Ahhhhh, Christmas is over! I really enjoyed the wonderful family time and watching my children’s excitement but all good things must come to an end. Now for the part I can’t stand,—-CLEANING UP AFTER THE HOLIDAYS!
Yea, forget Santa coming to town…when will the Clean Up Fairy be arriving at my house?
For some reason, I just don’t have the same energy in taking down the decorations and packing them away as I did in putting them up. I also don’t have the same zeal in cleaning after the family gathering as I did before.
Let’s not even talk about CLEANING UP DE ‘OL Diet! (That will be my next post.) 🙂
What is a Diva to do?
Well, I did a little research and y’all know I like to KISS (keep it simple sista), so here are MY 5 tips for after Christmas clean-up.
1. REFLECT—- So often, I experience something and just move on. Taking the time to reflect on what went well and what I would have liked to see done differently is a skill that is very helpful but one that I majorly UNDERUSE. I found an awesome article on post-holiday clean up on a blog called Organized Christmas. The article contained a great printable called a “post-holiday debriefing“. The post-holiday debriefing worksheet is a tool to help you record the highs and lows of the most current holiday and plan for better results next year. LOVE IT!
2. Decoration Removal- Take down Christmas Decorations and put them away. Easy to say but not so easy to do. Some people leave their decorations up well into March simply due to feeling overwhelmed about taking them down. I actually organized my decorations a few years ago so putting them away is a lot easier. Everything is in clear plastic totes! Yea, don’t get too excited, the Christmas Decorations are about the only things organized in my home! I found a great article on Christmas Decoration storage.
3. Tackle One Room at a Time–I don’t know about y’all but when I am returning things to their proper room, I seem to get sidetracked on what needs to be done in that room instead of staying focused on the room I am working on! Focus Divas!
4. PURGE-When putting away gifts, take notice of over-stuffed drawers and duplicates. If you are not going to use it or wear it and if it doesn’t bring you joy…. PURGE IT! Regift, donate, etc.
5. Practice a Mini Osoji- Osoji is the Japanese tradition of thoroughly cleaning homes and businesses before the New Year. The word osoji literally means free and clean. Although the Japanese do a whole lot more than a little straightening, any amount of wiping, sweeping and vacuuming are good things!
I like to think of Osoji more broadly as getting my affairs in order before the New Year. Stuff like clearing up overdue bills, making good on old promises, cleaning up, and prayer time are all great ideas to help me enter the new year ready for whatever awaits me.
Psalm 51:10 KJV
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
What are your post Christmas Clean-UP tips?