Holidays are fun, but the clean up afterward? Not so much.
Here are some junk removal tips to help you take your home back.
Most people love the holidays, though some could take or leave the season. Regardless of whether you get into the festive mood or not, you’ll probably be left with a lot of clutter. Disposable napkins and plates, candy wrappers, decorative wrapping, and disposable decorations are some of the key offenders, but you can dispose of these easily. However, unwanted gifts and outdated items can add to the clutter too.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the holiday mess, you’re not alone. Follow these junk removal tips, and soon enough, your home will be feeling refreshed and clean again. The most important thing is prioritizing. If you look at cleaning your entire home all at once, it can feel overwhelming. Prioritizing and tackling it step-by-step can help minimize that feeling by giving you a single task to focus on at a time.
Clean High-Traffic Areas
After the holidays, prioritize the highest traffic areas. Most of the time that means the kitchen, entertaining areas such as the living room, and the guest room (if it was used). Take on each place one at a time, starting with the room you use most frequently.
Now it’s time to deal with holiday decorations. Remove and store those decorations that are reused and dispose of those that are broken or outdated. Start with the ones that are most visible to others, such as those on your lawn. Move now to indoor and wall decorations that are not casually visible to guests.
Decide What To Do With Unwanted Gifts
Unwanted gifts, though a little awkward, are a fact of life. While deciding what to do with a gift, first ask yourself: “Is there anyone I know that would want or could use this?” Perhaps there is someone you know that recently moved into their own home or will be getting married.
If you cannot think of anyone who may want the gift, the next step is to return it, if possible. Some stores will offer receipt-free returns for gift cards or store credit if you do not have a gift receipt.
If you do not know where the gift is from, the final option is to donate it—research charities near you. If it’s a large item and you’re not able to drop it off, the charity may be able to offer a pickup option- though they may charge a fee or require a minimum donation.
Though holiday cleanup is the least fun part of the holidays, it doesn’t have to be stressful. By prioritizing your cleaning, the workload will be much more manageable. Start with high traffic areas such as the kitchen and living room. Take down the outside decorations before the inside ones. When dealing with unwanted gifts, there are plenty of different options available. You can re-gift it to someone who can use it, return it, or even donate it to a local charity. By keeping these junk removal tips in mind, your home will be happily decluttered before you know it.
If you need to get rid of a large number of items, consider hiring a junk removal service. McJunk will come to your home, sort items into ones to dispose of, recycle, or donate and carry them away. Contact us at 919-850-4377 and set up an appointment today