Post-Christmas Clean Up Tips

December 28, 2015

There's nothing quite like the holidays when it comes to bringing family and friends together to celebrate the season. There's nothing quite like the clean-up when it's over, either.

Ringing in the New Year by getting rid of the holiday clutter is its own tradition. It can be an arduous task, but the following tips can help make the job easier:

Storing Christmas Lights

Storing your lights at the end of the season is a job all in itself, but the last thing you want to do next season is pull a tangled ball of lights out of a box. There are a variety of ways to store Christmas lights neatly:

  • Wrap your lights around a used wrapping paper tube or other piece of cardboard and secure each end with masking tape. An old closet pole will do the job, as well.

  • Use bubble wrap or other cushioning material to pack those lights away in a box.

  • You can even wrap lights around folded paper shopping bags and then lay them in their own box.

  • You can buy boxes specially made for storing Christmas lights. Many of them come with notched cardboard inserts to wrap the lights around.

Storing Your Wreath

Storing your artificial or dried wreath correctly can help it last for years to come. There are containers just for wreath storage, or you can use a garbage bag for storage. Just poke a hole in the top of the garbage bag, place the wreath inside the bag, tie the wreath to a hanger, and then pull the hanger through the hole in the top. Finally, hang the wreath in a safe spot.

Involve The Family

Two hands truly are better than one and involving others — especially your children — will make the job go a lot quicker. Lighten the workload by assigning each person to a task, which can also make it more fun.


Chances are you live in a town that removes Christmas trees and other greens then recycles them. You can also recycle gently-used gift wrapping, ribbon or paper by storing them in a box and using them again next year.


This is a tip that will pay dividends later. Specifically, get rid of decorations you don't plan to use again. This can be difficult because of sentimental feelings, but you'll be glad you did it when it comes time to do it all over again next holiday season.

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