How to Freshen Up Your House After the Holidays
The holidays are over, no what? It’s time for post holiday clean up, so you can snap back into reality. If you’ve been thinking of making some changes to your home decor, now is the perfect time to make them. Once your holiday decorations have been taken down and you’ve given your home a much-deserved post-holiday makeover, consider making a few changes to freshen up your home decor.
Here are our best ideas of how to freshen up your house after the holidays, so you can start the new year off right!
Organize and Store Your Holiday Decor
First things first, it’s time to clean up all your ornaments, wreaths, and stockings! But, where the heck should you put them all? Here are a few ways you can organize and store all your cherished decorations:
1. Organize Your Outdoor Decorations
Light strands tend to be tossed into boxes without any care put into storing them properly, which means when you get them out next year they’ll be a tangled mess and you will regret being so lazy after the holidays. Instead of putting yourself through this aggravation, save time by wrapping them around a durable piece of cardboard or a large coffee can to keep the strands tangle-free and ready to be hung for the next holiday season.
Wreaths can also be carefully tucked into separate boxes or storage containers that can accommodate their size and shape. Or, consider hanging them inside your closets so no storage is required!
Garland is another Christmas decoration that is easily tangled and misshaped when not stored properly. This year, wrap them up nicely, tie them with string or twine, and store them carefully in a large box.
2. Get Your Tree Sorted Out
Are you the type who loves the look and smell of a real Christmas tree in your home? If so, you’ll need to consider how you will dispose of the tree once the holidays are over. Take advantage of curbside service from your local waste disposal and make sure your tree is completely bare and placed at your curb within the first two weeks of January.
If you put up a fake tree every year, carefully place it back into the box it came in and be sure to keep the sections marked to help you with assembly next year. To make the process even easier, consider buying yourself a tree storage bin or bag.
3. Store Your Indoor Decorations
Arbitrarily tossing your ornaments into bags or boxes will do nothing more than damage your decorations and make it difficult to figure out where everything is the next time the holidays roll around. Instead, store your holiday ornaments in specialized ornament storage containers. When you store your ornaments, pay special attention to the more delicate pieces made of glass and other fragile materials. Take the time to wrap each one individually in tissue paper first. Once everything is stored appropriately, don’t forget to label each box to make them easily identifiable for next year.
Bring Your Home Back in Order
Now that all your holiday decor has been carefully organized and stored, it’s time to get your home back in order! Here are a few ways to freshen up your home that will make you feel ready for the new year:
4. Clean Out Your refrigerator & Pantry
If you’ve got any leftover treats from your holiday parties, you’ll want to clean out your fridge and pantry and get rid of anything that is expired or you no longer have a use for. Take things a step further and remove all items—including things you plan to keep—in order to thoroughly clean the shelves. Once they’re spic and span, replace all the food items that your keeping and toss out all others (or donate them to your local food pantry if they’re not opened or expired!).
5. Tidy Up Your Guest Room
If you’ve had any overnight holiday guests, you’ll want to refresh the room they made themselves at home in. Wash and replace the bedsheets and pillowcases and put everything back in place. Make sure your guest room is ready to accept more friends and family when the next holiday rolls around.
6. Clean Your Vacuum Cleaner
After you put your vacuum cleaner to work over the holidays, sweeping up pine needles, cookie crumbs, and any other holiday mess, it will likely need to be cleaned too. You won’t be able to freshen up your home without vacuuming, and if it’s not properly cleaned it won’t do its job too well.
7. Freshen Up Your Living Spaces
Your living space experiences a ton of traffic over the holidays, which means your carpets, flooring, and upholstery might need some refreshing. If that’s the case, consider spending time deep cleaning your carpets and sofas to get rid of any stains. You can use DIY cleaning solutions, like hydrogen peroxide mixed with water and a few drops of dish soap, to freshen up your home.
8. Clean Your Stovetop & Oven
Your kitchen was probably used extensively through the month of December, whether you were cooking meals or baking holiday treats. Use soapy water to dampen and loosen any caked-on food particles in your oven or on your stove. You can also use a damp scouring pad to gently scrub stubborn stains off, then finish with a wipe down using a mix of vinegar and water with a clean cloth.
Refresh Your Home Decor
You won’t need the red, green, silver, or gold trimmings after the festive season dies down, so it’s time to replace all your holiday decor with pieces that are more reflective of everyday living. Here are a few ideas for your post holiday clean up, to help refresh your interior style and update your home decor:
9. Rotate Your Art
If you’re a collector, displaying all your wall art at once can make your home look a little cluttered. Instead, consider separating them into their appropriate seasons and rotating them every six months. If your walls look a little bare when you take some of your art down, then consider just switching up the rooms your art is displayed in to freshen up your home.
10. Change Your Accent Pillows
Throw pillows are a fantastic way to add a pop of color and personality to any space. Simply changing your accent pillows can completely change the look and feel of your home and give it a completely new vibe. Buying new throw pillows, or just pillow cases, is one of the easiest ways to freshen up your home.
11. Restyle Your Coffee Table
You’ve probably got a vase, bowl, candle, or other types of table-top decor on your coffee table. Consider switching these pieces up every few months to give your living space a new look. Like artwork, swapping table-top decor from one room to the next is enough to spice up the look and feel of a room.
12. Buy a New Area Rug
Whether you have a rug already or a bare floor, adding a new area rug is an excellent way to add color and texture to any room. Area rugs help to define a space, so choose wisely to freshen up your home in the way you intend. Not all area rugs are cheap, but you can find plenty of deals on area rugs at Overstock.com that won’t break the bank.
13. Update Your Linens
To make a big difference at a small cost, add a new comforter and sheets to a room for an instant update or pick up some new hand towels for your bathroom or kitchen. These are incredibly functional yet creative ways to freshen up your home.
14. Revamp Your Bookshelves
Despite their name, bookshelves don’t have to strictly hold books, and we’re sure most of yours don’t only hold books! Most people have everything from photo frames to vases to collectibles scattered across their bookshelves along with or instead of books. That being said, another way to freshen up your home is by rearranging the items on your bookshelves. This is a quick and easy way to modify the mood in your living space.
15. Dress Up Your Dining Table
Like your coffee table, simply adding new accent pieces—like a new tablecloth, beautiful dishes, or a statement centerpiece—can breathe new life into your dining room.
16. Try Out New Trends
Rather than bringing your home decor back to the way it was before the holidays, consider doing something different. If you want to stay current with your home decor, keep an eye out for new interior design trends in the new year or consider trying out one of these trends:
- Terrazzo – this has been trending since 2019, with Terrazzo coffee tables, side tables, and flooring popping up at many retail stores.
- Classic Kitchens – with a hint of British design, classic kitchens are composed of clean, fresh lines.
- Rounded Furniture – everything from round-backed chairs to rounded table tops have been trending in recent years.
- Mixed Metals & Textured Materials – blending textures with metals can add depth to any space and really make your home look trendy.
- Shades of Green – tranquil and sophisticated, green is a color that is being increasingly used in interior design.
- High-Contrast Neutrals – pairing opposite dark and light neutrals can add drama and edge to any space.
- Bold Colors, Textures, & Patterns – there has been a slight shift away from beige minimalism, into a more daring direction with colors and patterns.
Is Your Home Feeling Fresh Yet?
Finishing your post holiday clean up may leave you feeling a little blue, but this can also be an opportunity to freshen up your home in ways you’ve always wanted to. All you need is a little imagination and some inspiration to start checking off all the ways to freshen up your home above. And if you’re looking to get some good bargains and savings, we’ve got those too. Here are some of the best sites to help you get inspired with trendy and classic decor and take advantage of some of the best deals you’ll find anywhere: