the clean-up afterwards, much-dreaded by revelers across the world. Actually, cleaning up after the holidays isn’t all bad, since it’s a good chance for you to lay your house in order, and usher in a new beginning, along with a new year.
At Maid in Essex, we get a lot of people phoning us about holiday clean-ups, so here’s a quick guide to everything you need to know about cleaning after Christmas.
Christmas is a time for food for pretty much everyone, so it’s quite likely that you’ve overstuffed your fridge over the holidays. The result? Chaos. So we think that the best place to start your holiday clean-up is the fridge.
Get rid of old leftovers that nobody’s going to eat, realistically speaking. Either eat them, or throw them away. You might not realize it, but we spend a lot of time in the kitchen, cooking, preparing meals, and so on, and opening the fridge door to a complete, crowded mess can be depressing.
Also, make sure you get everything out and give your fridge a proper cleaning, since the holidays are a time for spills, and other accidents that are ruining your fridge.
Empty your Vacuum
We’re sure you’ve remembered to vacuum the house over the holidays, especially when you’re entertaining. But have you remembered to open the vacuum, and empty it? Hopefully. The truth is that the vacuum is particularly heavily taxed, with food bits, Christmas tree needles, and so on.
So make sure that in your post-holiday clean-up, you empty and clean out your vacuum thoroughly, to make sure it’s prepared for cleaning the rest of the year.
Carpets Need Attention
Another part of the house that might not be getting enough attention in your post-holiday clean-up is the carpet. Remember that over the holidays, there are a lot of people coming in and out of your home, as well as food, trees, gift wrap, and so many other things that can permanently stain your beautiful carpet. So why not try a little DIY carpet cleaner, with hydrogen peroxide and dishwasher liquid? Alternatively, you can try using baking soda as a one-size-fits-all home cleaner.
Tip: Make sure you dilute both hydrogen peroxide and baking soda with water, otherwise they risk being too harsh on the fabric you’re cleaning, and causing more damage.
Last but not least, make sure you give your over a little love in your post-holiday clean-up, since it has seen a lot over the past month or so. Even if you’re not one of those people who cooks for an army over the holidays, chances are it’s seen more action than normal, so set some time aside, and go over the insides of your oven thoroughly.
And if cleaning the entire house post-holidays seems like too much of a hassle, you can always hire a professional cleaning service like Maid in Essex to do the job for you!