Whether you decide to wait till the traditional 7th January or want to put them away the first day of the new year, packing away the decs is a bittersweet occasion, but with a few savvy tactics, you can make cleaning up simple and easy.
Here’s our five tips to make the Christmas decoration clean up smooth and simple:
Make small goals
The best way to tackle anything big is to split it up into small bits. Write a list of each tidying task and see what you can get a little help with. Give yourself and any helpers a mini reward for each task – a festive way to make tidying quicker and easier.
Protect your lights
Tired of the untangling your lights each year, trying to figure out if they still work? Keep them neat and tidy by wrapping them around a strip of cardboard, just cut some off one of the many boxes you’ll have left.
Don’t throw everything away
Decorations, ribbons, even large pieces of wrapping paper can be recycled for next year, so think eco and save yourself a few pennies next December. And if there’s anything unwanted or old things that have been replaced, pack them up in a charity bag to go to a good cause.
Store your ornaments safely
No one wants to open a box of half broken decorations! Use any leftover plastic cups, bubble wrap or cardboard to keep your baubles safely packed and ready to go on show next December!
Take it slow
Boxing day is for winding down after the mania of Christmas, so there’s no need to rush the clean-up. Get rid of the obvious mess – wrapping paper, washing up and rubbish from the day before, but remember to take breaks and maybe leave the decorations for a day or two. After all, what’s the holiday if you can’t relax too?