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Turn Post-Holiday Clean-up into a Fresh Start for Your Home

Post-holiday clean-up in 3 simple stepsWhen all those festive lights are turned off at the end of the holiday season, it’s easy for a do-it-yourselfer to get a little melancholy. After all, boxing up the shimmer and shine can make any room in your home seem a little less bright. And if you’ve had your fill of crumb-covered buffets, leftovers in the ‘fridge, overflowing trash cans and more dirty dishes than the dishwasher can hold after celebrating, you’re in for a treat – because it’s easy to turn your post-holiday clean-up into a fresh start for your home. Not only that, you’ll already be preparing for next year’s festivities!

Here are three tips to take to task:

1. Operation Decoration De-Clutter

  • Decide on a deadline for taking down the tree and storing holiday decorations. Whether it’s New Year’s Day or a week after New Year’s Day, it helps keep you focused on your clean-up efforts.
  • Purge holiday decorations of things that are no longer of use before boxing everything up for the season.
  • Consider buying color-coded storage bins for different kinds of decorations. For example, red for Christmas, pink for Valentine’s Day, light green for Easter, orange for Halloween. This way, you won’t have to open each box to see what’s inside come next holiday.
  • Box up decorations by room or area rather than type. You may have several different holiday displays for mantles, living room, foyer, etc. Next year when it’s time to decorate, you can pull out one or two storage totes and have everything available to re-create those looks quickly and easily.
  • Rather than storing ornaments and other decorations in the boxes they come in, wrap each in recycled wrapping paper and place in a larger container. Wrap Christmas lights around the wrapping paper tubes. Use tree skirts and other large pieces of material such as table cloths at the bottom of storage bins for added protection.

2. Spring Clean by Winter’s Clock

  • Lots of homeowners remove regular pieces of furniture and home décor to make room for Christmas trees and other decorations. Before arranging rooms back to normal, give the carpets a good vacuuming and check them – and your furniture – for stains. If you spot any, clean immediately.
  • Vacuum drapes and curtains, and clean windows before the furniture is re-set.
  • Repair and/or polish wood pieces before lamps and other room décor are replaced.

3. Dare to Prepare for Next Year’s Holiday

  • Make next year’s baking and cooking clean-up easier by lining baking sheets with silicone baking mats and broiling pans with foil beforehand.
  • Decrease clutter in the kitchen by rotating new gifts and gadgets with the tried and true ones.
  • Turn the dishwasher on before your go to bed and unload it in the morning, so it’s empty before guests arrive.
  • Line trash cans with several clean bags, which will already be ready for more trash once you remove a full one.

Expert Advice

Our expert staff is always on hand to help you with any kind of clean-up project. From vacuums to carpet cleaners, if you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-tos, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.

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A Few Tips on How to Keep the Holidays Safe this Year

With only a few days left before Christmas, your house is sure to be decorated for the holidays with a style all your own. And hopefully you’ve kept safety in mind all the while. If not, here are a few things to consider this holiday season to make sure you and your family are cozy and safe.

5 Holiday Safety Tips1. The center of it all – your Christmas tree: For you live Christmas tree lovers, keep your tree well-watered, and for those of you with artificial trees, make sure your lights are working properly because one in every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems. 

2. Powering up for the holidays: Don’t overload electrical outlets with too many extension cords, lights and other decorations, for this creates a real fire hazard. As a rule-of-thumb, use only 80% power on each outlet. To determine this, simply divide the watts of power you’re using by 120 volts, the number most houses are rated for, and you’ll know if you need to use more than one outlet.

3. Festive flames all a-glow: You also know that December is the peak time of year for home candle fires – especially on December 23, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Be sure you never leave a candle burning unattended and place them away from the tree and other decorations that could quickly spark a fire. An alternative is to invest in battery-operated flameless candles, which look real and are less of a fire hazard than open flames. However, keep the fire extinguisher in a convenient, easy-to-remember place, just in case.

And while you have the ladder out for hanging lights, you should also change batteries in all the smoke detectors in your house. Tackling this task during holiday decorating not only saves time, it reminds you of the need to check smoke detectors once a year.

4. A potentially icy pathway: Outside, keep the sidewalks and driveway free of snow and ice with a shovel and snow blower.

5. Hop in the car for your annual holiday road trip: Once your house is safe and beautiful, it’s time to prepare your car – and your family – for that special trip. In addition to dangerous weather conditions and limited daylight hours this time of year, traveling during the holidays has its own challenges that require extra planning. The entire family piles into a car, along with suitcases and gifts, which may make it difficult for the driver to see out the back window. Driving in unfamiliar areas can create yet another distraction.

Holiday Travel

Here’s a handy list to help you plan safely for holiday travel:

  • Pack a safety kit for your car, including anti-freeze, deicer for locks, window scrapers, a shovel, tools, a small gas container and a lighter (or matches)
  • Put a bag of kitty litter or sand in the trunk, to use in case you get stuck
  • Bring along an extra set of gloves, sturdy boots, hats and a blanket
  • Remember to bring a mobile phone, directions, a map, GPS and any reservation confirmations
  • Set the car alarm or use an anti-theft device
  • Never leave your car unoccupied with the motor running or with children inside
  • Don’t leave packages on the seat of your car, creating a temptation for thieves
  • Consider sending holiday gifts ahead via U.S. Mail, UPS or other expediting service
  • When approaching and leaving your car, be aware of the surroundings
  • Always carry a driver’s license or ID card, along with necessary cash, checks, credit or debit cards

It may seem like a no-brainer to follow the above guidelines, but the holidays inevitably get somewhat crazy, so just take a little extra time this year and your family will thank you for it. If you have more questions about holiday precautions and the tools or equipment you may need, please get in touch with us via our contact us page or the comment section below. Happy Holidays!

About the Author

Tempe Thompson is a sales and inventory expert at Runyon Equipment Rental. She has over 35 years of experience and has accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise. She could talk for hours about how to use all of Runyon’s tools and equipment, in addition to suggesting which type corresponds to a certain application.

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