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Post Holiday Clean Up 101 | TMG Companies

You blinked and the holidays are over. The dust settles, and you finally have some time to breathe, but now it is time to clean up all the post-holiday things. But where to start? It can get overwhelming thinking about where to begin especially when you start to think about all the areas of the home that have been in overdrive. Did you cook holiday dinner or bake cookies and holiday treats? Then your kitchen is due for a deep clean. Did you spend a lot of time in the living room hosting friends & family, watching holiday movies with the family, or opening presents? You living room has probably seen more action than normal and needs a refresh.

Here are some tips to help get your home back in order after a busy holiday season:


We all tend to accumulate stuff during the holiday season. And while it is always great to give gifts, it isn’t always so great to find your kitchen full of used storage containers, your trash bins full of waste, and your storage areas full of unwanted decorations and odds-’n-ends. 

But decluttering doesn’t just mean throwing everything out the door. It means lightening your load and preparing for warmer weather. When decluttering, think lighter: 

  1. Get rid of all your trash, including all the wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows that you don’t need. You don’t need to prepare for next year’s Christmas before the new year.  
  2. Return any old food containers left over from parties. You don’t need them, and you don’t want them. If the original owner refuses (or continually forgets) to take them, then trash or donate them.  
  3. Store your decorations, tree, and other holiday items correctly, and put them away no later than 18 days after Christmas. That includes exterior lights and law decorations. 

Finally, give your home items a good once over to assess if there is anything that could be donated or thrown away. The new year is a time for declutter and rebirth, so take the opportunity after the holidays to clear the decks.

Kitchen Appliances

You’ve held your parties, you’ve cooked for company, and you’ve baked dozens of cakes, pies, and cookies. Now it is time to step back from the festivities and deep clean your kitchen.

After all that cooking, take time to clean out all your appliances. This includes

  • The inside of your refrigerator and freezer. 
  • The external parts of your mixers and blenders. 
  • The interior and exterior of your oven and dishwasher. 
  • The sink, including the under-sink area. 
  • The interior and exterior of your cabinets and drawers. 

You can use a disinfecting cleaner or a basic mix of baking soda, vinegar, and water. There are also several natural cleaners that can provide the level of cleanliness and odor protection you need. We normally try to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals on any surface.

In any case, scrub all these surfaces down. You don’t want to come across food stains or worse a month down the road. Take the opportunity to make your kitchen new and feel good again.

Upholstery and Furniture

You and your family have been sitting on your furniture all winter. And, if you’ve hosted during the holidays, it’s been more than just your family. And let’s not even get into pet odors.  

It’s time to get your upholstery cleaned.  

In all honesty, this is something you should do 1-2 times a year at minimum, so post-holiday season is usually a great time to do it. Since your windows have been most likely shut against the cold for months, with the heater running, and your family (and any party guests) regularly in residence, your furniture will most likely need cleaned. 

For DIY, you can  

  • Vacuum all your fabric furniture. This will help remove any errant dirt, hair, and stains. 
  • Spot clean any stains. Long-lasting wine or grape stains probably won’t come out after the fact, but it doesn’t hurt to try and remove some dirt beforehand.  
  • Spray with a mixture of water and essential oils. Using diluted essential oils can freshen up fabrics before they are cleaned and keep your living and entertaining spaces smelling pleasant. We recommend fresh and clean scents like mint, lemon, or fresh herbs. 

Of course, you should also call your furniture cleaning specialist. They can help get smells and stains out of your furniture and keep it fresh for the upcoming spring.

Area Rugs

Like furniture, area rugs are going to accumulate stains, dirt, and odor. And like your furniture, there are a few at-home steps you can take to get them clean. 

A simple thing to do is to let them sit outside. Pick a warm day with no rain, and gently shake your rugs out and hang them on a balcony. This will not only remove dust, but also help remove odor. Following that, you can attempt to clean the rug yourself (and it helps if the rug is washable). However, washing and cleaning can be hard on your rug if you don’t have the right equipment.

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