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After Christmas: What now?

So the Christmas holidays are over. We have gotten through family dinners, office parties and nights out, secret Santas... and all kinds of other traditional celebrations. If you didn't choke on the new year's eve grapes and managed to survive it all this year, you'll be asking yourself: so what now? Is it really possible to return to normality after Christmas? What do I do with the extra kilos? How to I make right what I said at the office dinner party? Where can I hide that present from my secret Santa?And it's not just you asking yourself these questions, your house also needs to get back to normal after the potential stampede and avalanche that we like to call Christmas. Here you have some pieces of advice towards ensuring your house will get back to being what it was beforehand:  

A thorough clean, again

Yes, you need to clean again. You probably cleaned after every dinner, lunch or party you threw at home, but that doesn't matter, an immediate clean-up is only done so that the next day you don't wake up to a hellish ordeal. The time has come for a deep and exhaustive cleaning-out: the kitchen, behind and underneath the furniture and fittings, etc. There is no way around, if you don't do it, the festivities will follow you like a ghost: the new year's confetti is like an infectious disease, it needs to be killed from the root, or it'll keep reappearing with every round of sweeping.  

And where to put all this stuff?

You'll ask yourself more than once while you're cleaning. Especially with the Christmas decorations. You will probably have a chest, case or corner closet to put the Christmas tree, lights and crib. However, if you bought new decorations it will probably not all fit. Take this opportunity to make a selection: the ones worth keeping and the rest. You could opt to keep all of it and get around to making a selection later on, but you had better get it out of the way now that you're in hands-on mode, or you will most likely end up suffering all year round from the lack of space that comes from having a bag full of lights that might not even work properly, old-fashioned wreaths and centrepieces and crib figures of different sizes.  

Toys and more toys

For the children Christmas is synonymous with presents, and what better present is there than a toy? Many toys. Once Santa Claus and the Three Kings have come through your home, it will look like a troop of toys have invaded the house. This is the time to organise them, chests, drawers, or even in boxes under the bed. The important thing is that it all be tidy. Remember that you're also going to have to get rid of the wrapping and gift packaging. It is advisable to keep the instruction manuals and warranties of those toys you may need later on. You should also make sure that none of the toys needs to be returned before you throw away its packaging, as you will need it in good condition for a refund or replacement.

The important thing is for your child to understand that their toys must be tidy.
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Long live Secret Santa

A Chinese cat that waves its paw, a fluorescent Buddha or any other silly little tacky gift: that is what secret Santa means. And of course, you then don't know what to do with the present... You can choose between putting it in a bin bag and forget about it, put it in the memories chest with last year's secret Santa present or try to put it in a corner of the shelf where it doesn't catch one's eye too much but in sight enough for your friend to spot it when they come over.  

After Christmas, "Take it easy"

Above all, don't get too worked up with the return to normalcy after the seasonal holiday. In the end of the day, Christmas is just once a year and the next one is a long way away. Yes, you have a lot to do before your house gets back to being the home it was before the festivities, but not at the expense of your good mood. Try to make “operation new year's cleaning” into a game in which all of the home's members take part: music, competitive goals to see who finishes them first and laughs, these are the secrets to succeeding in getting your home back to its every-day life after Christmas.

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