How to Clean Up After Your Holiday Parties

It’s not easy to clean up your home after the holidays conclude. But it’s something we all have to do. If you are looking to start the new year off organized, here are a some organization and storage tips to consider.

Save what’s wrapped. Many baked goods are safe to leave out if covered or wrapped. If you have food that needs to be refrigerated, store it quickly. Make the most of your limited fridge space by transferring leftovers to smaller, seal-able containers. If those aren’t available, cover your plates with foil or plastic wrap before stashing them in the refrigerator.

Grease goes in the garbage (maybe). If grease used for deep-frying is clear and free of odd odors, you can reuse it. Transfer it to a metal can or plastic jug with a tight-fitting cover and stash the container in the fridge. Recycling is another option in some areas, but you will generally have to take it to a drop-off center. If all else fails, seal it in a leak-proof container and place that within a bag before it goes in the bin to reduce leaky messes. In every case, make sure the grease has completely cooled first.

Soak and scrub. Depending on the level of caked-on crud stuck to your pots and pans, you might want to vary your approach. Squirt a little dishwashing soap in them, fill with water and let sit overnight if the situation is a little sticky. For those more stubborn burnt-in messes, you can let soda like Coke or Pepsi loosen things up for you. Just leave it in the pot for a few hours or overnight.

Storing Seasonal Items in Self Storage 

Once your guests are gone, you probably don’t want permanent reminders of the party on your floor or tablecloth. How do you get rid of those scuffs and stains? And what about all those decorations we no longer need? Tips for those final steps to your holiday clean in below.

Buff shoe scuffs. Polyurethane hardwood floors might pick up a few marks while you’re cuttin’ a rug. Don’t despair at your damaged dance floor. Rub the area for a bit with a soft cloth, and if that doesn’t do the trick, add a little floor cleaner as you rub.

Stop stains from setting. If wine ends up on the carpet, rug or tablecloth, you’ll need to act fast. Salt can help keep the stain from settling in for the long haul. Carpet cleaner might be required, but if you have club soda or white wine on hand, you might try those first. Whichever one you choose, pour it directly on the stain and blot the area. Avoid rubbing as that will make matters worse.

Store holiday decorations in a self-storage unit. As you take down all the party and holiday decorations, don’t forget that Canal Road has a self storage location near you . With units in an array of sizes, our self-storage professionals can help you find the perfect solution for your decoration storage needs. This could be great for all seasonal items, and provide a safe landing spot until your holiday decorations are needed once again next year.


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