Ways To Declutter Your Home After Christmas

 

If you’re anything like me the minute Christmas is over (think Boxing Day) I’m itching to take down the tree, remove all the decorations from the entire house and get stuck into a deep clean. I slowly start the process on Boxing Day and by New Years Eve it’s only the Christmas tree that’s standing and left to put away. Call me a grinch but I love to start the New Year with a clean slate, ready to tackle a mass cull of all the crap we have accumulated over the Christmas period.

 

This is my cleaning and declutter routine:

 

HALLWAY:

  • Tidy coats and shoes – only keep the ones you use regularly and the others can be put away in your wardrobe or other storage you may have.
  • Hoover and mop floors and under doormats
  • Wipe down furniture, door handles, door frames

 

LIVING ROOM:

  • Hoover floors, under sofa, inside the sofa and mop floors
  • Wipe down every surface from doors to book shelves to photo frames
  • Put away children’s toys and find new homes for new Christmas toys
  • Clean and organise every cupboard
  • Clean windows

 

BEDROOMS:

  • Hoover under and around beds and furniture
  • Wipe down all surfaces including doors, handles, switches, bed frames
  • Organise wardrobes, throw old tatty clothes away, make a pile for the charity shop and friends
  • Organise your dressing table, removing any beauty products you no longer use, that are empty or passed there sell by date
  • Put a load of washing on and put away laundry
  • Clean windows
  • Make beds

 

CHILDRENS BEDROOM

  • Go through toy boxes and remove any toys that they no longer play with, toys with missing pieces and make space for new toys they received over Christmas
  • Go through wardrobes and remove old tatty clothes, clothes that no longer fit and make space for new clothes for the up coming season
  • Clean all surfaces with anti bac including doors and handles
  • Hoover and mop floors
  • Change bedding

 

BATHROOM

  • Wipe down all surfaces with a strong anti bac this includes shower curtain, bath, taps, toilet handle, toilet itself and sink etc
  • Put bleach down the toilet and give it a good scrub
  • Wash and replace bathmat
  • Organise bathroom cabinet, throwing away things you no longer use
  • Sort through bath toys getting rid of any that have gone mouldy or they no longer play with
  • Re stock toiletries and loo roll
  • Clean windows and mirrors
  • Mop floors
  • Hoover

 

KITCHEN

  • Try and minimise what you have on your kitchen counters
  • Remove dish rack and clean
  • Clean the sink and taps and use a strong drain blocker
  • Sort and organise every kitchen cabinet (including the crap drawer, we all have one!)
  • Go through food cupboards and fridge and throw out anything that is out of date
  • De-scale kitchen appliances
  • Clean your oven inside and out that goes for your microwave too
  • Wipe down all surfaces, including hob, inside fridge, door handles, switches etc
  • Refill soaps and washing up liquid
  • Clean your washing machine, dishwasher inside and out
  • Hoover and mop floors

 

WAYS TO STAY ON TOP OF THE CLUTTER:

  • Always stay on top of house work and don’t let it build up.
  • Always put away laundry after each load, put away dishwasher dishes, empty bins etc
  • Try and stick to a cleaning routine. I like to use ‘this one’ I found courtesy of Pinterest.
  • And finally stick on some music, get the kids involved and enjoy the de cluttering process! It’s good for your mind, soul and is the perfect way to kick-start your new year!
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5 responses to “Ways To Declutter Your Home After Christmas”

  1. Rhi says:

    Great list, I desperately need a good declutter after Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a list! We are moving next week, and I am bringing this list with us! TY! #ablogginggoodtime xoxo

  3. Great tips! I’m doing a month long decluttering challenge which is well overdue, it’s so liberating to get rid of piles of things I’ve been moving around.

    #pbe
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  4. Helena says:

    This is a great list of things to do around the house. I find most of my time is consumed by the living room mind! #ablogginggoodtime

  5. Oh my goodness I needed this post as I suddenly found myself surrounded by clutter everywhere and it was making me twitch a little!!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

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