Store Your Holiday Decorations and Throw Away the Christmas Tree
After the holidays are over, you should put away your holiday decorations such as ornaments and strands of lights, but you should also throw away your live Christmas tree before it begins to drop its needles. A decaying Christmas tree is a potential fire hazard in your home, and it can also create a mess on the carpets or floors. When you store your holiday decorations, do it in an organized way by wrapping the light strands around rectangular pieces of cardboard, and also, wrapping the delicate glass ornaments in cushioning paper. Store the boxes of decorations in a safe place that isn't too hot or cold so that your holiday items will remain in good condition until the things are needed.
Wash the Refrigerator and Oven
If you have prepared a lot of meals during the holiday season, then you may have a messy kitchen that requires organizing and cleaning. Cleaning your kitchen's appliances after Christmas Day and New Year's Day is an excellent idea because a refrigerator and an oven can become covered with food debris. Prepare an ice chest for storing the food in your freezer and refrigerator so that the things won't spoil. Fill a sink with warm soapy water before removing the items from the refrigerator. Wash the exterior of the condiment bottles or other containers, but check the expiration dates on the items to throw out anything that is spoiled. Dump any leftovers into the trash, and begin to scrub the shelves, walls and back of the refrigerator with a wet cloth. Place the food back into the proper areas of the refrigerator as fast as possible.
Sanitize the Oven and the Stovetop
Cleaning an oven or a stovetop is more challenging, and it is a dirty job. Cover your clothing with an apron, and wear protective gloves during the process. Remove the metal grills from the stove to place the items in hot soapy water. Let these items soak while you complete the rest of the stove-cleaning task. The top of the stove may open so that you can wash away any spilled food, or alternatively, your stove may have removable drip pans. You can soak the drip pans in the sink with the grills. To clean the interior of the stove, you should use paper towels to wipe away the burnt food and sticky grease. If you use store-bought oven cleaner, then make sure that the room is ventilated, and you must keep the substance away from your skin. You can make a safer homemade oven cleaner with baking soda and vinegar, but it may take longer to sanitize the oven. Dry the pan holders and drip pans to place the items back on the stove for the next time that you must prepare a meal.
Organizing Your Kitchen Cupboards and Drawers
You may have kitchen cupboards that are disorganized and dirty after the holidays. Begin with the cupboard that contains stored food items such as cans of vegetables and boxes of pasta. Remove the containers so that you can wash the shelves underneath, but make sure to place the food back into the cupboard so that you can find things easily. Washing the interior surfaces of the other cupboards is a good idea to eliminate food crumbs that might attract pests such as cockroaches or mice. The utensil drawers in your kitchen probably require cleaning because food often spills into these items while you are preparing meals, so you can remove all of the cooking and eating utensils to wash the items along with the drawers.
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